New February version of the Azure services training kit is now available

David Aiken just announced that they have released the latest revision of their Azure training kit. If you are getting started with Azure then this is definitely what you’ll want to download to help you get started with it.

From the download notes:

The Azure Services Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are designed to help you learn how to use the Azure Services Platform. The February release includes the following updates:

19 demo scripts that walkthrough several of the services
10 presentations covering the entire Azure Services Platform
3 additional hands-on labs for Live Services

This technical content covers services including: Windows Azure, .NET Services, SQL Services, and Live Services.

The download is available here

By David Burela

Windows Azure beginner starting links

I’m compiling a list of good blogs/articles that i find to help anyone that is beginning with windows Azure get up to speed.

Blogs

Articles

Visual Studio development

Screencast of how to use azure tools
http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2008/10/28/video-walkthrough-a-quick-lap-around-windows-azure-tools-for-microsoft-visual-studio.aspx

Quick lap around VS2008 azure tools (very nice)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd203059.aspx

Service project vs. Role project
http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2008/10/27/cloud-service-project-vs-role-project.aspx

Development fabric & storage integration
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd203061.aspx

Deployment
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd203057.aspx

Azure training kit
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=413E88F8-5966-4A83-B309-53B7B77EDF78&displaylang=en

Degugging storage
http://blogs.msdn.com/jnak/archive/2008/11/01/how-to-diagnose-and-fix-windows-azure-storage-service-issues.aspx

Integrating LiveID/AD into Azure projects
http://dev.live.com/blogs/devlive/archive/2008/11/12/432.aspx

New role templates

Enabling Windows live tools in Visual studio
http://blogs.msdn.com/vikasahuja/archive/2008/10/31/windows-live-tools-november-2008-ctp-enabled-for-windows-azure.aspx

F# worker role
http://blogs.msdn.com/gusperez/archive/2008/10/31/f-worker-role-type-available-now-too.aspx

Azure

Azure management tools
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/AzureManagementTools

Live services poster
http://dev.live.com/liveframework/livefxposter.pdf

Whitepapers

Azure services platform
http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/4/3/e43bb484-3b52-4fa8-a9f9-ec60a32954bc/Azure_Services_Platform.docx

Azure blobs
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131258

Azure Tables
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=131257

By David Burela