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Cloud OS Signature Series in Cambridge – Sept. 20th

smallcloud_thumbNext Thursday, September 20th, the Cloud OS Signature Series rolls into the area – specifically to the Hyatt Regency Hotel at 575 Memorial Drive in Cambridge.

Craig Hodges, the General Manger of Microsoft’s Northeast District, will kick things off at 9 a.m. with a keynote: The Cloud OS: A Modern Platform for the World’s Apps. From there attendees can attend anyone of three tracks, each targeting a distinct role in the enterprise:

IT Executives (registration)

IT Professionals (registration)

Developers* (registration)

My colleague Dan Stolts will be presenting in the IT Professionals track, and I along with some key cloud-savvy community members will be managing the Developers track. In that Developers track, you’ll have the opportunity to get some in-depth, hands-on experience with Windows Azure via both instructor-led and self-paced hands-on labs!  To fully participate though, you need to be ready – so here’s your homework assignment:

Developers Track Hands-on Lab Prerequisites

Be sure you have a Windows Azure account, and provision a 90-day free Windows Azure account if not.

Have Visual Studio 2010 (or 2012) or Visual Web Developer Express 2010 installed.  You can use Visual Studio 2012 if you like, but the lab materials have not yet been updated to reflect the new release.

Download and install the Windows Azure SDK for .NET

Download the lab instructions and code

* Following feedback from the inaugural event of this series in New York City last week, there’s been an adjustment in the Developers track schedule.  We have allotted significantly more time for the hands-on lab and lab walkthroughs, so items have been cut from the schedule. The lab materials supporting those sessions will still be provided to attendees and is available for download now. The new schedule does not yet appear on the Cloud OS Signature Series site, so I’ve provided it below.


Registration. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion


Keynote: Moving from Private and Public to Hybrid Cloud; Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, Windows Azure and Visual Studio 2012


Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion


Meet Windows Azure

  • Attend an Azure presentation and demo that will go through capabilities including web roles, worker roles, Storage, Access Control Service, Service Bus and Virtual Machines
  • A demo of Azure management portal through a simple ASP.NET web application will show the power of Windows Azure service deployment and operational model


Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion


Introduction to Windows Azure Cloud Services

  • Attend this instructor led walk through session to learn how to provision your Windows Azure account, install the tools, and familiarize yourself with the portal and cloud emulators.
  • Deploy an ASP.NET application to Windows Azure to gain firsthand experience of cloud deployment and operations


Recap of the Morning. Account Team Introductions. What's Next.


Lunch. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion


Introduction to Windows Azure Virtual Machines

  • Attend this instructor-led lab walkthrough to deploy a simple ASP.NET MVC web application to a web server hosted on Windows Azure Virtual Machine using SQL Server and Azure load balancer


Break. Visit the Microsoft Partner Pavilion


Building Windows Azure Cloud Services

  • Attend this hands-on lab and explore the basic elements of a Windows Azure Cloud Service by creating a simple guest book application


Closing Remarks and Raffle Giveaway.

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Jim is a Technology Evangelist for Microsoft who covers the Northeast District, namely, New England and upstate New York. He is focused on engaging with the development community in the area through user groups, code camps, BarCamps, Microsoft-sponsored events, etc., and just in general serve as ambassador for Microsoft. Since 2009, Jim has been focusing on software development scenarios using cloud computing and Windows Azure. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @jimoneil

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