Windows Azure Solutions with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010

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Course Overview

Course Content

Cloud Computing   

  • Define cloud computing.
  • Learn the benefits of cloud computing.
  • Understand the different types of cloud computing services.
  • Explore where computing clouds might exist.
  • Hear about potential concerns with cloud computing.
  • Learn where cloud computing can and cannot be applied.
  • Place Windows Azure in light of general cloud computing.
  • Know how Windows Azure compares to other cloud environments.
  • Lab : Windows Azure Account Setup (Optional)
    • Understand how to create a Windows Azure account.
    • Explore the types of Windows Azure accounts.
    • Learn how to access and use the Windows Azure Developer Portal.
    • Examine the Windows Azure Developer Portal.

Windows Azure Architecture   

  • See a simple Windows Azure application
  • Learn about the Microsoft data centers.
  • Explore the hardware, servers and virtualization (the Fabric) that host cloud applications and data.
  • Understand the role of the Fabric Controller in managing the Windows Azure cloud.
  • Know the general architecture and components of the Windows Azure Platform.
  • Understand the tools used to create and deploy Windows Azure services and data stores.
  • Understand the different types of roles in Windows Azure (Web,worker, VM).
  • Understand the types of storages provided by the Windows Azure Platform (Azure Storage, SQL Azure, etc.)
  • Lab : Introduction to Windows Azure
    • Explore your first Windows Azure project in Visual Studio.
    • See how to test a cloud application in Visual Studio.
    • Learn how to publish a cloud application.
    • Examine the process of deploying an application via the Developer Portal.
    • Learn how to remove a service from the cloud.

Windows Azure Web Roles   

  • Explore the purpose of Windows Azure Web roles.
  • Understand how to create Web roles in a cloud service project.
  • See how to configure a Web role.
  • Learn how to test Web roles run in the Compute Emulator.
  • Start exploring the Windows Azure API.
  • Examine how to build Web roles with multiple Web sites.
  • Lab : Building a Web Role
    • Create a Cloud Application using Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio.
    • Explore the Web role project.
    • Configure a Web role project.
    • See a multi-instance role running in the Compute Emulator.
    • Modify the application to use a custom configuration setting.
    • Optionally, see a Web role cloud project deployed to Windows Azure.

Local Storage   

  • Examine Windows Azure local storage.
  • See how local storage differs from normal server file systems.
  • Learn how to configure local storage.
  • Understand the limitations of local storage and where/when to use it.
  • Explore the API to access local storage.
  • Learn about Windows Azure Drive (formerly X-Drive).
  • Lab : Using Local Storage
    • Configure a Web Role to have local storage.
    • Alter the Web role code to read and write to local storage.
    • Explore the relationship of local storage to roles and role instances.
    • Explore how to clean local storage on role instance recycling.
    • Optionally, deploy the local storage using cloud project to the Windows Azure cloud.

Windows Azure Administration   

  • Explore the various Windows Azure subscription administrators.
  • Understand Windows Azure OS Families and Guest OS Versions.
  • See how to Remote Desktop to a Windows Azure virtual machine.
  • Learn how to define a startup task for a role.
  • Lab : Configuring and Using Remote Desktop
    • Learn how to create a new hosted service without deploying code.
    • See how to create and add a PFX certificate to a hosted service.
    • Publish and deploy a Windows Azure project configured for Remote Desktop connections.
    • Optionally learn how to configure remote access through the Portal.
    • Optionally setup a co-administrator for your subscription.

Windows Azure Storage and Queues   

  • Understand the purpose of Windows Azure Storage.
  • Learn how to create a Windows Azure Storage account.
  • Explore Windows Azure Storage costs.
  • Understand the Storage Emulator, how to use it, and how it is different from Windows Azure Storage.
  • See how to access Windows Azure Storage using both the REST API and the Storage Client Library.
  • Examine Windows Azure Storage Queues.
  • Learn how to get messages in and out of Windows Azure Queues.
  • Lab : Learning Windows Azure Storage and Queues
    • Use a Web role to create a queue and add messages to the queue.
    • Learn how to add another Web role to your cloud service project.
    • Use a Web role to read and display messages in the queue.
    • Observe the difference between getting and peeking at messages in a queue.
    • Optionally, see how to create a Storage Account service.
    • Optionally, examine how to create an Affinity Group.
    • Optionally, learn where to find storage account URLs and access keys.
    • Optionally, deploy the cloud service project to the Windows Azure cloud.
    • Explore Windows Azure Storage with external utilities.

Blob Storage   

  • Understand the rationale for using blob storage.Learn about the different types of blobs: block and page blobs.
  • Examine blob storage containers and how they are used to organize and control access to blobs.
  • Explore how to access blob storage with both the Storage Client and REST API.
  • Lab : Using Blob Storage
    • Use a Web role to create a blob container and set permissions on the container.
    • Learn how to upload blobs into a container.
    • Use a Web role to retrieve a blob by its name (reference).
    • Work with blob metadata.
    • Explore the REST API used to access blob storage.

Table Storage   

  • Explore Windows Azure Storage's structural data service.
  • Understand the reason for table storage.
  • Examine the differences between table storage and traditional relational databases (as exhibited by SQL Azure).
  • Learn how to access table storage with both the Storage Client and REST API.
  • Understand entities as they relate to table storage.
  • Examine how to save and retrieve entities in table storage.
  • Lab : Using Table Storage
    • Define an entity class.
    • Build a TableServiceContext object to negotiate data in and out of table storage.
    • Learn how to save entity data to table storage.
    • Explore queries to fetch entity data from table storage.

Worker Roles   

  • Explore the purpose of Windows Azure worker roles.
  • Understand how to create worker roles in a cloud service project.
  • See how to configure a worker role.
  • Learn how to test worker roles run in the Compute Emulator.
  • Learn how to use Windows Azure Storage queues and messages to communicate with worker roles.
  • Explore how to setup worker role endpoints.
  • Learn how to communicate with worker role internal and input endpoints.
  • Hosting services in Windows Azure
  • Lab : Building a Worker Role
    • Create a worker role and add it to your cloud project.
    • Explore the contents of a worker role project.
    • Configure a worker role to monitor a queue for messages.
    • Re-explore the use of queue storage in role-to-role communications.
    • Re-explore table storage.

SQL Azure Introduction   

  • Learn what SQL Azure is and why you want to use it.
  • Understand SQL Azure in comparison to SQL Server and Windows Azure table storage.
  • Learn how to provision a SQL Azure server and databases.
  • Examine costs associated with SQL Azure.
  • See how to use familiar tools and APIs to work in SQL Azure.
  • Explore how to create and manage database objects in SQL Azure.
  • Know how to limit SQL Azure access.
  • Understand options for performing database backups.
  • See how to migrate data to SQL Azure.
  • Lab : Introduction to SQL Azure
    • Add a SQL Azure subscription to your current Windows Azure account subscription
    • Create a SQL Azure server and administrator.
    • Create a database in SQL Azure.
    • Add a table to the SQL Azure database.
    • Explore Database Manager for accessing and managing SQL Azure databases and tables.


  • Learn how to accomplish debugging and logging in Windows Azure.
  • Examine Windows Azure Diagnostic Service.
  • Understand the role of the Diagnostic Agent process in the diagnostic service.
  • Learn how to configure the diagnostic service.
  • See how to transfer diagnostic data to Windows Azure Storage.
  • Lab : Diagnostics
    • See how Visual Studio cloud templates provide default diagnostic monitoring setup.
    • Add trace statements to cloud code.
    • Learn how to schedule diagnostic data to be transferred to Windows Azure Storage.
    • Learn how to perform an on-demand transfer of diagnostic data to storage.

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