Windows Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS) Customer Evaluation Guide

For Customers and Partners, the following summary of resources will support the evaluation of Windows Azure Virtual Machines (IaaS):


Core Resources

90 Day Free Trial – we can confirm the Preview Period in support of the new release of Windows Azure is now available, which enables you to evaluate the new Virtual Machines/IaaS and Enterprise Networking capabilities.  Once you have registered for the 90 Day Free Trial and created a new Account, you can access the Preview directly at this link:

Digital Chalk Talk Videos – detailed technical overviews of the new Windows Azure services and supporting technologies as announced June 7, including Virtual Machines (IaaS Windows and Linux), Storage, Command Line Tools

Scenarios Videos on You Tube – “how to” guides, including “Create and Manage Virtual Networks”, “Create & Manage SQL Database”, and many more

MSDN Forums for Windows Azure

Microsoft Knowledge Base article  Microsoft server software support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines

Windows Azure Training Kit

Windows Azure Trust Center – provides a comprehensive of view of Windows Azure and security and compliance practices

Main Site for Windows Azure


Recent Events (and Video Recordings)

//build/ Conference at Microsoft Campus, October 31, 2012

Search “Azure build 2012” at for more Windows Azure Sessions
Windows Azure Overview, Scott Guthrie
Windows Azure Internals, Mark Russinovich
Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Mark Russinovich
Windows Azure Active Directory: enabling single sign on and directory services for cloud SaaS apps
Vittorio Bertocci
Developing for Windows Azure Web Sites and SharePoint Online,
Yochay Kiriaty and  Thomas Mechelke


Meet Windows Azure, June 7, 2012
Meet Windows Azure Keynote, Scott Guthrie

TechEd Europe, June 2012
TechEd Europe Keynote with Brad Anderson and Jason Zander
Windows Azure Internals, Mark Russinovich
Deep Dive into Running Virtual Machines on Windows Azure, Vijay Rajagopalan,

TechEd Orlando, June 2012

Satya Nadella Keynote – TechEd 2012 Orlando, June 11, 2012 (34 minute – Virtual Machines, 47 minute – Applications)
Meet the New Windows Azure, Scott Guthrie – TechEd 2012 Orlando, June 11, 2012

Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Networking, and Hybrid
Windows Azure Internals, Mark Russinovich
Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, Mark Russinovich
Windows Azure IaaS and How It Works, Corey Sanders
Deep Dive into Windows Azure Virtual Machines: From the Cloud Vendor and Enterprise Perspective, Vijay Rajagopalan
Linux on Windows Azure IaaS with Partner Demos, Tad Brockway
An Overview of Managing Applications, Services, and Virtual Machines in Windows Azure, Karandeep Anand
Monitoring and Managing Your Windows Azure Applications and Services, Chandrika Shankarnarayan
Overview of Windows Azure Networking Features, Ganesh Srinivasan
Deep Dive: Extending Enterprise Networks to Windows Azure – Project “Brooklyn”, Ganesh Srinivasan
Hybrid Will Rule: Options to Connect, Extend and Integrate Applications in Your Data Center and Windows Azure, Yousef Khalidi
Business Continuity in the Windows Azure Cloud, Yousef Khalidi

Windows Azure Blogs


Forrester Research Blogs and Key Publications

Microsoft Blog

Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Michael Washam, Senior Technical Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation, June 8, 2012