Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Azure Bootcamp Prerequisites

Updated 7/5/2010 with download link to SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio Express.

For those attending the Virginia Beach Azure Bootcamp, July 7 is only a week away! Kevin Griffin and I are going to hit the ground running, so you’ll want to spend some time getting all needed software installed. Here’s the list of what you’ll need, along with download links for each product.

For more information about the bootcamp, please leave a comment.

Kevin and I are both available via twitter. Kevin is @1kevgriff. I’m @dmakogon.

Visual Studio

First, there’s the development environment. You’ll need one of the following:

  • Visual Web Developer 2010 Express. This is a free edition that will let you build all of the samples we’ll be working with.
  • Visual Studio 2010. If you have an MSDN subscription, you can download and install any version of VS2010 from MSDN.

Download Visual Web Developer 2010 Express here.

Download Visual Studio 2010 from MSDN.

Azure SDK + Tools

You’ll need the latest SDK + Tools, version 1.2, released in June 2010. This includes Visual Studio extensions for the various cloud projects.

Download the Azure SDK, version 1.2  here.

AppFabric SDK

The AppFabric SDK version 1.0 was released April, 2010. The AppFabric SDK lets you build applications that take advantage of the Service Bus and Access Control services of Azure AppFabric.

Download the AppFabric SDK, version 1.0  here.

Table / Blob Storage Viewer

Visual Studio 2010, in conjunction with the Azure Tools v1.2, provides a built-in table storage viewer. However, this is a read-only set of tools. To modify storage data, you’ll need a more advanced tool such as the freely-available Azure Storage Explorer or the commercial Cerebrata Cloud Storage Studio.

Download the Azure Storage Explorer here.

Download the Cerebrata Cloud Storage Studio trial here.

Azure Training Kit

You’ll need the Azure Platform Training Kit, June 2010 update.

Download the training kit, June 2010  here.

Folding @Home

Folding @Home is a distributed computing project. You’ll need both the Visual Studio project and the Folding@home client application.

Download the Visual Studio 2010 project here.

Download the Folding@home console application here.

SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2

SSMS is the de facto SQL-editing tool. With SQL Azure, you’ll need the new Management Studio Express for SQL 2008 R2, as SSMS Express 2008 R2 supports SQL Azure script generation.

Download SSMS 2008 R2 here.

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