Installing Windows/SQL Azure Platform – Microsoft Online Services

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Installing Windows/SQL Azure Platform – Setup

So I have been playing with SQL Azure for a few weeks, overall things are going well I would say. Not having control over physical files and filegroups has been challenging but so far so good.

When I first tried to Install Windows Azure Platform, I was taken to this following screen.

sql azure portal

SQL Azure Portal

When I clicked on the mailing list link, the page routed me to this new website. This is where you can find Microsoft Online Customer Portal for Online Services.

Microsoft Online Customer Portal

Microsoft Online Customer Portal

You can register for different Microsoft products including Sharepoint, Exchange and Office besides SQL Azure. Go ahead and register with your personal information. This is what it looks like on our computer screen.

Microsoft Online Services

Microsoft Online Services - Caption

After we registered with the services, we were able to browse the products including Sharepoint, Exchange, Office and Windows Azure Platform. The Home tab on the portal looks as shown below:

Azure Online services

Azure Online services

Now we are going to buy the Introductory special of Windows Azure Platform. If you would like to see more information, you can click on Rate Plan. Here is what is looks like on our monitor.

Windows Azure Platform

Windows Azure Platform

Next it asked us to login again so we can fill out additional information regarding our Cloud Account. Here is where we logged into the live account.

Customer Portal Signin

Customer Portal Signin

We had to fill out additional information regarding including company and contact info. Here is a screen capture from our session.

Windows Azure Account

Windows Azure Account

We added the Windows Azure Platform to our shopping cart. We are getting close to the end! Here is a screen shot of our Cloud Service Subscription ready for checkout.

Cloud Service Subscription

Cloud Service Subscription

Finally we had to do one last thing. We enter the billing info, review the order and buy the Cloud Service which will give us access to SQL Azure. Here is a screen capture for your review.

Cloud Service Account

Cloud Service Account

After we checkout, we get one important screen as follows. This has all your contact info that is needed if you call Microsoft tech support. I would recommend printing this one for your records.

SQL Azure services summary

SQL Azure services summary

I believe at this you are up and running with your Cloud Service. You should get an email that looks similar to this one shown below:

Congratulations! Your Windows Azure platform account is set up and ready to go.

To get started, you can visit any of our developer portals:

  • Windows Azure
  • Microsoft SQL Azure
  • AppFabric

Please note that as the account owner, blah@hotmail.com, you can sign into the Microsoft Online Services Customer Portal at any time to view the account settings. However, the service administrator, blah@hotmail.com, only has access to the Azure developer portals listed above.

Next time we will get into our Cloud Service and will catch you then.

Have a good night.

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