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:  https://account.windowsazure.com/PreviewFeatures 

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  http://www.meetwindowsazure.com/DigitalChalkTalks  

Scenarios Videos on You Tube – “how to” guides, including “Create and Manage Virtual Networks”, “Create & Manage SQL Database”, and many more  http://www.youtube.com/user/windowsazure  

MSDN Forums for Windows Azure  http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/support/preview-support/

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

Windows Azure Training Kit  http://windowsazure-trainingkit.github.com/

Windows Azure Trust Center - provides a comprehensive of view of Windows Azure and security and compliance practices  http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/support/trust-center/

Main Site for Windows Azure  http://www.windowsazure.com/


 

Recent Events (and Video Recordings)

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

Search “Azure build 2012” at http://channel9.msdn.com/ for more Windows Azure Sessions

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/2-012
Windows Azure Overview, Scott Guthrie

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-058
Windows Azure Internals, Mark Russinovich

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/2-011
Introduction to Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Mark Russinovich

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-042
Windows Azure Active Directory: enabling single sign on and directory services for cloud SaaS apps
Vittorio Bertocci

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2012/3-024
Developing for Windows Azure Web Sites and SharePoint Online,
Yochay Kiriaty and  Thomas Mechelke

 

Meet Windows Azure, June 7, 2012

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/windowsazure/meet2012sf/KEY
Meet Windows Azure Keynote, Scott Guthrie

TechEd Europe, June 2012

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/KEY01
TechEd Europe Keynote with Brad Anderson and Jason Zander

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2012/AZR302
Windows Azure Internals, Mark Russinovich

http://channel9.msdn.com/events/TechEd/Europe/2012/AZR313
Deep Dive into Running Virtual Machines on Windows Azure, Vijay Rajagopalan,

TechEd Orlando, June 2012

Keynotes
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/KEY01
Satya Nadella Keynote – TechEd 2012 Orlando, June 11, 2012 (34 minute – Virtual Machines, 47 minute – Applications)

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/FDN05
Meet the New Windows Azure, Scott Guthrie – TechEd 2012 Orlando, June 11, 2012

Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Networking, and Hybrid

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR302
Windows Azure Internals, Mark Russinovich

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR209
Windows Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks, Mark Russinovich

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR201
Windows Azure IaaS and How It Works, Corey Sanders

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR313
Deep Dive into Windows Azure Virtual Machines: From the Cloud Vendor and Enterprise Perspective, Vijay Rajagopalan

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR307
Linux on Windows Azure IaaS with Partner Demos, Tad Brockway

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR202
An Overview of Managing Applications, Services, and Virtual Machines in Windows Azure, Karandeep Anand

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR319
Monitoring and Managing Your Windows Azure Applications and Services, Chandrika Shankarnarayan

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR304
Overview of Windows Azure Networking Features, Ganesh Srinivasan

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR316
Deep Dive: Extending Enterprise Networks to Windows Azure - Project "Brooklyn", Ganesh Srinivasan

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR204
Hybrid Will Rule: Options to Connect, Extend and Integrate Applications in Your Data Center and Windows Azure, Yousef Khalidi

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2012/AZR203
Business Continuity in the Windows Azure Cloud, Yousef Khalidi

Windows Azure Blogs  http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/

 

Forrester Research Blogs and Key Publications

Microsoft Blog

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