The Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP are now available in the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI). This announcement was made on the Interoperability Team blog as part of a post that outlines interoperability elements of a cloud platform. The entire post deserves a close read, but I’m initially most excited about this small piece of the announcement:

Available today is the latest version of the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP in the Microsoft Web Platform Installer (Web PI). The Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP enable developers to use a simple command-line tool without an Integrated Development Environment to easily package and deploy new or existing PHP applications to Windows Azure. Microsoft Web PI is a free tool that makes it easy to get the latest components of the Microsoft Web Platform as well as install and run the most popular free web applications.

Installing and using these tools fairly easy already (I wrote a post about using these tools a while back), but this makes installation and configuration even easier. Here’s what to do:

[Please see Getting the Windows Azure Pre-Requisites via the Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0 for a more up-to-date and detailed walkthrough of getting the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP installed and configured via the Web Platform Installer 2.0.]

1. Download the Web Platform Installer here: http://www.microsoft.com/web/downloads/platform.aspx

2. On the Developer Tools tab, click Customize under the Windows Azure Platform Tools.

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3. Select Windows Azure Command-line Tools for PHP.

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4. Click Install, and you will be ready to use the tools shortly.

Note that a prerequisite for installing these tools is the Windows Azure SDK, but the Web PI knows this and will automatically install this SDK for you. Also note that the command line tools are installed in the C:\Program Files\Windows Azure Platform Tools for PHP directory. For information about using these tools, see this post: Using the Windows Azure Command Line Tools for PHP.

Thanks.

-Brian

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