It seems a long time since I last blogged as I have been on a long azure project which is launching soon, so watch this space… I am very excited about this! Also I hope to get some good posts going again on this blog from what I have learned during the project.  Also for those of you in Reading, I highly recommend going to the Reading Geek Up (I attended the one last week in Copa and there were some very interesting people and some very interesting talks), for those of you on Twitter watch #rdggeek, there were talks on social networking and online identity by Ben Nunney (@bennuk), an overview of Windows Azure by Dom Green (@domgreen) (video available online http://domgreen.com/2009/11/13/what-is-azure-reading-geek-night/), a talk on a kids programming tool from MIT called Scratch by Jim Anning (@JimAnning), and a walkthrough live demo of Ruby On Rails by Chris Tingley (@fringley).  I highly recommend going.

I have also recently upgraded to Win-7 so I thought it would be a good time for a complete wipe of my hard disk, therefore reinstalling Visual Studio and configuring all the little bits.

Also the November 2009 Azure SDK and tools launched earlier this week, so decided to install them too.

You can get the SDK from

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=772990DA-8926-4DB0-958F-95C1DA572C84&displaylang=en

And the tools for Visual Studio from

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=6967ff37-813e-47c7-b987-889124b43abd&displaylang=en

Also for a list of updates Azure Journal has a nice list of items

http://www.azurejournal.com/2009/11/windows-azure-sdk-tools-november-2009-release/

The first thing to ensure you have is in Windows Features (under control panel).  Enable ASP.NET within IIS (and ensure you have IIS installed), this is pretty easy to do by opening the Internet Information Services collapsed panel, uncollapse the World Wide Web Services, then Application Development Features and tick ASP.NET, this should also tick anything else IIS needs to get itself up and ready for the azure SDK.  Click ok and watch the goodness…

This should allow you to install the SDK, though for the Visual Studio tools, you have to ensure you have Visual Studio 2008 SP1 installed (I haven’t checked with other versions of VS).

With this installed you should now be able to create a new azure project from visual studio (under the cloud services project type in the new project dialogue).