It's been awhile since I have been blogging...  Mostly this has been due to extensive travel and customer site work over the past few months, for the Windows Azure Technical Adoption Program, and Microsoft's Enterprise Strategy Worldwide Azure Team.  I am an integral team member of both teams, and the past few months I have been teaching some Train-the-Trainer courses in various geographies around the world.

For your enjoyment, the April 2011 Update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit is now available. 
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes hands-on labs, presentations, and samples to help you understand how to build applications that utilize Windows Azure, SQL Azure, and the Windows Azure AppFabric.  

This is a significant update of the kit that includes several new and updated hands-on labs. (!)  

Some of the new/updated content includes:


·         New HOL for Windows Azure Traffic Manager

·         New HOL for SQL Azure Reporting

·         New HOL for Windows Phone 7 and the Access Control Service

·         Updated HOL for Windows Azure Connect Refresh

·         Updated HOL for CDN Refresh

·         Updated Access Control HOLs

·         Updated Service Bus HOLs for the Service Bus portal update

The setup scripts for all hands-on labs have also been updated to use the Windows Azure SDK 1.4 release and to support VS 2010 SP1.  

You can download the April 2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training kit from here: http://bit.ly/WAPTKApr11.
We’re also continuing to publish the hands-on labs directly to MSDN to make it easier for developers to review and use the content without having to download an entire training kit package.
You can browse to all of the HOLs here: http://bit.ly/WAPCourse.

In the meantime, I will be working on setting up LiveWriter again on a new machine I have been using, so I can start blogging more frequently again!