We are proud to announce the Virtual Machine on Windows Azure competition here in New Zealand. Get a solid understanding of Virtual Machines in Windows Azure and be in to win an Xbox + Kinect + Forza Horizon + Halo 4 combo!
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform and it has great Infrastructure-As-A-Service features. You can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines on it in minutes.
With this competition we want to encourage New Zealand IT Pros and Developers to try Windows Azure and create a new Virtual Machine. Please read on for details.
Prize & Dates
Your first prize will be learning more about Windows Azure! But the main prize is a chance to win an Xbox Prize Pack which includes:
1) Xbox 360 250GB Console2) Kinect sensor3) Forza Horizon Game4) Halo 4 Game
Eligible entries must be New Zealand participants who enter before 11:59pm on 30 May 2013 So what are you waiting for!? Let's see how you can enter...
How To Enter:
There are two parts to entering the competition:
1: Create a Small Virtual Machine on Azure
a. Get access to either: i. A free 3-month Windows Azure trial or
ii. An Azure Subscription associated with an MSDN account or
iii. A paid Windows Azure subscription
This blog post explains the experience of getting a trial subscription in detail (some of the steps might have changed slightly).
b. Create your Virtual Machine! There are many ways to create a new Virtual Machine on Windows Azure (Quick Create, from the Gallery, or through the VM Depot). Scott Guthrie talks about them in his blog. Here’s instructions for the Quick Create:
i. Sign into the Windows Azure Management Portal and click the big plus sign at the bottom of the page:
ii. Go into Compute -> Virtual Machine -> Quick Create, and fill out the details for a new small size Virtual Machine of your choice at the datacentre of your choice, and then click on Create a Virtual Machine:
iii. Your virtual machine will go through its provisioning stages: first as Starting (Provisioning), then change to Starting, then Running (Provisioning) then finally Running. Once it has changed to Running click on the Virtual Machine name:
iv. Then click on Dashboard at the top:
v. And voilá! Take a screenshot of the Virtual Machine dashboard to send to us like this:
That’s it! You now have a Virtual Machine running on Windows Azure, you can connect to it using the Connect button which gives you an RDP access to it for you to play around. Perhaps install a web server on it and open port 80 to expose a website? To learn more, go to the Windows Azure Virtual Machines page.2: Submit it to us
Once you are up and running, email us three pieces of information: a Printscreen of the dashboard of you new Virtual Machine where the details on the page are readable; your contact details; and the Microsoft account (formerly Live ID) associated with the Windows Azure subscription used to create the virtual machine.
Important Notes- Any 3 Month Trial or new MSDN Subscription activation comes with a $0 spending limit so you don’t need to worry about getting charged. The credit card step is for identification purposes and in case you switch to a full Azure subscription later or remove the spending limit. - If using an existing subscription with spending limit turned off you are responsible for ensuring the virtual machine doesn’t go over your allocation, or accept that there might be charges.- If you have an MSDN subscription and haven’t activated your Azure allocation, I would recommend going with that instead of the trial. This way, you can leave your contribution running for as long as your MSDN subscription is active and, if you have a great idea for an Azure solution, you will have your access all setup and ready to go! Good luck, and thank you in advance for participating!
Virtual Machine in Windows Azure Competition - Terms and Conditions: