We are proud to announce an exclusive competition for New Zealand BizSpark Startups. Get a solid understanding of Virtual Machines in Windows Azure and be in to win an Acer Iconia W510 Slate!
We have announced the general availability release of our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) support for Windows Azure, where you can easily deploy and run Windows Server and Linux virtual machines in minutes!
To celebrate, we want to encourage New Zealand startups on BizSpark to try Windows Azure and create a new Virtual Machine.
If you are not on BizSpark yet it is not too late - go to the BizSpark sign up page to review the requirements and apply. We have recently written about the technology benefits of the program.
Please read on for details on the competition.
Prize & Dates
Your first prize will be learning more about Windows Azure! But the main prize is a chance to win an Acer Iconia W510 slate running Windows 8.
Eligible entries must be New Zealand participants who enter before 11:59pm on 13 June 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 AzureFollow these steps to create your Virtual Machine for the competition:
a. Activate your BizSpark MSDN Subscription. Disregard this step if you already have it, otherwise follow this:
i. Go to the My BizSpark page on the BizSpark Website and login with the same Microsoft account(Windows Live ID) you used to sign up to BizSpark. ii. Click on the “Get your free software” link in the middle of the page iii. Click on "Download Microsoft Software (via MSDN)". It may take up to 6 hours for the subscription to be activated.
b. Activate your Azure Subscription associated with an MSDN account. Just remember to sign in with the same account used to sign up for BizSpark and the MSDN Subscription.
c. 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: Send us the details
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- Your Windows Azure MSDN Subscription activation comes with a $0 spending limit by default 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, or if you turn off the spending limit feature, you are responsible for ensuring the virtual machine doesn’t go over your allocation, and accept that there might be charges. Good luck, and thank you in advance for participating!
BizSpark Virtual Machine in Windows Azure Competition - Terms and Conditions: