I just heard from James Conard in our corporate headquarters that the June 2012 version of the Windows Azure training kit has been officially released.
The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features. Some of the highlights of this update include:
· 12 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Virtual Machines
· 11 new hands-on labs for Windows Azure Web Sites
· 2 new hands-on labs that demonstrate Windows Azure with Windows 8 Metro-style applications
· New hands-on labs for Node.js and PHP using Mac OS X
· Updated content for the latest Windows Azure SDKs, tools, and new Windows Azure Management Portal
· New and updated presentations designed to support individual sessions to a full 3 day training workshops
You can download the training kit from the download center here: http://bit.ly/WATKJune2012
Just like past releases, the full training kit package (213MB) is a self-extracting exe that will unpack all of the hands-on labs and presentations to your local machine. You can then browse through the hands-on labs as HTML or the PowerPoint presentations locally. Alternatively, you can download the Training Kit Web Installer (2.4MB) and selectively choose individual hands-on labs or presentations.
For those of you who have used the Windows Azure Training Kit in the past, you will notice several changes we’ve made in the full package:
· We have simplified the layout and structure of hands-on labs so that all content is on a single page. While this means we sacrificed a table of contents, it does mean that you can easily print and search through a hands-on lab when browsing the HTML.
· The setup scripts for the HOLs have been updated to use the new dependency checker that checks to ensure you have the necessary prerequisites and automates any setup steps. The new dependency checker also uses Web PI for the dependency checks.
The Web Installer experience has also been updated. Based on feedback we have changed the behavior of the Web Installer so that no content is selected by default. Users can now select the content they want to install.
We are also now making the training kit content available on GitHub at https://github.com/WindowsAzure-TrainingKit or through the GitHub pages here. All of the hands-on labs included in the kit are written in a simple Markdown format, so they can be viewed on GitHub.com and easily changed directly through GitHub. This will also enable several of field evangelists and community insiders to contribute, improve, or localize the content. Finally, if you encounter any issues with the content, you can simply click on a link in the hands-on lab and log the issues in GitHub.
If you have any feedback on the training kit updates, please email the Windows Azure Evangelism team.