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    Visual Studio 2012 and Windows on DreamSpark


    Due to the number of comments I have had on this post, I just wanted to confirm what products will be available under DreamSpark for students.

    MSDN Subscriber Downloads: August 15th, 2012

    Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 are available as of, August 15th, on MSDN Subscriber Downloads to DreamSpark Subscribers.

    To confirm DreamSpark Premium Subscription Program Administrators may follow these steps to get immediate access to the software:

    1) Visit

    2) Sign in with the Windows Live ID associated with their DreamSpark Subscription

    3) Search for the product of choice and click on “Download”

    4) To acquire product keys the administrator may click on “Product Keys” and “Get Key” for applicable SKUs.

    a. Note: Not all Visual Studio 2012 SKUs require a product key.

    5) The file will be downloaded in .iso format.

    a. Click here for instructions on how to use .iso files. and ELMS WebStore: August 25th, 2012 for student downloads

    Please see the SKU Availability Matrix below for specifics on which products will be available on, and through DreamSprk Premium ELMS Institutional WebStores.  The SKUs highlighted in red will be available starting August 25th, with the remaining releasing in a week thereafter, To confirm, Windows desktop operating systems are only available to students at education institutions which have purchased a DreamSpark premium subscription for STEM based disciplines .

    Note: these SKUs will be available in the following languages on the 25th, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese-Brazil, Russian, Chinese Simplified, and Chinese Traditional, with rolling releases of additional languages following on a week after:  

    For Visual Studio SKUs a separate Portuguese-Brazil language pack will be required, and will also be available on the 25th.

    Product SKU Availability Matrix

    Subscription Level

    Product SKU


    DreamSpark Premium

    Visual Studio Professional 2012



    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web



    Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows



    Visual Studio Premium 2012


    Visual Studio Ultimate 2012


    Visual Studio TFS Express 2012



    Visual Studio TFS Server 2012



    Team Explorer for Visual Studio 2012



    Team Explorer Everywhere for TFS




    Windows 8


    Windows 8 Debug/Checked Build


    Windows 8 Enterprise


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    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Milestones


    August the 1st marked a important day for academic institutions wishing to use/teach Windows 8 in the next academic session.

    Windows 8 reached Release to Manufacturing, Windows 8 is now being issued to all PC OEM and manufacturing partners.

    More details

    • August 15th: Developers will be able to download the final version of Windows 8 via your MSDN subscriptions and DreamSpark Premium for institutional administrators
    • August 15th: IT professionals testing Windows 8 in organizations will be able to access the final version of Windows 8 through your TechNet subscriptions.
    • August 16th: Education institutions with existing Microsoft Software Assurance for Windows will be able to download Windows 8 Enterprise edition through the Volume License Service Center (VLSC), allowing you to test, pilot and begin adopting Windows 8 Enterprise within your organization.
    • August 16th: Microsoft Partner Network members will have access to Windows 8.
    • August 20th: Microsoft Action Pack Providers (MAPS) receive access to Windows 8.
    • August 25th - 31st: Students will be able to download these via DreamSpark Premium institutional ELMS stores
    • September 1st: Volume License customers without Software Assurance will be able to purchase Windows 8 through Microsoft Volume License Resellers and Academic License Resellers.

    So over the next few days/weeks you will see the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with Windows 8 and online availability of Windows 8 on October 26, 2012.

    More details

    Developers can visit the Windows Dev Center to get access to all the tools and resources they need to design, build, and sell apps in the Windows Store. While all apps during the preview phases were free, at RTM developers can begin charging for apps, so those with access to RTM bits will begin to see paid apps appear in the Windows Store.

    Also, Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing.

    On September 4.  That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and download by all customers around the world.  On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS.  You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers.  You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it.  Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.

    More details

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    XNA developers and Windows 8





    A large number of the UK’s Universities and colleges have been using XNA since 2004 within gaming course curricula on Windows, XBox and Windows Phone. We have a huge set of Free curricula resources for  XNA  game development at

    XNA over the last 7 years has provide a number of students and indie game developers with an impressive content pipeline, game assets, load functionality, animation, math, sound and user input tracking via gamepad, mouse, keyboard and touch with game logic organized in a straightforward game loop architecture, more recently we have also added curricula for XNA and Kinect.

    Within education XNA has been a huge driver for a number of students and developers who wanted to learn how to create games. XNA along with Visual Studio made it as easy as File –> New –> XNA Game Studio Project and you were off developing.

    Since Windows 8 is built on the strong foundation of Windows 7, any app built for Windows will run in the Windows 8 desktop environment. This includes apps based on XNA, Win32, .NET, WPF, Silverlight, etc. 

    Windows 8 also introduces a new type of app called a Metro Style App for developers that wish to make their app available in the Windows 8 Store, for free or for sale. Using Visual Studio 2012, you have a language choice of C++, XAML with C#, VB or C++, or HTML5/JS to create a Metro Style App.

    Using the XNA Framework is not a choice for building a Metro Style App. Official Microsoft guidance on game development is documented here.

    Windows 8 allows you too build highly immersive games using HTML5/JS, XAML/C#, XAML/VB or C++ and DirectX.

    However a number of you have already stressed too me, that you and your students have been developing with XNA and have an existing code base, or would like to import existing XNA games too Windows 8 your only option it would seem is running as a desktop app.

    This is where MonoGame comes in…


    MonoGame is an Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework. The goal is to allow XNA developers on Windows & Windows Phone to port their games to the iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux with both PlayStation Suite and Windows 8 support currently under development.

    NOTE : This project is not linked with Microsoft or any of it subsidiaries. It is a non-profit, open source project. MonoGame is licensed under the Microsoft Public License (Ms-PL)

    MonoGame provides a cross platform XNA Framework implementation for XNA developers who want to take their code to non-Microsoft platforms as well as the ability, to target Windows 8.

    MonoGame for Windows 8  you can take your XNA code and with a recompile and some additional features too simply create a Metro Style App for example Armed within the Windows Store uses MonoGame. I have too stress MonoGame is still under development and so any use of it should come with a note of advice to stay on top of that effort.

    In order to provide a complete implementation of XNA on Windows 8, MonoGame leverages SharpDX , an open-source project delivering the full DirectX API for managed code (.NET) and Windows 8 (WinRT). SharpDX is an open-source project, free of charge available under the following MIT License.

    Theoretically by moving your code over into a new Visual Studio Project Solution along with MonoGame, you should de able too recompile a Windows 8 Metro Style game so if your a XNA Developer give it a try and let me know the results.
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    Windows 8 RTM is available for developers


    Windows 8 RTM is available for developers and new developer content based upon RTM is now available in the Windows Dev Center:

    The Windows 8 RTM is available for developers blog details how to get a 90 day evaluation version of Windows 8 RTM if you’re not part of TechNet, MSDN or DreamSpark Premium for institutional administrators.

    The Windows Dev Center, now contains brand new overviews and migration guides for apps built on RP as well as..

    • Developer downloads – This single page gives access to all of the downloads you need to build apps, including Windows 8 RTM, Visual Studio Express 2012, design assets, code samples, and additional SDKs and tools.
    • Design resources – All Windows 8 design resources are located at See case studies, category guidance, and get a new downloadable version of the UX guidelines for Windows 8 apps.
    • Developer content – The ‘Docs’ section of the Windows Dev Center is updated for RTM including more detailed API docs, new How-to articles, a new section for developing apps with C++ and DirectX, and many more samples.
    • Selling content – Find the Windows Store markets, how to price apps, and the latest versions of the Windows Store Agreements including the App Certification Requirements.
    • Community content – Access to developer forums, blogs, Dev Camps, and local event listings

    The Windows engineering and Windows Store teams are blogging regularly at the following sites

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    Visual Studio 2012 Available for Download



    Today marked an exciting day, we announced via S. Somasegar’s blog post and Jason Zander’s blog post that MSDN subscribers including DreamSpark premium institutional administrators now have access to Visual Studio 2012. DreamSpark subscribers can download and install Visual Studio 2012 later this month once its made available.

    Additionally we confirmed that we will be having a Virtual Launch Event on September 12, 2012 for Visual Studio 2012 please see further details at

    So from today all versions of Visual Studio 2012, including Visual Studio Professional, Premium, Test Professional, and Ultimate. Additionally, Team Foundation Server, Visual Studio Express for Web, Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, and Team Foundation Server Express are now available.

    So What is new in Visual Studio 2012?

    Visual Studio 2012 includes numerous updates to simplify the development experience, help teams collaborate more effectively, and delight end-users across a variety of devices.  Although there are too many features to highlight here, below are a few key new features:

    · Improved web development tooling with Page Inspector and DOM Explorer

    · Support for Microsoft’s latest platforms including Windows 8.

    · Visual Studio Light Switch and Blend for Visual Studio are included giving developers access to rapid application tools and designer surfaces.

    · Write simplified asynchronous code using the .NET Framework 4.5

    · Take team collaboration to the cloud with Team Foundation Service Preview or on-premise with the latest version of Team Foundation Server.

    · Improved support for SharePoint development

    There have been some changes to the Visual Studio SKUs, what is the current line up?

    We are always focused on providing the right products to meet the needs of our various customers.  For Visual Studio 2012 we have the following SKUs.

    · Visual Studio 2012 Ultimate

    · Visual Studio 2012 Premium

    · Visual Studio 2012 Professional

    · Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2012

    · Visual Studio Test Professional 2012

    We have also simplified our Visual Studio Express SKUs so developers can focus on the latest Microsoft platforms.

    · Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web

    · Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8

    · Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012

    Where do I go to get Visual Studio 2012?

    There are a variety of ways to buy Visual Studio 2012.  MSDN, DreamSpark Premium and DreamSpark subscribers will get it as part of their subscription. .  Enterprise and volume licensing customers can get Visual Studio 2012 through their existing channels. 

    For developers that would like to purchase Visual Studio without going through an MSDN subscription, they can get it through a Microsoft Academic resellers:

    Additional Resources

    · S. Somasegar’s blog post and Jason Zander’s blog post

    · Visual Studio 2012 Launch Event

    · Visual Studio Website

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    Samsung AITV range and Windows 8




    So what will OEM Windows 8 machine be like?

    Samsung held an event yesterday to announce a trio of Windows 8 PCs - ATIV Tab, ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro – and a Windows 8 Phone. So if you are interested in what Windows 8 OEM Find out more about the Samsung ATIV range

    What about other vendors?

    For other vendors offering you can check out the Microsoft News Center Gallery of OEM's offerings. There will be more to come, over the next few weeks as we approach the GA of Windows 8 26th October 2012

    So what about apps?

    If your interested in building or learning more about Windows 8 application development then you need to visit this new Microsoft UK Site which contains all the necessary information


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    If your thinking of installing Windows 8 are your labs machine HyperV capable?


    Whether you are a software developer, an IT administrator, many of us need to run multiple operating systems. Windows 8 uses Hyper-V, the machine virtualization technology that has been part of the last 2 releases of Windows Server.

    In brief, Hyper-V lets you run more than one 32-bit or 64-bit x86 operating system at the same time on the same computer. Instead of working directly with the computer’s hardware, the operating systems run inside of a virtual machine (VM).

    Hyper-V enables developers to easily maintain multiple test environments and provides a simple mechanism to quickly switch between these environments without incurring additional hardware costs.

    An introduction to Hyper-V




    Hyper-V requires a 64-bit system that has Second Level Address Translation (SLAT). SLAT is a feature present in the current generation of 64-bit processors by Intel & AMD. You’ll also need a 64-bit version of Windows 8, and at least 4GB of RAM. Hyper-V does support creation of both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems in the VMs.

    Hyper-V’s dynamic memory allows memory needed by the VM to be allocated and de-allocated dynamically (you specify a minimum and maximum) and share unused memory between VMs. You can run 3 or 4 VMs on a machine that has 4GB of RAM but you will need more RAM for 5 or more VMs. On the other end of the spectrum, you can also create large VMs with 32 processors and 512GB RAM.

    In conclusion, by bringing Hyper-V from Windows Server to Windows Client, allows you to provide a robust virtualization technology designed for the scalability, security, reliability, and performance needs of most data centers. With Hyper-V, developers and IT professionals can now build a more efficient and cost-effective environment for using and testing across multiple machines.

    So how do I know if my machine support SLAT (second level address translation). 

    1. Windows 8 HyperV requires support for SLAT (second level address translation). 

    2. So if your thinking of installing Windows 8 in your institutions computer labs you should check your machine BIOS as this feature can be enabled/disabled.

    3. To do this Download CoreInfo from the Windows Sysinternals website, here.

    4. Open a command window with admin rights and type coreinfo –v, if an asterix is displayed next to EPT row then your Intel processor supports SLAT.


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    Windows Azure Mobile Services for building mobile apps



    Welcome to the  Windows Azure Mobile Services public preview. Windows Azure Mobile Services is a turnkey backend solution to accelerate your connected client app development for common application scenarios such as structured storage, user authentication and push notifications all within minutes.  I wanted to share some key information and resources for mobile services so that you can start to include it in your curriculum and academic activities for the coming year.  

    Introducing Windows Azure Mobile Services

    The Windows Azure Mobile Services preview aims to make it incredibly for developers to create turnkey backend cloud service for Windows 8 applications in minutes.  If there is nothing else you do please spend 10 minutes watching the Introduction to Windows Azure Mobile Services by Scott Guthrie


    To summarize you can use Windows Azure Mobile Services to:

    · Create a simple and secure backend service to handle common tasks and free yourself to focus on the front end that your users value.

    · Incorporate structured storage, user authentication and push notification scenarios into your app in minutes.

    · This first public preview is designed specifically for Windows 8.  Future updates will include support for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

    More information is also available on Scotts blog Announcing Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Pricing - FREE

    One of the key things that we’ve consistently heard from developers and you about using Windows Azure with mobile applications is the need for a low cost and simple offer.  The simplest way to describe the pricing for Windows Azure Mobile Services at preview is that it is the same as Windows Azure Websites during preview.

    Sign up for the free trial or add Mobile Services preview to your existing subscription

    What’s FREE?

    · Run up to 10 Mobile Services for free in a multitenant environment

    · Free with valid Windows Azure Free Trial

    o 1GB SQL Database

    o Unlimited ingress

    o 165MB/day egress 

    What do I pay for?

    · Scaling up to dedicated VMs

    · Once Windows Azure Free Trial expires - SQL Database and egress


    For more Pricing information please see the pricing calculator

    Today academics and students developer can get started with the Mobile Services preview from via Windows Azure for Educators trials which has been updated to include dedicated pages for mobile developers to highlight Mobile Services and link out to tutorials and resources that will help developers get started.  The tutorials and resources are provided that support the three key Windows 8 + Windows Azure application scenarios Data, Auth and Push Notifications.  In addition to this the pricing calculator has also been updated for mobile services.

    Windows 8 Camps in a Box

    The Windows 8 Camp In a Box resource that includes presentations, hands-on-labs and samples that is used by both the Windows 8 Developer community. 

    Windows Azure Training Kit

    Check out the  Windows Azure developer Windows Azure Training Kit

    · Presentation: New Building Connected Windows 8 Apps with Windows Azure Mobile Services with accompanying demo scripts

    · Hands On Lab : New Getting Started with Windows Azure Mobile Services

    Channel 9 Online Media

    The following popular Channel 9 shows are available with more coming shortly

    ·Announcing Windows Azure Mobile Services by Scott Guthrie




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    Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM


    I am getting a lot of requests from the academic community for what support we are providing them for adopting the new Windows Server 2012? Another question is in regards to the alignment of training?  and how can this be aligned into curricula? with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Release to Manufacturing ‘RTM’

    I have talked a lot about Windows Resources in the past few blogs including our full curricula resources at

    In specific to Windows Server 2012 we have two specific certification paths MCSA/MCSE and we now have all the course materials available  for your courses this academic year. 

    The Windows Server 2012 MCSA now becomes the core starting point for a student’s career in IT, providing a platform for multiple paths including Server & Desktop Infrastructure, Private Cloud etc.

    Here are some key pointers:

    NEW MCT Prep-Kits

    · MCT One Note Trainer Pack and 45 min video on

    · Activate your FREE MCT membership through IT Academy now!

    MCT Download Centre

    · MCT Prep versions of Windows Server 2012 Microsoft Official Curricula available

    Additional Materials

    · WS2012 JumpStart Videos here

    · Free MS Press Book, Introducing Windows Server 2012 here

    · Information on the new MCSA exams for Windows Server 2012, inc. upgrade paths here

    We have also just launched the new service yesterday which now includes Windows Server 2012 content. 

    This includes new features like:

    - Digital and Printed content (digital discounts)

    - Collaboration features for note taking and annotations across classes

    - E-reading software supported by multiple platforms and browsers

    - Includes Windows 8 App at W8 launch

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    Creating a Linux Virtual Machine as a Persistent Windows Azure VM role.




    Over the past few weeks, I have had a few questions around the ability of Windows Azure to run non Windows operating systems. In this post I will explain the process of  installing Linux on Windows Azure.

    Firstly some key facts about Windows Azure support for Linux 

    Creating a virtual machine that is running the Linux operating system is easy when you use the image gallery in the Windows Azure Preview Management Portal. With no prior experience with Windows Azure, you can create a virtual machine running the Linux operating system in the cloud that you can access and customize.

    Images are provided by these trusted members of the Linux community:


    So how to create a virtual machine?



    Here is a step by step walkthrough adapted from Bruno Terkaly Blog   

    1. Open Internet Explorer and browse to enter the Windows Azure portal. Then, log in with your credentials.
    2. In the menu located at the bottom, select New | Virtual Machine | From Gallery to start creating a new virtual machine.


    Working with the gallery
    1. Select "From Gallery" to start creating a new virtual machine.
    2. Gallery will provide a list of available operating systems.

    Select a flavour of Linux

     Selecting a flavour of Linux


    1. Not including your own, you can choose your VM to run the following Systems:
      • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
        • This image contains the full version of SQL Server, including all components except Distributed Replay, Always On, and Clustering capabilities.
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
        • Windows Server 2008 R2 is a multi-purpose server designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server or private cloud infrastructure.
      • Windows Server 2012
        • Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's experience building and operating public clouds, resulting in a dynamic, highly available server platform. It offers a scalable, dynamic and multi-tenant-aware infrastructure that helps securely connect across premises.
      • CentOS 6.2
        • This distribution of CentOS version 6.2 is provided by OpenLogic and contains an installation of the Basic Server packages
      • OpenSUSE64-12.1
        • OpenSUSE Linux 64 Bits (IAAS M1 Preview)
        • This is the distribution with Yast2
      • Suse Linux Enterprise Server
        • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server is a highly reliable, scalable, and secure server operating system, built to power mission-critical workloads in both physical and virtual environments. It is an affordable, interoperable, and manageable open source foundation
      • Ubuntu Server 12.04
        • Ubuntu Server 12.04 amd64 20120528.1
        • Ubuntu Server 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) amd64 20120528.1 Cloud Image


         Naming the Virtual Machine (Linux)
    1. You will need to provide:
      • Virtual Machine Name
      • User Name
      • Password
      • Size (larger VMs allow up to 14GB of memory)
    2. Some guidelines regarding Administrator account
      1. Rename the Default Administrator Account
      2. When you rename the default Administrator account, it removes the obvious indication that this account has elevated privileges.
      3. Although an attacker still needs the password to use the default Administrator account, a renamed default Administrator account adds an additional layer of protection against elevation of privilege attacks.
      4. Note: Renaming the default administrator account hinders only certain types of attack.
      5. Additionally, tools are available that enumerate group members, and these always list the original administrator account first.
      6. For the best protection against attacks on your built-in administrator account, create a new administration account and then disable the built-in account.


    Specifying Linux VM Details

    1. The DNS name is the name of your Linux OS in the cloud
    2. Specify a storage account or automatically generate one
      • This is so you can store tables, blobs, and queues
    3. Specify region or affinity
      • Affinity is a useful concept.
        • It allows you to group dependant Windows Azure services, and deploy those in one place if possible
          • If your services are dependant on each other it is good if those are co-located, so that transactions between them are executed faster.
            • The best option is if the network hops between your hosted services are minimized as much as possible
          • Lowering your bill - For the most part bandwidth within the data center is free of charge
         Understanding Availability Set
    1. Availability sets means that your VMs will be distributed across different fault domains in the data center.
    2. This means if an entire rack goes down, you will have a running instance available


    Your Virtual Machine Running (Portal)

    1. The Linux OS is up and running after just a few minutes.
    2. We now need to test connectivity
    3. We will use the Putty tool(s)


    Understanding the Dashboard, Endpoints, and Configuration

    1. You have a few choices here:
      • Dashboard
        • Usage Overview
        • Status
        • URL
        • HostName
        • Public Virtual IP Address
        • SSH Details
        • Size
        • Disks
        • Location
        • Deployment ID
        • Subscription Name
        • Subscription ID
      • Endpoints
        • Name
        • Protocol (UDP or TCP)
        • Public Port
        • Private Port
        • Load Balanced
      • Configure
        • Virtual Machine Size
        • Availability Set


      How to open endpoints to your Linux VM

    1. Each VM can have attached a number of disks for storing data, and communicates with other VMs through endpoints
    2. Endpoints are simply TCP or UDP ports that can be configured individually


    Opening a TCP port

    1. Note the:
      • Name
      • Protocol
        • TCP or UDP
      • Public Port (access from outside the data center)
      • Private Port (from within the data center)


    Working with Putty

    1. Now that you have provisioned and configured a Linux Virtual Machine, you will connect by using an SSH client.
    2. Note: You can download Putty, a free SSH client for Windows, here:
    3. Putty offers the following:
      • PuTTY (the Telnet and SSH client itself)
      • PSCP (an SCP client, i.e. command-line secure file copy)
      • PSFTP (an SFTP client, i.e. general file transfer sessions much like FTP)
      • PuTTYtel (a Telnet-only client)
      • Plink (a command-line interface to the PuTTY back ends)
      • Pageant (an SSH authentication agent for PuTTY, PSCP, PSFTP, and Plink)
      • PuTTYgen (an RSA and DSA key generation utility).


      Starting Putty

    1. Login with your credentials
      • User Name and Password (you provided this previously)
    2. You can get the SSH details from the portal


    Your terminal screen to your Linux VM

    1. You will need to login with your previous password.
    2. Once you do that, you are now logged in.

    What if you already have a Linux Sever you simply want to move to the cloud?

    Here is a quick step by step guide for creating and Uploading a Virtual Hard Disk that Contains the Linux Operating System

    You create a virtual machine in Windows Azure by using a virtual hard disk (VHD) file. You can choose to create a virtual machine by using a VHD file that is supplied for you in the Image Gallery, or you can choose to create your own image and upload it to Windows Azure in a VHD file.

    Create a Linux virtual machine using a partner solution

    Choose one of the partners below for help creating Linux virtual machines in Windows Azure:

    Linux partners

    Create a Linux virtual machine with your own image

    Learn how to create your own virtual hard drive (VHD) with a Linux operating system on it, and then upload it and use it to create a Linux virtual machine in Windows Azure.

        CSUpload command-line tool. This tool is a part of the Windows Azure SDK. You use this tool to set the connection to Windows Azure and upload the VHD file. You must use the tools available in Windows Azure SDK - June 2012 or later to upload VHDs to Windows Azure. To download the SDK and the tools, see Windows Azure Downloads.
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