I recently began a series of 3 Day Instructor Led Trainings (ILT) in Irvine (Orange County), Silicon Valley and Redmond. The course is a 200/300 level and uses the Windows Azure Training Kit as the primary learning curriculum.The training kit is quite large, and the instructor (Vivek Bhatnagar  @vivekbhatnagar) selects the most relevant topics/labs to cover over the 3 day period.  The students have plenty of material to cover after the training is completed.

If you weren’t able to attend a local training event, you can download the Windows Azure Platform Training Course and get started on your own. I’ve provided a link for a free 30 day Azure pass, system requirements and required software below:

Azure AccountGet a Free Windows Azure 30-Day Pass by Using Promo Code DPWE01

Visual Studio 2010 – you can download Visual Studio 2010 Express for Free or download a trial of Visual Studio 2010 Pro 

Hardware:

  • Min CPU: 2.1 Ghz
  • Min HD: 120 GB
  • Min RAM: 2 GB
  • Base OS: Windows 7 & Office 2007
  • Internet: Required

System Requirements: Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7;Windows Server 2008;Windows Server 2008 R2

Software:

The Windows Azure Platform Training Course (Feb 2011 Update)

The hands-on labs for this training course require the following prerequisite software to be installed and configured on your machine: