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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 Account – Get 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
System Requirements: Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7;Windows Server 2008;Windows Server 2008 R2
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:
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
Visual Studio 2010
ASP.NET MVC 2.0
Microsoft Internet Information Server 7
Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio 1.3
Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDK V1.0 - October Update
Windows Azure platform AppFabric SDK V2.0 CTP - February Update
Microsoft SQL Server Express 2008 (or later)
SQL Server Management Studio 2008 R2 Express Edition
Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation Runtime
Microsoft Windows Identity Foundation SDK