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smallcloudGrab your free Windows Azure account and get some hands-on time with Windows Azure via two great opportunities, one you can attend in person and one you can attend in your pajamas (read: on-line).

Cloud OS Signature Event Series

Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online

Cloud OS Signature Event Series

The Cloud OS Signature Event Series is a free one-day launch event being held at sixteen cities across the United States during September and October. The series includes three separate tracks

  • IT Executives will find out how Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure and Systems Center 2012 can streamline and simplify their IT operations management.
  • IT Professionals will learn about the enhancements to Windows Server 2012 (including virtualization and storage) and have the opportunity to work with Windows Azure Virtual Machines, the new Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering.
  • Developers will get a tour of Windows Azure capabilities with hands-on exercises every step of the way – Cloud Services, SQL Database, Virtual Machines, Access Control Service, and Service Bus.

Locations appear below, and you can register for any one of the three tracks; I’ll be at the New York City and Boston events presenting in the Developer track and hope to see some of you there!

Date Location
Sept. 5 New York City
Sept 14 Atlanta
Sept 18 Dallas
Sept 19 Minneapolis
Sept 19 Houston
Sept 20 Irvine
Sept 20 Boston (Cambridge)
Sept 20 Chicago (Oak Park)
Date Location
Sept 25 Washington DC
Sept 25 Columbus
Sept 27 Detroit
Sept 27 Seattle
Sept 27 Charlotte
Oct 10 Denver
Oct 11 San Francisco
Oct 11 Philadelphia (King of Prussia)
For the developer hands-on labs bring your own laptop with the following minimum system requirements:

Windows Azure Hands-on Labs Online

Reach the cloud from the comfort of your home or office by tuning into the Windows Azure Hands-On Labs Online series. Microsoft Technical Evangelists will present and proctor on-line labs that you can work through via Virtual Machines that have already been all set up with the necessary software and materials. You will, however, need your own Windows Azure account. If you don’t already have one, you can get a 90-day free, no-risk trial account within minutes.

Be sure to register ahead of time for each of the labs since space is limited:

Lab registration link Date Time

Hands-on Lab Online: Building Windows Azure Services

September 10

5 pm - 8 pm ET

Hands-on Lab Online: Windows Azure: Debugging Application in Windows Azure

September 14

1 pm - 4 pm ET

Hands-on Lab Online: Windows Azure: Exploring Windows Azure Storage

September 19

4 pm - 7 pm ET

Hands-on Lab Online: Using Windows Azure Tables

September 21

1 pm - 4 pm ET

Hands-on Lab Online: Windows Azure: Worker Role Communication

September 26

4 pm - 7 pm ET

Hands-on Lab Online: Advanced Web and Worker Roles

September 28

4 pm - 7 pm ET

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Jim is a Technology Evangelist for Microsoft who covers the Northeast District, namely, New England and upstate New York. He is focused on engaging with the development community in the area through user groups, code camps, BarCamps, Microsoft-sponsored events, etc., and just in general serve as ambassador for Microsoft. Since 2009, Jim has been focusing on software development scenarios using cloud computing and Windows Azure. You can follow Jim on Twitter at @jimoneil