There is an intro special which you’ll need a credit card to sign up for.
I then clicked Portal Home, and Manage Subscriptions and it seemed to work:
windows.azure.com - dashboard
Need Win7, Server 2008 or Vista..
I run a windows7 VMWare image only had a 10gig partition, so off to easyvmx.com
put this is in the vmx file:
# Second SCSI disk image, size 25Gb
scsi0:1.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:1.fileName = "My_Virtual_Machine-2.vmdk"
scsi0:1.mode = "persistent"
scsi0:1.startConnected = "TRUE"
scsi0:1.writeThrough = "TRUE"
and the empty vmdk in the directory too.
Uninstalling the express version, then putting on a trail full version (many hours! time for coffee and to chill out)
Putting SQL Server Express 2008 on my Win7 VM.
nice.. this may have just been the studio, without SQL
Ok.. so trying the SQ:EXPR_x86_ENU.exe – hopefully the SP1 which is compatible with Win7.. need Mgt Studio too.
Probably Best to use the Web Platform Installer
Download Azure Tools for Visual Studio 1.1 (Feb 2010)
Need IIS7 and dev tools running.
AzureBright CMS – no source code as yet. MVC2
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/mytodo – MVC1 futures.
http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windowsazuresamples – Hello world.
Windows Azure Platform Training Kit
need dev accounts for: Azure, SQL Azure and Azure plaform AppFabric
Going through Demos tab in the Windows Azure Training Kit – didn’t work
Creating a Storage Account:
djhmateer,blob.core.windows.net – Storage account
MyTodo.cspkg – this is the app package
ServiceConfiguration.cscfg – conf file
When I got to Configuring – unclear exactly what to do:
after thinking I’d made a mistake in my configuration file having angle brackets in there 
I tried without. Seems to have hung on updating deployment. Tried to delete the service. Couldn’t. hmmm.
**where are the error logs?
Hello World Example – this worked
the crowd goes wild..
And after probably 15minutes, the light went to Ready, and we went live.
I’ve downloaded the Azure Tools.. do I need the SDK?
ASP.NET MVC2 – This Worked
Did an Upgrade of HelloWorld. And got a role not found
Trying a delete and a new deploy.
There is no SQL Server or data storage wired up yet