Starting With Windows Azure

If you are new to windows azure and you do not know how to start with azure or from where should you start then I am going to explain it in a simple way. Please visit the website and it looks like the following,


Click on try for free. It will open a link.

Scroll down the website and you will find the following options:

Scroll down the website

Note: The URL may vary as per your locale. In above URL there is /en-us/ in middle of URL.
en-us locale means this website is being displayed in English of US locale. You can change the url as per your locale.

Click on Activate now under MSDN Subscriber. It will open the following link.

MSDN Subscriber

Click on Get your free benefits link. It will redirect to the page for your login credentials.

After that it will redirect you for portal management some screenshots for portal managemts are as folows:


All iytems

Here is the dashboard with no services created yet. Now you can create the following things using the Dashboard:

Websites, Virtual Machines, Mobile services, Cloud Services, SQL Databases, Storage, HDINSIGHT etc.

To create a website

Click on New, Compute, Website, then click Quick Create.

Provide the URL. The URL name will be suffixed by

Choose the data center.

Choose the data Center

You can also create custom websites. To create custom website please follow the steps:

Click on New, COMPUTE, WEBSITE, then click CUSTOM CREATE.

Custom Create

It will open a new window

Create website

We can also use template for websites

Form Gallery

It will open a Web Apps Gallery.

Find APP

You can choose any web app. You can install some popular CMS like Orchard, WordPress, Joomla, MonoX, mojoPortal, etc.

I have explained here only to create a website but you can do a lot of things. You can create Websites, Virtual machines, Mobile services, cloud services, SQL Databases, Media Services, Storage, HDINSIGHT, Service Bus, Visual Studio Online and much more.

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