Deploy and Test an Azure App with Platform Ready
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by Steven Smith
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Get an Azure Subscription and Deploy Your App

You can get a 30 day pass for Windows Azure by clicking on this link and then entering promo code CP250.  You don’t need a credit card or anything to get started using this promo code and URL.

It includes the following.  You just need to sign in with your Windows Live ID in order to get started, and then fill out the small form shown below.

Accept the agreement…

Now get started:

Note that it can take 2-3 business days for you to receive an email letting you know that your 30 day pass account has been set up.  The rest of this walkthrough assumes this has occurred, or that you otherwise have access to an Azure account (paid, via MSDN, etc.).

At this point if you’ve been following along, you’re ready for step 4 shown above, Deploy Your Application to the Cloud.  To do this, you’ll need to log in to your Windows Azure Management Portal at  You access the portal using the same Live ID you used to get your pass (or that you otherwise have associated with your Windows Azure account).  The relatively new version of this portal is shown here:

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If you are going to be taking advantage of Microsoft Platform Ready testing (in order to qualify for the $250 USD marketing funds offer), you will need to ensure that your account has a certificate and a storage account set up in addition to your application’s web or worker roles.  We’ll look at getting these set up after we show how to deploy the application.  To deploy, we’ll need to create an application package and a configuration file.

Back in Visual Studio, open your Windows Azure solution, right click on the cloud project, and choose Publish.

Choose the option to Create Service Package Only.

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Once the build and package steps complete, a Windows Explorer  window will open showing you the files that were produced.  Click on the address bar and Copy the address to your clipboard.

Now in your browser in the Azure Management Portal, click on New Hosted Service.  Fill in the options however you see fit.  If you created a 30-day pass, you should see it as an option in the Choose a subscription dropdownlist at the top of the form.  The URL prefix must be unique (among all Azure deployments, not just yours).

For Package location, choose Browse Locally and Paste the address where your published package is located, and then choose your .cspkg file.  For the Configuration file, choose Browse Locally again, Paste in the address again if necessary, and choose your .cscfg file.

Click OK.  This can take a bit of time, but once it’s done, verify that your application is working properly at the URL you chose above.

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User Comments

Title: Got my Check   
Name: Steve Smith
Date: 2011-06-15 10:11:47 AM
FYI - about 4 weeks after completing these steps I did receive a check for $250 from Microsoft as part of the promotion described here.

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