Deploy and Test an Azure App with Platform Ready
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Verify Application with Microsoft Platform Ready

Go to, choose your location (only US is eligible for $250 contest) and sign in using your Live ID.  Fill in the form, making sure to specify Code Project for the How did you hear about MPR? question:

Click Save and Submit to continue.

Next, add your application to MPR and fill the form, noting that the Microsoft Platform(s) used by your application include Windows Azure Platform (Windows Azure, SQL Azure & App Fabric).  Then, click on the Test tab.  You’ll need to download and install the Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool, which you’ll find a link to once you click on the Test My Apps link on the left.

Install the test tool and run it.  Give your test a name and select Windows Azure as the technology in use, then click Next.

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Now click the Edit… link in the Details column.  Here you will need to provide your subscription ID, your certificate file (that we created above), and optionally the URL to your application.

You’ll find your subscription ID in the Azure Portal on the right, as well as listed with your Management Certificate.

Once you’ve selected your subscription ID and certificate, click the Verify button.  You should see this:

Close this window and then click Next.  Your Test Prerequisites should say Pass now.  Click Next to move on to test execution.  Now you will need to verify that your application works correctly.  This is not automated – it’s up to you to perform this test.  When completed, click the Yes checkbox and then click Next.

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Ideally you should now see a Test Result of Pass.  If you didn’t set up a storage account, you may see a test failure noting that your account does not have a storage account associated with it.  In that case, shame on you for not following direction – go back and add one, then repeat the steps to run the test.  Click Next.

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Now we’re almost done.  You can view the test results, but note that the test results file is not what you are going to upload to the Microsoft Platform Ready web site.  Trust me, I tried, it doesn’t work.  To submit the results of your test to Microsoft, you need to click on the Reports button in the screen below.

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Choose the passing test that you want to package, then click Next.

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Click Next again on the resulting screen, and then enter in your Application Name and Version on the next screen.  Click Next again.  Now, check the Create Test Results Package checkbox and provide a name for the package, but more importantly, enter in the Application ID from the Microsoft Platform Ready web page.  Fill in the rest of the form and click Next.

After a few seconds, you should see the Finish screen:

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On the MPR web page, click the Choose File button, navigate to the Test Results Package Location shown in the Finish screen of the test tool, and upload the test results package.

Next you should see that the upload was successful and the results are queued for processing.  Click Refresh after a bit, and you should see something like this showing your Passing test.

Now you’re ready to request your $250.  Take a screenshot of the entire page showing the Test tab and the View My Reports tab showing that your application passes.  Then fill out this email template with your company information and paste/attach the screenshot to the email, and send it in.  If you have questions about this offer, please review the terms and conditions here.

Congratulations!  You just created and verified your first Windows Azure application!

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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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