Course Description

Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing technology. This course explores various techniques for developing applications and storing data in Windows Azure, and helps you understand when each approach is best. The course is deep and broad, and assumes a good working knowledge of .NET and experience in enterprise development.

What you’ll learn

  • Understanding key Azure concepts
  • Creating Cloud Services
  • Creating Web applications for Azure
  • Using SQL Database
  • Working with Azure Storage
  • Working with Azure Service Bus
  • Implementing security
  • Deploying to Azure



3 Days


Target Audience

This course is for .NET developers who want to learn how to create cloud-based solutions using Azure.


Course Prerequisites

Solid C# experience


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Course Content

Getting Started with Windows Azure
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Creating a Windows Azure account
  • Using the Windows Azure Management Portal
  • Installing Windows Azure tools in Visual Studio
Creating Cloud Services
  • Overview of cloud services
  • Creating web roles and worker roles
  • Communicating between web roles and worker roles
  • Using caching effectively
WCF Service Techniques
  • Using WCF to create SOAP and RESTful services
  • Creating WCF Data Services
  • Azure considerations
Additional Application Development Techniques
  • Creating ASP.NET MVC web applications
  • Creating Web API RESTful services
  • Azure considerations
Using SQL Database
  • SQL Database architecture
  • Features and limitations
  • Data access techniques
  • Creating and connecting to SQL Database
  • Developing Windows Azure services that use SQL Database
Getting Started with Windows Azure Storage
  • Storage service architecture
  • Windows Azure storage accounts
  • Understanding connection strings
  • Using the Windows Azure Storage Emulator
  • Overview of blobs, queues, and tables
Going Further with Windows Azure Storage
  • Blob containers, block blobs, and page blobs
  • Blob directories
  • Creating a table for table storage
  • Defining entity types
  • Using the table APIs
  • Querying entities
  • Creating a queue for queue storage
  • Sending and receiving messages
  • Using asynchronous APIs
  • Using REST APIs
Windows Azure Service Bus
  • Overview of Service Bus
  • Creating and using Service Bus queues
  • Creating and using Service Bus topics
Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Overview of claims-based authentication
  • Introduction to Access Control Service (ACS)
  • Creating and configuring an ACS namespace
  • Using the Identity and Access Tool in Visual Studio
  • Creating and configuring Relying Party applications to use ACS
Deploying Services
  • Using Web Deploy in Visual Studio
  • Web deployment packages
  • Command-line tools for Web Deploy
  • Deploying to Windows Azure


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