Azure Virtual Machines

You must bring a laptop. Don’t forget that power supply. We recommend more than 1 Gb of RAM and at least 10 Gb of free disk space. We will help you get organized and install the right software for continued virtual fun! We have wireless Internet access so you can download on-site.

Over the next six months we will cover the latest Microsoft tools for cloud based development and application hosting using Windows Azure. These Hands-On Labs will use a mix of web portal management and Visual Studio. VS 2012 or 2013 are recommended and you won’t need to install anything else to complete the labs. You will need a trial account for Azure. Browse to and look for Free Trial in the top right corner. You can also download the Windows Azure SDK for VS 2013 from

So far in our Azure labs we’ve been focusing on the website aspect of what Azure can do. This month we will be looking working with Virtual Machines. Bill will show how to set them up and connect multiple VMs together. He will also go over uploading your own locally created VM to the cloud.

Back on the websites, Rob will be showing that Azure has file editing capabilities built into the cloud. You can also save your files to a Git repository. He will also go over TFS in the cloud showing that Azure can handle most of your development needs.

Bill Wolff

Bill Wolff is an independent consultant, trainer, and architect specializing in Microsoft development technologies under the name Agility Systems. He served as the SharePoint Practice Director at Capax Global, Solutions Architect in the Microsoft Practice at Unisys Corporation, and ran the Microsoft Alliance at LiquidHub. He ran the consulting firm Wolff Data Systems for 15 years and directed armies of consultants in the dot com world. Bill is founder and President of the philly.NET user group, a previous INETA board member where he served as Vice President of the Speaker Bureau, and involved in several other user communities. Bill was a contributing author on several books. His certifications include trainer, systems engineer, developer, and Microsoft MVP.

Rob Keiser

Rob Keiser is a .Net developer, Architect and freelance writer for PC Today magazine. He has been building Windows application using various languages and tools for the past 20 years. Rob has also created some Windows Phone applications including Lunar Phase and NOAA Buoy.