Monday, April 11, 2016

Azure - Getting Started

Getting Started for Azure

I have come across many of the people asking where do we start with Azure Portal. What is in there , what would be the price if I need to host a simple website along with SQL as a backend.

Let's start with Azure basics.  The Azure™ Services Platform (Azure) is an internet-scale cloud services platform hosted in Microsoft data centers, which provides an operating system and a set of developer services that can be used individually or together. Azure’s flexible and interoperable platform can be used to build new applications to run from the cloud or enhance existing applications with cloud-based capabilities. Its open architecture gives developers the choice to build web applications, applications running on connected devices, PCs, servers, or hybrid solutions offering the best of online and on-premises.

I would suggest to go for an Azure trial account for a month before you opt for any subscription.

To sign up Azure , click 

At the bottom click "Sign Up" to fill in all the required details to get started. You would also need to fill in card details , don't worry its safe & charges won't  be deducted till you are under free month subscription. 

You receive $200 of Windows Azure credits with the Free Trial.  The choice is yours on how you use your Windows Azure credits. You could use it on Virtual Machines, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Mobile Services, Storage, SQL Database, on whatever you need. To protect you from accidentally incurring charges for usage beyond the included offer amount please set the Spending Limit feature by default to a limit of $0.

Once you are done with initial sign up process, please click the URL


After logging on to the Azure Portal, click the "New" button & provision whatever you like. e.g. You would need to publish an MVC website along with a SQL database.

Click the "New" link , then "MarketPlace" -> "Everything". You would see "WebApp + SQL" as shown below. Click the same to create an app along with SQL database. 


Please follow the link
 to get more details on publishing your first app.

Enjoy Azure!



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