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31 Days of Servers in the Cloud–Setting up Windows Azure Management (Part 8 of 31)

Windows Azure PortalIn today’s article in our “31 Days of Servers in the Cloud” series, my friend Brian Lewis gives us a simple method of setting up management of Windows Azure.

“But Kevin.. don’t I just use the Windows Azure portal?”

Sure.. you can do a lot with that.  But if you need to use other tools such as System Center, or even use Windows PowerShell to connect to, configure, and manage your Azure-based resources, you need to establish an authenticated relationship between your local workstation and your Windows Azure subscription.  That’s what we did in my Part 5 article prior to uploading your local virtual hard disk into your cloud storage.  Brian gives you an easy-to-use summary of setting up that management.



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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.