This tutorial assumes that you are familiar with the offerings that both Windows Azure and SQL Azure have to offer. If that is not the case, I recommend you visit the products features page located at: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/features/.
To begin, go to www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/sdk and click on the Get Tools & SDK button, shown below:
Alternatively, you could choose to download the Standalone Windows Azure SDK or the Windows Azure AppFabric SDK, but that is beyond the scope of this article. Basically you would choose this option if you did not want to install the other tools included in the Azure SDK bundle or do not use Visual Studio.
A pop-up window will appear asking you to save the WindowsAzureToolsVS2010.exe file. Click "Save File":
Locate the file on your computer and double-click it to launch. Another pop-up will appear asking if you want to open the file. Click "Run" and wait while the program downloads some additional files and configures them for installation. This process could take a few minutes, so be patient.
Finally, a User Control Prompt will appear. Choose "Yes" and wait for the Web Platform Installer Welcome Screen to display:
Click the Install button and wait for the installer to download the various SDK tools and packages. Another pop-up window will appear showing you what you will be installing and asking if you accept the license terms. If you do, click the "I Accept" button:
Once the SDK and tools are installed, you might need to install SQL Server Express, depending upon whether or not you already have it installed. You will be asked to setup an admin account – choose these options:
Mixed Mode Authentication
Fill in an admin password and confirm it
Next, click the "Continue" button and wait for a confirmation page to appear, signalling that the installation was succesful and complete. It should look something like this:
Click the Finish button and you are all set!
Note, you will still need a subscription for your Windows Azure. To sign-up for one, visit: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/free-trial/ and follow the on-screen prompts.