First Azure project using ASP.NET MVC -UPDATED for RC2
Before getting started, you will need to have a number of things configured on your machine:
- Enable IIS7/ASP.NET and WCF HTTP Activation. If you need help in doing this, here's a guide.
- Ensure that you have Visual Studio 2008 installed, and that it has been updated with Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1.
- This is a little confusing. Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 includes the .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 update, so you do not need to download and install it separately.
- Although Azure will work with SQL Server 2005 Express, I recommend upgrading to SQL Server 2008 Express with Tools.
- Install Windows PowerShell 1.0 (be sure to select the right download, x86 or x64, etc.) Not strictly necessary, but worth it.
Once your machine is up to snuff, it's time to download and install the Azure SDK and tools.
(Although you don't need to register for Azure Services in order to get started locally, it takes a little while to get an invitation code, so the sooner you register, the better. Click here to register.)
For standard Azure development (not using .NET Services), two installations are needed:
- Download the Windows Azure Software Development Kit (January 2009 CTP) and install it.
- Download the Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio January 2009 CTP and install it.
Once Azure is installed, it's time to install ASP.NET MVC:
- Download ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 2 and install it.
- Download ASP.NET MVC RC 2 Futures and install it.
You are now ready to write ASP.NET MVC applications for Azure!
In my next series of posts, I will take you through putting an application together, running it locally, and deploying it in the cloud.