.NET on Azure development environment checklist
This checklist is provided to help you make sure you have your development environment correctly configured for .NET development with Azure
Create an Azure account
To access Azure services or run applications in Azure, you need an Azure account.
- If you are a Visual Studio subscriber, you have monthly free Azure credits available to you every month
- Create a free Azure account and receive $200 in credits and select services free for 12 months
- Use an account assigned to you by your company's Azure administrator
Configure your IDE
Popular tools like Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code have extensions available to let you work with Azure right from your IDE.
- Configure Visual Studio for .NET development using Azure
- Configure Visual Studio Code for .NET Development using Azure
Install the Azure CLI
In addition to using the Azure portal, you will want to install the Azure CLI to create and manage Azure resources.
Install additional tools and utilities
These additional tools are designed to make you more productive when working with Azure.
- Install Azure PowerShell if you plan on using PowerShell scripts to create and manage Azure resources
- Install Azure Storage Explorer to upload, download, and manage data in Azure storage resources including blobs, queues, tables, and CosmosDB.
- Install Azure Data Studio if you are working with Azure SQL
Bookmark the following sites
You will use these sites frequently when doing Azure development. Bookmark them for quick reference.