Windows Azure On-boarding Guide for Dev / Test

This post is to provide customer who are considering / has decided Windows Azure for Dev / Test environment.

Windows Azure’s Values for Different Stakeholders in Dev / Test Scenario



Application sponsor

BUIT/ Developers

Central IT/ Infrastructure Ops

Faster time to market

Faster infrastructure provisioning and rollout times on Windows Azure enable your application teams to make changes faster

Instantly provision any amount of test/development resources, when you need them

Allow your users to self-provision based on a set of policies and rules that you set upfront

Lower cost

Minimize your investment and pay only for what you use on Windows Azure for testing and development

Only pay for what you use with metered charge-back for all resources on the public cloud

Free up on-premises DC capacity by moving test/development to Windows Azure

Less risk

Minimize your upfront investment using Windows Azure, with the option to expand rapidly as required

Moving test/dev to Windows Azure gives you access to capacity when you need it, while complying with governance policies set by central IT

Get back control over your IT environment, while giving your end-users the same benefits as public cloud / infrastructure ownership


The Solution

How’s the solution going to look like for Dev Test? Well, it could be as simple as spinning up a VM and manage it from on-premise by the developer, like you can see in below Solution 1. Or it might be more advanced as shown in Solution 2, which involving Virtual Network: Site to Site VPN.

Solution 1 – Simple


Solution 2 – Advanced


Get Started Resources

Here’re are some of the on-boarding guide for you go get started dev / test in Windows Azure:

Creating and preparing Infrastructure Services

Managing Infrastructure Services via Scripting


A recording session that’s worth to be checked out: Building Your Lab, Dev, and Test Scenarios in Windows Azure Infrastucture Services (IaaS)

channel9 Hope this helps.

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