If you are setting up your Development Environment for Windows Azure and want to avoid installing SQL Server Express. I didn’t want to use SQL Server Express because I’ve already installed SQL Server 2008 R2 CTP so I can interact with my SQL Azure Database in the Cloud.
From the command line, Navigate to the Windows Azure SDK directory.
cd "C:\Program Files\Windows Azure SDK\v1.0\bin\devstore"
Then you will Launch the Development Storage Initialization Tool [DSInit.exe]. You will need to set the SqlInstance [/sqlinstance:] that you wish to create the tables on, and you will need to force [/forceCreate] the tool to create the tables.
This will launch the Initialization Tool.
If you receive the error message below you it is most likely because the instance name was improperly set. Ensure to be use only the InstanceName do not include periods or slashes.
After your Development Storage is set up make sure you go into your Development Fabric and Start the Development Storage Service.
Did you miss out going to Microsoft PDC this year? Want to keep up with what went on in the Windows Azure Sessions? Be sure you check out the Windows Azure Team Blog for the videos of each of the sessions.
For your convince I’ve copied the list below:
- The Business of Windows Azure: What You Should Know About Windows Azure Platform Pricing and SLAs (Dianne O’Brien) – If you’re interested in the business side of the platform, or if you’re a developer who wants to understand how pricing should influence your application design, this talk is for you. Unlike the talks below, this covers the full Windows Azure platform (including SQL Azure and .NET Services too).
- Windows Azure Present and Future (Manuvir Das) – Manuvir gave an overview of the new features and a peek at what’s coming next year. If you watch only one Windows Azure talk from PDC 2009, this is the one to see.
- Introduction to Building Applications with Windows Azure (David Lemphers) – If you want to understand the developer perspective on Windows Azure, you should watch this replay of David’s talk. You’ll learn the high-level concepts you need as well as see hands-on demos, all from someone with a cool Australian accent.
- Developing Advanced Applications with Windows Azure (Steve Marx) – Steve Marx shared some advanced techniques using the new features we announced at PDC. This was one of those build-up-an-app-throughout-the-session talks and worth a look.
- Building Java Applications with Windows Azure (Steve Marx) – Steve dusted off his Java and Eclipse skills and wrote some Java code to run in the cloud, including using the new Java storage client library in this very interesting session.
- Patterns for Building Scalable and Reliable Applications with Windows Azure (Brad Calder) – Brad talked about some of the more complex topics in building scalable apps. The content in this session is deep, but really important if you’re serious about designing for scale on Windows Azure.
- Windows Azure Blob and Drive Deep Dive (Brad Calder) – Brad runs the storage team and knows every detail of the design and implementation. If for no other reason than that, you should watch his session if you care about storage.
- Windows Azure Tables and Queues Deep Dive (Jai Haridas) – Jai, who works on the storage team, gave a good overview of the features and talked about common pitfalls and tips for getting the most out of the storage service.
- Windows Azure Monitoring, Logging, and Management APIs (Matthew Kerner) – Matt works on the Fabric team, and he shared the new diagnostic APIs and what they can do.
- Automating the Application Lifecycle with Windows Azure (Sriram Krishnan) – Sriram covered the new Service Management API and upgrade options, including how to automate things like deploying new bits to the cloud.
- Developing PHP and MySQL Applications with Windows Azure (Tushar Shanbhag and Mohit Srivastava) – Tushar and Mohit showed cool things like running MediaWiki using PHP, MySQL, and memcached in Windows Azure. A must-see for people interested in these technologies.
If you would like to check out some more Videos on Windows Azure make sure to head over to msdev.com.