How to Get Started

The steps below guide you all the way from provisioning a free Windows Azure Trial account through deploying the @home with Windows Azure app to the cloud. You can follow along by watching the pre-recorded screencasts or jump to detailed instructions for each step on the FAQ page.

1. Get Your Windows Azure Account

Get a free, 3-month trial account or activate your MSDN Subscription benefit, which includes Azure access.

Ensure your workstation is configured with these prerequisites:

  • Windows Azure SDK for .NET (November 2011 or later)
  • Visual Studio 2010 (The SDK will install Visual Web Developer 2010 Express if you do not already have Visual Studio 2010.)
  • Windows 7 or Windows Vista.

On XP, Mac, or Linux? No problem! (See Alternative Steps Here).

2. Download the @home with Windows Azure Application

Download the @home with Windows Azure application code and test it locally in the Windows Azure emulator. (Detailed Steps)

Download the bits

3. Configure Windows Azure Storage

The @home with Windows Azure application makes use of Windows Azure's Table & Blob storage services. Configure the application to use Windows Azure Storage.

  • Create a Windows Azure storage account. (Detailed Steps)
  • Add the storage account name and key to the @home with Windows Azure configuration. (Detailed Steps).

4. Deploy the Application to Windows Azure

You have learned how to user the developer tools and how a Windows Azure project is set up. Now, it's time to deploy the application to Windows Azure!

  • Create a Windows Azure deployment package for the application (Detailed Steps).
  • Create a hosted service in Windows Azure and upload the package files to it. (Detailed Steps).

After deploying, you can track your continuing contribution to the Folding@home project by browsing to the URL of your hosted service.

Don't Have Visual Studio Or Are On Another Platform?

The steps above walk you through loading the @home with Windows Azure app in Visual Studio, building the package files and deploying them into Windows Azure. If you're on Windows XP, Mac, or Linux, you won't be able to use the Visual Studio Tools for Windows Azure to do this.

Instead, we have an alternative set of steps to help you deploy the @home with Windows Azure app quickly using a set of pre-compiled package files.  (Detailed Steps).