South African MVP Dirk Strauss–Guest Blog – Visual Studio 2015 Preview and Windows 10 Technical Preview – Try Them On Azure Now

Today we have a guest blog post from South African MVP – Dirk Strauss, who shares an Azure themed post with us, which includes both ITPro and developer goodness.

Dirk Strauss is a Software Developer and Microsoft MVP from South Africa. With experience in VB.NET and C#.NET, he currently works for Evolution Software developing responsive web applications.ME_New_2

He loves all things Technology and is slightly addicted to Twitter and Jimi Hendrix. Apart from writing code, he also enjoys writing human readable articles. “I love sharing knowledge and connecting with people from around the world. It’s the diversity that makes life so beautiful.”

Dirk feels very strongly that pizza is simply not complete without Tabasco, that you can never have too much garlic, and that cooking the perfect steak is an art he has yet to master.

Interests include C#, VB.NET, Technology in general & trying to master Hendrix licks on Guitar.


Microsoft Azure provides a perfect solution for those with a subscription (BizSpark, MSDN etc.) to test out the previews of various software. I can immediately think of Visual Studio 2015 Preview and Windows 10 Technical Preview. If you don’t want to download the ISO’s or don’t want to set up your own VM to test them on, Microsoft Azure is the way you want to go.

Microsoft Azure – Setting Up The Virtual Machine

Log on to your Azure account and head on over to the Virtual Machines tab. Click on the ‘Create a Virtual Machine’ link.


You are now presented with a short list of images to choose from (Nice to see Ubuntu Server here). To see the full catalog of images, select the ‘More images…’ link at the bottom of the image list.


The next screen will display all the images available to you. As you can see, there are a lot to choose from. If you want to create a VM to run Visual Studio (this includes 2015 Preview) on, you simply select the appropriate image from the list. For our purposes, we want to play around with Windows 10 Technical Preview.


You will now enter a setup wizard where you can configure your logon name and password among other settings. These are very self-explanatory, so I will not go through these here. Once you have created your Virtual Machine, it will be listed under your Virtual Machine instances.


When the status of your VM is displayed as Running, click on the connect button at the bottom of the screen.


And that is all there is to it. Once you have connected to the Virtual Machine, you can really get stuck in and play around to your heart’s content. Enjoy!

Nicolas Blank

Nicolas is an Architect, author, and speaker focused on all things Exchange and Cloud at NBConsult. With over 16 years of experience on Exchange, Nicolas consults to customers globally on cloud based and on-premises Exchange as well as ISVs building Exchange focused products. Nicolas has extensive experience using Azure to create public and private Azure based offerings leveraging cloud based principles and common sense. Nicolas currently holds status of MCM Exchange 2010, Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Master), MCSM Exchange 2013, and has been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Exchange since March 2007. Nicolas has co-authored "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution," published by Sybex. Nicolas blogs regularly on Exchange and messaging topics at, tweets at @nicolasblank, and is the founder of and a contributor to IT Pro Africa and @itproafrica

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