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Azure CLI Day 1 – account download

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In my previous post (http://thinkfirstcodelater.com/blog/?p=2957) I showed you how to install the cross platform command line tools to manage your Windows Azure services from your local console. However, before you can start taking control of Windows Azure you need to provide your account information to the command line. In this post I’ll show you how to download this information.

Once again, just a reminder that I’m using the command line tools on a MacBook Air with OSX (Mountain Lion) installed, and I’m using Google Chrome as my default browser. However, the experience should be identical on Windows and Linux as well.

If you don’t have a Windows Azure account you’ll need to sign up for one. You can try Windows Azure for free for 30 days. Just go to http://aka.ms/thecloud and sign up.
The first thing you’ll need want to do is open an instance of your command line (Terminal, Bash, Command Prompt, etc.) and type the following:

azure account download -h 

01 account download
This will launch your default browser and prompt you to log in with the Microsoft account associated with your Windows Azure subscription(s).
02 sign in
After you successfully sign in your account information, known as your publish settings, will start downloading.
 
03 download
 
Once your publish settings are downloaded you’re ready to import them into your command line to start managing your Windows Azure resources. I’ll show you how to do that in my next post.

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Hey there! My name is Adam Grocholski, and I'm a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft where I spend time focusing on Windows, Windows Phone, and Windows Azure. I live in the frozen tundra of Minnesota and run thinkfirstcodelater.com. You can also follow me on twitter at @codel8r.