Monday, January 7, 2013

Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on Windows Azure: Subscription Process

In my previous article, I provided an intro on the necessary elements required to deploy Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on Windows Azure - see Deploying Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 on Azure - Introduction. Now, I begin a series of articles showing step by step how to configure the platform.

The first thing you will need to do is setup a subscription. As it turns out, Microsoft is running a 90-day free trial, how about that? The free trial allows you some good room to get a couple servers required for setting up a Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 session host and the Web Client. Storage is set currently at 35 GB, so I believe we have plenty room to play.

So on we go by clicking the Free Trial option, which takes us to the Sign In page. Authentication is done via your Windows Live account, so one is effectively required.

Don't worry! Even if you haven't signed into Windows Azure before, you will be prompted to follow the account creation process. You will now be able to see what's being offered as part of your 90-day free trial. Ah, don't forget your credit card. You will not be charged as your initial spending limit is defaulted to $0 during the free trial period. A credit card is also required to verify your identity.

Upon clicking the arrow to continue with the account creation and subscription process, you are now faced with the credit card entry window. Very simple! Pop out your shiny [favorite card name here] and just follow the data entry fields. Click the next button to validate the credit card info and complete the account setup and subscription.

Once the credit card is validated, you are good to go. You will now be sent back to the Azure home page where you can manage your account and go to the administrative portal. My next article will focus on how to provision the machines needed to setup our Microsoft Dynamics GP environment.

Until next post!

Mariano Gomez, MVP
IntellPartners, LLC

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