Friday, August 06, 2010

Creating a Windows Azure AppFabric Labs Account, Project, and Namespace

To take advantage of the new Windows Windows AppFabric Access Control Services preview features announced by the Azure AppFabric team on 8/5/2010, you must create an AppFabric Labs account, then add a named AppFabric project and namespace. Here’s how…

1. Log into the Windows Azure AppFabric Portal with your Windows LiveID credentials to open the Summary page:

image Click the screen capture to open a full-size (~955 px wide) version.

2. Click the Create a Project link to open the Sign Up page:


3. Type a unique project name and click OK to open the Add Service Namespace page:


Windows Azure AppFabric Labs projects don’t require a subscription (or credit card).

4. Click the Add Service Namespace link to open the Create New Service Namespace page:


You can’t add ServiceBus Connection Packs to an AppFabric Labs account. There is no charge for services provided by the Windows Azure AppFabric Labs.

5. Click Create to open the Project: ProjectName page with will show Status as “Activating” for a few seconds, then “Active”:


6. Click the Access Control link to open the Access Control Settings: ProjectName page:


7. Click Manage to open the Access Control Service page:


8. Future tutorials will address the Getting Started section’s five steps.

Update 8/8/2010: You’ll need to download the following additional items to take full advantage of the new Access Control Services preview features:

For WIF, you might want to download the following: