You must be really busy spinning up VMs to test SQL Server 2014 CTP1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 preview.
If your on-premise desktop computer/laptop is running low on resources and if you don’t want to take the pain of handling multiple VMs locally,then you have an option to test them out right up in the cloud.
Yes, You can always spin up a Windows Azure VM and do all your testing and shut that down once you are done with your work to save some money.
Sounds like a deal right? Yes, its pretty easy and fast. It takes less than 10 minutes to provision a Windows Azure VM.
Lets look at the options we have in Azure for the test VMs –
1. SQL Server 2014 CTP1 Evaluation Edition on Windows Server 2012
This image will setup SQL2014 CTP1 for you on Windows Server 2012. Once the VM is provisioned and is in running state, you can connect it via RDP to see that SQL Server is ready to test.
2. Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
This image will provision a VM for you with Windows Server 2012 R2 preview. You can spin up multiple VMs to do your hardcore testing with Windows.
This is indeed a great way to test the latest builds with minimum efforts and you always have the option to shutdown the VMs after use to avoid a heavy bill.
Thanks for reading and keep watching this space for more.
But how much does it cost?
Azure is subscription based model and it wont cost you much to do basic testing. If you have MSDN, then there is a monthly credit too.