To help those using MongoDB on Windows Azure, a new "MongoDB Installer for Windows Azure" released today making it now easier than ever to setup, deployment, and development of MongoDB on Windows Azure.
"The MongoDB Installer for Windows Azure is a command-line tool (Windows PowerShell script) that automates the provisioning and deployment of MongoDB replica sets on Windows Azure virtual machines," Microsoft explains.
You just need to specify a few options such as the number of nodes and the DNS prefix, and the installer will provision virtual machines, deploy MongoDB to them, and configure a replica set. Once you have a replica set deployed, you're ready to build your application or service.
It is also known for a simple but flexible replication architecture based on replica sets, as well as sharding capabilities for load balancing and high availability."
The tutorial How to deploy a PHP application using MongoDB on Windows Azure takes you through the steps involved for a simple demo app, including the details of configuring and deploying your application as a cloud service in Windows Azure.
If you're a PHP developer who is new to MongoDB, you may want to also check out the MongoDB tutorial on php.net.