If you're spending some of your time catching up and learning new things in the wonderful world of cloud computing, Microsoft has a holiday gift in the form of some visual walkthroughs and tutorials on the new "Windows Azure for PHP" center.
- "Getting the Windows Azure pre-requisites via Microsoft Web Platform Installer 2.0" will help you quickly set up your machine in a "few clicks" with all the necessary tools and settings you'll need to work with PHP on Windows, IIS and SQL Server Express. Also, included snapshots of the entire process you'll need to get a developer working with the tools built by the "Interoperability at Microsoft" team
- "Deploying your first PHP application with Windows Azure Command-line Tools for PHP" will visually walk you through getting the tool, getting familiar with how it's used and packaging up a simple application for deployment to Windows Azure.
- "Deploying your first PHP application to Windows Azure" will build on top of the former articles with walk troughs of how to deploy the application using the management console, both the "classic" and present versions.