“But Kevin.. don’t I just use the Windows Azure portal?”
Sure.. you can do a lot with that. But if you need to use other tools such as System Center, or even use Windows PowerShell to connect to, configure, and manage your Azure-based resources, you need to establish an authenticated relationship between your local workstation and your Windows Azure subscription. That’s what we did in my Part 5 article prior to uploading your local virtual hard disk into your cloud storage. Brian gives you an easy-to-use summary of setting up that management.