After signing up for the Windows Azure Virtual Machine beta I thought it would be a fun project to get the Windows Intune Active Directory integration and Mobile Device Management capabilities rolled out for testing purposes. Oh, the things we do for fun!

If you haven’t already signed up, head on over to

Select Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as the base image.

Before deciding on VM sizing, take a look at the pricing options, they jump up quickly as more server resources are assigned to your VM.

Once you add one VM, a Web Service group is created that you can link additional VMs to.

Here are the two VMs I’ve created, one for Exchange/Active Directory, and the other for DirSync and the Exchange Connector for Windows Intune.

Obviously there’s still a bunch of work to do, and I’ll get more done once Exchange is downloaded and installed.