Saturday, March 20, 2010

Microsoft: Retrieve Data Associated with Your CTP Account Prior to April 1, 2010

If you were a Windows Azure CTP participant you may want to be aware of the following:

All Windows Azure platform Community Technology Preview (CTP) account(s) associated with one of our supported billing countries that have not upgraded to a commercial subscription have been disabled. If your CTP account(s) have been impacted, you still have the ability to retrieve any data associated with your Windows Azure Storage accounts and SQL Azure databases. Your Windows Azure Storage accounts and SQL Azure databases are still accessible on a read-only basis until March 31, 2010. However, on April 1, 2010, CTP storage accounts and databases that have not been upgraded to a commercial subscription will no longer be accessible. Please retrieve any data that you wish to maintain prior to April 1, 2010.

Further, Microsoft goes on to say that users can still subscribe to Windows Azure and keep all of their data, mind you, this will cost a fee, as you will be upgrading your CTP account to a full service account:

To upgrade your CTP account(s), you will need to go to our offers page and select the offer of your choice. When you purchase the selected offer, you will need to sign in with the same Windows Live ID as that associated with your CTP account(s) and enter this same Windows Live ID as the "Service Administrator" when prompted to do so. Your CTP account(s) automatically will be associated with the first offer you purchase with that Windows Live ID. Your CTP account(s) will be reactivated as soon as you upgrade.
If you wish to purchase a new commercial subscription but NOT upgrade your existing CTP projects, please use a different Windows Live ID than your CTP account(s) when ordering or remove all of your applications and data associated with your CTP account(s) prior to sign up.

To make a long story short, you can still recover your data from the Windows Azure CTP services; however, you must do this before April 1, 2010.  Also, you can upgrade your account or create a new one through Microsoft to continue this service.


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