A Step-by-Step Guide

Microsoft Azure IoT Labs - Getting Started

This is a step-by-step guide to preparing your computer for the Azure IoT Labs.

Table of Contents

Preparing for the Azure IoT Labs

The labs in this series build on each other to enable you to prototype your own Internet of Things (IoT) devices using Microsoft Azure. In this lab you will use Node.js and an open source framework for interacting with hardware called Johnny Five, which works as a baseline control kit for hardware projects, including the Arduino, Particle Photon, and Raspberry Pi boards. This enables you to write applications in JavaScript that can run either on your computer or on a hub device (like an Arduino Yún or Raspberry Pi) connected to an variety of devices.

The first part of this lab series will teach you how to create IoT devices that send telemetry to the cloud. You will use Azure services, such as Stream Analytics and PowerBI to create visualizations of the telemetry. In the second part of the lab series you will use Notification Hubs to send command & control messages back to the device.

Bill of Materials

To prepare your development environment for this lab series you don’t need anything other than a computer. Each lab in the series will have a bill of materials indicating what is required for that lab.

Install a Code Editor

If you don’t already have one installed, pick a text/code editor. Feel free to use anything you like, provided it won’t inject any extra text into your files.

Some Options:

Install Node.js (v0.12.x)

In the labs you will write small programs that will run on your computer, connected to your Thing. These programs will be written in JavaScript and will be built on Node.js. If you are not familiar or experienced with Node.js, don’t worry. You will learn everything you need to know for these labs in these labs.

Follow the instructions here to install Node.js on your computer. Be sure to install version 0.12.x - not version 4.0.

Set Up a Development Directory

Prepare a place to save all of your work in the labs. We recommend an easy to navigate to directory with a relatively short path. Create a new folder/directory for the labs:

Windows

  C:\Development\IoTLabs

Mac OS X

  ~/Development/IoTLabs

Create a Microsoft Azure Trial Account

In this lab series you will use Microsoft Azure as the cloud backend for your IoT solution. If you don’t already have an Azure account, go to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/free-trial/ to start a free trial of Microsoft Azure. You may need a credit card for identity verification but the trial is completely free. If you have an MSDN Subscription you may be eligible for free credits to Microsoft Azure every month. Check your MSDN account page for details.

Conclusion & Next Steps

That’s it for now. You are ready to start the first lab, Setting Up Azure IoT Hub.