I was wrong yesterday when I said that we were through setting up our Azure account. I implied that we had access to resources, but you only have those through a subscription. So, we need to create a new subscription and associate it with our account.
1) On the home page, click <start> under the free trial
3) Click on <text me>
Note: I was a bit disappointed that a credit card was required, but not totally surprised by this. My goal was to go forward with this using no previously obtained resources, but that is unrealistic and actually untrue. I am sitting in my apartment with a laptop and internet access. Last year I could have done this all in a library on a public computer, but I would still need a credit or debit card. I am not sure if a pre-paid gift card would work, but I will give it a try later on. I will also see if there is another option that can lower the barrier for entry a bit more.
If you happen to be a student, you can create a free account without a credit card if you use your school email account.
We still haven't spent any money, but we are leveraging many pre-existing or assumed resources. I will work on making sure to continue to acknowledge these and try and find ways to further minimize or eliminate them.