Lab: How to Create a Virtual Machine Using the Azure Portal

March 23, 2017 The Editors

In this task you will create a Virtual Machine in Azure Portal.

  1. Sign in to the Azure Management Portal.
  2. On the Left Side bar, click + NEW and then click on See all.

Creating a VM

  1. Click Virtual Machines and then click the Windows Server tile.

Creating a VM - Click Virtual Machines then the Windows Server tile

  1. A new blade opens with the different images available for Windows Server. Find and click Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter.

Creating a VM - Select the image to use

  1. In the Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter blade, Select 'Resource Manager' from dropdown select a deployment model, and then click Create.

Creating a VM - Click Create to confirm the use of this image

  1. On the Create Virtual Machine blade that opens, enter:
    • Name: virtual machine name (e.g. testvm)
    • VM Disk type: SSD or HDD
    • User Name: administrator user for the virtual machine (e.g. adminUser)
    • Password: unique password for the administrator account
    • Subscription: Select if you have multiple subscriptions
    • Resource: New or Existing (e.g. create-vm)
    • Location: select the location for the virtual machine. (e.g. West US)

Creating a VM - Basic Configuration

  • Size: select the size of virtual machine needed. (Select See All for checking all sizes and details)

Creating a VM - Types of Sizes

  • Disk Type: select the disk size. (e.g. Standard/Premium(SSD))
  • storage account: storage account details(if existing select the storage account at specified location or create new)
  • virtual network: virtual network for the virtual machine to create
  • Subnet: subnets under one Virtual network
  • Public IP address: public IP address

Creating a VM - Settings

  • Summary: virtual machine summary details before you click on create.

Creating a VM - Summary

          **Note:** Premium storage, available for DS-series virtual machines in certain regions. For details, see [Premium Storage: High-Performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine Workloads]( 

  1. Click OK.
  2. The VM will start being created. You can monitor the creation progress on the Notifications. As this can take a few minutes, this task ends here.

Creating a VM - Monitor progress on the Notifications

Creating a VM - Monitor progress in the Notifications Hub

          **Note:** After the VM is created, the Virtual Machine blade will open. A pin for the VM (e.g. azureVM) is also added to the **Startboard**. You can use it to access the VM.   

Creating a VM - A pin in the startboard exists after creation

Creating a VM - A pin was created in the Startboard

Once the virtual machine has been created you can attach new or existing data disks to the Virtual Machine. See About Virtual Machine Disks in Azure for more information.

Creating a VM - A pin in the startboard exists after creation

Virtual Machine details after Creation

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