Azure Virtual Machine Deployment

Microsoft Azure is a market leading cloud provider of Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas) and Platform as a Service (PaaS); allowing users to deploy application stacks, services, and virtual machines on demand. Azure can extend your exiting IT infrastructure to form a hybrid cloud through its vast network of secure private connections, or serve as on off premises cloud solution capable of scaling up and down to match your requirements. Azure supports a huge selection of operating systems, programming languages, frameworks, tools, databases and devices hosted out of it’s growing number of global datacentres.

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To show how quick and easy it is to deploy a virtual machine using Azure I have detailed the process of spinning up a Windows 2016 preview below. It’s also possible to automate virtual machine deployments using PowerShell and Resource Manager templates.

You’ll need an Azure account to log in to https://portal.azure.com. If you don’t have a subscription then Microsoft offer a free trial with £125 credit to get you started.

From the dashboard screen click Virtual Machines, Add. Select an operating system.

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Confirm the version of the operating system you want to deploy.

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Fill in the basic configuration settings, this includes the name, login details, and which datacentre location will physically host the virtual machine.

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Select the compute to assign the virtual machine.

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If there are any advanced settings specify them at stage 3, for example high availability; replicating the virtual machine between datacentres. Validate the details in stage 4 to begin deployment of the virtual machine. A task will appear on the dashboard, once complete click Virtual Machines.

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Select the newly created virtual machine, to open a remote console click Connect.

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The virtual machine is running and ready to use.

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Azure is a pay as you go service, even if you’re using the free trial once you have finished with a virtual machine make sure you delete it so you can use your credit elsewhere.

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