How to Log on to a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server
To log on to a virtual machine running Windows Server, use the Connect button in the Management Portal to start a Remote Desktop Connection. (For Linux VMs, see How to Log on to a Virtual Machine Running Linux.)
If you haven't already done so, sign in to the Azure Management Portal.
Click Virtual Machines, and then select the appropriate virtual machine.
On the command bar, click Connect.
Click Open to use the Remote Desktop Protocol file that's automatically created for the virtual machine.
Click Connect to continue.
Type the credentials for the administrative account on the virtual machine, and then click OK.
In most cases, you'll use the user name and password that was specified when the virtual machine was created. Check the user name to make sure it has the correct domain information:
- If the VM belongs to a domain at your organization, make sure the user name includes the name of that domain.
- If the VM doesn't belong to a domain, either remove any domain information by starting the line with '\' or use the VM name as the domain name. For example,
- If the VM is a domain controller, type the user name and password of a domain administrator account for that domain.
Click Yes to verify the identity of the virtual machine.
You can now work with the virtual machine remotely.
If you cannot log on to the virtual machine, see How to Reset a Password or the Remote Desktop Service for Windows Virtual Machines.