This tutorial shows you how easy it is to create an Azure virtual machine (VM). This tutorial uses a Windows Server image, but that's only one of the many images available through Azure. This includes Windows operating systems, Linux-based operating systems, and images with installed applications. The images you can choose from depend on the type of subscription you have. For example, desktop images may be available to MSDN subscribers.
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This section shows you how to use the From Gallery option in the Management Portal to create the virtual machine. This option provides more configuration choices than the Quick Create option. For example, if you want to join a virtual machine to a virtual network, you'll need to use the From Gallery option.
You can also try the richer, customizable Azure Preview Portal to create a virtual machine, automate the deployment of multi-VM application templates, use enhanced VM monitoring and diagnostics features, and more. The available VM configuration options in the two portals overlap substantially but aren't identical.
On the command bar at the bottom of the window, click New.
Under Compute, click Virtual Machine, and then click From Gallery.
The first screen lets you Choose an Image for your virtual machine from one of the lists in the Image Gallery. (The available images may differ depending on the subscription you're using.) Click the arrow to continue.
The second screen lets you pick a computer name, size, and administrative user name and password. If you just want to try out Azure Virtual Machines, fill in the fields as shown in the image below. Otherwise, chose the tier and size required to run your app or workload. Here are some details to help you fill this out:
The third screen lets you configure resources for networking, storage, and availability. Here are some details to help you fill this out:
If you want a virtual machine to use a virtual network, you must specify the virtual network when you create the virtual machine. You can't join the virtual machine to a virtual network after you create the VM. For more information, see Azure Virtual Network Overview. - For details about configuring endpoints, see How to Set Up Endpoints to a Virtual Machine.
The fourth configuration screen lets you configure the VM Agent and some of the available extensions. Click the check mark to create the virtual machine.
The VM agent provides the environment for you to install extensions that can help you interact with or manage the virtual machine. For details, see Using Extensions.
After the virtual machine is created, the Management Portal lists the new virtual machine under Virtual Machines. The corresponding cloud service and storage account also are created and are listed in those sections. Both the virtual machine and cloud service are started automatically and the Management Portal shows their status as Running.
Log on to the virtual machine. For instructions, see How to Log on to a Virtual Machine Running Windows Server.
Attach a disk to store data. You can attach both empty disks and disks that contain data. For instructions, see the Attach a Data Disk Tutorial.
To learn more about what you can configure for a VM and when you can do it, see About Azure VM configuration settings.