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Azure VM Image Builder

Simplify your virtual machine (VM) image building process with an easy-to-use tool

Create customised images in just a few steps

Avoid the hassles of figuring out tooling, processes and extraneous manual steps. With Azure VM Image Builder, create customised images using fast, simple steps. Integrate the image building process with your existing DevOps pipeline and manage the images by connecting to Shared Image Gallery.

Create customised Linux and Windows images at scale using existing or new configurations for Azure and Azure Stack

Integrate with Azure DevOps and Shared Image Gallery to create an image build pipeline and global management system

Connect VM Image Builder to your existing virtual networks to use your configuration servers and resources

Migrate an image customisation pipeline to Azure and use your existing scripts, commands and processes

Distribute and manage customised images at scale

Use Azure VM Image Builder to help ensure the security, including patching and updating, and full control of your customised images. Connect your existing virtual networks to access routable resources, servers and services, including configuration servers like Chef, Puppet and Desired State Configuration (DSC). Integrate with Shared Image Gallery to easily manage images and replicate them globally.

Create customised images for your needs

Build images to meet the configuration, compliance and regulatory needs of your organisation. Use your existing configurations with just one service to start building customised Linux, Windows and Windows Virtual Desktop images in minutes.

Integrate and automate with your DevOps pipeline

Use a single command or advanced configurations as code to create your build resources on demand in Azure. Connect VM Image Builder with your DevOps pipeline using Azure DevOps or other tools. Automate all tasks including patching and updating.

Fully managed service that supports tools you love

Stop worrying about maintenance, resources like VMs and other services, and support. Use tools you like, including Azure PowerShell, the Azure portal, Azure CLI, and Azure Resource Manager templates to automate your image creation.

Azure VM Image Builder is free

Azure Image Builder deploys resources into your subscription when you use the service. Pay only for the virtual machines and associated storage and networking resources consumed when running your image building pipeline.

Frequently asked questions about Azure VM Image Builder

  • Azure VM Image Builder is a free service. You only pay for underlying compute, storage, and networking resources that you use with the service. See pricing details.
  • It typically takes up to two d1_v2 VMs with storage and networking.
  • Use VM Image Builder via the Azure portal, Azure CLI, PowerShell, and Azure DevOps.
  • Follow steps in our detailed documentation for Linux and Windows image creation.
  • Azure VM Image Builder is free, with an SLA of 99-percent availability for service requests and billing and subscription management support. VM Image Builder is covered by the Azure Virtual Machines SLA.

Ready when you are—start building your Linux and Windows VM images

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