Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure – Public Preview
Published date: 20 May, 2019
We are excited to announce the Public Preview of Generation 2 virtual machines on Azure. Generation 2 virtual machines use the new UEFI-based boot architecture vs. the BIOS-based architecture used by Generation 1 virtual machines. The new architecture enables customers to:
- Build large virtual machines (up to 12TB)
- Provision OS disks sizes that exceed 2TB.
Microsoft introduced Generation 2 virtual machines for on-premises Hyper-V users with Windows Server 2012 R2. An increasing number of customers are moving their on-premises workloads to Azure and they want native support for Generation 2 virtual machines, on the Microsoft Azure platform. Therefore, we are taking the first step and we are enhancing the Azure infrastructure to support the creation of Generation 2 virtual machines, natively.
If you want to take advantage of these features, you can now create Generation 2 virtual machines in Azure. Note that we will be evolving generation 2 capabilities overtime and based on our customers feedback. For a complete list of capabilities, limitations and details associated with the deployment of Generation 2 virtual machines on Azure, please refer to our documentation.
For your review please find enclosed a table that summarizes some of the differences between Generation 1 and Generation 2 virtual machines
Generation 1 Virtual Machine
Generation 2 Virtual Machine
VM sizes supported
Premium Storage VMs
OS Disk > 2TB
Azure Site Recovery/Backup
Azure Disk Encryption
Shared Image Gallery
You can now
- Create standalone generation 2 virtual machines using the Azure Marketplace images from the Azure Portal or via command line.
- Create standalone generation 2 virtual machines using Managed Image/Disk from Azure Portal/command line.
- Create generation 2 virtual machines via Virtual Machine Scale Set from Azure Portal/command line.
- Deploy Virtual Machines with OS Disks larger than 2TB.
If you have any comments, questions or any general feedback we would like to hear from you!