Hands-on lab

Creating a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine
February 2015

CONTENTS

Contents
CREATING A MICROSOFT AZURE VIRTUAL MACHINE ......................................................................... 1
OVERVIEW ................................................................................................................................................... 2
Objectives
2
System requirements

2

EXERCISE 1: CREATE A VIRTUAL MACHINE USING THE AZURE PREVIEW PORTAL ...................... 3
Task 1: Login
3
Task 2: Create a new virtual machine

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Overview
In this lab you will learn how to configure and provision a virtual machine using the Azure Preview
Portal.

Objectives
This lab will show how to:

Login to the Azure Management Portal

Create a Virtual Machine

System requirements
You must have the following to complete this demo:

A reliable Internet connection

An active Microsoft Azure subscription

Estimated time to complete this demo: 10 Minutes

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Exercise 1: Create a Virtual Machine using the Azure Preview Portal
Task 1: Login
1. Launch a browser and navigate to https://portal.azure.com. Once prompted, login with your
Microsoft Azure credentials.
Note: You may need to launch an "in-private" session in your browser if you have multiple
Microsoft Accounts.

2. After you enter your email, select whether this is a Microsoft or Organization account if
prompted.

Task 2: Create a new virtual machine
1. Click on the +NEW link at the bottom-left corner of the screen.
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2. Select Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter

3. Specify the following configuration:
a. Host Name: DEMOVM1
b. User Name: demouser
c. Password: demo@pass1

4. Click the Pricing Tier tile.

5. Click the BROWSE ALL PRICING TIERS tile.

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6. Select the A1 Standard instance size, and click the SELECT button until you are back to the main
configuration blade.

7. Click the OPTIONAL CONIFGURATION tile.

8. Click the NETWORK tile.

9. Click the VIRTUAL NETWORK tile.

10. Change the name of the default virtual network to TrainingVNET and then click OK.
Note: Using the preview portal you will always deploy a virtual machine into a virtual network.

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11. Click the DOMAIN NAME tile.

12. Give the domain name a somewhat descriptive yet unique name (the green checkmark must
appear).
Note: This is the same as the Cloud Service name in the current Azure Management Portal

13. Click IP ADDRESSES.
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14. Using the new portal you can specify multiple advanced settings on the virtual machine at
provisioning time. Close the IP configuration blade after review and then click OK on then
network configuration blade.
Note: Do not change any of the settings on the dialog at this time.

15. Click the STORAGE ACCOUNT tile.

16. Give the storage account a more descriptive name, and then click PRICING TIER.

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17. Change the storage account pricing tier to L LRS (local replicated storage).
Note: You may change the pricing tier of your storage account later as well.

18. Click OK until you are back to the primary blade of the virtual machine configuration.
19. Click the LOCATION tile, and change the location to the closest Azure region to you.

20. Note the name of the resource group the virtual machine is created in. This will also be used in
the next lab.

21. Then click the CREATE button to create the virtual machine.

Summary
In this lab you have learned how to configure and provision a virtual machine using the Azure Preview
Portal.
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