How to develop and manage a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine?

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It takes only a few mouse clicks to install VMs using the Microsoft Azure Portal.The development, implementation , and management of virtual machines is one of the primary functions of cloud computing services like Microsoft Azure. An enterprise can create dozens, hundreds, even thousands of virtual machines at will with the right cloud computing tools, and then decommission them when they are no longer useful in an instant. It is a powerful business tool that can provide competitive edge for your business.

This instructional how-to shows you how to set up a virtual machine. In Microsoft Azure, virtual machine development can be done via the Azure Portal or through one of the supported scripting languages, but we will use the Portal for illustrative purposes for this article.

Virtual machines

When you create virtual machines with the Azure Portal, the first thing to do is log in to Azure with your administrative credentials. To open the screen as shown in Figure A, click the Virtual Machines link in the left-hand navigation bar.

Figure A

We still haven’t built any virtual machines as you can see. To start the Development process, click the Add button. Figure B depicts what the shape looks like. You will need to specify which plan and resources will be applied, and then you will need to fill in specific information about your virtual machine, including name, region, size, and image you’ll be using.

Figure B

Note: You must provide your new virtual machine with an administrative login, too. You can left the port section at their default settings. Click the Next button: Disks to proceed.

Figure C shows you have several choices about which storage you want to mimic for your VM. The defaults are perfect for most circumstances but if you like, you can make adjustments here. Click the button Next: To continue networking.

Figure C

As shown in Figure D the default settings should be appropriate for most general business purposes. Changes should only be made when you have specific requirements which are not covered by the defaults. To start, press Next: Administration button.

Figure D

Once, the settings on the Management tab (Figure E) will stay at its normal, unless you need to adjust them directly. To continue, click on Next: Guest Configuration.

Figure E

The Guest config tab is where you will add additional extensions, agents, scripts, and applications to your virtual machine. These features are advanced and go beyond this simple tutorial. To continue, press Next: Tags tab.

The Tags Configuration tab is where you add names to help you manage, categorize, and track your billing resource usage. Since we’re only building one VM, there’s nothing we need to fill out on this page, Click Next: Review + Create button to proceed.

As shown in Figure F, the final tab is where you can review your virtual machine’s parameters and take note of the potential cost of creating and using it. Assuming that the virtual machine is properly configured, and the costs are in line, click the Create button. Deployment can take a couple of minutes.

Figure F


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