Creating a Azure virtual machine (VM)

 Creating a virtual machine (VM) on Microsoft Azure involves several steps. I'll provide you with a high-level overview of the process. Keep in mind that the Azure portal interface may have changed since my last knowledge update in September 2021, so the specific steps might differ slightly.

Here's how you can create a VM on Azure:

  1. Sign in to Azure: Log in to your Azure account using the Azure portal (
  2. Create a Resource Group (Optional but recommended): Resource groups are logical containers that help you manage and organize your Azure resources. You can create one if you don't already have one.
    • Click on "Resource groups" in the Azure portal.
    • Click the "+ Add" button to create a new resource group.
    • Enter a name, select your desired region, and click "Review + create" to create the resource group.
  3. Create a Virtual Machine:
    • In the Azure portal, click "Create a resource" or "Virtual machines" in the left-hand menu.
  4. Basics: Configure Basics Settings:
    • Choose your subscription.
    • Create or select an existing resource group.
    • Enter a unique VM name.
    • Select a region for your VM.
    • Choose a Windows or Linux image.
    • Enter an administrative username and password (for Windows) or SSH key (for Linux).
    • Select inbound port rules (SSH, RDP, etc.) and allow them in the network security group.
  5. Disks: Configure Disks:
    • Choose the type of OS disk (Standard HDD, Standard SSD, Premium SSD).
    • You can configure additional data disks if needed.
  6. Networking: Configure Networking:
    • Create or select an existing virtual network.
    • Configure subnet settings.
    • Assign a public IP address (if needed).
  7. Management: Configure Management:
    • Choose options like Boot diagnostics and whether to enable the Auto-shutdown feature.
  8. Advanced: Configure Advanced Settings (Optional):
    • Customize extensions, cloud-init, or PowerShell scripts.
  9. Tags: Add Tags (Optional):
    • Add metadata tags for organizational purposes.
  10. Review + Create:
    • Review your configuration settings.
    • Click "Review + create" to validate and create your VM.
  11. Create:
    • After validation, click "Create" to deploy your VM.
  12. Deployment:
    • Wait for the deployment to complete. You can monitor the progress in the Azure portal.

Once the deployment is successful, you will have a virtual machine running on Azure. You can connect to it using SSH (for Linux) or Remote Desktop (RDP for Windows) using the credentials you provided during the setup.

Please note that Azure offers various VM sizes and configurations, so choose the one that suits your requirements and budget. Additionally, it's important to manage and monitor your VM to optimize costs and security.


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