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How to Provision Your First Virtual Machine in Window Azure
Actually creating and provisioning a new virtual machine can be completed in just a few clicks
By: Natalie Lerner
Mar. 18, 2014 08:00 AM
Windows Azure is currently offering an exclusive promotion. You can get $200 in free credits just for test driving the innovative public cloud service designed by Microsoft. What's the catch? When you sign up, Microsoft asks that you provide your credit card and a phone number so that they can verify your identity. Once verified, you are able to dive into the world of Windows Azure.
How to Create a New VM
Choosing an Image
After you click next, you'll be presented with an option that allows you to add this virtual server into a pool of cloud servers you have already built. If this is your first virtual machine, you will probably not have a cloud service and one will be created after this VM machine is complete. Your regional affinity lets you setup where you'd like your data to be stored. Microsoft has a map that shows what certain ping times should be depending on your regional affinity. For a storage account, you can use an automatically generated storage account. Under availability, the default is none however if you'd like this resource to only be available at certain times, this is the setting in which you would toggle.
The last VM configuration setting involves setting up the ports for your VM. In this case, Azure asks you which port you'd like to host SSH. Port 22 is the default and this setting is suitable for most configurations. Click the checkmark and pat yourself on the back for creating your very first ever virtual machine in Windows Azure.
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