Create a Virtual Machine on Windows Azure

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I had some time left and checked out the new features of Windows Azure. Some days ago Microsoft showed some new preview features for Windows Azure like Virtual Machine Hosting and Website Hosting.

Now this post should show you how easy it is to create a new Virtual Machine on demand.

First open the Windows Azure portal and in the Virtual Machine tab you can create a new Virtual Machine

You can now choose the Operating System, and wow besides Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012 you can choose between different Linux systems or you can add your own images.

 

Type the name of your Virtual Machine, set the local Administrator password and select the Hardware profile of your VM.

Now choose a DNS name for your VM and do some other administrative tasks.

Now you can create your new Virtual Machine.

This will take some time 3-5 minutes in my case

 

After the Virtual Machine is deployed you can checkout the Virtual Machine dashboard where you can checkout som stats and do configuration changes.

After the Virtual Machine is deployed you can connect to it via RDP and configure your system.

 

I am sure this will be really interesting to see how the Private Cloud merges with the Public Cloud. And I am also looking forward to see some really cool implementations of other Hosting Providers to bring the same functionality as Windows Azure.