The last few weeks I have been working with my customers around Windows Azure and setting up a Virtual Machine of Windows Server 2012 on Microsoft’s Public Cloud with the Microsoft Azure 90-Evaluation located at http://aka.ms/try-azure

This is a “Step-By-Step” guide for setting up your “Windows Azure 90-Day Trial Subscription” and getting a VM Role up and running.

Here are the appropriate steps: (Note: You will need your Live ID and credit card may be required if you use the Cloud Services.) I counted 30 steps to success!

Step 1: Go to http://aka.ms/try-azure

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Step 2: Provision and setup your account

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Step 3: Here’s your subscription as “Active”

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Step 4: Add in the “Virtual Machines & Virtual Networks – Try it Now!

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Step 5: Select the Azure Account

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Step 6: You are now setup!

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Step 7: Welcome Screen – follow to step 2 in the wizard.

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Step 8: Main Menu – follow to step 3 in the wizard.

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Step 9: Create new – follow to step 4 in the wizard

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Step 10: Commands - follow to step 5 in the wizard

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Step 11: Hey newbie, Create an Item!     lol

Select Virtual Machine

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Step 12: Create a new Virtual Machine FROM GALLERY

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Step 13: Review the VM OS Selections

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Step 14: Select Windows Server 2012

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Step 15: Select the VM Configuration, Give it a Virtual Machine Name and Password, pick SMALL

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Step 16: Select the VM Mode – Standalone Virtual Machine

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Step 17: Give it your own DNS name

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Step 18: Give it a friendly name for your DNS, each VM Role will have one.

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Step 19: Creates the Availability State for the VM Role to run Highly Available VM Roles!

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Step 20: Provisioning the Virtual Machine

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Step 21: Creating the Storage Account for the Virtual Machine

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Step 22: Successfully created virtual machine

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Step 23: Virtual Machine is Starting!

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Step 24: Virtual Machine is Running!

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Step 25: Opening the RDP request, Click Open

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Step 26: Opening the Remote Desktop Connection to view the Virtual Machine

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Step 27: Enter your Administrator Username and Password

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Step 28: Accept the certificate here… (Note: Later you can add your own VM’s with the certificate that goes with that virtual hard disk.)

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Step 29: Establish the connection with the Virtual Machine!

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Step 30: Here, you see your Windows Server 2012 virtual machine via the RDP session and Server Manager. Congrats on your first steps to setting up Windows Azure. I plan on helping you through your journey as well!

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