The last few weeks I have been working with 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 my “Step-By-Step” guide for setting up your “Windows Azure 90-Day Trial Subscription” and getting a Virtual Machine of Windows Server 2012 up and running.
Here are the appropriate steps: (Note: You will need your Live ID and credit card may be required if you use Cloud Services.) I counted 30 steps to success!
Step 1: Go to http://aka.ms/try-azure
Step 2: Provision and setup your account
Step 3: Your subscription as “Active”
Step 4: Add in the “Virtual Machines & Virtual Networks – Try it Now!
Step 5: Select the Azure Account
Step 6: You are now setup!
Step 7: Welcome Screen – follow to step 2 in the wizard.
Step 8: Main Menu – follow to step 3 in the wizard.
Step 9: Create new – follow to step 4 in the wizard
Step 10: Commands - follow to step 5 in the wizard
Step 11: Hey newbie, Create an Item! lol
Select Virtual Machine
Step 12: Create a new Virtual Machine FROM GALLERY
Step 13: Review the VM OS Selections
Step 14: Select Windows Server 2012
Step 15: Select the VM Configuration, Give it a Virtual Machine Name and Password, pick SMALL
Step 16: Select the VM Mode – Standalone Virtual Machine
Step 17: Give it your own DNS name
Step 18: Give it a friendly name for your DNS, each VM Role will have one.
Step 19: Creates the Availability State for the VM Role to run Highly Available VM Roles!
Step 20: Provisioning the Virtual Machine
Step 21: Creating the Storage Account for the Virtual Machine
Step 22: Successfully created virtual machine
Step 23: Virtual Machine is Starting!
Step 24: Virtual Machine is Running!
Step 25: Opening the RDP request, Click Open
Step 26: Opening the Remote Desktop Connection to view the Virtual Machine
Step 27: Enter your Administrator Username and Password
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.)
Step 29: Establish the connection with the Virtual Machine!
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!