Create a virtual machine running Windows Server 2008 R2

Creating a virtual machine that is running the Windows Server operating system is easy when you use the Image Gallery in the Windows Azure Preview Management Portal. With no prior experience, you can create a virtual machine running the Windows Server operating system in the cloud that you can access and customize.

Provision a SQL Server virtual machine

The Windows Azure image gallery provides virtual machine images of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1 (64-bit) with a complete 64-bit installation of SQL Server. You can select one of the virtual machine images from the Windows Azure gallery and with a few clicks you can deploy the virtual machine to your Windows Azure environment.

Create and upload a VHD containing Windows Server

This task describes how to create a Windows Server image using Hyper-V, upload the image to Windows Azure, and store it in blob storage.

How to connect virtual machines in a cloud service
This how-to guide details the steps for connecting virtual machines to enable communications and load balancing.
How to set up endpoint communications with a virtual machine

This how-to guide covers the steps for adding endpoints to a virtual machine that enable it to communicate across the internet or virtual networks.

How to capture an image of a running virtual machine 
This how-to guide covers the steps for capturing the image of a running virtual machine, which is useful if you want to create multiple machines all set up the same way.

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Did you know?

You can create a Linux virtual machine from the image gallery too? For more details, click here.