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Virtual Machines introduce the IaaS element to Microsoft Azure. They allow the operation of virtual machines on Microsoft Azure that were created by the user or provided by Microsoft. These are charged by the minute. Provisioning a virtual machine requires only the specification of a VHD (standard VHDs are used here) for the booting process, the VM size, and a few configuration parameters (e.g., administrator account, DNS name) depending on the selected VHD.

Documentation for Virtual Machines is split into several sections:

Pricing SLAs Limits Learning

Getting Started

  1. 2/24/2017, Trainings
    This course, Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started, equips the new Azure administrator with the skills needed to be successful deploying...
  2. 3/13/2017, Trainings
    Most Azure administrators go through a "gotcha" period in which they realize they made mistakes only after deployment. This course, Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting...
  3. 9/22/2016, Video, 0:03:58
    Learn how to create a Windows Server Virtual Machine and manage it with Remote Desktop.
  4. 9/30/2016, Trainings
    Want to know more about Microsoft Azure? Join MVP Corey Hynes as he explores Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines, in this installment in a series of courses designed to teach you...
  5. 9/28/2016, Video, 1:08:59
    The benefits of Cloud to IT organizations is undeniable, yet many of you are in early stages of plotting out your journey to the Cloud. Microsoft Azure IaaS is a collection of...
  6. 11/28/2017, Video, 0:56:03
    For many applications, the easiest path to the cloud is to move them to an Azure virtual machine. Azure Virtual Machines offers a fully customizable cloud environment that can...
  7. 10/2/2016, Video, 1:13:11
    Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines launched support under Azure Resource Manager (ARM) last June. Over this time Microsoft, partners and community members have published...

Virtual Machines News

1/17/2020, Service Updates
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) bring-your-own-subscription (BYOS) images, also referred to as RHEL Gold images, are now generally available in Azure with a simple automated sign-up process. This...
1/16/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:15:57]
This session presents real-world deployments and practical tips on how IT and security teams are leveraging leading software solutions like Qualys pre-integrated with Microsoft Azure Security...
1/16/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:34:03]
In this session, Cloud & Datacenter MVP Tim Warner walks attendees through how they can administer their Azure VMs securely through Azure Bastion without need for a dedicated jumpbox. By the end...
1/16/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:44:49]
Learn how to architect and deploy applications using Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS). Increase control, define policies, scale your Azure infrastructure resources to match your business...
1/16/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:18:42]
Microsoft Azure offers unbeatable cost saving options for Windows Server and SQL Server workloads in Azure. Azure Hybrid Benefit offers savings for on-premises customers who have licenses with...
1/16/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:49:40]
The combination of proximity placement groups, generation 2 Azure VMs, Azure Ultra Disks, pre-provisioning services and ephemeral OS disks can bring the performance of your applications to the...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:42:55]
Join this session to learn how to get started and optimize SQL Server on Linux in Azure Virtual Machines. This interactive session includes demos about how to get started and best practices for...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:12:31]
Learn how customers can run their VMware Software Defined Data Center (ESXi, vCenter, NSX-T and vSAN) on native Azure baremetal hardware. This session provides an overview of key use cases,...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:20:48]
Bring your mission critical apps to Azure! Azure Professional Support provides you the most comprehensive coverage and unique industry leading integrated co-located support options with 24/7...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:48:10]
Protecting and backing up your data across a hybrid cloud environment is not an easy task. Learn about the top pitfalls and mistakes to avoid if you are backing up your on-premises Windows and...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:46:20]
In this session, we take a detailed look at the Azure migration lifecycle and demonstrate how we make it easy to migrate your VM estate from on-premises or other clouds with near-zero downtime....
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:51:17]
Join us to for an overview of Azure VMware Solutions and gain insights into use cases and customer success stories. This session brings Azure VMware Solutions to life in the context of actual...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:28:45]
Join our platform engineering team to hear about the investments and tools we built and contributed upstream for low latency networking, RDMA over SRIOV, infiniband, low latency storage, large...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:45:11]
With Azure Dedicated Host you can deploy your very own private cloud in Azure. Control the maintenance window, gain direct visibility over the underlying server infrastructure, and place your...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:37:30]
Learn from the Azure product team how we’re streamlining and securing your Linux migration to the cloud. In this session, we cover our investments in Linux on Azure, including tools you can...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:36:08]
Azure Red Hat OpenShift is a fully managed Red Hat OpenShift that builds on top of Kubernetes. Join this demo-filled session where we go through creating projects, deploying databases, building...
1/14/2020, YouTube: Microsoft Ignite [0:43:02]
With SQL Server on Azure Virtual Machine, get the combined performance, security, and analytics of SQL Server, backed by the flexibility, security, and hybrid connectivity of Azure VMs. In this...
12/22/2019, Azure Podcast
Paulo Renato, a Principal Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft works with large GISVs and he tells us about the massive scale to which these customers have to consume Azure and how best to...
12/17/2019, Service Updates
Serial console is now available in preview in the Azure US Government Cloud, allowing customers in the government-only clouds to access the serial console of their VMs or virtual machine scale...
12/11/2019, Service Updates
Proximity placement groups—an Azure Virtual Machine logical grouping capability to decrease inter-VM network latency—is now available.