Virtual Machines

Official Documentation

Service Description

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:

Getting Started

  1. Virtual Machines Learning Path
    10/3/2016, Webpage
  2. Azure202x - Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
    5/30/2017, Mva
  3. Create a Windows Server Virtual Machine
    9/22/2016, Video, 0:03:58
  4. Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Virtual Machines
    9/30/2016, Mva
  5. Use Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) as a starting point on your cloud journey
    9/28/2016, Video, 1:08:59
  6. Master VMs in Microsoft Azure Resource Manager
    10/2/2016, Video, 1:13:11


Tool Description
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Virtual Machine Optimization Assessment Tool The free Virtual Machine Optimization Tool automatically inspects SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint deployments and provides a detailed set of prioritized recommendations and step-by-step instructions for improvement. Aimed especially at IT pros, this tool is a companion to the Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool.
Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool The Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool automatically inspects your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and provides you with a check list and detailed report on steps you need to take to move your environment to the cloud.