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Getting login

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Among other things it contains:

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Microsoft provides a gallery of virtual machines, from which you can chose the most suitable for your needs.

All major Linux distributions are present:

Specifying your virtual machine

When you have logged into the portal, click on the Virtual Machines link on the left-hand side of the menu (Located after Azure Cosmos DB). This will start the Create new virtual machine wizard

Then click on Add. You need to specify On the top you will see the menu

Basics Disks Networking Management Guest config Tags Review + create

This is your workflow for VM creation. Only the first three  items are needed ( basics, disks and networking)




Public IP address and network interface

Accessing the VM

Managing VM

A VM can have multiple power states

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Quickstart - Create a Linux VM in the Azure portal

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Create SSH key pair

You need an SSH key pair to complete this quickstart. If you already have an SSH key pair, you can skip this step.

Open a bash shell and use ssh-keygen to create an SSH key pair. If you don't have a bash shell on your local computer, you can use the Azure Cloud Shell.

ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048

The above command generates public and private keys with the default name of id_rsa in the ~/.ssh directory. The command returns the full path to the public key. Use the path to the public key to display its contents with cat.

cat ~/.ssh/

Save the output of this command. You will need it when configuring your administrator account to log in to your VM.

For more detailed information on how to create SSH key pairs, including the use of PuTTy, see How to use SSH keys with Windows.

If you create your SSH key pair using the Cloud Shell, it will be stored in an Azure File Share that is automatically mounted by the Cloud Shell. Don't delete this file share or storage account until after you have retrieved your keys or you will lose access to the VM.

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Create the first VM

  1. Select + Create a resource found on the upper, left corner of the Azure portal.
  2. Select Compute, and then select Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.
  3. Enter, or select, the following information, accept the defaults for the remaining settings, and then select OK:
    Setting Value
    Name myVm1
    User name Enter a user name of your choosing.
    Password Enter a password of your choosing. The password must be at least 12 characters long and meet the defined complexity requirements.
    Subscription Select your subscription.
    Resource group Select Use existing and select myResourceGroup.
    Location Select East US

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