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Setting Up Windows Azure for the First Time for Window Server 2012

Creating a Virtual Machine of Windows Server 2012 in Windows Azure

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:

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


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!



More Stories By Blain Barton

Raised in Spokane Washington, Blain Barton has been with Microsoft for 20 years and has held many diverse positions. His career started in 1988 as Team Leader in Manufacturing and Distribution, progressed to PSS Team Manager for Visual Basic Product Support, Product Consultant for Microsoft Word Division, OEM Systems Engineer and currently serves as a Senior IT Pro Evangelist.

Blain has organized and delivered a wide array of technical events and has presented over 1000 live events and has received over six “top-presenter” speaking awards. He has traveled around the world 3 times delivering OEM training sessions on pre-installing Microsoft Windows on new PC’s.

He attended Washington State University graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English/Business and Minor in Computer Science. After college, Blain taught snow skiing on a professional level in the Cascade Mountains before starting his career with Microsoft. Blain currently resides in Tampa Florida.

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