Deploy Web App In Azure VM Using Visual Studio


In this article we will see how to create a Windows Virtual Machine in Azure  and how to deploy the web application in that VM from Visual Studio. 


  • Creating a VM in Azure portal
  • Install IIS in a VM
  • Install ASP.NET 4.6 
  • Install Web Management Service
  • Install Web Deploy 3.5
  • Creating an inbound rule for VM in Azure portal
  • Publish the Web APP from Visual studio

Creating a VM in Azure Portal

Step 1

Login into Azure portal (

Step 2

Click on Virtual Machine from the left menu bar

Step 3

Click on Add button as show in the below figure, you will get  arecommended OS from the gallery, choose window server and pick windows server 2016 datacenter

Step 4

Next we need to go through basic setup to create a VM,
  1. Basic Account setup for VM,

    • Name the VM
    • Choose the disk type, make it SSD for better performance
    • Give the user name and password for the account setup, as shown in the below figure  
  1. Choose a Size, in my case I have chosen Ds4_v3, as shown in the below figure 

  2. Network setting, just go with default setting
  3. Summary, click on create

Step 5

Once the VM is created you can download the RDP file by clicking on connect button in overview of VM.



Install IIS in a VM 

Use the RDP to connect with VM.

Once you connected with VM open the PowerShell window in admin mode from the VM and run the below command to install the IIS.

  1. Install-WindowsFeature -name Web-Server -IncludeManagementTools  

Install ASP.NET 4.6

Run the below command in PowerShell to install ASP.NET 4.6

  1. Install-WindowsFeature Web-Asp-Net45  

Install Web Management Service

Run the below command in PowerShell to install web management service

  1. Install-WindowsFeature -Name Web-Mgmt-Service  

Install Web Deploy 3.5

 Download the Web Deploy 3.5 and install it in the VM.

Before that make sure to turn off the Internet Enhances Security from server manager for Admin to download the web deploy package as shown in the below figure


Use this link to download Web Deploy 3.5 msi file, installation is pretty simple just click next and go. 

Make sure all the sub features are in the installation are fine as shown in below figure, if something shown with red cross mark right click on it and select "will be installed on local hard drive".

Creating an inbound rule for VM in Azure portal

Step 1: Open the Azure portal and go to the VM, click on Networking from the settings category.

Step 2: Click on Add inbound port rule 


Step 3: Add the port 80 and port 8172 to enable the HTTP and Web deploy port respectively as shown in the below figure

Http port enabled 
 Web Deploy port enabled. 

Now run the IP in browser you can notice it will load default html page from IIS, as shown in the below figure 


Make the Public-Address Static

Double click on the IP in VM overview from the portal, it will open the IP configuration screen, change the public IP address from dynamic to static as shown in below figure.


Deploy Web app to VM from Visual Studio

Step 1: Open Visual Studio and create a basic ASP.NET MVC web application.

Step 2: Once the solution is loaded, right click on the project and select publish.

Step 3: Select publish target as IIS and create a web deploy profile by giving the VM IP and account credential, as shown in the below figure 


Step 4: Validate the connection, you will get a warning as shown in the below figure. Accept it.  

Once the connection is passed, click on publish. 
Once the publish is done, run the IP in browser, you can notice the basic ASP.NET MVC site is up and running as shown in below figure 


We have seen how to create a VM from Azure and how to deploy the web application in the VM using Visual Studio. I will discuss more about adding a custom domain in my next article, so instead of using the IP to run the web application we can go with some meaningful domain name.

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