Understanding Virtual Machines In Azure


This article will cover the following things,

  • Brief Concepts and Pre-requisites
  • Implementation – Create Virtual Machines in Azure
  • Implementation – Connect to Virtual Machine using RDP

Brief Concepts

What is Windows Azure Virtual Machine?

  • It is an operating system or application environment that is installed on software, which reproduces dedicated hardware.
  • End user has the same experience on a virtual machine as they would have on dedicated hardware.


  • Limits costs by reducing the need for physical hardware systems.
  • Efficiently use hardware, which lowers the quantities of hardware and associated maintenance costs, and reduces power and cooling demand
  • Ease of management because virtual hardware does not fail.


  • VMware - mature product portfolio, with many years of use in the IT industry
  • Microsoft - a bit of a late player to virtualization, Microsoft is showing considerable progress.


Read the following article to create an Azure account and for some basic information about Azure to get started.

Implementation – Create Virtual Machines in Azure

Steps to be followed,

  • Open Azure portal and go to virtual machines section and click on the Add symbol to add “virtual machines”.
  • Choose a windows server machine from Microsoft
  • Select the “Windows server 2008 SP1” and deployment model as “Classic” and click on Create
  • Configure the basic settings with the unique name and use existing resource group and click on “Next”
  • Then choose the VM size and select with the lowest configuration to get started.
  • Configure the optional features and select the disk-type as “standard” and then click on “OK”
  • Verify the summary and click on OK and wait for few minutes for the deployment.
  • See the virtual machines section and there you can see the VM just added by us.

Implementation – Connect to the Virtual Machine

Steps to be followed,

  • Go the virtual machines section and select the VM and then click on connect to download the RDP file.
  • Connect to the virtual machine using the RDP file using the username and password we used while creating the VM.
  • See the dashboard

Happy learning!