Start your first Azure Virtual Machine (Windows)


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Lab Overview

Microsoft Azure is comprised of compute infrastructure and cloud services that Information Technology (IT) professionals and developers use to build, deploy and manage their applications. This is a beginner level Lab that focuses on the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)component of Azure. The legacy model of IT includes purchasing, shipping, receiving, configuring, and booting up your infrastructure. In this Lab, you will launch your first Windows Virtual Machine (VM) in Azure in minutes… not days or weeks!



  • Remote Desktop (RDP) client software installed on your local machine
  • Basic understanding of Information Technology (IT)

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab, you will be able to:

  • Log in and use the basics of the Microsoft Azure portal
  • Configure a Windows VM
  • Launch a VM
  • Connect to the VM with Remote Desktop (RDP)
  • Perform basic VM controls (start, stop, restart, delete)

Lab Environment

Before completing the Lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:



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Logging into the Microsoft Azure portal

Begin the Lab by logging into the Microsoft Azure portal

Configuring and Launching a Windows VM

Configure your Virtual Machine before launching it

Introduction to helpful Azure portal features

Learn a few simple features to help with both navigation and learning more about the portal

Connecting to the Virtual Machine (RDP)

Connect to the Windows virtual machine using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) software

Deleting the VM

Perform basic VM controls such as stop, restart and delete