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This course will give you a basic understanding of Azure virtual machines (VMs) and how you can use them in your Azure environments.

The course begins by introducing you to Azure VMs and what resources are necessary to deploy them, before moving onto pricing and the different virtual machine options available. Next, the course explores availability sets and availability zones and gives a demonstration that shows you how to create an availability set using the Azure portal.

The course shows how to deploy both Windows and Linux virtual machines, and you'll get a demonstration of how to deploy and connect to each. Rounding off the course is a section on basic management tasks; you’ll learn how to start, stop, restart, redeploy, and resize virtual machines.

This course is packed full of real-world demonstrations from within the Azure portal to give you first-hand experience of how to get the most from Azure Virtual Machines.

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Learning Objectives

  • Gain a foundational understanding of Azure virtual machines, their features, and their pricing
  • Learn how to set up availability sets
  • Learn how to create and connect to both Windows and Linux virtual machines with Azure
  • Learn how to manage your Azure VMs including starting, stopping, restarting, redeploying, and resizing VMs

Intended Audience

This course is intended for anyone who is interested in learning about the basics of Azure virtual machines.


To get the most from this course you should have a basic understanding of Microsoft Azure and of the Azure portal.


Congratulations. You’ve come to the end of Getting Started with Azure virtual Machines. Let’s review what you’ve learned.

We started things off by covering what virtual machines are and what resources are necessary before deploying a virtual machine. We also covered Azure VM pricing and the different virtual machine options that are available to you.

We then took a look at the different high-availability features that are available. You learned about availability sets and availability zones. You also got to see a demonstration of how to create an availability set, using the Azure portal.

Later on, we dove into the deployments of both Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines. You saw a demonstration of how to deploy each, and how to connect to each. You learned how to connect to a Windows VM using RDP and how to connect to a Linux VM via SSH, using putty.

We wrapped things up by covering basic management tasks. You learned how to start VMs, stop VMs, redeploy VMs, and resize VMs.

At this point, you should have a basic understanding of Azure virtual machines, how to deploy them, how to configure them, and how to connect to them. You should also know how to perform basic VM management tasks.

To learn more about Azure virtual machines, you can, and should, read Microsoft’s published documentation. Be sure to also watch for new courses on Cloud Academy, because we’re always publishing new ones. Be sure to give this course a rating, and if you have any questions or comments, please let us know. Thanks for watching and happy learning!

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Tom is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry, having worked in environments as large as 40k seats and as small as 50 seats. Throughout the course of a long an interesting career, he has built an in-depth skillset that spans numerous IT disciplines. Tom has designed and architected small, large, and global IT solutions.

In addition to the Cloud Platform and Infrastructure MCSE certification, Tom also carries several other Microsoft certifications. His ability to see things from a strategic perspective allows Tom to architect solutions that closely align with business needs.

In his spare time, Tom enjoys camping, fishing, and playing poker.