Introduction to Helpful Azure Portal Features

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Microsoft Azure Portal
Configuring and Launching a Windows VM
Introduction to Helpful Azure Portal Features
Connecting to the Virtual Machine (RDP)
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There are several very handy features of the portal that you should become familiar with. For example, how to get additional information on several fields as you fill out a wizard. The steps below will use configuring a VM as an example, but it applies to most anywhere in the portal. (Exploration in the portal on the front end of your Azure learning curve may prove helpful. For instance, while waiting for a VM to boot up.)




Navigation within the Azure Portal can require several clicks. A handy trick is to pin any current blade so you can return to it with just two clicks no matter where you are in the portal.

1. Navigate to anywhere in the portal. (For example, click any hub… SQL, storage accounts... )


2. Click Microsoft Azure in the upper left of the portal. This is a shortcut to get to the portal Dashboard:




Additional Help

1. Navigate as if you are going to create a new VM. For example, from the Azure Dashboard, navigate to:

Resource groups (hub) > cal-123 > + Add. Select any base image and click Create. (It does not matter which one, as you are not going to save the configuration.)


2. Place your mouse over a field with the “i” information icon adjacent to it. The brief help (or bubble) text appears automatically with context sensitive assistance:



3. Take a few minutes to read the help text for several fields that offer it. Note that if you hover over the “i” the help text appears/disappears as you move your mouse about.


4. Click on the “i” this time. The help text remains on the screen. Some contextual help text has additional information accessed from an embedded hyperlink.


6. Click on Microsoft Azure to return to the dashboard when finished.


Explore and Further Learning

1. Spend a few minutes exploring the functionality of the hubs. For example, look at Security Center, Monitor and Load Balancers. Note that you may be able to see hubs that you do not have the permissions to create and use. For example, you may be able to see Load Balancers, attempt to add one, learn what fields are required to add a load balancer but do not have the permission to actually create one.


2. Open up another browser tab with the following URL so you can learn more after completion of this lab: