Posted by: kurtsh | April 29, 2016

INFO: A Beginner’s Guide to Building your own Server in Microsoft Azure for FREE (3rd party)

UPDATE 4/30/16:
I’m told that the article is behind a paywall to TechProResearch.  I subscribe to TechProResearch so it’s not surprising that I wouldn’t notice that it’s a “pay-for” article, but I’ve also heard others able to access the post without paying for a subscription so YMMV on access.


imageI don’t often do this but I really have to point out a great post that Ed Bott wrote.  It’s a really nice, succinct & practical “beginnger’s guide” to building your own Virtual Machine environment in the Microsoft Azure cloud.

And it costs new users NOTHING to get started.

Ed took advantage of the free $200 credit – with no commitment – that we give to anyone trying out Azure.  He specifically built a virtual network in our cloud with the following VMs running:

  1. Windows 10 desktop
  2. Windows Server 2016 Core with Containers
  3. Windows Server Essentials running on Windows Server 2012 R2

Even as a new user to Azure, Ed took only 30min to set up his entire “lab” environment. 

And before you ask, the machines run mostly idle if you’re not doing anything on them and thus run on pennies a day in this state.

Take a look at the article if you’ve never used Azure and want to see what it’s like for a complete beginner to set up their own Windows VMs & network in Microsoft Azure.


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