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Azure: Provisioning a Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate VM in minutes!!


As you may already know, some MSDN Subscriptions come with Windows Azure Credit that can be used for Dev and Test usage. As of October 24, 2013, you can get upto $150 to spend on your Windows Azure account. For more detail visit

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/member-offers/msdn-benefits-details/

How?

In this post we will provision a new VM on Windows Azure with Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate. All steps and screen shots were done and taken on October 24, 2013.

Activate Your MSDN Windows Azure

Login to MSDN

Click on MSDN Subscriptions

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Click on the Access benefits button

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Click the Activate Windows Azure link

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Windows Azure Portal

The previous steps should activate your Windows Azure account and take you the Windows Azure Portal. If you have already activated it before, you can go directly to www.WindowsAzure.com and sign in with your account

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Select your subscription

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Click on the Portal button

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Click Virtual Machines link on the left and then click new on the bottom

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From the Menu, click on the From Gallery menu item

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I am selecting Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate on WS 2012 but feel free to select another VM image and click on the arrow at bottom right corner

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Give the VM a name

Select the VM Size

Create a username and password (we will use that username to login using remote desktop)

Click next

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Select a Cloud Service if you have one or choose Create a new cloud service

Give it a name

Select a location

Click next

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I am leaving all fields as default value

Click the check mark at the bottom right

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The VM now is being created, it took around 5 minutes to complete the provisioning of the VM

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When provisioning is completed, you will get notified at the bottom of the screen

Click on the connect button

Double click the downloaded rdp file or open it from your browser

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Enter your username and password and you

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