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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



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


Click on the Access benefits button



Click the Activate Windows Azure link


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


Select your subscription


Click on the Portal button


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


From the Menu, click on the From Gallery menu item


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


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


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

Give it a name

Select a location

Click next



I am leaving all fields as default value

Click the check mark at the bottom right


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


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


Enter your username and password and you

  1. October 25, 2013 at 5:46 am

    Hi Ahmed, does that image come with SQL?

    • Lajak Technologies Inc
      October 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

      Hi John,
      I can’t rdp to azure from a client site. But according to the VM description it comes with SQL Express which is installed part of VS2013. Here is the description of the image

      “The Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 developer desktop is an offering exclusive to MSDN subscribers. The image includes Visual Studio Ultimate 2013, SharePoint 2013 Trial, SQL Server 2012 Express edition and configuration scripts to quickly create a development environment for Web, SQL and SharePoint 2013 development. To learn how to configure any development environment you can follow the links on the desktop. “

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