Creating an Ubuntu Linux VM within Microsoft Azure – Step-by-Step… Read on….


In the article, I have created an Ubuntu virtual machine in Microsoft Azure from within the Gallery.  You can follow this step-by-step article to get a VM up and running. First, you have to have your Microsoft Azure account activated, you can get free trial by going to https://aka.ms/try-azure, or use your MSDN, BizSpark or Partner account.

Next go to Data Services, Storage, Quick Create and create yourself a storage account where the VM is going to be stored.

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Create the storage account. Tip – it’s good to come up with a friendly naming convention for the storage account, instead of having the system do this for you. This is helpful when you create a “friendly name” if you are using PowerShell scripts. If the system creates the account for you, it will be a really long random generated name to remember. I usually use a name like bblinuxubsa01, bb for my name, linux, storage account (sa) and 01 for first storage account.

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Once your storage account is created, go to Compute, Virtual Machine, FROM GALLERY and create the VM.

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Pick the release date, virtual machine name, tier, size, new user name and password, or use compatible SSH Key. I’m using a password here for the 12.04 LTS virtual machine.

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Create a new cloud service, give it a name, pick your subscription, your region and add Remote Desktop, by selecting it from the drop down menu.

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Next, check Install the VM Agent and click the check mark.

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Click on the VM and go to Dashboard

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Go to DNS name and select the whole name of the cloudapp.net name, this is the host name they are looking for in the PuTTY tool.

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Next get PuTTY.exe, you can get the program here   http://1drv.ms/1yR1O2K after you get the tool, in the Host Name area, paste your cloudapp.net name in the box, select SSH Port 22 (if not selected) and click Open.

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Next, you will see a security alert around a rsa2 fingerprint, select Yes

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Next, put in your username and password you created for the VM, the one in the Microsoft Azure Portal when creating the VM.

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You will see the Welcome to Ubuntu information, you will also see the upgrade information, you can upgrade the VM by using “do-release-upgrade”. You would run the command now or see the upgrade options later in GUI.

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Next, you will use the Linux sudo commands as Admin,  sudo apt-get update

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Next, to get the desktop, you will type in sudo apt-get install ubuntu-deskiop

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Next select y for yes to continue (this could take up to 30 minutes) so be patient.

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Next, install xrdp by putting in sudo apt-get install xrdp

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Select y for yes

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Next type in sudo /etc/init,d/xrdp start to start xrdp

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After the VM is running, select CONNECT to connect to the VM

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You can either run CONNECT by clicking on Open, or save the RDP file to the desktop of another location.

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Click Connect

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Click Yes on the security warning.

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Next. put your username and password in the xrdp box.

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You should now see the Ubuntu desktop.

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You can also upgrade to the latest build

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You can click on the File System, programs and folders.

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Hope this helps you in creating an Ubuntu VM within Microsoft Azure.

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