Creating a virtual machine that is running the Windows Server operating system is easy when you use the Image Gallery in the Windows Azure Preview Management Portal. With no prior experience, you can create a virtual machine running the Windows Server operating system in the cloud that you can access and customize.
The Windows Azure image gallery provides virtual machine images of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, Service Pack 1 (64-bit) with a complete 64-bit installation of SQL Server. You can select one of the virtual machine images from the Windows Azure gallery and with a few clicks you can deploy the virtual machine to your Windows Azure environment.
This task describes how to create a Windows Server image using Hyper-V, upload the image to Windows Azure, and store it in blob storage.
This how-to guide details the steps for connecting virtual machines to enable communications and load balancing.
This how-to guide covers the steps for adding endpoints to a virtual machine that enable it to communicate across the internet or virtual networks.
This how-to guide covers the steps for capturing the image of a running virtual machine, which is useful if you want to create multiple machines all set up the same way.
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You can create a Linux virtual machine from the image gallery too? For more details, click here.