Creating and Connecting to a Virtual Machine in Azure

To get ready for the release of Visual Studio 2017 and the finalization of the ASP.NET Core’s move from project.json back to csproj I have been using a virtual machine (VM) in Azure instead of a local install. I did this just to avoid any issues as I wanted to keep my projects on project.json until the tooling was ready to go.

Since I create VMs infrequently it takes me a couple of minutes to remind myself of the steps I need to use. As stated above this post is going to be using Microsoft Azure and if you don’t have an account you can sign up for a free one here.

Creating a virtual machine

Starting from the portal click the plus button in the top left.

Next either browse the list for the type of VM you are looking to create or use the search. For this example use the search box and type “Visual Studio 2017” and press enter.

This will bring up a list of VMs that come with Visual Studio 2017 already installed. For this example, I will be using the VM with Visual Studio Enterprise 2017 RC on Windows 10 Enterprise N (x64).

When you select a VM on the screen above it will add a new blade with information about the VM. If the VM is what you are looking for then you can click the Create button.

Next, there will be a series of steps to collect information and settings needed to create the VM. The first is the basic setting where the VM will be named, given a username, password, resource group, and data center location. After finishing the settings click OK.

Next, is VM size selection. I am just using one of the recommend, but if you need more options click View All. Click the size you want to use and then click the Select button.

Next, is more settings. I just took the defaults and clicked OK.

The final screen is a validation and summary. If all looks good on this screen click the OK button to kick off the creation of the VM.

You will now be back on your dashboard page which will contain a new tile showing that your new VM is being deployed.

Connected to your VM

When deployment is finished the portal will automatically redirect you to the new VM’s page.

Click the Connect button in the top center of the page which will trigger the download of a VS2017Blog.rdp. Open the file that was downloaded which a Remote Desktop Connection. With the following warning. Click Connect.

Next is the credentials screen. If you are logged on to a domain you will need to click More choices and then Use a different account which will leave you on a screen like the following. The first box is  domain\username which in this case is VS2017Blog\vs2017blog. Sorry for the confusion I should have used different values during the creation of the VM. The second box is the password. Click OK.

Finally, you will see a certificate warning. I believe this happens because it is created as part of the VM creation process and not from an authority. Click Yes and you will be logged into your VM.

Wrapping up

Now that you have a VM up and running you can do anything you need to. For me, it is running the RC version of Visual Studio 2017 without risking having any compatibility issues. By the time this post is out Visual Studio 2017 will have been released.

The VM create above has been deleted which is why I didn’t attempt to hide the IP address.

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