Quickstart: Create a Windows server VM with the Azure Stack portal

Applies to: Azure Stack integrated systems and Azure Stack Development Kit

Learn how to create a Windows Server 2016 virtual machine (VM) by using the Azure Stack portal.


The screenshots in this article are updated to match the user interface that is introduced with Azure Stack version 1808. 1808 adds support for using managed disks in addition to unmanaged disks. If you use an earlier version, some images, like disk selection, will be different than what is displayed in this article.

Sign in to the Azure Stack portal

Sign in to the Azure Stack portal. The address of the Azure Stack portal depends on which Azure Stack product you're connecting to:

Create a VM

  1. Click + Create a resource > Compute > Windows Server 2016 Datacenter - Pay-as-you-use > Create.
    If you don't see the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter - Pay-as-you-use entry, contact your Azure Stack operator and ask that they add it to the marketplace as explained in the Add the Windows Server 2016 VM image to the Azure Stack marketplace article.

    Steps to create a Windows VM in portal

  2. Under Basics, type a Name, User name, and Password. Choose a Subscription. Create a Resource group, or select an existing one, select a Location, and then click OK.

    Configure basic settings

  3. Under Size, select D1 Standard, and then click on Select.

    Choose size of VM

  4. On the Settings page, make any desired changes to the defaults.

    • Beginning with Azure Stack version 1808, you can configure Storage where you can choose to use managed disks. In versions before 1808, only unmanaged disks can be used.

    Configure VM settings

    When your configurations are ready, select OK to continue.

  5. Under Summary, click OK to create the VM. View summary and create VM

  6. To see your new VM, click All resources, search for the VM name, and then select it in the search results.

    See VM

Clean up resources

When you're finished using the VM, delete the VM and its resources. To do so, select the resource group on the VM page and click Delete.

Next steps

In this quickstart, you deployed a basic Windows Server VM. To learn more about Azure Stack VMs, continue to Considerations for VMs in Azure Stack.