Tutorial: create and test a subscription

This tutorial shows how to create a subscription containing an offer and then test it. For the test, you sign in to the Azure Stack user portal as a cloud administrator, subscribe to the offer, and then create a virtual machine.


For more a more advanced evaluation experience, you can create a subscription for a particular user and then sign in as that user in the user portal.

This tutorial shows how to subscribe to an Azure Stack offer.

What you will learn:

  • Subscribe to an offer
  • Test the offer

Subscribe to an offer

To subscribe to an offer as a user, you sign in to the Azure Stack user portal to discover the services that have been offered by the Azure Stack operator.

  1. Sign in to the user portal and select Get a Subscription.

    Get a subscription

  2. In the Display Name field, type a name for your subscription. Then select Offer to choose one of the available offers in the Choose an offer section. Then select Create.

    Create an offer


    You must now refresh the user portal to start using your subscription.

  3. To view the subscription you created, select All services. Then, under the GENERAL category select Subscriptions, and then select your new subscription. After you subscribe to an offer, refresh the portal to see if new services have been included as part of the new subscription. In this example, Virtual machines has been added.

    View subscription

Test the offer

While signed in to the user portal, you can test the offer by provisioning a virtual machine using the new subscription capabilities.


This test requires that a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter VM has first been added to the Azure Stack marketplace.

  1. Sign in to the user portal.

  2. In the user portal, select Virtual Machines, then Add, then Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, and then click Create.

  3. In the Basics section, type a Name, User name, and Password, choose a Subscription, create a Resource group (or select an existing one), and then select OK.

  4. In the Choose a size section, select A1 Standard, and then click Select.

  5. In the Settings blade, accept the defaults and select OK.

  6. In the Summary section, click OK to create the virtual machine.

  7. To see your new virtual machine, select Virtual machines, then search for the new virtual machine, and click its name.

    All resources


The virtual machine deployment takes a few minutes to complete.

Next steps

What you learned in this tutorial:

  • Subscribe to an offer
  • Test the offer