How to access a classroom lab in Azure Lab Services

This article describes how to register to a classroom lab, view all the labs that you can access, start/stop a VM in the lab, and connect to the VM.

Register to the lab

  1. Navigate to the registration URL that you received from the professor/educator. You don't need to use the registration URL after you complete the registration. Instead, use the URL: https://labs.azure.com. Internet Explorer 11 isn't supported yet.

  2. Sign in to the service using your school account to complete the registration.

    Note

    A Microsoft account is required for using Azure Lab Services. If you are trying to use your non-Microsoft account such as Yahoo or Google accounts to sign in to the portal, follow instructions to create a Microsoft account that will be linked to your non-Microsoft account. Then, follow the steps to complete the registration process.

  3. Once registered, confirm that you see the virtual machine for the lab you have access to.

  4. Wait until the virtual machine is ready. On the VM tile, notice the following fields:

    1. At the top of the tile, you see the name of the lab.

    2. To its right, you see the icon representing the operating system (OS) of the VM. In this example, it's Windows OS.

    3. You see icons/buttons at the bottom of the tile to start/stop the VM, and connect to the VM.

    4. To the right of the buttons, you see the status of the VM. Confirm that you see the status of the VM is Stopped.

      VM in stopped state

Start or stop the VM

  1. Start the VM by selecting the first button as shown in the following image. This process takes some time.

    Start the VM

  2. Confirm that the status of the VM is set to Running.

    VM in running state

    Notice that the icon of the first button changed to represent a stop operation. You can select this button to stop the VM.

Connect to the VM

  1. Select the second button as shown in the following image to connect to the lab's VM.

    Connect to VM

  2. Do one of the following steps:

    1. For Windows virtual machines, save the RDP file to the hard disk. Open the RDP file to connect to the virtual machine. Use the user name and password you get from your educator/professor to sign in to the machine.
    2. For Linux virtual machines, you can use SSH or RDP (if it's enabled) to connect to them. For more information, see Enable remote desktop connection for Linux machines.
    3. If you are using a Mac to connect to the lab VM, follow instructions in the next section.

Connect to a VM using RDP on a Mac

This section shows how a student can connect to a VM from a Mac by using RDP.

Step 1: Install Microsoft Remote Desktop on a Mac

  1. Open the App Store on your Mac, and search for Microsoft Remote Desktop.

    Microsoft Remote Desktop

  2. Install the latest version of Microsoft Remote Desktop.

Step 2: Access the VM from your Mac using RDP

  1. Open the RDP file that's downloaded on your computer with Microsoft Remote Desktop installed. It should start connecting to the VM.

    Connect to VM

  2. Select Continue if you receive the following warning.

    Certificate warning

  3. You should see the VM.

    Note

    The following example is for a CentOS Linux VM.

    VM

Progress bar

The progress bar on the tile shows the number of hours used against the number of quota hours assigned to you. This time is the additional time allotted to you in addition to the scheduled time for the lab. The color of the progress bar and the text under the progress bar varies as per the following scenarios:

  • If a class is in progress (within the schedule of the class), progress bar is grayed out to represent quota hours aren't being used.

    Progress bar in gray color

  • If a quota isn't assigned (zero hours), the text Available during classes only is shown in place of the progress bar.

    Status when no quota is set

  • If you ran out of quota, the color of the progress bar is red.

    Progress bar in red color

  • The color of the progress bar is blue when it's outside the scheduled time for the lab and some of the quota time has been used.

    Progress bar in blue color

View all the classroom labs

After you register to the labs, you can view all the classroom labs by taking the following steps:

  1. Navigate to https://labs.azure.com. Internet Explorer 11 isn't supported yet.

  2. Sign in to the service by using the user account that you used to register to the lab.

  3. Confirm that you see all the labs you have access to.

    View all labs

Next steps

See the following articles: