Create your first VM in a lab in Azure DevTest Labs

When you initially access DevTest Labs and want to create your first VM, you will likely do so using a pre-loaded base marketplace image. Later on, you'll also be able to choose from a custom image and a formula when creating more VMs.

This tutorial walks you through using the Azure portal to add your first VM to a lab in DevTest Labs.

Steps to add your first VM to a lab in Azure DevTest Labs

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.
  2. Select All Services, and then select DevTest Labs from the list.
  3. From the list of labs, select the lab in which you want to create the VM.
  4. On the lab's Overview blade, select + Add.

    Add VM button

  5. On the Choose a base blade, select a marketplace image for the VM.

  6. On the Virtual machine blade, enter a name for the new virtual machine in the Virtual machine name text box.

    Lab VM blade

  7. Enter a User Name that is granted administrator privileges on the virtual machine.

  8. Enter a password in the text field labeled Type a value.
  9. The Virtual machine disk type determines which storage disk type is allowed for the virtual machines in the lab.
  10. Select Virtual machine size and select one of the predefined items that specify the processor cores, RAM size, and the hard drive size of the VM to create.
  11. Select Artifacts and - from the list of artifacts - select and configure the artifacts that you want to add to the base image. Note: If you're new to DevTest Labs or configuring artifacts, refer to the Add an existing artifact to a VM section, and then return here when finished.
  12. Select Create to add the specified VM to the lab.

    The lab blade displays the status of the VM's creation - first as Creating, then as Running after the VM has been started.

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