Tutorial: Access a lab in Azure DevTest Labs

In this tutorial, you use the lab that was created in the Tutorial: Create a lab in Azure DevTest Labs .

In this tutorial, you do the following actions:

  • Claim a virtual machine (VM) in the lab
  • Connect to the VM
  • Unclaim the VM

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Access the lab

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select All resources on the left menu.

  3. Select DevTest Labs for resource type.

  4. Select the lab.

    Select the lab

Claim a VM

  1. In the list of Claimable virtual machines, select ... (ellipsis), and select Claim machine.

    Claim virtual machine

  2. Confirm that you see the VM in the list My virtual machines.

    My virtual machine

Connect to the VM

  1. Select your VM in the list. You see the Virtual Machine page for your VM. Select Connect on the toolbar.

    Connect to virtual machine

  2. Save the downloaded RDP file your hard disk and use it to connect to the virtual machine. Specify the user name and password you mentioned when the VM was created in the previous section.


    To connect to a Linux VM, SSH and/or RDP access must be enabled for the VM. For steps to connect to a Linux VM via RDP, see Install and configure Remote Desktop to connect to a Linux VM in Azure.

Unclaim the VM

After you are done with using the VM, unclaim the VM by following these steps:

  1. On the virtual machine page, and select Unclaim on the toolbar.

    Unclaim VM

  2. The VM is shut down before it's unclaimed. You can see the status of this operation in notifications.

  3. Navigate back to the DevTest Lab page by clicking your lab name in the breadcrumb menu at the top.

    Navigate back to lab

  4. Confirm that you see the VM in the list of Claimable virtual machines list at the bottom.

Next steps

This tutorial showed you how to access and use a lab that was created by using Azure DevTest Labs. For more information about accessing and using VMs in a lab, see