Create a Linux virtual machine in an availability zone with the Azure CLI

This article steps through using the Azure CLI to create a Linux VM in an Azure availability zone. An availability zone is a physically separate zone in an Azure region. Use availability zones to protect your apps and data from an unlikely failure or loss of an entire datacenter.


Azure Availability Zones is in preview and is ready for your development and test scenarios. Support is available for select Azure resources, regions, and size families. For more information on how to get started, and which Azure resources, regions, and size families you can try with Availability Zones, see Overview of Availability Zones. You can provide feedback on the Azure website. For support, contact StackOverflow or open an Azure support ticket.

Make sure that you have installed the latest Azure CLI 2.0 and logged in to an Azure account with az login.

Check VM SKU availability

The availability of VM sizes, or SKUs, may vary by region and zone. To help you plan for the use of Availability Zones, you can list the available VM SKUs by Azure region and zone. This ability makes sure that you choose an appropriate VM size, and obtain the desired resiliency across zones. For more information on the different VM types and sizes, see VM Sizes overview.

You can view the available VM SKUs with the az vm list-skus command. The following example lists available VM SKUs in the eastus2 region:

az vm list-skus --location eastus2 --output table

The output is similar to the following condensed example, which shows the Availability Zones in which each VM size is available:

ResourceType      Locations  Name               Tier       Size     Zones
----------------  ---------  -----------------  ---------  -------  -------
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_DS1_v2    Standard   DS1_v2   1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_DS2_v2    Standard   DS2_v2   1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_F1s       Standard   F1s      1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_F2s       Standard   F2s      1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_D2s_v3    Standard   D2_v3    1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_D4s_v3    Standard   D4_v3    1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_E2_v3     Standard   E2_v3    1,2,3
virtualMachines   eastus2    Standard_E4_v3     Standard   E4_v3    1,2,3

Create resource group

Create a resource group with the az group create command.

An Azure resource group is a logical container into which Azure resources are deployed and managed. A resource group must be created before a virtual machine. In this example, a resource group named myResourceGroupVM is created in the eastus2 region. East US 2 is one of the Azure regions that supports availability zones in preview.

az group create --name myResourceGroupVM --location eastus2

The resource group is specified when creating or modifying a VM, which can be seen throughout this article.

Create virtual machine

Create a virtual machine with the az vm create command.

When creating a virtual machine, several options are available such as operating system image, disk sizing, and administrative credentials. In this example, a virtual machine is created with a name of myVM running Ubuntu Server. The VM is created in availability zone 1. By default, the VM is created in the Standard_DS1_v2 size. This size is supported in the availability zones preview.

az vm create --resource-group myResourceGroupVM --name myVM --image UbuntuLTS --generate-ssh-keys --zone 1

It may take a few minutes to create the VM. Once the VM has been created, the Azure CLI outputs information about the VM. Take note of the zones value, which indicates the availability zone in which the VM is running.

  "fqdns": "",
  "id": "/subscriptions/d5b9d4b7-6fc1-0000-0000-000000000000/resourceGroups/myResourceGroupVM/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/myVM",
  "location": "eastus2",
  "macAddress": "00-0D-3A-23-9A-49",
  "powerState": "VM running",
  "privateIpAddress": "",
  "publicIpAddress": "",
  "resourceGroup": "myResourceGroupVM",
  "zones": "1"

Zone for IP address and managed disk

When the VM is deployed in an availability zone, the IP address and managed disk resources are deployed in the same availability zone. The following examples get information about these resources.

First use the az vm list-ip-addresses command to return the name of public IP address resource in myVM. In this example, the name is stored in a variable that is used in a later step.

ipaddressname=$(az vm list-ip-addresses -g myResourceGroupVM -n myVM --query "[][].name" -o tsv)

Now you can get information about the IP address:

az network public-ip show --resource-group myResourceGroupVM --name $ipaddressname

The output shows that the IP address is in the same availability zone as the VM:

  "dnsSettings": null,
  "etag": "W/\"b7ad25eb-3191-4c8f-9cec-c5e4a3a37d35\"",
  "id": "/subscriptions/d5b9d4b7-6fc1-0000-0000-000000000000/resourceGroups/myResourceGroupVM/providers/Microsoft.Network/publicIPAddresses/myVMPublicIP",
  "idleTimeoutInMinutes": 4,
  "ipAddress": "",
  "ipConfiguration": {
    "etag": null,
    "id": "/subscriptions/d5b9d4b7-6fc1-0000-0000-000000000000/resourceGroups/myResourceGroupVM/providers/Microsoft.Network/networkInterfaces/myVMVMNic/ipConfigurations/ipconfigmyVM",
    "name": null,
    "privateIpAddress": null,
    "privateIpAllocationMethod": null,
    "provisioningState": null,
    "publicIpAddress": null,
    "resourceGroup": "myResourceGroupVM",
    "subnet": null
  "location": "eastUS2",
  "name": "myVMPublicIP",
  "provisioningState": "Succeeded",
  "publicIpAddressVersion": "IPv4",
  "publicIpAllocationMethod": "Dynamic",
  "resourceGroup": "myResourceGroupVM",
  "resourceGuid": "8c70a073-09be-4504-0000-000000000000",
  "tags": {},
  "type": "Microsoft.Network/publicIPAddresses",
  "zones": [

Similarly, verify that the VM's managed disk is in the availability zone. Use the az vm show command to return the disk id. In this example, the disk id is stored in a variable that is used in a later step.

osdiskname=$(az vm show -g myResourceGroupVM -n myVM --query "" -o tsv)

Now you can get information about the managed disk:

az disk show --resource-group myResourceGroupVM --name $osdiskname

The output shows that the managed disk is in the same availability zone as the VM:

  "creationData": {
    "createOption": "FromImage",
    "imageReference": {
      "id": "/Subscriptions/d5b9d4b7-6fc1-0000-0000-000000000000/Providers/Microsoft.Compute/Locations/westeurope/Publishers/Canonical/ArtifactTypes/VMImage/Offers/UbuntuServer/Skus/16.04-LTS/Versions/latest",
      "lun": null
    "sourceResourceId": null,
    "sourceUri": null,
    "storageAccountId": null
  "diskSizeGb": 30,
  "encryptionSettings": null,
  "id": "/subscriptions/d5b9d4b7-6fc1-0000-0000-000000000000/resourceGroups/myResourceGroupVM/providers/Microsoft.Compute/disks/osdisk_761c570dab",
  "location": "eastus2",
  "managedBy": "/subscriptions/d5b9d4b7-6fc1-0000-0000-000000000000/resourceGroups/myResourceGroupVM/providers/Microsoft.Compute/virtualMachines/myVM",
  "name": "osdisk_761c570dab",
  "osType": "Linux",
  "provisioningState": "Succeeded",
  "resourceGroup": "myResourceGroupVM",
  "sku": {
    "name": "Premium_LRS",
    "tier": "Premium"
  "tags": {},
  "timeCreated": "2017-09-05T22:16:06.892752+00:00",
  "type": "Microsoft.Compute/disks",
  "zones": [

Next steps

In this article, you learned a how to create a VM in an availability zone. Learn more about regions and availability for Azure VMs.