Create a Linux virtual machine with the Azure CLI

The Azure CLI is used to create and manage Azure resources from the command line or in scripts. This guide details using the Azure CLI to deploy a virtual machine running Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

Before you start, make sure that the Azure CLI has been installed. For more information, see Azure CLI installation guide.

Log in to Azure

Log in to your Azure subscription with the az login command and follow the on-screen directions.

az login

Create a 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.

The following example creates a resource group named myResourceGroup in the westeurope location.

az group create --name myResourceGroup --location westeurope

Create virtual machine

Create a VM with the az vm create command.

The following example creates a VM named myVM and creates SSH keys if they do not already exist in a default key location. To use a specific set of keys, use the --ssh-key-value option.

az vm create --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myVM --image UbuntuLTS --generate-ssh-keys

When the VM has been created, the Azure CLI shows information similar to the following example. Take note of the public IP address. This address is used to access the VM.

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

Connect to virtual machine

Use the following command to create an SSH session with the virtual machine. Replace the IP address with the public IP address of your virtual machine.

ssh <Public IP Address>

Delete virtual machine

When no longer needed, the following command can be used to remove the Resource Group, VM, and all related resources.

az group delete --name myResourceGroup

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