Create a Linux VM on Azure using the Portal

This article shows you how to use the Azure portal to create a Linux Virtual Machine.

The requirements are:

Sign in

Sign into the Azure portal with your Azure account identity. Click + New in the upper left corner:

Create Azure resource

Choose VM

Click Compute in the Marketplace then select Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS from the Featured Apps images list. Verify at the bottom that the deployment model is Resource Manager and then click Create.

Select a virtual machine image from the Azure Marketplace

Enter VM options

On the Basics page, enter:

  • a name for the VM
  • the VM disk type (SSD by default, or HDD)
  • a username for the admin user
  • set the Authentication Type to SSH public key
  • your SSH public key as a string (from your ~/.ssh/ directory)
  • a resource group name, or select an existing resource group

and click OK to continue. The blade should look something like the following screenshot:

Enter the basic Azure VM options

Choose VM size

Choose a VM size. The following examples choose DS1_V2 Standard, which installs Ubuntu on a Premium SSD. The S in the VM size notates SSD support. Click Select to configure settings.

Choose an Azure VM size

Storage and network

In the Settings blade, you can elect to use Azure Managed Disks for your VM. The current default setting is to use unmanaged disks. Azure Managed Disks are handled by the Azure platform and do not require any preparation or location to store them. For more information about Azure Managed Disks, see Azure Managed Disks overview. For unmanaged disks, you need to create or select a storage account for your virtual hard disks:

Select storage account for non-managed disks

If you choose to use Azure Managed Disks, there are no additional storage options to configure, as shown in the following example:

Choose Azure Managed Disks option in the portal

Leave the remainder of the networking settings as default.

Confirm VM settings and launch

Confirm the settings for your new Ubuntu VM, and click OK.

Review Azure VM settings and create the VM

Select the VM resource

Open the Portal home page, and select Resource groups from the menu in the upper left corner. If needed, click the three bars at the top of the menu to expand out the list as follows:

Open list of resource groups

Select your resource group, then click your new VM:

Locate Azure VM NIC settings

Find the public IP

View the Public IP address assigned to your VM:

Obtain the public IP address of the Azure VM

SSH to the VM

SSH into the public IP using your SSH public key. From a Mac or Linux workstation, you can SSH directly from the Terminal. If you are on a Windows workstation, you need to use PuTTY, MobaXTerm or Cygwin to SSH to Linux. If you have not already, here is a doc that gets your Windows workstation ready to SSH to Linux.

How to Use SSH keys with Windows on Azure

ssh -i ~/.ssh/azure_id_rsa ops@

Next Steps

Now you've created a Linux VM quickly to use for testing or demonstration purposes. To create a Linux VM customized for your infrastructure, you can follow any of these articles.