Use Windows client in Azure for dev/test scenarios

You can use Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 Enterprise (x64) in Azure for dev/test scenarios provided you have an appropriate Visual Studio (formerly MSDN) subscription. This article outlines the eligibility requirements for running Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 Enterprise in Azure and use of the following Azure Gallery images.

Image details from the Azure portal

Note

For Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Pro N image in Azure Gallery, please refer to How to deploy Windows 10 on Azure with Multitenant Hosting Rights Pro Image details from the Azure portal

Subscription eligibility

Active Visual Studio subscribers (people who have acquired a Visual Studio subscription license) can use Windows client for development and testing purposes. Windows client can be used on your own hardware and Azure virtual machines running in any type of Azure subscription. Windows client may not be deployed to or used on Azure for normal production use, or used by people who are not active Visual Studio subscribers.

For your convenience, certain Windows 10 images are available from the Azure Gallery within eligible dev/test offers. Visual Studio subscribers within any type of offer can also adequately prepare and create a 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 image and then upload to Azure. The use remains limited to dev/test by active Visual Studio subscribers.

Eligible offers

The following table details the offer IDs that are eligible to deploy Windows 10 through the Azure Gallery. The Windows 10 images are only visible to the following offers. Visual Studio subscribers who need to run Windows client in a different offer type require you to adequately prepare and create a 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8, or Windows 10 image and then upload to Azure.

Offer Name Offer Number Available client images
Pay-As-You-Go Dev/Test 0023P Windows 10
Visual Studio Enterprise (MPN) subscribers 0029P Windows 10
Visual Studio Professional subscribers 0059P Windows 10
Visual Studio Test Professional subscribers 0060P Windows 10
Visual Studio Premium with MSDN (benefit) 0061P Windows 10
Visual Studio Enterprise subscribers 0063P Windows 10
Visual Studio Enterprise (BizSpark) subscribers 0064P Windows 10
Enterprise Dev/Test 0148P Windows 10

Check your Azure subscription

If you do not know your offer ID, you can obtain it through the Azure portal in one of these two ways:

  • On the Subscriptions window:

    Offer ID details from the Azure portal

  • Or, click Billing and then click your subscription ID. The offer ID appears in the Billing window.

You can also view the offer ID from the 'Subscriptions' tab of the Azure Account portal:

Offer ID details from the Azure Account portal

Next steps

You can now deploy your VMs using PowerShell, Resource Manager templates, or Visual Studio.