Quickstart: Create a virtual network using PowerShell
A virtual network lets Azure resources, like virtual machines (VMs), communicate privately with each other, and with the internet. In this quickstart, you learn how to create a virtual network. After creating a virtual network, you deploy two VMs into the virtual network. You then connect to the VMs from the internet, and communicate privately over the virtual network.
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Launch Azure Cloud Shell
The Azure Cloud Shell is a free interactive shell that you can use to run the steps in this article. It has common Azure tools preinstalled and configured to use with your account. Just click the Copy to copy the code, paste it into the Cloud Shell, and then press enter to run it. There are a few ways to launch the Cloud Shell:
|Click Try It in the upper right corner of a code block.|
|Open Cloud Shell in your browser.|
|Click the Cloud Shell button on the menu in the upper right of the Azure portal.|
If you decide to install and use PowerShell locally instead, this quickstart requires you to use Azure PowerShell module version 1.0.0 or later. To find the installed version, run
Get-Module -ListAvailable Az. See Install Azure PowerShell module for install and upgrade info.
Finally, if you're running PowerShell locally, you'll also need to run
Connect-AzAccount. That command creates a connection with Azure.
Create a resource group and a virtual network
There are a handful of steps you have to walk through to get your resource group and virtual network configured.
Create the resource group
Before you can create a virtual network, you have to create a resource group to host the virtual network. Create a resource group with New-AzResourceGroup. This example creates a resource group named myResourceGroup in the eastus location:
New-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Location EastUS
Create the virtual network
Create a virtual network with New-AzVirtualNetwork. This example creates a default virtual network named myVirtualNetwork in the EastUS location:
$virtualNetwork = New-AzVirtualNetwork ` -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup ` -Location EastUS ` -Name myVirtualNetwork ` -AddressPrefix 10.0.0.0/16
Add a subnet
Azure deploys resources to a subnet within a virtual network, so you need to create a subnet. Create a subnet configuration named default with Add-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig:
$subnetConfig = Add-AzVirtualNetworkSubnetConfig ` -Name default ` -AddressPrefix 10.0.0.0/24 ` -VirtualNetwork $virtualNetwork
Associate the subnet to the virtual network
You can write the subnet configuration to the virtual network with Set-AzVirtualNetwork. This command creates the subnet:
$virtualNetwork | Set-AzVirtualNetwork
Create virtual machines
Create two VMs in the virtual network.
Create the first VM
Create the first VM with New-AzVM. When you run the next command, you're prompted for credentials. Enter a user name and password for the VM:
New-AzVm ` -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" ` -Location "East US" ` -VirtualNetworkName "myVirtualNetwork" ` -SubnetName "default" ` -Name "myVm1" ` -AsJob
-AsJob option creates the VM in the background. You can continue to the next step.
When Azure starts creating the VM in the background, you'll get something like this back:
Id Name PSJobTypeName State HasMoreData Location Command -- ---- ------------- ----- ----------- -------- ------- 1 Long Running... AzureLongRun... Running True localhost New-AzVM
Create the second VM
Create the second VM with this command:
New-AzVm ` -ResourceGroupName "myResourceGroup" ` -VirtualNetworkName "myVirtualNetwork" ` -SubnetName "default" ` -Name "myVm2"
You'll have to create another user and password. Azure takes a few minutes to create the VM.
Don't continue with the next step until Azure's finished. You'll know it's done when it returns output to PowerShell.
Connect to a VM from the internet
Use Get-AzPublicIpAddress to return the public IP address of a VM. This example returns the public IP address of the myVm1 VM:
Get-AzPublicIpAddress ` -Name myVm1 ` -ResourceGroupName myResourceGroup ` | Select IpAddress
Open a command prompt on your local computer. Run the
mstsc command. Replace
<publicIpAddress> with the public IP address returned from the last step:
If you've been running these commands from a PowerShell prompt on your local computer, and you're using the Az PowerShell module version 1.0 or later, you can continue in that interface.
A Remote Desktop Protocol (.rdp) file downloads to your computer and a Remote Desktop opens.
If prompted, select Connect.
Enter the user name and password you specified when creating the VM.
You may need to select More choices > Use a different account, to specify the credentials you entered when you created the VM.
You may receive a certificate warning. If you do, select Yes or Continue.
Communicate between VMs
In the Remote Desktop of myVm1, open PowerShell.
You'll get something like this back:
PS C:\Users\myVm1> ping myVm2 Pinging myVm2.ovvzzdcazhbu5iczfvonhg2zrb.bx.internal.cloudapp.net Request timed out. Request timed out. Request timed out. Request timed out. Ping statistics for 10.0.0.5: Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),
The ping fails, because it uses the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP). By default, ICMP isn't allowed through your Windows firewall.
To allow myVm2 to ping myVm1 in a later step, enter this command:
New-NetFirewallRule –DisplayName “Allow ICMPv4-In” –Protocol ICMPv4
That command lets ICMP inbound through the Windows firewall.
Close the remote desktop connection to myVm1.
Repeat the steps in Connect to a VM from the internet. This time, connect to myVm2.
From a command prompt on the myVm2 VM, enter
You'll get something like this back:
C:\windows\system32>ping myVm1 Pinging myVm1.e5p2dibbrqtejhq04lqrusvd4g.bx.internal.cloudapp.net [10.0.0.4] with 32 bytes of data: Reply from 10.0.0.4: bytes=32 time=2ms TTL=128 Reply from 10.0.0.4: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128 Reply from 10.0.0.4: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128 Reply from 10.0.0.4: bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128 Ping statistics for 10.0.0.4: Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds: Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 2ms, Average = 0ms
You receive replies from myVm1, because you allowed ICMP through the Windows firewall on the myVm1 VM in a previous step.
Close the remote desktop connection to myVm2.
Clean up resources
When you're done with the virtual network and the VMs, use Remove-AzResourceGroup to remove the resource group and all the resources it has:
Remove-AzResourceGroup -Name myResourceGroup -Force
In this quickstart, you created a default virtual network and two VMs. You connected to one VM from the internet and communicated privately between the VM and another VM. To learn more about virtual network settings, see Manage a virtual network.
Azure allows unrestricted private communication between virtual machines. By default, Azure only allows inbound remote desktop connections to Windows VMs from the internet. To learn more about configuring different types of VM network communications, go to the Filter network traffic tutorial.
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