Exercise - Work with blades

In this unit, you will learn how to work with blades in the Azure portal user interface (UI).

Activate the Azure sandbox

  1. Start by activating the Azure sandbox above.

  2. Once it's activated, sign into the Azure portal for sandbox. Make sure to use the same account you activated the sandbox with.

Working with blades

Once you are logged into the Azure portal, we can start exploring things. In these sections, you will get a tour of the "blades" user interface element (windows within the Azure portal window), but you will not actually create any Azure resources.

  1. Let's start by touring how to create a resource. In the left-hand portion of the portal, click Create a resource (or plus icon when collapsed).

  2. A blade labeled New appears and displays a list of categories on the left-hand side, labeled Azure Marketplace. This initial view is somewhat like a "Popular Categories" menu, with some of the most common categories visible. If you'd like, you can expand this list to see everything in the Marketplace blade with the See all link next to the heading. If you do, you can get back to the New blade by clicking the X icon in the upper right of any blades you have opened.

  3. Selecting any of items in the Azure Marketplace list will show popular services for that category on the right of the New blade. This list is a subset of the entire range of computing resources available for that category. As with the Azure Marketplace, you can click on the See all link for a more comprehensive list. We will talk more about this list in subsequent sections.

  4. Returning to the New blade, click on Get started and you should see a list on the right side of the blade that includes services such as Windows Server 2016 VM, Ubuntu Server VM, SQL Database, and so on. Most of these items include a Quickstart tutorial link directly below the name. Clicking this link will open a new browser tab with the quickstart Microsoft documentation for that item, if you need it.

  5. Optional: Click Quickstart tutorial under Windows Server 2016 VM and, in the new browser window, look through the Windows VM tutorials. When you are finished, close this new tab to return to the Azure portal.

Viewing resources

  1. Under Azure Marketplace, click Compute to show more compute options on the right side of the blade, such as Red Hat Enterprise, Reserved VM Instances, Web app for Containers, and so on.

  2. To the right of Featured, click See all. The full list of available VM services now appears.

  3. Click Windows Server under the Operating Systems section. On screens with limited horizontal space for the blade, you may have to scroll right and click the See More link to find the Windows Server option.

  4. Select the drop-down list to see all of the Windows Server images available.

  5. Click the X at the top right-hand corner to close the Windows Server window.

  6. Click the X on the previous Marketplace window. You should now see the New blade again.

Filtering results

Another way to locate services is to refine the list with filters and search terms. On the New blade, you may have noticed the search box at the top. Searching is the quickest way to filter what services you see.

This search defaults to checking every Azure service category to get its results. Next, you'll filter after selecting a category.

  1. Type virtual machine into the search box and press Enter.

  2. Select Compute. You see a filtered list of Compute services related to virtual machine images.

  3. Select any of the results that interest you to learn more about that service, including how to get started. Click the X in the corner to explore a different service. When you're done, move to the next step.

  4. Click the X in the right-hand end of the search box. The X button will erase your search term but does not reset any of the drop-down filters you've set. You can either reset those filters manually, or close the Compute blade with the X icon in the upper right corner and reopen it. When you are finished trying out the search and filtering options, move on to the next step.

  5. Click the X at the top right-hand corner to close the Marketplace blade. Now you will see the New blade once again.

  6. Click the X at the top right-hand corner to close the New blade.

The default dashboard now appears.

Many of the principles you have learned in this exercise will apply throughout the Azure portal UI experience. In the next unit, you will continue your journey in the Azure portal and configure additional settings in Azure.