Create a fully configured virtual machine

This script creates an Azure Virtual Machine with an Ubuntu operating system. After running the script, you can access the virtual machine over SSH.

To run this sample, install the latest version of the Azure CLI. To start, run az login to create a connection with Azure.

Samples for the Azure CLI are written for the bash shell. To run this sample in Windows PowerShell or Command Prompt, you may need to change elements of the script.

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Sample script


# Create a resource group.
az group create --name myResourceGroup --location westeurope

# Create a virtual network.
az network vnet create --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myVnet --subnet-name mySubnet

# Create a public IP address.
az network public-ip create --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myPublicIP

# Create a network security group.
az network nsg create --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myNetworkSecurityGroup

# Create a virtual network card and associate with public IP address and NSG.
az network nic create \
  --resource-group myResourceGroup \
  --name myNic \
  --vnet-name myVnet \
  --subnet mySubnet \
  --network-security-group myNetworkSecurityGroup \
  --public-ip-address myPublicIP

# Create a new virtual machine, this creates SSH keys if not present.
az vm create --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myVM --nics myNic --image UbuntuLTS --generate-ssh-keys

# Open port 22 to allow SSh traffic to host.
az vm open-port --port 22 --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myVM

Clean up deployment

Run the following command to remove the resource group, VM, and all related resources.

az group delete --name myResourceGroup

Script explanation

This script uses the following commands to create a resource group, virtual machine, and all related resources. Each command in the table links to command specific documentation.

Command Notes
az group create Creates a resource group in which all resources are stored.
az network vnet create Creates an Azure virtual network and subnet.
az network public-ip create Creates a public IP address with a static IP address and an associated DNS name.
az network nsg create Creates a network security group (NSG), which is a security boundary between the internet and the virtual machine.
az network nsg rule create Creates an NSG rule to allow inbound traffic. In this sample, port 22 is opened for SSH traffic.
az network nic create Creates a virtual network card and attaches it to the virtual network, subnet, and NSG.
az vm create Creates the virtual machine and connects it to the network card, virtual network, subnet, and NSG. This command also specifies the virtual machine image to be used, and administrative credentials.
az group delete Deletes a resource group including all nested resources.

Next steps

For more information on the Azure CLI, see Azure CLI documentation.

Additional virtual machine CLI script samples can be found in the Azure Linux VM documentation.