Creating virtual machines using the Azure management portal

You can create virtual machines using the Azure management portal, the Azure PowerShell cmdlets, the Azure cross-platform command-line tools, or the management REST API. Each method brings with it their own capabilities and tradeoffs, and it is important to understand which tool should be used in the right scenario.

The Azure management portal allows you to use a wide variety of virtual machine images, and pre-defined templates for entire solutions such as SQL Server AlwaysOn, or even a complete SharePoint farm. For individual virtual machines you can specify some, but not all, configuration options at creation time. Some options, such as configuring the load balancer, and specifying data disk configuration, are not available at creation time through the management portal but can be set after the virtual machine is created. Using the management portal, you must create virtual machines in the same cloud service, one virtual machine at a time. This can be cumbersome for large deployments with many virtual machines and automation may make more sense those scenarios. The management portal is cross-platform and is supported in most modern browsers.

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