Configuring an Azure Virtual Machine Walkthrough

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Time
19 hours 25 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate
CEU/CPE
24
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>> Hey everybody.
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>> Welcome back.
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>> In this lecture, we're going to be
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walking through the process
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that you would go through to set up
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an Azure Virtual Machine.
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As you can see, I'm logged into my Azure portal.
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I'm going to navigate up here to the left-hand corner,
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where I'm going to see this menu,
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and under Favorites Services,
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I'm going to open up Virtual Machines.
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This right here is the dashboard that would display
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any active or stopped virtual machines.
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I say stopped because you can't start,
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restart, and stop as you can see right here.
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Theoretically, you could pause
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the virtual machine running,
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and you could see the various states,
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the subscriptions the resource groups, their locations,
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and their status is where you would
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see whether it's stopped,
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restarted, or stopped.
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The operating system sizing and everything else,
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all of those valuable information
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that you would want to see
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regarding all the VMs that you might have in
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your directory at a higher level.
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Since we don't have anything to display right now,
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we're going to go ahead and add right here.
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We're going to press "Add" and then add virtual machine.
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Right here is where we would go through
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the process of configuring
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the virtual machine the way that we want.
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First things first, for project details,
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we want to make sure that we are
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selecting the appropriate subscription.
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I have two subscriptions.
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The test sub was something that I
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created early on when we were first
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walking through the course and running through some
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of the Azure Overview services.
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But for the sake of this lesson,
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we're just going to do Azure Subscription 1.
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If you're following along in your own environment,
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you can pick whichever subscription you would like.
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You can create a new one, that's okay.
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For resource group, I'm going to keep it and
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myResourceGroup2 just because that's what
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I've been using throughout most of
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the videos in this course.
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Then for the name, I'm going to create
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a name and it's going to be myvirtualmachine1.
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The checkmark indicates that we're okay,
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so we're going to go ahead and move forward.
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I like US East because I'm located here,
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so I'll be able to access it quickly,
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so I'm going to keep it there.
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But if you want to change your region,
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you have several options here.
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They're again reflecting back
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to an earlier conversation where we talked
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about the regions and
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the overall global infrastructure of Azure.
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You have a lot of options and these are
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the various locations where
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you could spin up a virtual machine.
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For images, just like with any type of virtual instance,
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you're going to have different images,
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which are basically just the operating system
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that you're going to be installing
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on the virtual machine.
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Here are our basic options.
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These are some of the popular ones that we have.
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We have several Linux distros that we could use.
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We have Oracle, or Oracle Linux actually,
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and then we have lots of
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Windows instances that we can deploy.
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Now if you need additional,
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I'm going to open this up real quick,
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you have the marketplace.
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Real quick, I want to
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note here that if you're going to be selecting
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a more proprietary operating system or maybe
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just not something that you would typically install
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that's Linux or Windows-based,
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you may incur a little charge.
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Notice here for LAMP certified Bitnami, this is free.
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It starts at a frieze here.
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But if we move over to say Selenium driver,
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we're going to have a cost per hour.
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If we move over to Cloud Management stack by SAP,
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the cost per hour is a little different.
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Depending on what you're selecting as you change,
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your cost per hour will change here.
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I do want to quickly note
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the CIS Microsoft Windows Server 2016,
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that's actually something that is typically used by
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Cloud security engineers because we
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want a hardened virtual machine.
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CIS did a great job.
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They're the de facto standard
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for assessing virtual machines and coming
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up with the guidelines on how
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to harden virtual machines and servers in general.
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But for those that are in
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a hurry that don't want to go through the process
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of discontinuing services that
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are running in a VM environment,
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you can actually just rent
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the instance that they provide.
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They do have images here.
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They do charge two cents per hour,
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which doesn't seem like a lot, but it does add up.
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This is just their licensing cost,
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so you will be paying for
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the resources that you end up installing this on.
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We'll go over this in a minute here,
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but there's different types of
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virtual machines that you can install.
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Each one costs a little bit different.
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It can cost less or more
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depending on what you're getting in your resources.
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This price is per hour for the license
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of the CIS of Windows Server 2016,
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but then you're going to add that on top of
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the actual virtual machine itself.
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Anyways, just wanted to
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highlight that really quick. I'm going to go back.
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Continuing on, let's go ahead and add myvirtualmachine1.
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For the sake of this, we're going to keep this as
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a Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Gen 1.
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We'll keep this size.
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Remember I was talking about
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the different types of VM sizes you have.
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This is one size.
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Obviously, quite a hefty cost,
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especially if you're not a corporation.
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If you're just an individual like myself,
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$137 a month for a VM,
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I better have a good reason
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for spending that kind of money.
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But we're just doing it for example's sake.
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If I wanted to see all of the different types
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of sizes available here,
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here are our options.
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We do have these various tiers
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or series and they each mean a different thing.
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We have latest generation of D family sizes,
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we have some for performance boosts
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for processing workloads.
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This is good for science processing
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or crunching large amounts of numbers.
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High-performance compute VMs.
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We have some that deal with graphic
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intensive and visualization workloads,
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so good for those that might be meeting
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some high intense 3D rendering or something like that.
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They want to use cloud computing, you can do that.
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You have a lot of options here and we'll be
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talking more about as we move along in this course.
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But this is where you would go to select
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the VM size that you want to deploy.
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They give you specifics, so they tell
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you how many vCPUs,
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your RAM, your data disks, and so forth.
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Let's go ahead and drop back.
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We're going to have to do this one more time here.
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We're going to select myResourceGroup2,
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myvirtualmachine1.
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I'm going to be doing a Gen 1 datacenter. This is fine.
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We're going to keep it as standard.
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I'm going to set a username and password here.
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So we're going to go ahead and type this out.
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They do want you to have
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12 characters because the 12 characters or more,
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I believe, which is a big password.
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Then we get to setup inbound ports.
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We have several options.
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Because this is a Windows environment,
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we can't set up RDP.
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If you're setting up a Linux,
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it doesn't give you that option,
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you'll just get HTTPS and the SSH.
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We're going to do this HTTP and RDP,
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and we can save up with
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licensing costs if we already have
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our own licensed by using the hybrid benefit.
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I don't have that. That's okay though,
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I'm not really going to worry about it,
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and then we're going to go ahead and
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hit "Review" and "Create."
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Here's going to go ahead and run
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through the final validation process.
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This might take a few seconds here to
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get this all set up before we hit that "Create" button.
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It looks like the validation did
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indeed pass, so we're okay.
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We're going to go ahead and just review our details
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here making sure that we got
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the right subscription and resource group,
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everything looks good,
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and I'm going to go ahead and hit "Create".
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This is going to take a little while to deploy,
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but when it is live,
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I'll go ahead and
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pause this video and then get back here.
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Again, if you have the time,
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go ahead and go grab a cup of coffee,
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go get yourself a drink, stretch your legs.
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When this is live and deployed,
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we'll continue back with this video.
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As you can see here, the deployment has been completed.
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Let's go ahead and navigate over to
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the resource that was created here.
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Here we are. Here's the details on our resource,
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our virtual machine that we just created.
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It tells us here subscription ID,
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the subscription that we created this resource in.
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We have a status so we know that it's running.
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Here are the details.
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This is a Windows Server 2019 Datacenter.
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It's a D2SV3,
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so we have some specifics there on the size,
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the vCPUs, the gigabytes,
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assigns at the disks, and what have you.
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Here's our public IP and
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private IP address information
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in case we need to access that.
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If we want to connect to it,
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you're able to do so right here.
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You can connect to it using RDP,
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which we did open that port for it.
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You could use SSH if we had opened that but we did not,
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and Bastian is another option.
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If you wanted to go ahead and connect to it,
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here's your way of doing so.
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You can download this RDP file information,
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which I'm not going to do because it's
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outside of the scope of this lesson.
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But if you were to go ahead
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and try to remote into this instance,
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this would be the way to go about doing that.
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That wraps up this lecture right here,
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which just to summarize really briefly,
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we wanted to walk through
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the process of creating a virtual machine,
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seeing what that looked like and
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the different configurations that
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you can put in place when you're building that out,
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and then ultimately how you can go about finding
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more information about the VM you just
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set up where it sets,
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how it interacts with other things
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in the network and so forth.
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Hope this was helpful,
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and a little bit here you're going to
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actually be walking through a lab
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hands-on where you're going to be able to stand up
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your own VM and learn by actually doing here.
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If you have any questions, feel
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free to reach out to me and if not,
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I'll see you guys in the next lesson.
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