How to Test Windows Server 2016 in Azure

WMI eventsWindows lets you create virtual machines through the Azure Portal or with the Azure PowerShell module. Here’s how. The much anticipated Windows Server 2016 product is expected to be released (RTM) in Q3 of this year. This new server operating system is set to introduce a wealth of new features including native container support, Nano Server, Storage Replica, Storage Spaces Direct and a whole lot more. If you’re itching to start playing with Windows Server 2016 today, you can and the easiest way to quickly get up and running is through Microsoft’s cloud service; Azure. Azure allows you to quickly create virtual machines (VMs) in the cloud from pre-built VHD images. Microsoft gives you a couple different ways to create these VMs; through the Azure Portal or with the Azure PowerShell module. If you’re evaluating Windows Server 2016, know now that if you aren’t already comfortable with PowerShell you need to be. In fact, Nano Server will force you to learn PowerShell.

With that being said, let’s build a VM in Azure running Windows Server 2016 using PowerShell.

Before we get too far though, I’m going to assume you’ve already satisfied a few prerequisites.

You have an Azure subscription. If not, you can get signed up for free.

You have a Windows computer with Windows PowerShell v4+ installed.

You already have the Azure PowerShell module downloaded and loaded up in your session.
Now get started writing a script that will allow us to deploy one or more VMs in Azure running Windows Server 2016…

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Adam Bertram

Chief Automator at Adam the Automator, LLC
Adam Bertram is an independent consultant, technical writer, trainer and presenter. Adam specializes in consulting and evangelizing all things IT automation mainly focused around Windows PowerShell. Adam is a Microsoft Windows PowerShell MVP, 2015 powershell.org PowerShell hero and has numerous Microsoft IT pro certifications. He authors IT pro course content for Pluralsight, is a regular contributor to numerous print and online publications and presents at various user groups and conferences.You can find Adam here on the blog or on Twitter at @adbertram.

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