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Windows Azure – Configure Customized Operating System for an Azure Application

 

Introduction:

In this article we are going to see how to customize the Operating system on which an azure application can run using the Windows Azure Management Portal.

Overview:

In our earlier article, we have seen how to Create an application in Azure, deploy it and manage it using the different options available in the Azure Management Portal. In this article we will see how to manage a customized operating system for an Azure application to run in that environment. Azure Management Portal is very powerful, we have many management options available with simple button clicks.

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Let us see the step by step on how to customize the operating system for an Azure application using the Windows Azure Management Portal.

Steps:

Login to the management portal using the below link

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/

We can see a screen like below. Select the Sign into Management portal at the top right corner

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After selecting that sign in to management portal you will be asked for the Username and Password to authenticate the process as shown in the below screen

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Once we gave the correct credentials and click on submit button will navigate to the main screen of the portal as shown in the below screen

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Now click on the Hosted Services, Storage Account and CDN option in the bottom menu and then select the Hosted Services as shown in the screen below.

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Now select the deployed application (f5Debug) as shown in the screen below. Here we can see the options like the environment on which its deployed and the DNS name to access the application etc.

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In the top Menu Ribbon we can see Configure OS option as highlighted in the screen below. We need to use this option to configure the Operating System for the application selected.

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Clicking on this Configure OS button will open a window pop up as shown in the screen below with 2 options:

  1. OS Family — Targets the Server
  2. OS Version — Targets the Guest OS

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First select the OS Family drop down, we can see the 2 options available as Windows Server 2008 SP2 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Select the appropriate one required and move on to the next one. Here in our sample we have selected R2 version.

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Once Windows Server 2008 R2 is selected, now click on the OS Version drop down and we can see the list of Azure Guest OS Version as shown in the screen below. Select the appropriate required version.

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Once the selection is done for the both the options we can see the screen looks like below.

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Now click on the OK button to proceed further. We can see the status of the application configuring the Customized OS as shown in the screen below.

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Once the process is completed we can see the status as Ready as shown in the screen below.

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Now the application is configured to run on the Windows Server 2008 R2 version selected with the appropriate Azure Guest OS version.

Conclusion:

So in this article we have seen how to configure a Customized Operating System for an Azure application using the Windows Azure Management Portal.

About Author: Karthikeyan Anbarasan, Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in ASP.NET/IIS Architecture. He is the Founder and Chief Editor of the www.f5debug.net website and has authored books on Windows Phone and Business Intelligence(SSIS). He is also a Passionate Speaker and a Blogger on Microsoft Technologies.

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