IaaS on Azure

Okay, this post may be a bit of a rant. Things should not be unnecessarily complicated … but they are.

I just wanted to launch a VM instance on Windows Azure Virtual Machines to take a look at the Visual Studio 2013 preview. Seems simple enough, right? Just log in to the Azure portal and spin up a new VM from the gallery from an image configured with VS 2013. Then, just step through the Wizard and connect with RDP.

Figure 1. Select VS 2013 Image

Give the machine a name, select instance size (small, in my case), and specify a username and password and we should be good to go.

Well, yes, and no.

Okay, the instance launches and appears to be running. As far as I know I am being charged for this resource now.

Figure 2. Instance is running

Cool. My instance seems to have a public IP address and I should be able to connect to it via RDP, login using the username and password I specified and party on. Just like Amazon EC2 and Rackspace.

But no! There is a problem.

Try and connect using RDP to actually use the instance and there is an error.

Figure 3. Denied!

So, what is going on here?

Right now I haven’t the slightest idea. Maybe it is something simple or obvious. Maybe they didn’t enable RDP on the image. Maybe I am doing something stupid.  Maybe I need to open a port or set a security group or something.  But … at this point I don’t care.  I don’t have the time or patience to troubleshoot it.


I’m going to spin up a Windows Sever 2012 instance on Amazon EC2, install the VS 2013 preview myself and take it from there. At least I know I will have no problem connecting to the instance.  Amazon IaaS is, imho, much more straightforward to use.

Kevin Kell

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