The New Azure Portal – Virtual Machines

Microsoft has added support for Virtual Machines through the preview portal. First impressions are good, it looks great and has a lot of the information about your VMs. There is no Cloud Service view as yet unfortunately.

https://Portal.azure.com and log in. Select Browse, and Virtual Machines.

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Browse your virtual machines and it will show you a list of the machine names, region and status.

Azure Preview Portal Status Caution

Note that the preview portal does not distinguish whether the VM is Stopped or Stopped (Deallocated). So it will not show stopped VMs that are still incurring charges.

See my VM status in old portal which shows both stopped statuses.  Note while a VM is Stopped (via shutdown from within the VM) charges are still applied.   If a VM is stopped and deallocated (Shut down from the portal) no charges are applied to the running of the VM.

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The new Portal only shows “Stopped” for both VMs.

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Please would you update this Microsoft? Thanks!

Azure Portal Pricing Tier Caution

Note that the pricing tier is based on VM size only and NOT VMs with licensing included such as SQL Server.

Click on the Pricing Tier link

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If you selected a SQL Server gallery image which includes the SQL Server licensing the pricing is very different to that shown in the portal.

Look at the figures in the Azure pricing calculator which is available here.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/?scenario=full

Azure Calculator Pricing for A6 and A7 VMs.

If you selected a SQL Server gallery image which includes the SQL Server licensing the pricing is very different to that shown in the portal.

Look at the figures in the Azure pricing calculator which is available here.

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/pricing/calculator/?scenario=full

Azure Calculator Pricing for A6 and A7 Vms.

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The figures here are PAYG prices which are close to the prices shown below in preview portal.

 

Azure Preview Portal Pricing Tier Window

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Here is what the VM would actually cost as it is a SQL Server template VM.

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Maybe in the future Microsoft may check if the VM is a SQL Server template or not and give proper pricing, or at least put a note on the screen that the pricing is based on standard VMs without additional software licensing.

The following note could possibly updated to reflect this.

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I have not started using it in anger just yet as I normally prefer to do creation of objects in PowerShell.  I do think the preview portal is a good start and it has a good feel to it so it looks promising for a first release.   Let me know what you think of the portal and if you have tried the pricing tier recommendation feature as it is not clear where this is exactly !?

Thanks for reading !

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About Mitesh Chauhan
Mitesh Chauhan, Azure Cloud Solutions Architect. This is my blog where I share articles and thoughts on IT Infrastructure and architecture. The topics I am most passionate about are Implementation and architecture of rock solid Cloud Infrastructure based around SQL Server and Windows Server mainly using Microsoft Azure. MCTS - Azure Architecture MCTS - Azure Implementation MCSE Server Infrastructure (Windows Server 2012) , MCITP SQL Server 2008, Togaf Certified, Prince 2 Practitioner.

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