Create a Server Image for a VM Role in Windows Azure
Updated: March 8, 2011
[The VM Role feature of Windows Azure is being retired on May 15th, 2013. After the retirement date, VM role deployments will be deleted. To move forward with your existing applications, you can use Windows Azure Virtual Machines. For more information about using Virtual Machines for your application, see Moving from VM Role to Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
Use the links on this page as a jumpstart to understanding what to consider when creating a custom server image that is uploaded to Windows Azure.
The VM Role for Windows Azure is similar to the other roles because all roles instances running in Windows Azure are virtual machines that are running a version of the Windows Server operating system. The difference with the VM role is that you create and manage the image of the server. This section provides an overview of the process of creating a custom server image.
Lists the steps and resources that you need to get started creating a server image that is uploaded to Windows Azure.
Helps you to create a server image for a VM role in Windows Azure.
The Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2 provides software infrastructure and basic management tools that you can use to create and manage a virtualized server computing environment.
Sysprep is a tool designed for corporate system administrators, OEMs, and others who need to deploy the operating system on multiple computers. After performing the initial setup steps on a single system, you can run Sysprep to prepare the image for deployment.
The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), system builders, and corporate IT professionals deploy Windows onto new hardware.
This appendix includes information about the tools and APIs that you can use as you work with virtual hard disks (VHDs).
You can create new virtual machines from many different sources.
Find the latest questions and answers that involve design using Hyper-V on the Windows Azure platform forums.