Checklist for Developing the Server Image

Updated: November 22, 2010

[This topic provides preliminary content for the beta release of the Windows Azure VM role feature. To join the beta, log on to the Management Portal, click Home, and then click Beta Programs.]

The full power of a VM role occurs in stages with the base VHD image and after time a differencing VHD image. You can use the checklists in this section to create the base VHD and the differencing VHD.

Checklist for creating a base VHD

 

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Install the Windows Azure SDK.

Overview of the Windows Azure VM Role

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Create a .cer formatted certificate to enable API access to your subscription.

How to Create a Certificate for a Role

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Create the base VHD that is use to initialize your VM role.

How to Create the Base VHD

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Install the Windows Azure Integration Components for the VM role to communicate with Windows Azure.

How to Install the Windows Azure Integration Components

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Install applications and make operating system configuration changes

Windows Server

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Prepare the base VHD image for deployment to Windows Azure by running sysprep.exe.

How to Prepare the Image for Deployment

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Deploy the base VHD image to Windows Azure.

How to Upload a VHD to Windows Azure

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Create the service model files and deploy the package.

How to Create and Deploy the VM Role Service Model

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Save the base VHD to a secure folder.

 

Checklist for creating a differencing VHD

 

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Create the differencing VHD by using the base VHD.

How to Update a Server Instance by Using a Differencing VHD

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Install applications and make operating system configuration changes.

Windows Server

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Prepare the differencing VHD image for deployment to Windows Azure by running sysprep.exe.

How to Prepare the Image for Deployment

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Deploy the differencing VHD image to Windows Azure.

How to Upload a VHD to Windows Azure

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Change the configuration to reference the differencing VHD

How to Change the Configuration of a VM role

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