Uploading a VHD

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.]

After you create the VHD image, you are ready to deploy it to Windows Azure. To access an instance of a VM role that is running in Windows Azure, you must enable a remote desktop connection. To do this, you must have a Personal Exchange Certificate (.pfx). When you have a certificate, you can upload the base VHD or differencing VHD to Windows Azure.

Create a certificate for a remote desktop connection and add it to your subscription in Windows Azure

If you are uploading your VHD image for the first time, you must have a service certificate for enabling a remote desktop connection. For more information about creating a certificate, see How to Upload a VHD to Windows Azure.

You must add the certificate to Windows Azure before you deploy any instances of your VM role. For more information about certificates, see Managing Service Certificates.

Uploading the VHD image to Windows Azure

You use CSUpload to upload a VHD image to Windows Azure. To upload the image, complete the steps listed in How to Upload a VHD to Windows Azure.

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