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Accessing Azure Virtual Machines from Server Explorer

Updated: May 12, 2015

By using Server Explorer in Visual Studio, you can display information about your virtual machines hosted by Azure.

If you have virtual machines hosted by Azure, you can access them in Server Explorer. You must first sign in to your Azure subscription to view your mobile services. To sign in, open the shortcut menu for the Azure node, and choose Connect to Microsoft Azure.

  1. In Server Explorer, choose a virtual machine, and then choose the F4 key to show its properties window.

    The following table shows what properties are available, but they are all read-only. To change them, use the management portal.


    Property Description

    DNS Name

    The URL with the Internet address of the virtual machine.


    For a virtual machine, the value of this property is always Production.


    The name of the virtual machine.


    The size of the virtual machine, which reflects the amount of memory and disk space that’s available. For more information, see How To: Configure Virtual Machine Sizes.


    Values include Starting, Started, Stopping, Stopped, and Retrieving Status. If Retrieving Status appears, the current status is unknown. The values for this property differ from the values that are used on the management portal.


    The subscription ID for your Azure account. You can show this information on the management portal by viewing the properties for a subscription.

    The endpoints for each virtual machine appear in Server Explorer as child nodes of the virtual machine node.

  3. Choose an endpoint node, and then view the Properties window.

  4. The following table describes the available properties of endpoints, but they are read-only. To add or edit the endpoints for a virtual machine, use the management portal.


    Property Description


    An identifier for the endpoint.

    Private Port

    The port for network access internal to your application.


    The protocol that the transport layer for this endpoint uses, either TCP or UDP.

    Public Port

    The port that’s used for public access to your application.

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