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Configuring a Windows Azure VM for Cloud Cruiser


This article lists the requirements for installing Cloud Cruiser on a Windows Azure VM and explains how to create a VM that meets these requirements.


A Windows Azure VM on which you will install Cloud Cruiser must:

  • Be size Medium (2 cores, 3.5 GB of memory) or larger
  • Have an HTTP endpoint at port 8080
  • Have a Remote Desktop (RDP) endpoint at port 3389

To create a compliant Azure VM

  1. Log in to the Windows Azure Management Portal.
  2. In the bottom left corner, click New.
    New button with '+' icon
  3. Choose Compute > Virtual Machine > From Gallery.
    The Choose an Image gallery appears.
  4. Select an image that satisfies the operating system requirements for Cloud Cruiser and click Next button with right arrow.
    The first Virtual machine configuration page appears.
  5. Leave the default Version Release Date, then enter a name for your VM in the Virtual Machine Name field.
  6. In the Size menu, choose Medium if you're installing Cloud Cruiser for a demo or proof of concept. For a production environment, choose Large or a bigger size.
  7. In the remaining fields, create a user and password with which you will log in to your VM. Then click Next button with right arrow.
  8. On the next page, make any adjustments you like, then click Next button with right arrow.
    These settings affect your usage of Azure, and aren't directly relevant to Cloud Cruiser.
  9. On the last page, select HTTP from the menu in the Name column, then set both the Public Port and Private Port for this new endpoint to 8080.
  10. If this is a Linux VM, select Remote Desktop from the same menu to create an RDP endpoint. The default ports are correct.
  11. Click Button with checkmark to create your VM.
    The virtual machines window appears. You can watch the status of your VM there as it is being provisioned.
  12. Wait for the status of your VM to change to Running. Then with it still selected in the list, click Connect at the bottom of the screen.
    Your browser is prompted to download a Remote Desktop (.RDP) file.
  13. If this is a Linux VM, log in to it using an SSH tool such as PuTTY and turn on Remote Desktop (third-party instructions here).

​​Your VM is ready for RDP access. You can open it by double-clicking the downloaded RDP file.

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