SC Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2: Manage Azure IaaS VMs

With the UR6 of Virtual Machine Manager we have the possibility to manage the Azure Subscription, and so the virtual machines, from VMM UI – figure 1. The idea is replace AppController, near to be retired.


Figure 1 – Azure Subscription in VMM


In order to manage you VM on Azure is necessary create a bridge between the client, where VMM console is installed, and Azure. This means create a certificate to trust communication. Certificate can be self-signed and can be create with makecert:


makecert -sky exchange -r -n “CN=AzureManagement” -pe -a sha1 -len 2048 -ss My “MyClient-AzureManagement.cer”


After this, open your Azure Portal, go on Settings – Certificates and upload a new certificate, as showed in figure 2.


Figure 2 – Upload Certificate


After uploading, is necessary copy the Subscription ID as showed in figure 3.


Figure 3 – Subscription ID


Now it’s time to run the wizard on VMM, figure 4, with all the information required.


Figure 4 – Azure Subscription Wizard


After few seconds you are ready to view and manage your VMs, figure 5.


Figure 5 – VMs Management


Keep in mind that you can add many subscriptions but that the only actions allowed are:


  • Start / Stop
  • Shutdown
  • Restart
  • Open RDP Session


No more…in this moment is very limited compared AppController but the idea is improve the features with the future UR.