Connecting to a Windows computer running on Windows Azure

In yesterday’s post about creating a virtual machine in Windows Azure, I left out the details for connecting to the virtual machine.

Virtual machine connections are controlled using endpoints, like the one shown below:

In this case, the endpoint for RemoteDesktop was created automatically as part of the virtual machine creation process so it’s pretty simple to connect to the virtual machine. Just fire up a Remote Desktop client and connect to the DNS name given to the virtual machine when it was created (in my case, that was mwil-playground.cloudapp.net). Alternatively, click the Connect button at the bottom of the Windows Azure management console:

Then, follow the prompts to:

  • Connect to an computer with an unknown publisher:
  • Provide  appropriate credentials:
  • Confirm that there is no certificate to validate the connection:
(It is possible to specify management certificates in the Windows Azure management console but that’s outside the scope of this post.)
After a short while, during which remote desktop configures the session, a connection should be made and the operating system can be administered as normal:

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