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Creating an standalone BizTalk Server 2013 Beta Windows Azure VM




Have a Windows azure account

Request Access to Virtual Machines Preview


Go to  Windows Azure Management Portal 


If you have requested Access to Virtial Machines Preview a screen like this onw should be shown:



Click in create Virtual Machine Name





Choose from Gallery




Select Microsoft BizTalkServer 2013 Beta



Virtual Machine Name

Enter the name of the virtual machine. Naming the virtual machine is similar to naming a physical computer. It’s best to be specific and name it for the intended purpose, like BTS2010R2Testy.

New User Name

Administrator: Creating the Administrator account.

New Password

Enter the Administrator password.

Confirm Password

Re-enter the Administrator password.


Select Medium or higher. The minimum BizTalk Server 2013 memory requirement is 2 GB. Hardware and Software Requirements lists the requirements.





In VM Mode, enter the following:


Standalone virtual machine

Click Standalone virtual machine. A Standalone VM is not associated with any other Windows Azure service.

An Existing VM looks for existing services in your subscription. Existing VM is typically used for load balanced endpoints, like web services. The Existing VM option has no impact in BizTalk.

DNS Name

The DNS Name refers to your virtual machine over You can enter any name. For example, you can enter or

Region/Affinity Group/Virtual Network


A Virtual Network is your private network inside Windows Azure. If you use an IP range and subnets, a Virtual Network can be the appropriate choice. Go to Create a Virtual Network in Windows Azure to create a Virtual Network. A Network Administrator creates the Virtual Network. If a Virtual Network is not created, it is grayed out.


If you plan to add this virtual machine to your domain, a Virtual Network is required.

An Affinity Group is a grouping in a single datacenter. All your Windows Azure services are associated with this grouping and are located in the same datacenter. An Affinity Group is created when creating a new Windows Azure service. Go to How to Create an Affinity Group in Windows Azure to create an Affinity Group. Create the Affinity Group before creating the BizTalk virtual machine.



In VM Options, you can enable Create availability set. When a virtual machine is part of an Availability Set, the virtual machine is deployed to different fault domains as other virtual machines in the set. Multiple virtual machines in an Availability Set ensure that your application is available during network failures, hardware failures, and any planned downtime.
To create an availability set, click Create availability set and enter a name.




The virtual machine is now listed in Virtual Machines with a Provisioning status. Provisioning can take several minutes to complete. When complete, the Status is updated to Running.

Once provisioned, you have a computer with the following software installed:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • BizTalk Server 2013
  • Visual Studio 2012 Release Candidate (RC)
  • SQL Server 2012


Congratulations! you have created your FIRST BizTalk 2013 vm in Windows Azure! Smile