How to Enable VM Role(beta) for your subscription in Windows Azure


Latest Windows Azure SDK, i.e SDK 1.3 allows developers to create VM instance of Windows Server 2008 R2 which is customized for their requirements and host it in the cloud(Windows Azure). However this features is available as part beta. To enable VM role for your subscription you would need to enable it using new Windows Azure portal


1) Login to using your live id

2) Navigate to “Beta Programs”


3) Select “VM Role” and click on the checkbox and Click “Join Selected”

4) At this point your request is in Pending state and Windows Azure team will process the request and approve it.

5) Once your request is approved, you will get an email from Windows Azure team with instructions to enable VM Role for your subscription

Hope this helps!

Comments (4)

  1. juan says:

    how long does it take and can i expedite it?

    VM Role Beta program

  2. I believe it takes 1-2 days for approval, you can create a case with Microsoft Windows Azure support team to expedite the process.…/support

  3. Deepak says:

    What all we can do with VM role

  4. Deepak, You can use VM role  to run a customized instance of Windows Server 2008 R2 in Windows Azure, making it easier to move applications to the cloud,  increases flexibility to run software of your own choice.  In a Nut shell, you can create your own VM instance with the software you need and deploy it on the cloud.…/wazplatformtrainingcourse_vmrolelab.aspx…/gg465398.aspx

    Note: Only stateless server components can be installed

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