Microsoft Azure makes it easy to set up VMs to use as servers in your environment. Azure adds your VMs to cloud services. You’ll need a Microsoft Azure account to create your VMs. If you don’t have one yet, sign up here.
In Release Management, you’ll create an Azure environment for each release stage. You then link your environment to a cloud service associated with your Azure subscription. Release Management can then access any of the VMs in this cloud service to use in the environment. If you have multiple VMs associated with a cloud service, you can add any of these VMs as servers to your Azure environment in Release Management.
1. In the Azure portal, create the VMs that you want to use in your release environment. By default, each VM you create is added to its own cloud service. If you want to use multiple VMs in an environment, they must all be in the same cloud service. To add a VM to a specific cloud service, choose From Gallery when you create the VM.
Download the settings file from the Azure portal to get your subscription ID and Management Certificate key. Go here to get the name of an existing storage account or add a new storage account using the Azure portal.
3. Create a vNext Azure environment for each stage in your release path.
Select the Azure subscription that you want to use with this environment. (Sometimes it takes a few minutes to load your subscription.) The Azure cloud services for this subscription are displayed. Select a cloud service to link the subscription to the environment.
If there are no cloud services for your Azure subscription, you cannot link it to the environment. Go to the Azure portal and create a VM for this subscription. When you create a VM, a cloud service with the same name is created by default. Refresh to select this cloud service.
5. Link your Azure VMs in the cloud service as servers for the environment.
7. View the environments that you created in the environments tab. The type is shown as Azure.
Steps to deploy to Azure environments can be found here.