Part 1: Create Azure Network and Storage Account

Now that you’ve setup your Azure account we can get started on building the test environment. First thing you should do is to create a Virtual Azure Network, this will be used for connectivity between your servers. Creating a Network is quite straightforward business. Choose Networks and then Create A Virtual Network.

azure_create_network

Next you need to choose name for your network, pick the region you’re from and set the affinity group. The affinity group here is what Azure will use, in case of a fail over, to make sure your resources (CPU, memory, disk) will be as close to each other as possible to optimize the performance.

azure_network_settings

The settings on the next page are completely optional, if you don’t define DNS server one from Azure will be used. This is also the place to set your VPN point-to-site settings, if you’re looking to extended your network to Azure. Since we’re building a test environment, we can skip these settings.

azure_vpn_settings

Finally you can create your own address spaces, or just go with the default settings here.

azure_address_spaces

With the final click, your network will be created.

azure_network_created

Create Storage Account

After creating virtual network to connect your servers, the next step is to set up the Storage Account. Choose Storage and then Create Storage Account.

create_storage_acc

Storage Account creation will ask for an URL that needs to be unique, there’s also the previously create Affinity Group and option for geo-replication which is enabled by default.

azure_create_storage

Click Create Account and after a while, your Storage Account is ready! Now we’re finally ready to go and create some virtual machines.

azure_storage_acc_created

Other articles for this series:

Part 2: Create Virtual Machines and Active Directory
Part 3: Setup your SQL Server for testing purposes

Author: Mika Sutinen

Hi, My name is Mika Sutinen and I'm a Senior Database Administrator for a company called Tieto. I've been working in IT-industry for two decades and I've spend most of my career working with healthcare information systems. I've worked with SQL Server for most of my career, starting with version 6.5 a long, long time ago. My other interests are high availability, everything related to performance (testing, monitoring, etc), Windows operating systems and I'm currently learning more about Azure.

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