F 60: Cloud Server on Azure (15 pts)

What you need


To set up Linux and Windows servers on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform.

Creating an Microsoft Live Account

In a Web browser, go to: https://signup.live.com/ Create a new email address. Don't use a CCSF student email account.

If that page is not working, use this process to make a new outlook.com email address:


Creating an Azure for Students Account

In a Web browser, go to:

Azure for Students FAQ

Click the blue "Apply now" button.

Follow the on-screen instructions to make your account. You'll need your .edu email address and a phone, but no credit card.

You're not eligible for an Azure free account

If you see this message, here's how a student fixed it:
Ny issue got fixed by Microsoft support team. Send a ticket to support@mail.support.microsoft.com and include your situation and the student email address that you use to sign up during the registration. They will re-enable your subscription. The product keys associated with your subscription will become available for use during the next standard business day.

You'll end up at the Azure Education Hub, as shown below.

Creating a Windows Virtual Machine

At the top left, click the three-bar "hamburger" icon.

Click "Virtual Machines", as shown below.

On the "Virtual machines" page, at the top left, click Add, "Virtual machine".

In the "Create a virtual machine" page, on the Basics tab, enter these values, as shown below.

At the bottom, click the blue "Review + create" button.

A warning appears, saying "You have set RDP port(s) open to the internet."

At the bottom, click the blue Create button.

After a few minutes, the deployment completes, as shown below.

At the bottom, click the blue "Go to resource" button.

You can see your Public IP address, outined in red in the image below.

Shut Down After Each Use!

This is important, to avoid wasting your free trial money.

When you are done working with your cloud server, click the Stop button, outlined in green in the image above.

When you want to use it again, first click the Start button.

Connect via RDP

Use an RDP client to connect to that IP address, using the name and password you selected.

If you are using a Mac, use Microsoft Remote Desktop.

If you are using a Windows machine, in the search box on the taskbar, type "Remote Desktop Connection".

Turning Off IE Enhanced Security

On your cloud Windows desktop, in Server Manager, on the left side, click "Local Server".

On the right side, change "IE Enhanced Security Configuration" to Off, outlined in red in the image below.

After making the change, you'll need to click the Refresh button, outlined in green in the image below, to see the new value.

F 60.1: Network Card (15 pts)

On your cloud Windows desktop, open a Command Prompt and execute this command:
The flag is the name of the Network Card, covered by a green box in the image below.

Checking your Balance (Optional)

To see how much of your credit is left, go to:


One day after I made my cloud server, I checked my balance and saw that only one dollar had been expended, as shown below.

Updated 11-126-22