How to create up a new Microsoft Azure account

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In order to set up your first virtual machine (VM) on Microsoft Azure cloud, you first need to create a new Microsoft Azure account. Setting one up is very easy — just follow the steps below (depending on where you are, your screens may look a little different.)

Microsoft Azure offers a free 30-day trial period to all new account holders.

Go to https://www.azure.com and click the green “Start free” button.

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

Next, click another “Start free” button.

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

If you already have an account with Microsoft, for example, Microsoft 365, you’ll be prompted to log in.

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

When you log in, some of your details may already be there.

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

Follow the prompts to verify your account by phone (I used SMS).

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

You’ll also need to supply a valid credit card. Prepaid credit cards won’t work — you’ll need a “normal” credit or debit card. There is no charge involved with the setting up of a trial account. Microsoft just wants to see your card to verify your identity. There will be, however, a record for a $0 transaction on your bank statement. In my bank it looks like this:

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

Next – tick “I agree” and click “Sign Up.”

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

Within a few seconds, your account will be ready.

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How to Create up a New Microsoft Azure Account

That’s it! Your Microsoft Azure account has been created.

To continue, click the “My Account” link at the top right corner or go straight to the Microsoft Azure Portal: https://portal.azure.com/

NEXT: How to create Windows and Linux virtual machines (VM) in Microsoft Azure

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