Azure: Create a Virtual Machine and Deploy a Web Server

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In this Free Guided Project, you will:

Familiarize youself with Azure basics

Create a Virtual Machine and the surrounding network architecture

Use Bastion to connect to the Virtual Machine and deploy a Nextcloud server

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Clock2 hours
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In this Guided Project, you will create a Virtual Machine in Azure to deploy a web server, specifically a Nextcloud server. Instead of using just the presets, you will explore how the basic architecture of Azure works, by creating a Virtual Machine, connecting it to a subnet, protected by inbound and outbound rules thanks to Network Security Groups, in a Virtual Network. You'll also learn how to use Bastion to connect to the machine via SSH, without exposing an external port to the Internet, and then installing a simple Nextcloud server and make the Virtual Machine available to you by opening a public IP and a DNS label. Note: before taking this Guided Project, if you don't have an Azure subscription yet, please create an Azure Free Trial beforehand at


To take the most out of this Guided Project, you should have a background in networking concepts: subnet masks, IPs, ports and basic firewall rules.

Skills you will develop

  • Virtual Machine
  • Bastion
  • Azure
  • Virtual Networks

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Create a Resource Group

  2. Create a Virtual Network and a subnet

  3. Protect a subnet using a Network Security Group

  4. Deploy Bastion to connect to a Virtual Machine

  5. Create an Ubuntu Server Virtual Machine

  6. Install Nextcloud by connecting via SSH using Bastion

  7. Publish an IP

  8. Create a DNS label

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

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