There are many different Virtual Machine (VM) images available in the Azure Marketplace. Just login to the Azure Portal, search the Azure Marketplace for the VM image you need, and create it on your subscription. This is the easiest way to setup a VM that you can then remote into without needing to setup any hardware. Plus, when you’re done you can just delete it.

To find the Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS in the Azure Marketplace just follow the below steps:

  1. Navigate to the Azure Portal
  2. Click on the “New” plus sign button in the top left of the Azure Portal
  3. Simply type “Ubuntu” into the search box, and Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS should be an auto suggested option.
  4. Upon hitting Enter a list of results will display showing the Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS
  5. Click on Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS in the list to bring up the information about it
  6. Lastly, click “Create” and follow the prompts to configure and setup the VM


Enjoy setting up an Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS Virtual Machine without requiring you to provision any physical hardware. Simply create the VM in Azure, use it for as long or as little as you need. It’s really that easy!

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Chris is the Founder of and a Microsoft MVP in Azure & IoT with 20 years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He is also a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect, developer, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.