New Azure UI: Choose VM Size

Here’s some brand new content from the YouTube channel that you might find interesting.

Microsoft has revamped the UI around selecting VM sizes, and it’s about time! The information is now much more compact. Way less scrolling. And it’s easier to find a VM size from among the dozens and dozens of options.

Quickstart Series: Windows Web App in Azure

In this video, I show you how to create a Windows Web App in Microsoft Azure. Windows Web App. We go through the Azure Portal, and see how form fields get filled in. If you can’t afford to create resources in Azure, but want to see how it’s done in 2018, this is the video for you.

Or you can see the video directly on YouTube.


Well, hi there. This is Scott Duffy from In this video I want to highlight brand new interface changes that just went live around creating virtual machines, specifically selecting the virtual machine size. Switch over to the portal. And I took the liberty of filling out the form fields for setting up the virtual machine. So step one really hasn’t changed too much. When I click OK button, it’s going to take me to this Choose a Size screen, and we’re going to see all of the options that Microsoft has.

Now, you’ll recall that this used to be a grid format with boxes and it took forever to scroll through them, and oftentimes you would miss what you were looking for. Now, there’s still a lot of options. So as I go down this list, you can see ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty options. And then, there are options that I don’t even qualify for because there’s a ten CPU limit on this test account that I use. But, if I did increase that limit, I could see another ten or twenty options. And then, there’s things that are no longer available. So this version is not available for my subscription. Again, I could probably message Microsoft to open a ticket with them and they would open this up, if I was to request it. So I can see now much clearer what’s available, what’s unavailable, what’s the pricing, et cetera.

The other advantages of some of these filters up here. So, if you know in advance that you’re looking for compute optimized versions, well that just filters out everything else and you’re left with the F series. So this makes it a lot easier if you’re looking for compute optimized servers to select the one, you can see the pricing, it all lines up together. So kudos to the Azure team for simplifying how easy it is to select the correct size. So, I just wanted to highlight that out to you. Some of this is changed. We’re talking about availability zones now, et cetera. We’ll get into that in new videos. But I wanted to highlight this size screen being a brand new option for creating virtual machines.