This guide provides a detailed step-by-step process for deploying Hyper-V on a Windows Azure VM. Please make sure that you have an active Windows Azure account and have access to the Windows Azure portal before you proceed.

Step 1: Create a Windows Azure virtual machine

To get started with Hyper-V on Azure, you will need to follow these steps:
  1. First, you'll need to enable nested virtualization on your Azure VM. This can be done by using Azure PowerShell to create an Azure VM that supports nested virtualization.
  2. Once nested virtualization is enabled, you can install the Hyper-V role on your Azure VM using PowerShell. You can then create virtual machines within your Azure VM using Hyper-V.
  3. You may also want to consider using Azure Site Recovery or Azure Backup to protect your virtual machines running on Hyper-V in Azure.
To learn more about Hyper-V on Azure, including how to enable nested virtualization and install the Hyper-V role, refer to the official Microsoft documentation.

Supported VM Types

Not all VM types support nested virtualization, which is required to run Hyper-V in a virtual machine on Azure. However, the following VM types currently support nested virtualization and can therefore run Hyper-V:
  • Dv3 and Ev3 series
  • Dv4 and Ev4 series
  • DsV3 and EsV3 series
  • DasV4 and EasV4 series
  • MsV2 series
It's important to note that these VM types may not be available in all Azure regions. You can check the availability of certain VM types in your region by using the Azure VM Size Search tool.

Azure Network

In order to join guests to an Azure network, you will need to create a Virtual Network Gateway and a Virtual Network. Once you have these set up, you can create a VPN connection between the guest devices and the Azure network. Here is an example process:

var azure = Microsoft.Azure.Management.Fluent.Azure.Configure()
var network = azure.Networks.Define("MyNetwork")
.WithSubnet("MySubnet", "")

var gateway = azure.VirtualNetworkGateways.Define("MyGateway")

3. Create a connection between the guest devices and the Azure network
  • If the guest device is a physical router, you may need to configure that device to establish a VPN connection with the Virtual Network Gateway.
  • If the guest device is a virtual machine, you may need to set up a software VPN client on that VM.