Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform. It offers dozens of services to help developers write cloud-based applications and researchers process and analyze big data. And it is supported by more than 20 data centers around the world, producing unprecedented scale, availability, and reliability, all while offering massive economy of scale to consumers.

The entry point to Azure is the Azure Portal, which you will become familiar with as you work through the labs. In order to use the portal, you must have an Azure subscription. When you consume Azure services through the portal — when, for example, you store data in a storage account or deploy a high-performance computing (HPC) cluster — those services are billed against your subscription. A free subscription has been provided for you for this class in the form of an Azure Pass. Activating your Azure Pass allows you to get started exploring Azure without worrying about the cost.

The Azure Portal

The Azure Portal

In this lab, you will activate an Azure Pass using a new Microsoft account created just for you. Then you will log in to the Azure Portal and confirm that the Azure Pass was properly activated.


In this hands-on lab, you will learn how to:

  • Activate an Azure Pass
  • Log in to the Azure Portal with a Microsoft account
  • View the Azure subscriptions associated with your account


This hands-on lab includes the following exercises:

Estimated time to complete this lab: 15 minutes.