Microsoft has announced that FreeBSD 10.3 is now available as a virtual machine image in the Azure Marketplace. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud computing platform and infrastructure for deploying various applications.


Today, I’m excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.3 as a ready-made VM image available directly from the Azure Marketplace. This means that not only can you quickly bring-up a FreeBSD VM in Azure, but also that in the event you need technical support, Microsoft support engineers can assist.

Here’s how easy it is to get up and going through the Azure portal. Simply click on the +New on the left pane (or the marketplace tile on your dashboard), type “FreeBSD 10.3” in the search text box, and you’re there.

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Create and Upload a FreeBSD VHD to Azure

This article shows you how to create and upload a virtual hard disk (VHD) that contains the FreeBSD operating system so you can use it as your own image to create a virtual machine (VM) in Azure.


Azure has two different deployment models for creating and working with resources: Resource Manager and classic. This article covers using the classic deployment model. Microsoft recommends that most new deployments use the Resource Manager model.

Full tutorial:

Related links:

News Hub – Microsoft unveils FreeBSD build for virtual appliances among Azure updates
The Register – Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image
The VAR Guy – FreeBSD vs. Linux: Which Open Source OS Does Microsoft Now Love More?
Redmond Magazine – Microsoft Releases FreeBSD 10.3 Image in Azure Marketplace
Softpedia – FreeBSD Now Available on Microsoft’s Azure
fossBytes – Microsoft Creates Its Own Distribution Of FreeBSD Operating System
Build Azure – Azure Marketplace: FreeBSD 10.3
Slashdot – Microsoft Has Created Its Own FreeBSD
iTWire – Microsoft announces its own FreeBSD to ensure Azure support
WinBeta – Microsoft creates its own FreeBSD distribution to run on Azure
The Cloud Mouth – Hacking your way to root on FreeBSD in Azure
More from the FreeBSD Foundation on the Project’s Partnership with Microsoft