This article is contributed. See the original author and article here.

In the following four videos, we look at how to create Linux and Windows VM images using Packer.io unmanaged VHD and Azure Shared Image Gallery destinations, how to publish these images as Azure Marketplace Virtual Machine offer in Microsoft Partner Center, and how to deploy and test the “preview” offer plans/SKUs.


 


You can see the sample code used in the videos here.


 


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Azure Virtual Machine Offer Hierarchy – Publisher, Offer, Plan/SKU, and Version


 


Video #1: Creating Azure VM image for Azure Marketplace Virtual Machine Offer using Packer with “unmanaged” VHD destination


 


Tip: Play the video full screen to see all of the details.


 


 


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Using Packer with “unmanaged” VHD destination to get the VHD SAS URL for Partner Center


 


Video #2 (optional): Creating Azure VM image for Azure Marketplace Virtual Machine Offer using Packer with Azure Shared Image Gallery destination


 


Tip: Play the video full screen to see all of the details.


 


 


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Using Packer with Azure Shared Image Gallery destination and then exporting the image and copying the VHD into Azure Storage account


 


Video #3: Publishing Azure Marketplace Virtual Machine Offer in Partner Center using SAS VHD URL


 


Tip: Play the video full screen to see all of the details.


 


 


Video #4: Deploying and testing “preview” Virtual Machine offer from Azure Marketplace


 


Tip: Play the video full screen to see all of the details.


 


 


Azure VM offer plans can used by Azure Apps


 


Azure Application offers (i.e. Solution Template or Managed Application) can use VM offer plan/SKU inside of their ARM templates. The VM offer plan can be marked as “hidden” so that it is not visible directly in Azure Marketplace UI but can still be used via ARM templates or command line tools.


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You can find the sample code used in the videos above at https://github.com/arsenvlad/azure-vm-offer-hello-world-202012


 


Originally published at https://arsenvlad.medium.com/simple-azure-marketplace-virtual-machine-offer-creating-vm-images-and-publishing-in-partner-center-599bb0140689 on December 23, 2020.

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