This post is more for me as a reference to steps I took to configure a Mac machine to connect to Azure and be able to create Linux virtual machines. If it helps others then great.
Azure command line tools for Mac and Linux allows us to create/manage virtual machines, web sites and azure mobile services from Mac and Linux desktops. Download and install azure SDK install for Mac here
Connecting to azure subscription
Before you can run operations on your Azure subscription you need to import your subscription, steps to do this are pretty similar to how you setup Azure PowerShell on windows machines
Fire up a new instance of terminal and run following command
azure account download
The above command will launch a browser session and take you to https://windows.azure.com/download/publishprofile.aspx
Save your azure publish settings file locally.
Next execute command below to import your publish settings file
azure account import <file>
If everything went ok you should be good to go run operations on your Azure Subscription. Next we will create the Linux virtual machines, but before we can create the virtual machine we need to create a ssh certificate.
Creating “ssh” certificate
A compatible ssh key must be specified for authentication at the time of creating the Linux virtual machine in Azure. Supported formats for ssh certificates are .cer or .pem. Virtual machine creation will fail If you use any other format. Run command below in a terminal window to generate a compatible ssh key for authentication.
openssl req -x509 -nodes -days 365 -newkey rsa:2048 -keyout rprakashg.key -out rprakashg.pem
Creating Linux Virtual Machines
We are going to use azure vm create command from a terminal window to create virtual machines. If you want to get help on command usage add –h or –help in the end
The parameters we are going to need to create Linux virtual machine are listed below
-n <virtual machine name>
-u <blob uri>
-z <virtual machine size>
-t <cert> Specify ssh certificate here for authentication.
-l <location> specifies location
–s <subscription id>
Identifying the Ubuntu image to use
azure vm image list | grep "20150123"
20150123 is the date the image is created. See the output from the above command below, you can see the full image name for the ubuntu server you can use when creating the virtual machine.
Sample command to create a Linux virtual machine using the ssh certificate we created above
azure vm create "ubuntu-server1" "b39f27a8b8c64d52b05eac6a62ebad85__Ubuntu-14_04_1-LTS-amd64-server-20150123-en-us-30GB" -l "West US" -u "https://rprakashg.blob.core.windows.net" -z "Medium" -s "a8349281-7715-45c8-ac55-78787752ea7e" -t rprakashg.pem -e 22 -p <password> -u "rprakashg"