Tutorial: Set up a lab account with Azure Lab Services


For greater performance gains, we recommend that you use the August 2022 Update.

As part of the August 2022 update, Azure Lab Services Lab Plans replace lab accounts. For new customers, learn how you can get started by creating a lab plan. For existing lab account customers we recommend that you transition from lab accounts to lab plans.

In Azure Lab Services, a lab account serves as the central account in which your organization's labs are managed. In your lab account, give permission to others to create labs, and set policies that apply to all labs under the lab account. In this tutorial, learn how to create a lab account.

In this tutorial, you do the following actions:

  • Create a lab account
  • Add a user to the Lab Creator role

If you don't have an Azure subscription, create a free account before you begin.

Create a lab account

The following steps illustrate how to use the Azure portal to create a lab account with Azure Lab Services.

  1. Sign in to the Azure portal.

  2. Select All Services on the left menu. Select DevOps from Categories. Then, select Lab Services. If you select star (*) next to Lab Services, it's added to the FAVORITES section on the left menu. From the next time onwards, you select Lab Services under FAVORITES.

    All Services -> Lab Services

  3. On the Lab Services page, select Add on the toolbar or select Create lab account button on the page.

    Select Add on the Lab Accounts page

  4. On the Basics tab of the Create a lab account page, do the following actions:

    1. For Lab account name, enter a name.

    2. Select the Azure subscription in which you want to create the lab account.

    3. For Resource group, select an existing resource group or select Create new, and enter a name for the resource group.

    4. For Location, select a location/region in which you want to create the lab account.

      Lab account - basics page

    5. Select Review + create.

    6. Review the summary, and select Create.

      Review + create -> Create

  5. When the deployment is complete, expand Next steps, and select Go to resource.

    Go to lab account page

  6. Confirm that you see the Lab Account page.

    Lab account page

Add a user to the Lab Creator role

To set up a lab in a lab account, the user must be a member of the Lab Creator role in the lab account. To provide educators the permission to create labs for their classes, add them to the Lab Creator role: For detailed steps, see Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal.


The account you used to create the lab account is automatically added to this role. If you are planning to use the same user account to create a lab in this tutorial, skip this step.

  1. On the Lab Account page, select Access control (IAM)

  2. Select Add > Add role assignment.

    Access control (IAM) page with Add role assignment menu open.

  3. On the Role tab, select the Lab Creator role.

    Add role assignment page with Role tab selected.

  4. On the Members tab, select the user you want to add to the Lab Creators role

  5. On the Review + assign tab, select Review + assign to assign the role.

Next steps

In this tutorial, you created a lab account. To learn about how to create a lab as an educator, advance to the next tutorial: