Exercise - Explore other VM images
We used UbuntuLTS for the image to create the virtual machine. Azure has several standard VM images you can use to create a virtual machine.
You can get a list of the available VM images using the following command:
az vm image list --output table
If you get the error az: command not found, type
exit into the shell and try again.
This outputs the most popular images that are part of an offline list built into the Azure CLI. However, there are hundreds of image options available in the Azure Marketplace.
Getting all images
You can get a full list by adding the
--all flag to the command. Because the list of images in the Marketplace is very large, it's helpful to filter the list with the
For example, try the following command to see all Wordpress images available:
az vm image list --sku Wordpress --output table --all
Or this command to see all images provided by Microsoft:
az vm image list --publisher Microsoft --output table --all
These commands can take a few moments to complete.
Some images are only available in certain locations. Try adding the
--location [location] flag to the command to scope the results to ones available in the region where you want to create the virtual machine. For example, type the following into Azure Cloud Shell to get a list of images available in the
az vm image list --location eastus --output table
Try checking some of the images in the other Azure sandbox available locations:
These are the standard images that are provided by Azure. Keep in mind that you can also create and upload your own custom images to create VMs based on unique configurations or less common versions or distributions of an operating system.
Your command window is probably full now. If you like, you can type
clear to clear the screen.