An introduction to Microsoft Azure Portal

An introduction to Microsoft Azure Portal

In thisĀ Azure tutorial, we will discuss theĀ Azure portal.

Azure portal

Before discussing the What is Azure portal? You can get some knowledge on What Microsoft Azure is and how Microsoft Azure Works. Now, Let’s discuss the Microsoft Azure portal.

Azure Portal Tutorial

Azure Portal is a single portal where you can access and manage all your applications in one place. You can build, manage, and monitor your simple web-apps to complex cloud applications using a single portal.

Azure Portal Login

You can use the URL below to for Microsoft Azure portal login:

Features Of Azure Portal

The Microsoft Azure portal provides many features.

A single place to manage applications

Azure portal provides a single place/environment to manage all your applications.

This is a place to manage your storage, compute, Virtual machines, etc. Azure Cloud Shell is the command-line utility that helps to manage all the different applications.

Cool Dashboard

Azure portal gives an excellent Dashboard that allows you to add your needed applications to be monitored and accessed easily whenever you want to check.

We can customize this dashboard to bring the resources you use frequently into a single view in one place.

You can also create customized dashboards based on your business needs and share it with other users in your organization.

Role-based access controls and security features

Azure portal provides role-based access controls and security features by providing the subscription at the individual and the group level.

That means you can access the resources only with the proper subscription.

Friendly UI

Azure portal provides a user-friendly user interface that is easy to understand and does the operations easily. A person with minimal platform knowledge can easily understand the simple UI.

Microsoft is constantly working on the user interface part to provide an easy-to-use UI always.

No Downtime

The Azure portal is designed for continuous availability. The portal updates continuously, so it requires no downtime for maintenance activities.

How To Use Azure Portal

In order to use the Azure portal for the first time, you need to create an Azure account.

To create an Azure free account, refer to my article How to Create Azure Free Account (Step-by-Step tutorial).

Once you have created the Azure account, you can log in to the Azure portal.

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It will ask you to provide the credentials. You can enter your Azure credentials and click on the Sign in button.

How to login to the Azure portal

Once you log in, you will see the home page of the Azure portal

1: This is the Global search area. You can quickly use this search bar to find a specific resource, a service, etc.

2: This is the Global control area. The options are Cloud Shell, Directory + Subscription, Notifications, Portal Settings, Help and Support, and Feedback.

3: Details of your account and the other options are View information about your account, sign out, or sign in with a different account.

4: The left side highlighted portion is the Resource menu and one-click access to all the services and options.

The top portion highlighted is the search area,

How to use Azure Portal

Once you click on the Dashboard, the dashboard page will open and will look like the below

1: Microsoft Azure page header. It appears at the top of each page

2: My Dashboard. You can see all your customized dashboard names here.

3: The options here are creating a + New dashboard, Upload, Download, Edit, Share, Fullscreen, Clone, Delete, and Refresh options.

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From the left side menu, you will get all the below options

1: Expand or collapse the left-side portal menu options.

2: Option to create a resource based on your business needs + Create a resource link.

3: Your favorites lists of all resources.

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Once you click on the + Create resource button, You can search for the resource to create

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Below are the options on this page.

1: This is known as Breadcrumb. You can use the breadcrumb links to go to a level back.

2: This command bar has a few options to perform based on your need.

3: This is the working pane area that displays all the details of the current resource you are working with.

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Below are the options on the page

1: Portal settings. You can change a few options here.

2: We can change the default view, and default mode for the portal menu, change a theme using these options.

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You can create a resource group by clicking on the resource group link from the left menu and then clicking the + Create link option.

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We can click on the App services link and the + Create link to create the App services. For more steps on this, you can refer to my article on Azure Domain name service.

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You can click the Function App link to create a function using the + Create button.

We can click the SQL database link and the + Create link to create the Azure SQL database. To complete the steps on creating an Azure SQL database, refer to my article How to create an Azure SQL database. login

We can click the Virtual Machines link and the + Create link to create the Azure virtual machine. To complete the steps on creating an Azure virtual machine, refer to my article How to Create Azure VM (Virtual Machine).

We can click on the Storage accounts link and the + Create link to create the Azure storage account. To get the complete steps on creating an Azure storage account, refer to my article Azure storage types for more information on Azure storage accounts,.

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You can click on the Azure Cosmos DB link to create a Cosmos DB using the + Create button.

This is the right option for your daily activities in Azure Portal. It will be a quick option for you with high performance.

You can also check out Azure Portal App

Azure Portal System Requirements

Azure Portal is a Web/Browser-based application. You can use most of the browsers to access the Azure Portal on your modern desktop and tablet devices, but an important point to remember here is your browser must have JavaScript enabled.

You can also use the Azure mobile app to access the Azure Portal on your mobile device. You can check out the above section for installing the Azure Portal App.

Browsers that are Recommended

Below are a few lists of Browsers that Microsoft recommends use in order to access the Azure Portal.

  • Microsoft Edge (Make sure to use the latest version)
  • Chrome (Make sure to use the latest version)
  • Firefox (Make sure to use the latest version)
  • Safari (Make sure to use the latest version; This is for Mac only)


Are Multiple Azure Portal Dashboards Supported In Azure?

Yes, you can able to create multiple dashboards in the Azure Portal. This is supported in Azure. You can keep different tiles from multiple Azure Resources across different subscriptions and resource groups in each dashboard.


In this tutorial, we learned all about Azure Portal overview and the followings

  • What is Azure portal?
  • Azure Portal Tutorial
  • Features Of Azure Portal
  • Azure Portal login
  • How To Use Azure Portal
  • Azure Portal System Requirements

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