Getting started with Windows VMs

Before getting started

Select the folder where you want to perform the operations. If there is no such folder, create one:

  1. In the management console, click Create folder.

  2. Enter the folder name.

    The name may contain lowercase Latin letters, numbers, and hyphens. The first character must be a letter. The last character can't be a hyphen. The name length must be from 3 to 63 characters.

  3. Click Create folder.

Create your first VM

To create a VM:

  1. Open the folder where the VM will be created.

  2. Click Create resource.

  3. Select Virtual machine.

  4. In the Name field, enter the VM name.

    The name must be unique within the folder. The name may contain lowercase Latin letters, numbers, and hyphens. The first character must be a letter. The last character can't be a hyphen. The maximum name length is 63 characters.

  5. Select the availability zone to locate the VM in.

  6. Select one of the public images on Windows.

  7. In the Computing resources section, choose the type of core usage (partial or full), and specify the required amount of vCPUs and RAM.

  8. In the Network settings section, select the subnet to connect the VM to when creating it.

  9. When you create a VM, the Administrator user is automatically created in the operating system. In the Password field, set a password for this user to log in to the VM via RDP.

    Do not use passwords that are easy to guess. If hackers manage to guess your password, they will get access to the VM on behalf of the Administrator. Passwords must meet complexity requirements policy setting defined by Windows. Password complexity requirements are applied when creating a VM and may result in access denial.

  10. Click Create VM.

It takes up to five minutes to create a VM and initialize the Windows operating system. Once the OS initialization has started, the VM instance gets the RUNNING status. You can monitor VM instance statuses in the list of VM instances in your folder.

Connect to a Windows VM via RDP

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is enabled for images of all versions and editions of the Windows operating system prepared for Yandex.Cloud. You can connect to a VM using the RDP protocol when it is running (with the "RUNNING" status).

To connect using RDP, specify the public IP address or the FQDN of the VM. Access via FQDN is possible from another Yandex.Cloud VM, if it is connected to the same network. You can find out the IP address and FQDN in the management console. Go to the Network section on the virtual machine's page.

To connect to a VM:

  1. Click Start.
  2. In the search box, enter remote desktop connection and choose Remote Desktop Connection.
  3. In the window Remote Desktop Connection enter the public IP address of the virtual machine to connect to in the Computer field.
  4. Click Connect.
  5. Specify the account settings:
    • User name: Administrator.
    • Password: the password that you set when you created the virtual machine.
  6. Press OK.

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  1. Install and run Microsoft Remote Desktop (free official RDP client for Mac).
  2. Press Desktop.
  3. In the Add Desktop dialog enter the public IP address of the virtual machine to connect to in the field PC Name.
  4. In the User Account field select Add User Account.
  5. In the Add User Account dialog specify the account settings:
    • User Name: Administrator.
    • Password: the password that you set when you created the virtual machine.
  6. Press Save twice.
  7. Connect to the remote machine by double-clicking the connection you created in the main Microsoft Remote Desktop window.

See also

  1. Install Remmina (a free RDP client for Linux) using the commands:

    $ sudo apt-add-repository ppa:remmina-ppa-team/remmina-next
    $ sudo apt-get update
    $ sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp
    
  2. Start Remmina.

  3. Click .

  4. Fill in the Profile block as follows:

    • Name: a name for the connection.
    • Protocol: RDP - Remote Desktop Protocol.
  5. In the Basic tab specify the details for connection and authorization:

    • Server: the public IP address of the virtual machine to connect to.
    • User Name: Administrator.
    • Password: the password that you set when you created the virtual machine.
  6. Press Save.

  7. Connect to the remote machine by double-clicking the connection you created in the quick access connection list.

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