Create a New VM From An Existing Managed Disk

In previous posts I have shown how to restore the disks of a VM to a storage account and how to create managed disks from those VHD blobs. In this post, I will show how to create a new VM from a managed disk. When these 3 steps are done together, this is an easy way to restore an Azure virtual machine from backup to an availability set.

I previously created a managed disk from a restored VHD blob, and stored it in a resource group called demorestore. I deliberately named the new managed disk after the VM that I am going to create.

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You can only create a new VM from a managed disk that contains an operating system. In the below screenshot, you can see that this disk contains Windows. If this is an OS disk, then you can click the magic button called + Create VM.

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What you are doing by clicking the button is shorting the usual Create Virtual Machine blade/wizard. A blade you probably know appears, but some of the features are greyed out because they’re already selected by choosing to create a VM from an existing managed disk.

Enter the name of the new VM, and select the resource group.

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In the Size blade, choose the size of the new VM. In settings, choose the availability set (key to restoring a VM to an availability set) and then all the other stuff like network, subnet, extensions, etc.

When you complete the wizard, a VM (which is just metadata) is created using your pre-existing OS managed disk. If you have any data disks to re-use, open Disks in the settings of the VM and add those managed disks with the required host caching mode. And that’s all there is to it!

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