Don't buy a new computer – create a Virtual Machine in Azure Cloud instead

Don't buy a new computer – create a Virtual Machine in Azure Cloud instead

Don’t buy a new computer – create a Virtual Machine in Azure Cloud instead

Don’t buy a new computer – create a Virtual Machine in Azure Cloud instead.

One of the most frequently asked questions I get is whether students should buy new computers when starting a new program or career.

There are many cases where this makes sense – but not always – especially when you can run a fast, powerful computer in the Cloud.

In this video, I’ll cover some basic concepts of Cloud Virtual Machines, demonstrate how to create a Windows 10 PC in Azure, and connect to the cloud VM – three times! Once from another Windows PC, once from an iPad, and finally from a Raspberry Pi 400.

00:00 Introduction
01:59 What is a Virtual Machine
10:16 Create a VM in Azure
18:19 Connect to a Cloud VM
21:37 Connect an iPad to Azure VM
22:51 Connect a Raspberry Pi to Azure VM

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  1. ChronicWolf on December 26, 2022 at 1:27 am

    what about the delay! ping!

  2. Hi Ya on December 26, 2022 at 1:27 am

    No. I want a physical machine, not a virtual machine that can be lost or corrupted even easier. Store all my important data on someone’s cloud? Sounds like an easy way for everyone’s info to get scraped. How much did they pay you to promote their product?

  3. amos cookie on December 26, 2022 at 1:28 am

    putting my pc on someone else pc. Right.

  4. Brock Savage on December 26, 2022 at 1:30 am

    Clear, concise, professional. Great video.

  5. BVW Productions on December 26, 2022 at 1:30 am

    A very good video, but I have a question if you can help me.
    I am in a process of learning about MCSE and Azure Cloud, and I have an M1 and in order to practice on my learnings I need a Windows machine for HyperV and all those stuffs. Would you think that I can install servers and create VM in the same fashion u showed through my M1??

  6. Liber Entis on December 26, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Don’t buy New computer Pay for something forever you don’t even own.
    Moreover, get to the cooperation Azur ,,,As you can warranty 400% cloudy so safe

  7. Jack Moon on December 26, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Dumb 😜 ideas.

  8. justin oleary on December 26, 2022 at 1:34 am

    Internet is down can’t use my computer 😂

  9. Sheldon Hagel on December 26, 2022 at 1:36 am

    Could use a spot instance as well to save some $$

  10. rick segal on December 26, 2022 at 1:38 am

    Two years in, and this is still relevant/helpful. I’m on a Mac so this represents a perfect solution for the 10 hours a month I need a PC. Well done and thanks!

  11. MaSchmi on December 26, 2022 at 1:39 am

    RIP Stadia

  12. nigelsheffield on December 26, 2022 at 1:39 am

    Makes a lot of sense for keeping old computers out landfill.
    With good internet speeds it would work great for what I do, most of the time my old laptop is fine but every now and then I’d like to play a graphics intensive game or edit videos and it’s just not up to that.

  13. Truth Matters on December 26, 2022 at 1:41 am

    As a retired IT worker I believe creating a Virtual Machine in Azure is a TERRIBLE idea.

  14. Abdel Kiki on December 26, 2022 at 1:42 am

    Thank you!

  15. Shane Steven on December 26, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Sorry! But no thank you. I want my physical computer. I will not pay for a subscription based service from any of these web based services … including YouTube.

  16. Tengku Muliya on December 26, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I didnt know this! I think my school have azure subscription. Might give this a go as i use mac and i need windows to run a software for this semester

  17. KP Sher on December 26, 2022 at 1:45 am

    LOL.. Dont BUY a computer BUT you would need a COMPUTER to access your Virtual VM… such an oxymoron.

  18. nathan ruben on December 26, 2022 at 1:45 am

    Buy a second hand, cheap computer which will cost the fraction of the cost of cloud services in the long run. You learn more as well.

  19. Jerry Simonowits on December 26, 2022 at 1:47 am

    I don’t think this willl work well to manage my current devices connected via USB, like sound card modes on amateur radio

  20. Mr7141983 on December 26, 2022 at 1:47 am

    Monthly cost more than you own it.

  21. ProfessorChaos on December 26, 2022 at 1:48 am

    Why the heck would you do that and allow microsoft to have access to all of your private information that you know they will use to give to advertisers? Are you really that stupid?

  22. Tripuramallu Yashwanth on December 26, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Really useful.

  23. Tan Pham on December 26, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Imagine asking the gamers to give up their own PCs!

  24. [̲̅y̲̅D̲̅i̲̅и̲̅н̲̅υ̲̅] TM on December 26, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Matrix, Skynet, Censorhip that’s a problem when trusting companies/politicians

  25. Ronald Logan on December 26, 2022 at 1:50 am

    Freakishly expensive and in no way better than what ever old computer you may have

  26. Juj Juj on December 26, 2022 at 1:51 am

    Okay that’s a bad idea..ditch a PC you own that can run VMs and pay for azure tracking for the rest if your life… I get using it as backup but trusting azure as primary is ignorant..

  27. Afrikan King on December 26, 2022 at 1:52 am

    So don’t buy a new computer, Access your VM using ur brain

  28. Tiger Scott on December 26, 2022 at 1:52 am

    Ultimate Edition Linux allows you to build a complete operating system and Apps for Android too.

  29. Douglas Engel on December 26, 2022 at 1:55 am

    Have you done a similar video for GCP? I found it much more user friendly.

  30. Alejandro Glez Santos on December 26, 2022 at 1:55 am

    1€/day is more than a new PC every 6-8 years. It depends on what are you up to, but I use my PC for everyday work 10h/day 360 days/year. And during my studies I needed that much too. I understand the value of this but not suitable for most people imho.

  31. mark cuello on December 26, 2022 at 1:57 am


  32. Nikolay Klimchuk on December 26, 2022 at 1:58 am

    Too complicated to setup, not universally applicable, I wouldn’t trust my data to any cloud provider. UI is slow and cumbersome. Sometimes it doesn’t work at all (503/504 errors)

  33. Henrik Vendelbo on December 26, 2022 at 1:59 am

    That sounds like a very short term solution. You’re trying to save pennies by giving up control. If your income is quite limited it makes sense, but I don’t see which apps are suited for the cloud but cannot run on a decent second hand laptop. My 7 year old MacBook Pro runs anything I would expect normal people to need for private use. If $300 purchase and use over 4+ years isn’t an option, thenI suppose the premise makes sense.

  34. Grunchy on December 26, 2022 at 2:00 am

    Nobody ever asked Frank, “should I buy a new computer?”
    This whole video is a scam trying to tell people to rent computer facilities: that’s baloney.

  35. JMR on December 26, 2022 at 2:01 am

    this option is limited to a very few people who really need or can use this alternative

  36. Louis S on December 26, 2022 at 2:01 am

    How is the gaming on an azure cloud vm?

  37. Greg McKay on December 26, 2022 at 2:03 am

    Nice to see a tech person like yourself using Dashlane.
    I’m curious, could you install a program like photoshop on this cloud computer and use it for image processing? What about storage? Video editing? Are you limited in the about of files you can upload to the cloud service?

  38. Dorkstain on December 26, 2022 at 2:04 am

    Good video. So how do you get apps like 365 and non MS products installed on the VM?

  39. Agostinho Matos on December 26, 2022 at 2:10 am

    You have a free offer from a major tech company, the offer is called "Oracle Cloud Free Tier", where you may install an Ubuntu virtual machine with 24 GB of ram and 200 GB of disk space. If you need more computer resources you will have to chose a plan and pay, but the free offer is remarkable in my view. There are youtube videos explaining how to do it.

  40. xxxblackvenomxxx on December 26, 2022 at 2:12 am

    Jesus Christ.. I usually don’t do this, but listen to me: don’t give these big corporations more power than they already have. There’s *tons* of local providers in every area, if you want VMs and you do *not* need a cloud at all. These things can not be trusted and also: pick the country where your VMs are located at *very* well, as there are very different laws that regulate what ppl can do with your data, because: once it’s on their systems, you have not the slightest clue what they do with it, no matter if you just build a test system or something productive.

    Avoid these things wherever you can, unless you have a *very very very very* good reason to use it, which you should not.

    Think I am wrong? Fine, I don’t have a problem with that, but for a few of you who like to think for themself and evaluate stuff on their own I hope you do your research well and aim to be a builder, instead of a consumer, because.. well, you’re the IT guy after all, aren’t you?

  41. Tiger Scott on December 26, 2022 at 2:13 am

    Great video . Thanks.

  42. Jack Joseph on December 26, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Thank you, is it possible to send my exact laptop computer to the vm in cloud with software?

  43. Vili Karac on December 26, 2022 at 2:14 am

    Bullshit. Latency, video rendering, main issues

  44. John Coppola on December 26, 2022 at 2:15 am

    good idea. i need more power to do some CFD using OpenFOAM and FreeCAD CFDoF workbench.

  45. Marius Yung on December 26, 2022 at 2:15 am

    To use Azure VM, you still need a physical computer

  46. Tim Sarbin on December 26, 2022 at 2:17 am

    Or you can get ShadowPC and pay $30/month for 16 gigs of RAM and a gaming GPU (or pay $45/mo for an RTX2060 and a beefy CPU). These azure prices make absolutely no sense for a non enterprise rollout. I get you can spin up and shut down the machine, but lets face it, if you’re a student with a mac you would most likely be happy to have a gaming machine out of the deal. Especially given it is a machine that’s always available that you can use for hours and hours with no extra cost.

  47. Сергей Журавлёв on December 26, 2022 at 2:18 am

    Hi, Frank! Thank you very much for this video! Can you help a total noob out? I used to rent a Windows VPS from Tilaa. I am thinking of going back because I am on a Mac, but could really use a Windows machine as well. They are offering Windows 2022 for something like 40 euro per month. Is it basically the same as an Azure based VM?

  48. Joaquín Vacas Verísimo on December 26, 2022 at 2:19 am

    I love to use my new and shiny Azure VM on my flights.

  49. Tiger Scott on December 26, 2022 at 2:20 am

    I’ve designed something like that. In my system Linux is on the front of network and Windows is on the backend.

  50. Bruce Tripp on December 26, 2022 at 2:25 am

    Even at a $1.50 a day (10 hrs use per day) it’s cheaper to buy a small Core i5 minitower.
    You can get an equivalent compute capability for about $500.00 that will "last" 3 years. (It will actually last longer than that but it will be 100% current for about 3 years)

    That makes the daily cost of ownership for at-home compute about 50 cents. (5 cents/hour)

    And on top of that you don’t have to worry about Internet outages, bandwidth, latency, or cloud storage limits. Also, you don’t have to deal with ports or RDP and it comes with the required Windows licenses.

    When Azure gets the price for basic compute down to 25 cents/day it will be competitive.
    For now it only makes sense for corporations because it significantly reduces the cost of endpoint maintenance and security for large numbers of endpoints.

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