When we have SQL databases or other resources hosted on Microsoft Azure, we need to be able to use the tools to manage them. One of those tools is the Windows Azure Management Portal (or simply called Azure Management Portal). It is a web-based graphical interface for creating and managing resources on Azure, and in this article, we will learn how to use this portal by understanding its layout.
Getting started: Home page
Let’s start by opening the Microsoft Edge or any browsers that we have to get into the Azure portal. Navigate to https://portal.azure.com/ and sign in. We will see the home page like in Figure 1 below.
Figure 1. Home page of the portal
In the main area of this home page, we will see several sections, such as the list of all the Azure services and the recent resources we accessed. There are also several shortcuts navigations, a list of the tools, and useful links.
Now, let’s discuss the menus in the Azure Management Portal. The menus are located on the left side of the page and also in the top toolbar.
#1. Portal menu
We have a navigation menu on the left side that we can show or hide by clicking the portal menu icon (the one with three horizontal lines).
Figure 2. The portal menu
The portal menu consists of four main menus; those are:
- Create a resource, which is to create a new resource. When using the portal for the first time, it’s likely that we’re going to create a new resource. Thus, it’s nice to have this menu at the very top on the list.
- Home, which will take us back to the home page, as shown in Figure 1, whenever we want.
- Dashboard, where we can see an overview of our Azure services. We can also customize this dashboard to display only the information we need.
- All services, which lists all the services offered with Microsoft Azure. When we click on this menu, we will see many services listed, and this can be daunting. However, usually for the first time, we’re going to be working with only a few resources, and we don’t need to know everything to get started.
Below the main menus, we have Favorites, which contains a list of the most used items or resources on Azure.
#2. Search Menu
At the top toolbar, we have a search textbox that searches globally in the portal based on a text we enter. For example, we type “SQL”; what we are going to see in the search results are all different things that have to do with the “SQL.” When we are not sure how to navigate to a resource, we can use this global search menu to find out where it is.
Figure 3. The search menu
#3. Top-right toolbar menus
At the top-right toolbar, we have several menus represented as icons. Let’s discuss them from left to right.
Figure 4. The search menu
First, we have the Could Shell menu. If we click on the icon, we will see a command prompt that allows us to use the Azure CLI and PowerShell. Using this menu, we will be able to do many things through a command line.
Second, there is a Directory + Subscription menu. For every subscription we have, it will have different directories under it.
Third, we have Notifications. Whenever we’re doing anything to a resource, we will get notified when it’s completed. We will also get notified if there is anything new with Microsoft Azure.
Fourth, we have Settings, where we can configure several things such as the default color scheme, also the default view and mode of the portal.
Next to the Settings, we have the Help menu. To find help and support just in case we don’t know where something is, or when we need a guided tour, we can click on this menu.
Lastly, we have the Feedback menu with a smiley face icon. Click on it if we want to tell Microsoft about our experience using the Microsoft Azure.
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