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Create a VM Cluster in Azure with Terraform

In this lab, you are asked to start building out an app server cluster for a comic reader that you are working on for your employer for digital comics. To do this, you will configure Cloud Shell and run the lab setup script; import the resource group; deploy the Azure Storage account configuration; and add the VM cluster configuration and deploy your cluster.

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Clock icon Jun 17, 2022

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Set Up Cloud Shell and the Lab Environment

    In the Portal

    1. Click the Cloud Shell icon next to the search bar in the portal.
    2. Select Bash at the prompt.
    3. Click Show advanced settings.
    4. Set the Cloud Shell region to the same location as the resource group.
    5. Select the existing resource group, and select Use existing for the Storage account.
    6. In the File share section, choose Create new and enter terraform.
    7. Click Create storage.
    8. Download the script:
    9. Add execute permissions to the script.
    10. Run the script.
  2. Challenge

    Import the Resource Group

    In the Cloud Shell

    1. In the Cloud Shell, review the file.

    2. Make note of the resource group and label, and then close the file.

    3. Run the az group list command to get the subscription ID.

    4. Import your resource group into Terraform using the resource name, label, and subscription ID.

    5. After the import, add the name and location of your resource group to the file so it looks like the code below (fill in with your resource group and location):

      resource "azurerm_resource_group" "comics" {
          name     = "<RESOURCE_GROUP>"
          location = "<LOCATION>"
    6. Save the file.

  3. Challenge

    Define Your Cluster Config and Output Variables

    In the Cloud Shell

    1. Create a file called
    2. Define the VM configuration so it will deploy a two-VM cluster using count.
    3. Make sure you associate your VMs with your subnet and load balancer backend pool in the file, and adjust for the multiple resources in your configuration.
    4. Save the changes.
    5. Create a file called
    6. Define the these outputs:
      • Resource group
      • Private IP of the first VM
      • Private IP of the second VM
      • Public IP
      • Resource group location
    7. Save the changes.
  4. Challenge

    Add the VM Cluster Terraform Config and Deploy

    In the Cloud Shell

    1. Apply your configuration.
    2. Confirm you have successfully deployed your VM cluster.

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