I recently had the need for testing out a setup program which installs database components, integration services packages and reporting services reports. Setting up a machine like this would be really quick if you have Hyper-V installed and a VHD already pre-created with a SQL Server image. What if you do not have that handy and need to carry out your testing. This is what Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines comes to the rescue.
I used my Azure subscription to create a virtual machine for my testing. In this blog post, I will walk you through the steps for setting up a SQL Server virtual machine for testing purposes!