Azure: How To Move A Virtual Machine Between Azure Cloud Services

I have been building a bunch of virtual machines (VM) in Microsoft Azure. Unfortunately, if you take the default set of options in the wizard, each virtual machine gets provisioned into a new cloud service. I was moving along and then got a warning that I had hit my limit of 20 cloud services. Hmm…

I started researching cloud services, availability sets, and virtual machines. Take a look at:

· http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/choose-web-site-cloud-service-vm/

I determined that I could collapse and all of my VMs in a single cloud service. So, the question is: “How do I move my VM’s from their existing cloud service into one cloud service without losing my VMs?”

I discovered the procedure and document my approach in this blog post. After running through the procedure, I was able to reduce my number of cloud services down to 10 and still have my 24 VM’s running.

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The procedure to move virtual machines between Azure Cloud Services is documented:  2014-06-09-Azure-Moving-VM-between-Cloud-Services

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