Running CFDDFC with the Azure Console
- Launch a Virtual Machine
- Connect to a Virtual Machine
- Using OpenFOAM on a Virtual Machine
- Data Transfer to a Virtual Machine
- Connect with the Remote Desktop
The first time you use CFDDFC on Azure, complete the following:
- Go to the CFD Direct From the Cloud Product Page.
- Click Get it Now to launch CFD Direct From the Cloud.
Otherwise, to launch a VM with CFDDFC, do the following:
- From the Azure Portal, select Create a Resource.
- In Search the Marketplace, type “CFD”.
- Select CFD Direct From the Cloud from the search dropdown.
Both methods take you to the CFD Direct From the Cloud product page in the Azure Portal (see image below).
- From the CFD Direct From the Cloud page in the Azure Portal, click Create.
- Under Resource Group: first time, create new with name, e.g.
cfd; afterwards, select
- Enter a Virtual Machine Name, e.g.
- Select a Region, typically geographically close to you and noting the availability of Virtual Machine sizes in different regions.
- Leave Availability options as “No infrastructure redundancy required”.
- Under Size, select VM sizes will appear in a dropdown menu with price estimates; select all to view all VMs. In general we recommend the F-series including the Fsv2-series compute optimised VMs.
- Under Authentication type: we strongly recommend using an SSH public key.
- Choose the User name to login to the Linux VM, e.g.
- Under SSH Public key source…
Either use an existing key selected from Stored keys;
Or generate a new key pair entering a Key pair name, e.g.
- Under Public inbound ports, port 22 for SSH connection should be selected by default.
- Click Next: Disks >
- Choose an OS disk type: select Standard SSD.
(Do not select Premium SSD since it is significantly more costly and unnecessary for CFD).
- The OS disk is generally large enough for the data required for CFD so no additional Data disks are required.
- Click Next: Networking >
- In Virtual network, either create new, e.g.
cfd-vnetor select existing.
- In Subnet and Public IP, accept the defaults.
- You can click through Next: Management >, Next: Advanced > and Next: Tags >, but no selections are needed so alternatively select Review and Create.
Create a virtual machine
- Under TERMS, enter additional details.
- Click Create.
- If a new key pair is being used, a popup window appears…
Click Download private key and create resource and save the key file, e.g.
azkey.pem, in a memorable location.
- The portal shows Deployment is in progress.
- Once deployed, select Go to resource.