Your Microsoft cloud and our open source technologies are together at last.

You no longer need to choose between the cloud and your data center — or between your Windows environment and your Linux systems for scalable open source applications.

Your Microsoft Azure public cloud can expand to host a catalogue of open source technologies, from rapid-scale developer tools to production application support. You can deploy any or all of these products within your Azure instances and create, monitor, manage, and restore your Linux instance with the best tools from Red Hat and Microsoft. Learn more about using Red Hat products in an Azure environment and recommended practices.

Red Hat technologies in Azure clouds have two great support paths. Microsoft and Red Hat are working together on their integrated support so you can get the expertise that you need. Details on this joint support effort are located in the Support tab.


Supported products are available on the Red Hat Customer Portal downloads page and can be configured and customized before deploying to Azure.

Microsoft’s Azure® public cloud integrates seamlessly with your Microsoft data center and with the following Red Hat® products when using Red Hat Cloud Access.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is also available as On-Demand images through the Azure Marketplace.

What's New

Take OpenShift Container Platform for a test drive on Microsoft Azure to learn how you can deploy new applications on secure, scalable resources with minimal configuration and management overhead. It provides a multi-tenant operating system, while providing integrated application runtimes and libraries. 

SQL Server on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Run your toughest database workloads on the world's leading enterprise Linux platform for performance, security, stability, reliability, and manageability. Red Hat Enterprise Linux gives you a consistent database experience for Microsoft SQL Server 2017 across your hybrid cloud, including on-premise to Certified Cloud and Service Providers, like Microsoft Azure.

Deployment Options

There are two ways to use Red Hat products in an Azure environment.

Red Hat Cloud Access

Red Hat Cloud Access is a program for migrating active, unused subscriptions purchased directly from Red Hat to a certified cloud provider. This program makes certain subscriptions portable between environments, including ones for physical machines. Create your own image for deployment and then buy computing time with Microsoft Azure separately.

  • Bring a custom image to reduce the amount of work needed to set up your cloud application environment.
  • Use Red Hat Support, relationships, and technology on certified clouds with consistent, predictable pricing across all certified deployment infrastructures.
  • Eligible customers will continue to use their standard support contacts and Red Hat will support running instances in the cloud.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux On-Demand

On-Demand images of Red Hat Enterprise Linux are available in the Azure Marketplace. Only pay for the time that you use the instance.

On-Demand customers should not register their systems with the Red Hat Subscription Management. Customers get their content updates through the Red Hat Update Infrastructure, which connects to the Red Hat Content Delivery Network. You'll be billed twice if you register with the Red Hat Subscription Management.

On-Demand users are presented with the latest minor release of the major versions.

Microsoft as a Certified Cloud & Service Provider

Microsoft is now a member of the Red Hat Certified Cloud & Service Provider (CCSP) program.

This membership enables Microsoft Azure as a trusted destination for customers’ use of Red Hat solutions and certifies that Red Hat offerings have been validated in Microsoft Azure. Support paths have been established to ensure continuity of service if issues arise, and management and update mechanisms are integrated for full life-cycle support. Updates are automatically provided to you for Red Hat product images that are certified and supported by Red Hat. They include any critical errata or updates so that you always have the most current Red Hat product images.

Perform these steps to install and configure a Red Hat Enterprise Linux virtual machine in Microsoft Azure.

Products available as On-Demand images in Azure are pre-configured and do not require provisioning. If you prefer to use an On-Demand image instead of a custom image through the Red Hat Cloud Access program, see Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure Using an On-Demand Marketplace RHEL Image .

Setting Up The Environment

The following articles and videos are intended for use with Red Hat Cloud Access subscriptions. Browse the Microsoft Knowledge Index for even more content!

Red Hat CloudForms

As a cloud management platform, Red Hat CloudForms 4.2 enables rapid, horizontal scaling of your cloud environment.

Appliances and virtual machines are delivered in several different formats to ease integration with multiple different public and private cloud providers.

Red Hat CloudForms Management Engine (CFME) delivers the insight, control, and automation enterprises need to address the challenges of managing virtual environments, which are far more complex than physical ones. This technology enables enterprises with existing virtual infrastructures to improve visibility and control, and those just starting virtualization deployments to build and operate a well-managed virtual infrastructure.

.NET CORE on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat and Microsoft are partnering to bring .NET Core to our joint customers.

There are plans to support .NET Core integration with Red Hat solutions for enhanced integration of Red Hat CloudForms with System Center VMM. This is great for consistent workload management in a hybrid environment.

Users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and RHEL-based Red Hat products can develop and run .NET Core applications directly on RHEL 7, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. You can get .NET Core as a collection of RPMs or as a source-to-image- (S2I-) compatible docker container, which can also be used in OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat conducted a .NET Core on RHEL webinar last year to demonstrate why developers should use .NET Core to develop applications. Even though .NET Core continues to evolve since then, the three-part video series provides a solid introduction to the open source version of the .NET framework.

Using .NET Core on RHEL Webinar (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Red Hat and Microsoft intend to enable, ship, and support Microsoft .NET Core on:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

See Red Hat Developers to learn more about building with .NET Core on the proven and trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


Deploying and Managing Red Hat Solutions in Azure

An exploration of how you can use the hyper-scale of Azure to run and manage Red Hat solutions in your IT environment.

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What to Expect

Microsoft and Red Hat are working together to provide integrated support for your hybrid cloud.

Integrated support is a collaborative process between Red Hat and Microsoft. Customers using Red Hat products in Microsoft's Azure cloud are mutual customers, and both companies are united to provide troubleshooting and support services. This joint entitlement process provides Integrated Enterprise Support across companies and platforms while delivering a seamless customer experience.

Red Hat and Microsoft’s Ticket Exchange Platform allows Red Hat and Microsoft to work together on customer-reported issues and make support simple and efficient. The Joint Security Response Team ensures that security issues discovered in Azure are addressed with the same urgency as on-premise security issues.

Microsoft customers should only access Red Hat support if directed by your Microsoft Azure platform support engineer.

If you have not already opened a case with Microsoft Azure platform support and you would like assistance on a Red Hat product issue, you can engage Red Hat support directly.

As part of this effort Red Hat:

  • Provides customers with security advisories and updates that are easily accessible.
  • Investigates and addresses security issues.
  • Provides timely fixes for security issues.
  • Proactively address customer exposure, often before issues arise.
  • Tracks alerts and security issues from the community.


The Microsoft Community Forums (TechNET and MSDN) are public-facing engagement platforms where Microsoft and Red Hat resources can jointly respond to and provide solutions for inquiries related to Red Hat products running within the Azure Cloud Fabric.

Red Hat resources have been granted elevated roles within forums to provide a greater level of authenticity for the information and solutions being offered as well as the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of the partnership.

See the Customer Platform Blog for more information.

Portal integration ensures that a customer consuming on-demand content will be able to open a case with Red Hat.

  • Red Hat monitors and responds to questions in Microsoft’s forums.
  • Red Hat has a presence in MSDN and Stack Overflow forums and is initially monitoring MSDN and Stack Overflow’s Linux forums.
  • Red Hat may create new Red Hat forums if there is sufficient volume.
  • Portal integration places a RHEL subscription in the customer's user account that has been mapped to their Azure subscription.


Opening new opportunities to develop and deploy truly open hybrid cloud applications.

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RED HAT Customer portal LABS

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Configure two or more network interfaces to act as one "bonded" interface, simultaneously increasing the bandwidth and providing redundancy.
Create optimal Kickstart configurations for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6, or 7 that are tailored to meet specific deployment goals.
Configure Kdump to dump vmcores.