How to utilize an uploaded VHD as a template in Azure

Is there a good way to take a custom sysprepped VHD that I have already uploaded to a storage account....


... and use Powershell or an ARM template to spin up multiple new VMs at once - leaving the original VHD intact, so I can continue to use it for the same purpose?

Thank you
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K BAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply, however, as I mentioned in my original post, I have already uploaded the VHD.

The article you provided uses the Classic Model. I used the newer Resource Manager methodology: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/virtual-machines-windows-upload-image/ 

Any details around how to use the VHD as a template and create VMs with Powershell or ARM templates or CLI  - leaving the original VHD intact would be helpful.

Thank you.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
see my EE Article from 2. Create the virtual machine in Windows Azure.

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K BAuthor Commented:
Andy,

Thank you.

It seems that these options do not exist (that I can find) on the Azure portal and when I use the classic portal (per your article), none of my storage accounts appear.   That is where my .vhd lives already.  

Any ideas?

Thank you,
KB
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's always possible Azure has changed since the article was written, the article was generated from Azure at the time of writing.

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K BAuthor Commented:
understood.  Your information is always invaluable nonetheless.
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