Lab 1 - AML Workspace Setup

Create a Azure Machine Learning Workspace

To get started we need to setup a few resources in Azure. Please follow this guide to setup your dev environment.

Create a resource group

The Azure Machine Learning workspace must be created inside a resource group. You can use an existing resource group or create a new one. To create a new resource group, use the following command. Replace with the name to use for this resource group. Replace with the Azure region to use for this resource group:
Example name and location:
  • resource group name: pytorchworkshop
  • location: WestEurope or eastus
Location: Choose eastus or WestEurope, this is needed for the compute we are using later.
az group create --name <resource-group-name> --location <location>

Create the Azure Machine Learning Workspace

To create a new workspace where the services are automatically created, use the following command:
az ml workspace create -w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>
If the az ml command does not work run: az extension add -n ml -y
You can now view your workspace by visiting

Make things easier

After every az ml command you have to type "-w <workspace-name> -g <resource-group-name>". You can make everything a bit easier by settings the values for this parameters by default.
az configure --defaults workspace=<workspace-name> group=<resource-group-name>

Create a Compute Cluster

To train our model we need an Azure Machine Learning Compute cluster. To create a new compute cluster, use the following command.
This command will create an Azure Machine Learning Compute cluster with 1 node that is always on and is using STANDARD_NC6 virtual Machines.
To speed up the training process you can use a GPU enabled NC6 machine
az ml compute create --type amlcompute -n gpu-cluster --min-instances 0 --max-instances 1 --size STANDARD_NC6
View your created Azure Machine Learning Compute cluster on
Creating compute can take a few minutes to complete
To see the list of created compute in your workspace you can type:
az ml compute list --output table

Setup completed

The setup of your workspace with compute is now completed
  • Created a resource group
  • Created an Azure Machine Learning Workspace
  • Created Azure Machine Learning Compute Cluster