Microsoft has released its own custom distribution of FreeBSD 10.3 as a “ready-made” Virtual Machine image in order to make the FreeBsd available on Azure Marketplace.
According to the Jason Anderson Principal PM Manager, Open Source Technology Center:
One of our primary reasons for making these investments in FreeBSD on Hyper-V was to enable FreeBSD VMs to run in Azure, as Hyper-V is the virtualization platform for Azure. You may be wondering, “Why is it so important for FreeBSD to run in Azure?” Many top-tier virtual appliance vendors base their products on the FreeBSD operating system. Over the past 2 years, we’ve worked closely with Citrix Systems, Array Networks, Stormshield, Gemalto and Netgate to bring their virtual appliances to the Azure Marketplace, and we’re continuing to work with a long list of others for future offerings. However, if you wanted to run your own FreeBSD image in Azure, your only option so far was to bring a custom image from outside of Azure.
Today, I’m excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.3 as a ready-made VM image available directly from the Azure Marketplace. This means that not only can you quickly bring-up a FreeBSD VM in Azure, but also that in the event you need technical support, Microsoft support engineers can assist.