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Getting Started with Azure OpenAI: Setup, Configuration, and Key Features

Author: Dan WahlinTime: 2024-01-29 07:05:01

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Introduction to Azure OpenAI Service

Microsoft Azure OpenAI Service provides access to powerful AI models like GPT-3.5 for generating human-like text, DALL-E 2 for creating realistic images, and Codex for code generation. With Azure OpenAI, developers can easily integrate advanced AI capabilities into their applications without needing deep machine learning expertise.

In this post, we'll explore the key capabilities and benefits of Azure OpenAI Service, walk through how to set up an Azure OpenAI resource, show how to deploy and configure AI models like GPT-3.5, and test out the completions playground.

Overview of Azure OpenAI Capabilities

Azure OpenAI Service provides access to some of the most advanced AI models developed by OpenAI. Key capabilities include:

  • GPT-3.5 Turbo for natural language text generation - can produce human-like text on any topic
  • DALL-E 2 for creating realistic images and art from text descriptions
  • Codex for generating code based on natural language instructions
  • Embeddings and classifications for analyzing semantic similarity
  • Moderation for content filtering

Key Benefits of Using Azure OpenAI

There are several benefits to using Azure OpenAI Service:

  • Simple integration - Easy to add OpenAI capabilities to apps with REST API calls
  • Flexible deployment - Models can be deployed to multiple regions close to users
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing - Only pay for what you use with no upfront costs
  • Enterprise security - Integrates with Azure Active Directory for access control
  • Compliance - Models can be deployed in specific regions to meet data residency requirements
  • Scalability - Auto-scaling to handle traffic spikes and load

Setting up an Azure OpenAI Resource

To start using Azure OpenAI Service, you first need to create an OpenAI resource in your Azure subscription. This resource provides the endpoint and access keys for making API calls to Azure OpenAI models.

Let's walk through the steps to create an Azure OpenAI resource.

Creating an Azure OpenAI Resource

Here are the steps to create an Azure OpenAI resource:

  1. Go to the Azure portal at portal.azure.com.
  2. Search for 'Azure OpenAI' and select it from the results.
  3. Click '+ Create' to create a new Azure OpenAI resource.
  4. Enter a name for the resource like 'MyOpenAIResource'.
  5. Select your Azure subscription and resource group.
  6. Choose the pricing tier (currently only one tier is available).
  7. Click 'Review + Create' to validate and create the resource.

Understanding the Azure OpenAI Resource Dashboard

Once the Azure OpenAI resource is created, you can view the resource dashboard which provides:

  • The endpoint URL for making API requests
  • Access keys for authenticating requests
  • Usage metrics showing API calls and billable tokens
  • Links to manage model deployments and try the completions playground

Deploying and Configuring OpenAI Models

With an Azure OpenAI resource set up, you can start deploying AI models like GPT-3.5. Azure OpenAI Studio provides a GUI for managing model deployments.

Let's look at how to access Azure OpenAI Studio, create model deployments, and configure settings.

Accessing the Azure OpenAI Studio

To access the Azure OpenAI Studio:

  1. Go to the Azure OpenAI resource dashboard.
  2. Click on 'Model deployments' under Operations.
  3. This will open the Azure OpenAI Studio in a new tab.
  4. Select the Azure subscription and OpenAI resource to manage.

Creating and Managing OpenAI Model Deployments

In Azure OpenAI Studio you can:

  • View existing model deployments
  • Create new deployments for models like GPT-3.5 and DALL-E
  • Configure deployment settings like region, availability, and concurrency
  • Monitor usage metrics for each deployment
  • Delete deployments when no longer needed

Testing Out the Azure OpenAI Completions Playground

Azure OpenAI Service provides an interactive completions playground that allows you to test out text generation capabilities.

Let's look at how to use the completions playground and troubleshoot any errors.

Using the Completions Playground

To use the completions playground:

  1. Go to Azure OpenAI Studio.
  2. Click on 'Completions playground' on the left.
  3. Select one of the example prompts or enter your own.
  4. Pick the deployed GPT model to use.
  5. Click 'Generate' to see the AI-generated completions.

Troubleshooting Errors and Issues

Some common errors and troubleshooting tips:

  • API error - Wait 5+ minutes for new deployments before using
  • Model not supported - Select a different deployed model
  • No generation - Increase max tokens if prompt is too long
  • Repeating text - Restart prompt with fewer tokens
  • Undesirable output - Refine prompt and provide more context

Next Steps and Additional Resources

This covers the basics of getting started with Azure OpenAI Service. Some next steps and additional resources include:

  • Review documentation on consuming Azure OpenAI APIs

  • Build an app to showcase Azure OpenAI capabilities

  • Learn about responsible AI practices when generating content

  • Check for new model updates like GPT-4 availability

  • Contact Anthropic to learn about CLAUDE, an AI assistant focused on helpfulness


Q: What capabilities does Azure OpenAI provide?
A: Azure OpenAI offers access to advanced AI models like GPT-3 for generating text, completing code, answering questions and more. It also includes features like image generation, chatbots, search, and analytics.

Q: How do I get started with Azure OpenAI?
A: Getting started involves creating an Azure OpenAI resource in the Azure portal, deploying OpenAI models, and then using the Completions Playground to test out the capabilities.

Q: What OpenAI models are available in Azure?
A: Azure OpenAI provides access to models like GPT-3, GPT-3.5, Codex, and DALL-E for text, code, and image generation. There are different size and capability options available.

Q: How much does Azure OpenAI cost?
A: Pricing is usage-based depending on the API calls, tokens generated, and specific OpenAI model used. There is a free tier for testing and development.

Q: Can I use Azure OpenAI capabilities in my applications?
A: Yes, Azure OpenAI provides an HTTP API and SDKs for integrating the advanced AI into custom applications and workflows.

Q: Is there documentation and support for Azure OpenAI?
A: Microsoft provides full documentation, code samples, tutorials, and support resources for getting the most value from Azure OpenAI.

Q: What are some common use cases for Azure OpenAI?
A: Typical use cases include chatbots, search, document generation, text analytics, code completion and more in a wide variety of industries.

Q: Can Azure OpenAI integrate with other Azure services?
A: Yes, Azure OpenAI interoperates seamlessly with other Azure platform as a service offerings like Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Cognitive Search and more.

Q: How do I manage costs with Azure OpenAI?
A: Use features like spending limits, resource locks, monitoring tools, and the consumption plan pricing model to closely manage Azure OpenAI costs.

Q: Is Azure OpenAI compliant for regulated industries?
A: Azure OpenAI meets major compliance standards including SOC, ISO, and HIPAA for use across regulated industries like healthcare and finance.