I started out by setting up a dedicated resource group to use for my instance, and then used the Azure Portal GUI to create a new instance named mysql-20200505. I made sure to downgrade from the default General Purpose configuration to Basic, so it will only cost me about $67 a month if I leave it running instead of around $350. After the instance was created successfully I then added some connection security rules to ensure that only my IP was able to connect to it.
I then opened up MySql Workbench to connect to the server as pictured below. Of course it took me two tries to connect as I made my usual error of not including the machine name in the username field the first time around.
Click through for Chris’s early tests.