Logging on to Azure for your everyday job

Use a PowerShell profile function to load Azure RM account context automatically. If the context file does not exist, create one. Also, check the token for validity because it may have expired.

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Azure Batch for the IT Pro – Part 2

This is the second and final part of a blog series with a walkthrough for Azure Batch. The first part is here: Azure Batch for the IT Pro – Part 1 In the first part I showed you how to create an Azure Batch Account, the corresponding Storage Account, a test application based on Powershell,…

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Azure Batch for the IT Pro – Part 1

I spent some time on working with Azure Batch for a customer, and what struck me that it was not so easy for an IT Pro to create a meaningful testing setup. The stumbling point is that you need to have an application doing meaningful work. So what is Azure Batch? It is the PaaS…

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Get-UniqueString: generate unique ID for Azure Deployments

When deploying resources to Azure, you sometimes need to generate a world-wide unique name. Examples of these are DNS names, storage account names, Azure Batch account names, etc. Some of these names have additional requirements. For instance, storage account names must be all lowercase with a length of 3 to 24 letters. How do you…

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Do you have plaintext passwords in your Azure deployments?

If you are developing deployments for Azure you will encounter situations where you need to use passwords and other data that needs to stay hidden. Azure has plenty of facilities for this, but sometimes people can be tempted to take shortcuts. So, for one of the projects I’m involved in there was a suspicion that…

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Azure Quickstart Template: create forest with one or two domains

A lot has happened in the Azure world since I last published this short series on deploying an Active Directory forest with ARM templates: Part 1: Using the template Part 2: Understanding the template structure Part 3: Visualizing the template Since that time we have had a major advance in the Virtual Machine world with…

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Azure Template to deploy a forest with two domains, Part 3 — visualizing the template

This is part 3 in a series about writing a complex Azure AMR template. This is the full list: Part 1: using the template Part 2: Understanding the template structure Part 3: visualizing the template In the final part of this series I want to have a brief look at the template design, and in…

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Azure template to deploy a forest with two domains, part 1 — using the template

This is Part 1 in a series. This is the whole series: Part 1: using the template Part 2: Understanding the template structure Part 3: visualizing the template This blog has been a while in the making. For various reasons I needed a simple way to quickly create a test forest in Azure with two domains, and…

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What is my current Azure Resource Manager subscription?

Just a brief note this time. Like many who learned Azure in the old days of Azure Service Manager (a.k.a. classic IaaS), I have number of things to unlearn while adjusting to Azure Resource Manager (ARM). Today I struggled for at least thirty minutes trying to find out the default subscription in an ARM Powershell…

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