New to Azure AD or have getting started questions?

Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so I figured I’d do some catching up with you today. I’ve been busy getting settled in with my recent move from enterprise client management (Intune and SCCM) to the Azure AD team. After being focused on client management for so long (since 1999!), the move…

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Your first DevTest Labs artifact – PowerShell scripts

In my last post, I talked about how to create a custom Azure DevTest Labs artifact JSON file, but I also said you’ll probably need some kind of script to go along with it. In this post, I’ll show you some tricks and tips I’ve discovered (and been shown) to help make creating your own,…

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Your first DevTest Labs artifact – JSON file

At this point in my Azure DevTest Labs blog post series, I’ve covered just about everything you need to know to start using DevTest Labs and even how to customize the available artifacts you can use by supplying your own from a personal GitHub repo. What I haven’t shown you how to do yet is…

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Getting to work with GitHub and Azure DevTest Labs

In my last blog post I showed you how to add a custom GitHub repo to your Azure DevTest Labs setup. I gave a few hints about folder structure and links to the great GitHub bootcamp documentation, but if you’re new to GitHub you might still be a little confused about just exactly how you’re supposed to interact with these repo…

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Connect your GitHub repo to Azure DevTest Labs

If you’ve been following along with this Azure DevTest Labs blog series, then you know how to do the basics to get a dev/test lab set up using what you get by default from the service. Virtual machines are easily created and there’s a large number of artifacts (scripted actions) available in the public Azure…

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Creating your first VMs with Azure DevTest Labs

If you read my last post then you already know how to get an Azure DevTest Lab setup using your Azure subscription. Next, I’ll introduce you to some concepts and get you started creating your very first virtual machines and really kick the lab’s tires. Now, before you get all excited and jump straight to that shiny…

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Getting to know Azure DevTest Labs

A (very) long time ago, I was one of the first people to obtain a Windows 2000 Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MSCE) certification. Back then, just as now, I liked to test things out in a lab before introducing my latest technical interests into production—or these days, publishing what I learn to https://docs.microsoft.com. Of course, in the…

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Deleting Azure Active Directory

If you’re like me, and I know I am, you have probably signed up for several Microsoft Online Services trials or just somehow ended up with multiple Azure AD instances associated with your Microsoft Azure subscription. Turns out they’re kind of hard to delete, but it’s not impossible. Here’s how. Just because you don’t want the…

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Add a custom VM image to your Azure subscription

It’s no secret that I like to use Azure virtual machines for my lab testing. In fact, as much as I love it, it’s rare that I even use Hyper-V on my local machine anymore. From servers to client OS’s, Azure virtual machine images stand ready to provide the infrastructure for me to do almost…

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Stay informed about Intune service updates

For a long time Intune admins have been logging into the Intune service dashboard at https://status.manage.microsoft.com/ to check on the status of their service. From there, you could easily review maintenance window timeframes and know when updates to the service are going to be applied. Of course doing this meant that you had to remember multiple…

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