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New TechNet Radio Series: Tech Futures

“Empowering every organization and every individual on the planet to achieve more.” It’s an ambitious statement and Microsoft’s vision for a more productive work force and everyday life experiences.  But how do we get there? Today we’re kicking off a new series entitled “Tech Futures” which is devoted to the idea of exploring new possibilities… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – The PowerShell Script and completing the build (Part 6)

In this final part of our series we walk through the PowerShell script that connects to Azure, creates the resource group, and then launches the creation of the lab environment.  We also walk through the final couple of manual steps required to complete the lab setup   The series landing page on “Full of I.T.”:… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Additional Automations (Part 5)

In the 6th part of our series we look at some of the remaining requirements for our lab environment, and how we automatically launched a PowerShell script on each of our virtual machines to perform the final machine-dependent tasks. The series landing page on “Full of I.T.”: https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The Links” document : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabLinks Kevin’s GitHub… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Copy down files (Part 4)

Our lab environment requires that several sample scripts and other utilities be available on several of the member servers.  But how do we get those files onto the C: drive?  In this video I’ll show how that was accomplished. The series landing page on “Full of I.T.”: https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The Links” document : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabLinks Kevin’s GitHub… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Domain-Join the member servers (Part 3)

In the fourth part of our series we look at how to automatically join the three other virtual machines to the contoso.com domain, again using an custom extension in our Azure Resource Manager template. The series landing page on “Full of I.T.”: https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The Links” document : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabLinks Kevin’s GitHub lab base repository : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBase… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Create a Domain Controller (Part 2)

It’s not enough just to create a new virtual machine.  Our lab environment requires a pre-configured domain, and so in part 2 we find and utilize and extension that automatically configures one of our virtual machines as the first domain controller in the lab “contoso.com” domain. The series landing page on “Full of I.T.”: https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Working with JSON (Part 1)

In the second part of this series we discuss the components that make up the schema for JSON-based Azure Resource Manager templates.  We also look at some of the initial building blocks that our example creates, such as the networking objects and Azure storage required. The series landing page on “Full of I.T.”: https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The… Read more

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Introduction (Part 0 of 7)

In part 0, I introduce the purpose for this series, which is a walk-through of how I learned to automate the creation of an Azure-hosted lab environment (Storage, 4 VMs, network, NICs, etc.) using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates.  I show the actual launch of the automation, discuss the various tools involved, and introduce the… Read more

Dev-Test Starts with IT: (Part 2) Testing Enterprise Applications on Azure

Drew McDaniel and I are back for part 2 in our "Dev-Test Starts with IT" series and in this episode they dive into some of the details on how enterprise applications can be tested and managed on Azure.       [1:25] So Azure can be used for testing Enterprise Applications. Which types of Enterprise Applications… Read more

Video: Start Stop Restart and Delete VMs in Microsoft Azure with PowerShell

I recently recorded this video as a companion to the Azure Documentation page – “Deploy and manage virtual machines using Azure Resource Manager templates and PowerShell”, and specifically showing off the tasks: Start a Virtual Machine Stop a Virtual Machine Restart a Virtual Machine, and Delete a Virtual Machine I hope you find it useful!… Read more