Using PowerShell DSC to Manage Your Azure RemoteApp Hybrid Image

Now that Azure RemoteApp (https://www.remoteapp.windowsazure.com/) has been made Generally Available (see announcement here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/enterprisemobility/archive/2014/12/04/microsoft-azure-remoteapp-general-availability.aspx), there is a lot of interest not only in how to leverage it, but how to manage it.  Azure RemoteApp is offered in two pricing tiers, Basic and Standard.  Both tiers still support both of the deployment methods, namely Cloud and…

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More PowerShell DSC Updates!

With TechEd Europe going on right now, there are a lot of announcements being made in both the Cloud and Mobile spaces.  Hidden amid a massive list of Azure announcements by Scott Guthrie was news that the Azure Preview Portal can now be used to manage the PowerShell DSC Extension.  Additionally, Wave 8 of the PowerShell…

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Using REST API from PowerShell to get additional Azure VM Status Details

There are many ways to get information about your IaaS / PaaS components from Azure.  The obvious and easy way is to use the Portal (or the new Preview Portal).  We, of course, are users of the Azure PowerShell SDK or even the command-line interface.  The PowerShell cmdlets for Azure are great, but they don’t always…

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Troubleshooting the DSC Extension for Azure

The DSC Extension for Azure has been public for just over a month since the initial release during the first week of August (see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/powershell/archive/2014/08/07/introducing-the-azure-powershell-dsc-desired-state-configuration-extension.aspx).  In the short time that it has been available, it has already been updated twice and is currently version 1.2 (as of Oct. 7).  If you’ve been using any of…

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