Using the Azure ARM REST API – End to end Example Part 2

This blog post is a continuation of the third blog post in this Azure (ARM) REST API series. Please review the following blog posts first if you have not done yet: Using the Azure ARM REST API – Get Access Token Using the Azure ARM REST API – Get Subscription Information Using the Azure ARM…


Using the Azure ARM REST API – End to end Example Part 1

In the first two blog post about using the Azure (ARM) REST API I explained how to get the Access Token and how to get some simple info about your Azure Subscription. In the last two blog posts about using the Azure (ARM) REST API we are going to do the following: Create a Resource…


Using the Azure ARM REST API – Get Subscription Information

In the fist blog post over using the Azure ARM REST API I explained how to retrieve the Access Token needed for the further authentication against the Azure ARM REST API. In this blog post I’m going to explain how you can use that Access Token and start communicating with Azure using simple web calls….


Using the Azure ARM REST API – Get Access Token

This week I’ve been busy with trying to figure out how you can ‘directly’ talk to the Azure ARM REST API instead of using PowerShell or the Azure CLI. Because I could not find a lot of information about this topic online I thought it would nice to share some of learnings. But why would…


Setting up Source Control for Azure Automation

Did you already noticed that you can now setup Source Control for your Azure Automation account? Check the new Azure Portal and go to your Automation Account.   Create Github Repository Before we start we need to have a Github Repository to store our Azure Automation Runbooks.     The next step in setting up…


Using ARM Policies to implement Runbook Best Practices

Have you ever heard of Azure Resource Manager Policies? With policies, you can prevent users in your organization from breaking conventions that are needed to manage your organizations resources. One of the scenarios where you can use policies is making sure that tags are being added to your resources (ie Runbooks) or that a certain…


Developing Azure Automation Runbooks–using correct modules

When developing Runbooks for Azure Automation I noticed that it’s important to use the same (Global) PowerShell Module versions as available as Asset in Azure Automation. But let’s first talk about Azure  Automation Assets a bit more. Automation Assets Automation Assets are various resources that are globally available to be used in or associated with…


Downloading MP Wiki info

As OpsMgr engineers we regularly check the Microsoft Management Pack Wiki for update info about Management Packs. Wouldn’t it be great if we could that automated using PowerShell? For the System Center RAP as a Service (kind of Health Check for System Center) we check if the Premier Customer has installed the latest Management Packs…


Integrate solutions with Azure Automation – Part 1 (Wunderlist)

In the last couple of months I’ve been using Azure Automation more and more to integrate several different solutions calling their REST APIs. In this first part of this series of integrating solutions with Azure Automation I will discuss the Wunderlist Service I started to use for integration with Azure Automation. The end goal of this…


OpsMgr installation in Azure VM

Lately I’m busy with learning more and more about Azure. I even passed my Azure 70-533 exam last week Today I wanted to start installing Operations Manager 2012 R2 in a newly deployed VM in Azure. Instead of downloading the installation bits from MSDN from within the VM hosted in Azure I wanted to upload…