Automate Everything. That’s my new mantra, and it should be yours…
Like many of you, I’m an infrastructure guy and grew up with the crutches of setup.exe and the massive installers that MSFT built in the late 90’s and 2000’s. But, that was then, and today all of us need to become DevOps engineers! It used to be when we built servers they would have a lifespan of many years, but now there is a new type of VM that might only live for a day or even less.
The concept of deleting a server would have scared the daylights out of me in 2002!? Yikes!
In this new world of Azure, we should be building VMs that are purpose-built and automated in their deployment end to end. We want the teams that are consuming these servers to be ready to work as soon as they login.
Windows, Linux, and Azure provide us with many tools to make that happen such as ARM templates, PowerShell or Yum and Apt on Linux. These tools can work together with the custom script extension for Windows or Linux to build out our VMs. Read More
When I first heard that you could run nested VMs with Azure, I ran over to my laptop to deploy one of those shiny new Version 3 VMs!
Once my Host was provisioned, I got right to work. Quickly adding the Hyper-V role and after a quick reboot, I started downloading ISOs! And before you know it I was disappointed. Yeah, I had a VM running, but after searching the internet for hours, I gave up. I never could get the thing talking to the Internet.
Well, fast forward a few months and a client of mine asked if we could build a self-provisioning Nested Hyper-V Host in Azure that would pull down pre-configured VMs and start them with only one click? I was excited. There is nothing cooler than getting to figure something out while you are getting paid. Well, it wasn’t easy to figure out, but what I have for you here is the fruit of that labor! Read More
Here’s a short introduction to the Azure Cloud Shell; a new feature recently released into the Microsoft Azure Portal as part of the many announcements that Microsoft made at the Build 2017 conference. I also show off the Azure CLI 1.0 and 2.0 support in the Bash shell support of the Azure Cloud Shell; along with going through the portal UI to see what’s being created at the Command-Line as I go through to create a Resource Group, App Service Plan and App Service Web App from the CLI all within the Azure Portal! Enjoy!
Here’s a short video I recorded that goes over how to access the Azure Portal (the Current Azure Management Portal). I cover an overview of the dynamics and mechanics of the Azure Portal and how to use it. I also show a few different ways of how to customize the Azure Portal to change the color theme, modify quicklinks in the left-side navigation, and how to easily customize and create multiple Dashboard views to give you easy DevOps style views into your applications and workloads running in the Microsoft Azure cloud. Additionally, I also cover a few tips and techniques that may help you in working with the Azure Portal overall.
I hope you enjoy this video. This is really just the first in an ongoing series of videos that I’m going to be publishing over on the Build Azure YouTube Channel. If you’re interested in seeing MANY more videos like this, then please go Subscribe to the http://youtube.com/BuildAzure channel!
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Who doesn’t want a free drone / quadcopter? “Let’s face it, you’re SUPER HUMAN” The tryazuremarketplace.com website currently has a bunch of FREE Azure Marketplace Labs you can do virtually (online from anywhere). Once you complete a lab, you just submit proof you did the lab and Microsoft will send you a free mini-quadcopter! Alternatively, you can also get a 3-month Azure Pass instead. But, who doesn’t want a free drone!?
The drone is the Crazyflie 2.0 quadcopter.
There are tons of labs to choose from! You can go to the site to see a full list, but they are broken out into the following categories: Dev Ops, Security, Big Data, Open Source, and Management.
Here’s a list of the labs currently you can do for Free!
- Dev Ops
- CHEF – Automate an Infrastructure
- Docker – Containerize an Application
- KEMP – Intelligently Design Traffic
- Barracuda – Secure Distributed Networks
- Big Data
- Hortonworks – Modernize an Architecture
- Open Source
- Bitnami – Virtualize a Server
- Cloud Cruiser – Activate Profitable Insights
Learn Azure, Get a FREE Drone!
Attribution: The header image of this post as well as the photo of the drone were taken as screenshots of the Azure Super Human Lab website.
In the early days of Microsoft Azure the Portal was the primary tool to go in and configure your cloud components. After some time the Azure Service Manager API’s were introduced as a set of both PowerShell and Command-Line tools (X-Plat CLI). These tools allowed for Azure Automation to be scripted, however they were still a bit cumbersome as they were procedural based. More recently Microsoft overhauled the entire Azure Portal that exists today as well as a brand new set of Azure Resource Manager API’s. The purpose of Azure Resource Manager is more than just replacing Azure Service Manager. It’s real purpose is a story about automation and DevOps. Read More
The latest release of Azure PowerShell includes the new “Export-AzureRMResourceGroup” cmdlet. This cmdlet allows you to specify the name of a Resource Group and it will export the resources for that group into an ARM Template json file. This new cmdlet is part of the new Azure PowerShell release that was just released today! Read More
As DevOps has been taking hold within the software industry there’s been a strong push towards automating everything. This include automating build, testing, deployments, as well as server and infrastructure configurations. Server and Infrastructure configuration automation was not a trivial task in the old days of on-premises datacenter where each server was on its own dedicated hardware. However, with the adoption of the cloud and Microsoft Azure along with the use of Virtualization, the automation of server and infrastructure configuration is now fairly easily done. In fact the automation of deploying servers and infrastructure is now possible through the scriptability of modern virtualization technology; such as what makes up the Microsoft Azure platform.
Automation scripts have been run for decades, this is not a new concept. However, the term Infrastructure as Code (IaC) is fairly new in the industry. As with any new term there’s starting to get a buzz around it, and with buzz comes misconceptions and misinterpretations. The purpose of this article is to describe some context surrounding the Why, What, and How surrounding Infrastructure as Code. Read More
Microsoft recently hosted a DevOps Virtual Workshop where they provided a deep dive into topics covering how to manage, automate, and transform applications and workloads within Microsoft Azure. This was held as a half day, virtual event that was recorded so it can be viewed afterwords. The sessions from this event provide tons of information and demos on DevOps and ALM integration for Architects, Developers and IT Pros. Read More
The Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a SaaS (Software as a Service) offering that is part of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. The Operations Management Suite is a DevOps tool that allows you to create customized dashboards that merge both Azure Cloud and On-Premises environment data. To underline the importance and relevance Microsoft is putting on OMS the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam has recently been updated to include OMS in the exam objectives.