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
The Azure Cloud Shell has been out for some time now, as an embedded Bash and PowerShell command-line shell / terminal within the Azure Portal. It really great to be able to use Azure command-line tools (Azure CLI & Azure PowerShell) from absolutely anywhere; including a smartphone or tablet with the native Azure mobile app. Now, the Azure Cloud Shell has gotten it’s own website so you can use it all by itself! Read More
Windows PowerShell the new Shell (first released in 2006) for Windows that provides the ability to implement Task Automation, and Configuration Management via a Command-Line Shell and PowerShell scripting language built on the .NET Framework. PowerShell is an extremely strong tool and has become a staple in managing various Windows systems from the OS to SharePoint to the cloud and Microsoft Azure. Today, Microsoft has officially released PowerShell cross-platform support via an Open Source project that supports Linux, macOS and Windows! Read More
Blog articles and Technical documentation are nice for learning technologies, but there are times when a good book just can’t be replaced. This is especially true when getting information from blogs that may have a snippet of “found code” that might or might not work as expected. At least properly technically reviewed book will have working code snippets and other directions / information.
So, here’s a bunch of eBooks on Azure topics that are available for the Amazon Kindle. After all, what better to read about the Cloud than with a “Virtual” book! Read More
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
When Microsoft announced the initial Technical Preview release of Azure Stack it was also announced there would be additional services released in the coming weeks. This week, Microsoft announced the addition of Web Apps, SQL database, and MySQL database Platform as a Service (PaaS) services to the Microsoft Azure Stack platform, and some additional new tools too!
The recently released tools and services for Azure Stack can be downloaded and installed on top of any installation of the Azure Stack Technical Preview. This is really the first installment of many more Azure Stack services to come, beyond what comes with the Technical Preview itself. Read More
The book “Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Automation” written by Michael McKeown is written to target IT Pros and PowerShell developers to help them understand the core concepts of Azure Automation. This includes using runbooks based on PowerShell Workflow, and orchestrating frequent deployment (ala DevOps) and life cycle management through the use of automating Azure resource setup and maintenance. Read More
An Microsoft Azure Service Bus Namespace can certainly be managed through the Azure Management Portal. However easy that is for a user to do manually, it definitely can be useful to create and manage Azure Service Bus Namespaces using other more automated methods. Fortunately, there is support for this using the PowerShell and X-plat CLI SDKs.
Below are examples using both the PowerShell and X-plat CLI (command-line) SDKs to create a new Azure Service Bus Namespace. Read More