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Last week, I wrote an article about using the new Azure Preview Portal and new IaaS Resource Group Gallery templates to provision an entire cloud-based server farm in as little as eight mouse-clicks – complete with storage, virtual networking and multiple VM tiers. Since publishing that article, I’ve been asked by a number of people how the same Resource Group model could be used to automate the provisioning of server farms using PowerShell.  Beginning in version 0.8.0 of the Azure PowerShell modules, the Azure PowerShell installation actually installs 3 modules: The Azure module, for traditional Azure service management. This is what we’ve used in the past for scripting Azure environments using PowerShell.   The AzureResourceManager module, for using Resource Groups to work with multiple related cloud resources as a grouped entity.   The AzurePro... (more)

Step-by-Step: Auto-Provision a New Active Directory Domain in the Azure Cloud using the VM Agent Custom Script Extension

The Azure Virtual Machine Agent Custom Script Extension allows you to download custom PowerShell scripts inside Azure VMs and execute them as part of the post-provisioning process.  Custom Script Extensions provide a great deal of flexibility for customizing the provisioning of new VMs without the need to maintain a distinct custom VM image for every individual workload scenario. In this article, we’ll step through the process of using the Custom Script Extension to auto-provision a new Active Directory Domain Controller in a new AD Forest on a Microsoft Azure Virtual Net... (more)

Step-by-Step: Deploy a Highly Available SharePoint Server Farm in the Cloud – in ONLY 8 Clicks!

As of today, the Azure Preview Portal now has the ability to deploy and manage IaaS workloads, including Virtual Machines, Virtual Networks and Cloud Storage!  One of the key new enhancements that the new Preview Portal experience provides is the ability to setup complex multi-tier applications in the cloud as a single Resource Group to streamline and simplify the provisioning process. There’s a pre-built Azure Resource Group Gallery Template for SharePoint Server 2013 Farms that demonstrates the power of Resource Groups in the new portal.  Using this template, a complete ... (more)

Deck: Accelerate DevOps in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online (VSO)

Thanks for attending one of my recent DevOps talks over the past few weeks in our community! In this article, I’m providing a copy of my deck, a session recording and additional resources to help you learn more about how your DevOps transformation and processes can be accelerated with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online. ...(read more) ... (more)

TechNet Radio: (Part 10) Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Windows Azure Pack Remote Console Support

In our ongoing "Building a Hybrid Cloud" series, Keith Mayer and Andy Syrewicze , are back and in today’s episode they showcase the Windows Azure Pack Remote Console. Tune in for this in-depth, demo heavy episode as they show us how to configure a remote desktop gateway for VM console access. [ 5:50 ] Let’s discuss Remote Console Support in the Windows Azure Pack --- what is it and why is it important? [ 8:01 ] DEMO: How to configure a Remote Desktop Gateway for VM Console Access For more...(read more ) ... (more)