Azure Building Blocks – Like Legos™ for the cloud?

I thought this was an interesting announcement.  Yesterday Microsoft announced a new way to more-simply deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources into Azure, along with a new command line tool to drive it with.  The tool is called Azure Building Blocks.  These building blocks are described as “a set of tools and Azure Resource Manager templates that … Continue reading Azure Building Blocks – Like Legos™ for the cloud?

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – The PowerShell Script and completing the build (Part 6)

In this final part of our series we walk through the PowerShell script that connects to Azure, creates the resource group, and then launches the creation of the lab environment.  We also walk through the final couple of manual steps required to complete the lab setup https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/FullofIT/ARMPart6/player   The series landing page on "Full of … Continue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – The PowerShell Script and completing the build (Part 6)

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Additional Automations (Part 5)

In the 6th part of our series we look at some of the remaining requirements for our lab environment, and how we automatically launched a PowerShell script on each of our virtual machines to perform the final machine-dependent tasks. https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/FullofIT/ARMPart5/player The series landing page on "Full of I.T.": https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The Links” document : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabLinks Kevin’s … Continue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Additional Automations (Part 5)

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Copy down files (Part 4)

Our lab environment requires that several sample scripts and other utilities be available on several of the member servers.  But how do we get those files onto the C: drive?  In this video I'll show how that was accomplished. https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/FullofIT/ARMPart4/player   The series landing page on "Full of I.T.": https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The Links” document : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabLinksContinue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Copy down files (Part 4)

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Domain-Join the member servers (Part 3)

In the fourth part of our series we look at how to automatically join the three other virtual machines to the contoso.com domain, again using an custom extension in our Azure Resource Manager template. https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/FullofIT/ARMPart3/player The series landing page on "Full of I.T.": https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlog “The Links” document : https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabLinks Kevin’s GitHub lab base repository : … Continue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Domain-Join the member servers (Part 3)