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)

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Create a Domain Controller (Part 2)

It's not enough just to create a new virtual machine.  Our lab environment requires a pre-configured domain, and so in part 2 we find and utilize and extension that automatically configures one of our virtual machines as the first domain controller in the lab "contoso.com" domain. https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/FullofIT/ARMPart2/player   The series landing page on "Full of … Continue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Create a Domain Controller (Part 2)

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Working with JSON (Part 1)

In the second part of this series we discuss the components that make up the schema for JSON-based Azure Resource Manager templates.  We also look at some of the initial building blocks that our example creates, such as the networking objects and Azure storage required. https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/FullofIT/ARMPart1/player The series landing page on "Full of I.T.": https://aka.ms/AZInfraLabBlogContinue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Working with JSON (Part 1)

How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Introduction (Part 0 of 7)

In part 0, I introduce the purpose for this series, which is a walk-through of how I learned to automate the creation of an Azure-hosted lab environment (Storage, 4 VMs, network, NICs, etc.) using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates.  I show the actual launch of the automation, discuss the various tools involved, and introduce the … Continue reading How I automated a hands-on-lab infrastructure – Introduction (Part 0 of 7)

Full of I.T. Video Series: Build an Azure lab using ARM Templates

Hey! How would you like to provision and then walk through some instructional hands-on labs on using Azure Resource Manager templates, using Azure Resource Manager templates? “Huh? You’re repeating yourself.” No, I’m not.  Not too long ago our team of US-based IT Pro Technical Evangelists delivered in-person events all about this topic.  The hands-on labs … Continue reading Full of I.T. Video Series: Build an Azure lab using ARM Templates