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RUN you Own #Azure DevTest Labs in the Cloud #DevOps #Science #Linux #Containers

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Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Labs to provision on-demand environments. Scale up your load testing by provisioning multiple test agents, and create pre-provisioned environments for training and demos.

Get started with Microsoft Azure DevTest Labs here

It’s really easy to setup your first Azure DevTest LAB.

Just click Create.

If you click on Automation options, you can create your own json file for Automation.

JSON Script for Automation to Create a Azure DevTest LAB

Getting Started information in your Azure TestLAB

I have Created a Windows Server 2016 VM with Containers

There are a lot of Azure DevTest Artifacts

You can copy the ARM Template for Automation

Container01 VM is running in my Azure DevTest LAB 😉

Container Images Ready to use in Azure DevTest LAB

For more Microsoft Azure Devtest Labs Documentation you can find here


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UPDATE Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool #Azure #Storage #Cloud

What’s New in Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool version 0.8.9 :

  • New
    • Storage Explorer 0.8.9 will automatically download the latest version for updates.
    • Hotfix: using a portal generated SAS URI to attach a storage account would result in an error.
    • You can now create, manage, and promote blob snapshots.
    • You can now sign in to Azure China, Azure Germany, and Azure US Government accounts.
    • You can now change the zoom level. Use the options in the View menu to Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Reset Zoom.
    • Unicode characters are now supported in user metadata for blobs and files.
    • Accessibility improvements.
    • The next version’s release notes can be viewed from the update notification. You can also view the current release notes from the Help menu.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed: the version number is now correctly displayed in Control Panel on Windows
    • Fixed: search is no longer limited to 50,000 nodes
    • Fixed: upload to a file share spun forever if the destination directory did not already exist
    • Fixed: improved stability for long uploads and downloads
  • Known Issues
    • While zoomed in or out, the zoom level may momentarily reset to the default level.
    • Quick Access only works with subscription based items. Local resources or resources attached via key or SAS token are not supported in this release.
    • It may take Quick Access a few seconds to navigate to the target resource, depending on how many resources you have.
    • Having more than 3 groups of blobs or files uploading at the same time may cause errors.

You can download the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer Tool here

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UPDATE #Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer version with Blob Snapshots ! #Azure #Storage #DevOps

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer version 0.8.8

Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer  is a standalone app from Microsoft that allows you to easily work with Azure Storage data on Windows, macOS and Linux.

New

  • You can now create, manage, and promote blob snapshots.
  • Storage Explorer will now automatically download the latest version when it is available.
  • You can now sign in to Azure China, Azure Germany, and Azure US Government accounts.
  • You can now change the zoom level. Use the options in the View menu to Zoom In, Zoom Out, and Reset Zoom.
  • Unicode characters are now supported in user metadata for blobs and files.
  • Accessibility improvements.
  • The next version’s release notes can be viewed from the update notification. You can also view the current release notes from the Help menu.

Fixes

  • Fixed: the version number is now correctly displayed in Control Panel on Windows
  • Fixed: search is no longer limited to 50,000 nodes
  • Fixed: upload to a file share spun forever if the destination directory did not already exist
  • Fixed: improved stability for long uploads and downloads

You can download the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer here

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#Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Microsoft #Azure #Sysctr #SCOM

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Management Pack Scope

The Management Pack for Microsoft Azure enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure resources that are running on Microsoft Azure. The management pack runs on a specified server pool, and then uses Microsoft Azure REST APIs to remotely discover and collect performance information about the specified Microsoft Azure resources.

This management pack focuses on the collection of performance metrics made available by Azure Services that use Azure Resource Manager.

Azure Active Directory is used for authenticating Azure REST API calls.

This management pack queries Azure REST APIs to enumerate the resources running in an Azure subscription and the performance metrics available for each resource.

Virtual machines, web roles, and worker roles can store events and performance counters into Azure table storage by means of Azure diagnostics. If these resources are configured to use Azure diagnostics, this Management Pack can collect these events and performance counters.

Examples of services that can be discovered, and whether performance counters are available for collection, are presented in the table below.

Service Discovered Performance Counters Notes
Application Insights Yes Yes
Automation Yes No
Backup Yes No
BizTalk Yes No
Cloud Service (web and worker roles) Yes Yes
Data Factory Yes Yes
DocumentDB Yes No Metrics are not available in the Add Monitoring wizard
Logic App Yes No
Media Services Yes No Uses Service Management APIs
Mobile Services Yes Yes Uses Service Management APIs
Networks Yes No
Notification Hubs Yes No
Operational Insights Yes No
Redis Cache Yes Yes
Scheduler Yes No
Search Yes No
Service Bus Yes No
SQL Azure Yes Yes
Storage Accounts Yes No
Traffic Manager Yes No Uses Service Management APIs
Virtual Machines Yes Yes Virtual machines also appear as role instances for Cloud Services
Websites Yes Yes

You can download the Microsoft Management Pack for Azure here

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Register for #Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 in Amsterdam March 23 – 24 #Azure #Cloud #Winserv

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Microsoft Tech Summit Amsterdam

Build your cloud and infrastructure skills with a two-day free technical training event March 23-24, 2017.

More information about the Microsoft Tech Summit 2017 Amsterdam and Registration you can find here

Here you find more cities for Microsoft Tech Summit 2017  Event when you are not from the Netherlands.

Hope to meet you in Amsterdam 😉 #MVPbuzz

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#Docker containers running on #Windows10 for #DevOps #Azure

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Docker for Windows

An integrated, easy-to-deploy environment for building, assembling, and shipping applications from a Windows PC, Docker for Windows is a native Windows application with a native user interface and auto-update capability, deeply integrated with Windows native virtualization, Hyper-V, networking and file system, making it faster and more reliable than previous ways of getting Docker on a Windows PC

Before you install Docker for Windows 10 make sure you have the right Windows 10 version.
The current version of Docker for Windows runs on 64bit Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education (1511 November update, Build 10586 or later).
And have the Hyper-V feature of Windows 10 installed. Here you can download Docker for Windows 10

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Click on Install.

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Click Finish and Launch Docker

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The Docker VM

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Now you can work from Powershell with Docker Containers :

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There is also a graphical GUI called Kitematic with the Docker Hub connection for the Container marketplace.

open-kitematic

This will download Kitematic.

kitematicExtract the zip file and run Kitematic

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Kitematic with recommended Docker Containers to download 😉

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If you search for Azure you find a lot of Azure related Docker Containers.

It’s so easy to download a container from the Docker Hub and make it running on your Windows 10 Machine, here is an example of an Jenkins Container:

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Click Create.

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It’s downloading the Docker Container Image.

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Jenkins is already running in the Docker Container and is
asking some questions for the setup.

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Jenkins is setting up the environment.

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And now we have Jenkins in a Container running.

Here you can find more information about Jenkins

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And with Kitematic you can see the log of the Jenkins Container
Here you can start, restart or stop the Docker Containers.

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Here I did a Docker Inspect Jenkins to see settings of the Container.

Hope this blogpost is useful to play with Docker Containers on your Windows 10 device 😉

When you want to learn more about Microsoft Windows Containers you can start here :

Windows Containers Documentation

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When you want to learn more about Microsoft Azure Container Services you can start here :

Azure Container Service Documentation

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Lot of Success with running Containers !


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Happy Holidays and Thank you ! #MSOMS #Azure #AzureStack #Hyperv #Sysctr #HybridCloud

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Thank you for following me @Jamesvandenberg
Thank you Community 😉
Thank you Microsoft
Wish you all the Best !
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