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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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#Microsoft AzureStack Technical Preview 3 Available for Download #AzureStack #Cloud

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Azure Stack Architecture

Today Microsoft released Azure Stack Technical Preview 3 for customers to do Proof of Concept (POC) with Azure Cloud Platform Services in your own Datacenter.

You can download Microsoft AzureStack TP3 here

What’s new in Azure Stack TP3 ?

Content, services, and tools

    • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) support provides identity options for scenarios where network connectivity is limited or intermittent.
    • You can use Azure Virtual Machine Scale Sets to provide managed scale out of workloads.
    • Use Azure D-Series VM sizes for increased performance and consistency.
    • Deploy and create templates with Temp Disks that are consistent with Azure.
    • Marketplace Syndication allows you to use content from the Azure Marketplace and make available in Azure Stack. 

Infrastructure and operations

  • Isolated administrative and user portals and APIs provide enhanced security.
  • Use enhanced infrastructure management functionality, such as improved alerting.
  • Using the Windows Azure Pack connector, you can view and manage IaaS virtual machines that are hosted on a Cloud Platform System (CPS) stamp. For this preview release, you can try this only with a CPS environment and additional configuration is required.

More Technical documentation of Azure Stack TP3 and Deployment :

What is Azure Stack Technical Preview 3?

You can download here a complete Azure Stack documentation in PDF format

cloud-toolsAzureStack Cloud Tools on GitHub

 

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#Microsoft OMS Service Map for Hybrid IT Management #MSOMS #Azure #Linux #HybridCloud

Service Map in #MSOMS automatically builds a common reference map of dependencies across your servers, processes, and third-party services. It discovers and maps all TCP dependencies, identifying surprise connections, remote third-party systems you depend on, and dependencies to traditional dark areas of your network such as Active Directory. Service Map discovers failed network connections that your managed systems are attempting to make, helping you identify potential server misconfiguration, service outages, and network issues.

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Microsoft Operations Management Suite

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OMS Service Map Overview of my Demo Environment

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Machine Changes on HybridCloud01 Server

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You now can see that the Previous Service State Running is changed in Stopped.

When you go more in details and look at the log Search in this event :

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When this event is important to you you can make an OMS Alert on this Change :

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With OMS Alert you can take actions like :

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With Microsoft OMS Runbooks you can make Automation solutions for Hybrid IT Events.

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Servicemap Summary

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Servicemap Server Properties

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OMS Service Map Performance

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OMS Service Map Updates

More information about using Awesome Service Map solution in Operations Management Suite (OMS) you can find here

Configuring Service Map solution in Operations Management Suite (OMS)

Service Map gets its data from the Microsoft Dependency Agent. The Dependency Agent is dependent on the OMS Agent for its connections to OMS. This means that a server must have the OMS Agent installed and configured first, and then the Dependency Agent can be installed. The following table describes the connected sources that are supported by the Service Map solution.

Here you can find more information about configuring OMS Service Maps

Operations Management Suite (OMS) SDK

I like Microsoft OMS Service Map a lot because you can see the relations between Servers, Services, Applications in a Hybrid IT environment and
get proactive alerts to take action to keep your Hybrid Datacenters Healthy 🙂

#MSOMS Rocks
#MVPbuzz

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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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#Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6 Now Available! #Winserv #SQL2016 #Azure #Office365 #Cloud #Tool

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Microsoft MAP Toolkit 9.6

The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) is an agentless, automated, multi-product planning and assessment tool for quicker and easier desktop, server and cloud migrations. MAP provides detailed readiness assessment reports and executive proposals with extensive hardware and software information, and actionable recommendations to help organizations accelerate their IT infrastructure planning process, and gather more detail on assets that reside within their current environment. MAP also provides server utilization data for Hyper-V server virtualization planning; identifying server placements, and performing virtualization candidate assessments. More information about MAP Toolkit can you find here

Software Requirements:
        • Operating system. Any of the following:
          • Windows 10 (Professional, Enterprise and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows 8.1 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 8 (Professional and Enterprise editions only)
          • Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions only)
          • Windows Server 2012 R2
          • Windows Server 2012
          • Windows Server 2016
          • Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
        • .NET Framework 4.5 (download from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=389161)
        • Installation of all updates for the operating system. Note: In some cases updates may not install automatically. To download updates for your computer manually, go to http://update.microsoft.com/.
        • By default, the MAP Toolkit will install SQL Server 2012 Express LocalDB during setup. You may also use an existing installation of SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, or SQL Server 2012 if you create an instance named “MAPS” before running the MAP Toolkit installer. The MAP Toolkit requires the collation order of the database engine to be set to “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS”.

Notes:

        • Some of these prerequisites require restarting your computer. You may have to restart multiple times if all the prerequisites are not met prior to running Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit setup.

Scenario-dependent requirements:

    • For machines that will be used to run the Forefront Endpoint Protection Usage Tracking, Lync Usage Tracking, Exchange Server Usage Tracking, or Volume Licensing scenarios, please note: PowerShell 2.0 or higher must be installed.
    • For machines that will be used to collect Oracle schema information, please note: The 64 bit Oracle client must be installed on the MAP machine to collect the schema information. If the 64 bit client is not installed, MAP will only be able to collect instance information. MAP will not collect schema information if the 32 bit Oracle client is installed.

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Export results in Excel for Windows Server 2016 Assessment Example

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Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Sizing Example in Excel

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With MAP Toolkit Training available 😉

You can download MAP Toolkit 9.6 here

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