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A Great #Microservices E-book about Architecture for Containerized #dotnet Apps #Docker #Kubernetes #Containers

Enterprises are increasingly realizing cost savings, solving deployment problems, and improving DevOps and production operations by using containers. Microsoft has been releasing container innovations for Windows and Linux by creating products like Azure Container Service and Azure Service Fabric, and by partnering with industry leaders like Docker, Mesosphere, and Kubernetes. These products deliver container solutions that help companies build and deploy applications at cloud speed and scale, whatever their choice of platform or tools.
Docker is becoming the de facto standard in the container industry, supported by the most significant vendors in the Windows and Linux ecosystems. (Microsoft is one of the main cloud vendors supporting Docker.) In the future, Docker will probably be ubiquitous in any datacenter in the cloud or on-premises.
In addition, the microservices architecture is emerging as an important approach for distributed mission-critical applications. In a microservice-based architecture, the application is built on a collection of services that can be developed, tested, deployed, and versioned independent

You can download .NET Microservices Architecture for Containerized .NET Application E-book here

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#Microsoft Azure DevOps Projects and Infrastructure as Code #Azure #IaC #DevOps


Microsoft Azure DevOps Project for CI/CD

The Azure DevOps Project presents a simplified experience where you bring your existing code and Git repository, or choose from one of the sample applications to create a continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD) pipeline to Azure. The DevOps project automatically creates Azure resources such as a new Azure virtual machine, creates and configures a release pipeline in VSTS that includes a build definition for CI, sets up a release definition for CD, and then creates an Azure Application Insights resource for monitoring.

Infrastructure as Code (IaC) gives you benefits like :

  • Consistency in naming conventions of Azure components
  • Working together in the same way with your company policies
  • Reusability of Templates
  • Automatic documentation and CMDB of deployments in your repository
  • Rapid deployments
  • Flexibility and Scalability in code for Azure Deployments

As an Large Enterprise Company you don’t want to Click and Type in the Azure Portal with lot of employees to get the job done in a consistent way. The changes and deployments will be different in time because people can make mistakes. For Developers it’s important to make your building process before you publish your application, so why not for DevOps and ITpro to do the same thing for Infrastructure.

In the following step-by-step guide you will learn how to make a Microsoft Azure DevOps Project and make a CI/CD Pipeline deploying a virtual machine with your ASP.net Application.

Prerequisites :
An Azure subscription. You can get one free through Visual Studio Dev Essentials.
Access to a GitHub or external Git repository that contains .NET, Java, PHP, Node, Python, or static web code.

Here you find the GitHub for Developer Guide

When you have your prerequisites in place you can start with the following steps :

Search for DevOps at All Services in the Azure Portal

Select .NET and Click on Next

You can see where you are in the flow of creating your CI/CD Pipeline, when you need a Azure SQL Database for your ASP.net application you can select Add a Database (Option). This will provide you Azure SQL as a Service (PaaS).

Database-as-a-Service
(I didn’t Choose for SQL)


In this step select Virtual Machine and click Next

From here you can create a VSTS account or your Existing account of Visual Studio Team Services. After selecting VSTS you can manage your Azure settings and by clicking on Change you can select the Azure options.

 

Select the Virtual Machine you need for your Application.

Here you see the Deployment Running

Important for Infrastructure as Code (IaC), the Deployment template can be saved into the library and / or you can download it for reusability or make your own policies into the template.

When you save it into the Azure Library you get the release notes and who’s the publisher

In the Microsoft Azure DevOps Project main Dashboard you will see the status of your CI/CD Pipeline and that release is in progress or not. On the right-side of the Dashboard you see the Azure resources like the Application endpoint, the Virtual Machine and Application Insights for monitoring. When the CI/CD Pipeline deployment is succeeded you can browse to your ASP.net Application.

Your Application.

Your Virtual Machine Running and in the Monitoring.


The Microsoft Azure DevOps Project CI/CD Pipeline is Completed.

Application Insights is an extensible Application Performance Management (APM) service for web developers on multiple platforms. Use it to monitor your live web application. It will automatically detect performance anomalies. It includes powerful analytics tools to help you diagnose issues and to understand what users actually do with your app. It’s designed to help you continuously improve performance and usability. It works for apps on a wide variety of platforms including .NET, Node.js and J2EE, hosted on-premises or in the cloud. It integrates with your DevOps process, and has connection points to a variety of development tools. It can monitor and analyze telemetry from mobile apps by integrating with Visual Studio App Center and HockeyApp.

You can drill down into the error to see what is happening.

Azure Application Insights topology

Application Insights is aimed at the development team, to help you understand how your app is performing and how it’s being used. It monitors:
Request rates, response times, and failure rates – Find out which pages are most popular, at what times of day, and where your users are. See which pages perform best. If your response times and failure rates go high when there are more requests, then perhaps you have a resourcing problem.
Dependency rates, response times, and failure rates – Find out whether external services are slowing you down.
Exceptions – Analyse the aggregated statistics, or pick specific instances and drill into the stack trace and related requests. Both server and browser exceptions are reported.
Page views and load performance – reported by your users’ browsers.
AJAX calls from web pages – rates, response times, and failure rates.
User and session counts.
Performance counters from your Windows or Linux server machines, such as CPU, memory, and network usage.
Host diagnostics from Docker or Azure.
Diagnostic trace logs from your app – so that you can correlate trace events with requests.
Custom events and metrics that you write yourself in the client or server code, to track business events such as items sold or games won.

You can also drill down into Microsoft Azure Log Analytics and run your analytics queries to get the right information you want for troubleshooting. More information on Azure Log Analytics and queries is on MSFT docs.

From App Insight we see it was an Exception error

Because the Azure DevOps Project is connected with VSTS you can follow the Build and Release here to and you got your documentation of the CI/CD Pipeline.

From here you can work with your Developers and DevOps and manage the User and Groups security in de CI/CD Pipeline for the next Build. Working together to build innovative apps via VSTS from one Dashboard :

VSTS Dashboard

Next day you see it was one time error and the Pipeline is running Fine 😉

For more information about all the possibilities with Microsoft Azure DevOps Project go to MSFT Docs

DevOps and Microsoft :

DevOps is the union of people, process, and products to enable continuous delivery of value to our end users.

To Learn DevOps please visit this Microsoft DevOps Site

Conclusion : 

Invest in your CI/CD Pipeline and make your own environment is important before you deploy into Azure production for your business. Make your ARM Templates and Code in repositories like Git or VSTS. When you have this all in place your are more in control of your consistent Deployments and Changes in the Azure Cloud. I hope this blogpost is useful for you and your Company. Start today with Infrastructure as Code (IaC) and get the benefits 😉


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#Microsoft Build 2018 Sessions and Content Overview #Azure #AzureStack #MSBuild2018

Microsoft Build 2018 – Technology Keynote: Microsoft Azure

With Scott Guthrie @scottgu


Inside Azure Datacenter Architecture

with Mark Russinovich @markrussinovich


Architecting and Building Hybrid Cloud Apps for Azure and Azure Stack.
With Filippo Seracini @pipposera and Ricardo Mendes @rifmendes from the AzureStack Team

Container DevOps in Azure
With Jessica Deen @jldeen and Steven Murawski @stevenmurawski


Best Practices with Azure & Kubernetes

Follow @rimmanehme

Microsoft Azure CosmosDB @ Build 2018 The Catalyst for next Generation Apps


From Zero to Azure with Python & VSC


Secure the intelligent edge with Azure Sphere


Satya Nadella – Vision Keynote

Here you can find all the Microsoft Build 2018 Sessions and content.


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Deploy #Azure WebApp with Visual Studio Code and Play with #Kudu and App Service Editor and #VSC

When you have installed Microsoft Visual Studio Code which is Free and Open Source with Git integration, Debugging and lot of Extensions available,
You activate the Microsoft Azure App Service extension in VSC.

Azure App Service Extension

You can install really easy more Azure Extensions here.

On the Left you will see your Azure Subscription and by pushing the + you will create a new Azure WebApp.

Enter the name of the Resource Group

Select your OS Windows or Linux

Add the Name of the New App Service Plan

Choose a App Service plan See more information here

Select Azure Region

After this it will install your Microsoft Azure Web App in the Cloud in a couple of seconds 🙂

 

When you open the Azure Portal you will see your App Service plan running.

From here you can configure your Azure Web App for Continues Delivery, and use different tools like VSC, Kudu or Azure App Service Editor.

Azure Web Apps enables you to build and host web applications in the programming language of your choice without managing infrastructure. It offers auto-scaling and high availability, supports both Windows and Linux, and enables automated deployments from GitHub, Visual Studio Team Services, or any Git repo.

Learn how to use Azure Web Apps with Microsoft quickstarts, tutorials, and samples.

Configure Continues Deployment from the Azure Portal.

Or
Continuous Deployment to Azure App Service

Developer tools from the Azure Portal with App Service Editor.

 

Azure App Services Editor

From here you can open Kudu to manage your Azure Web App and Debug via Console :

Kudu Debug console in CMD

Or Kudu Debug Console in Powershell 😉

Kudu Process Explorer

Here you find more information about Kudu for your Azure Web App on GitHub

And to come back at Microsoft Visual Studio Code, you can manage and Build your Azure Web App from here too :

Azure Web App Services in VSC

Hope this first step by step Guide is useful for you to start with Microsoft Azure Web App and Visual Studio Code to make your Pipeline.
More Information at Visual Studio Code

Azure Web Apps Overview


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#GlobalAzure BootCamp Day for the Community – Microsoft #Azure Overview Info

I wish everyone around the world an Awesome Global Azure BootCamp !

Here are some Microsoft Azure links for Information :

Create your Azure Free Account Today here

Microsoft Azure Get started documentation

Microsoft Azure Technical Docs Online

Microsoft Azure SDK – Tools

Microsoft Azure Architecture Information

Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Azure Training

Microsoft Azure Self-Paced Courses on Edx

Microsoft Azure Blog site

Microsoft Azure Marketplace

Microsoft Azure on GitHub

Microsoft Azure Friday on Channel 9

Follow on Twitter :

@Azure

@AzureBackup

@AzureSupport

@AzureCosmosDB

@Scottgu

@Markrussinovich

@CoreySandersWA

#MVPBuzz

@JamesvandenBerg

 


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Microsoft #Azure DevTest LAB is Great for #Education and #DevOps

Azure DevTest Labs can be used to implement many key scenarios in addition to dev/test. One of those scenarios is to set up a lab for training. Azure DevTest Labs allows you to create a lab where you can provide custom templates that each trainee can use to create identical and isolated environments for training. You can apply policies to ensure that training environments are available to each trainee only when they need them and contain enough resources – such as virtual machines – required for the training. Finally, you can easily share the lab with trainees, which they can access in one click.

To Create your own DevTest Lab is easy in Microsoft Azure subscription :

Select Developer tools and then DevTest Labs

Give you DevTest Lab a Name and Resource

I already got it installed with some Virtual Machines.

When you go to Configuration and Policies you can configure your DevTest LAB for your Users.

From here you can manage and Configure your DevTest LAB.

Costs per Resource and who is the Owner

You can give your DevTest LAB Users full Control on Virtual Machine Sizes, but then you have to watch your Costs.
To keep you in Control you can decide which VM sizes can be selected by the DevTest LAB Users. From small standard A2 VM
or Powerful GS5 Virtual Machine.

Then you can select how much Virtual Machines can be selected by the DevTest LAB User or How Much Virtual Machines can be added to a Complete DevTest LAB :

Virtual Machines Per User

Virtual Machines per LAB

Here you can make a DevTest LAB Announcement for the Users.

To keep you Costs in a efficient way in Control, you can Auto Shutdown the Complete LAB and Start it with a Scheduler again.
Then you don’t pay for Compute when It’s not in use, this keeps your total costs low.

Auto Start

Auto Shutdown

Important for your Azure DevTest LAB are the Images form the Market Place but you can also upload your own custom images :

Azure Market Place

Of course you can add also Repositories to your Azure DevTest LAB :

When you installed this all, you can configure your Identity and Access Management for your Azure DevTest LAB Users.

I Gave Student01 the Role DevTest Lab User.

When you Login with the Azure DevTest LAB User you see your Resources and the LAB.

In the Activity Log you can see what is happening in your LAB.

For Teachers in Education is Microsoft Azure DevTest LAB a Great solution to work with IT Students and Develop or making there own Projects for School.

Here you see how easy you can role out a Kali-Linux Virtual Machine in your Azure DevTest LAB 

Select the Kali-Linux Image

Select your Virtual Machine Settings

Here you can select Artifacts for in your VM

You can download your JSON ARM Template here

Your Kali-Linux VM is Creating in your Azure DevTest LAB.

I like Microsoft Azure DevTest LAB a lot and I hope you too 🙂

More information about Microsoft Azure DevTest LAB is here on Docs


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UPDATE on Project Honolulu with Jeff Woolsey @WSV_GUY #Winserv #Hyperv #Azure

In this episode, Microsoft takes a look at updates to Project Honolulu and PowerShell Core to manage your server infrastructure. Jeff Woolsey explains the updates IT pros will want to know about and demonstrates what’s new in Project Honolulu – including Remote Desktop Protocol, Windows client management and PowerShell support. Speaking of PowerShell, Jeff also shows how everything has evolved to PowerShell Core, so you can manage your Windows and Linux workloads from one unified scripting place. You’ll even see how with a single cmdlet, you can talk to both Windows and Linux machines and get cross-platform joined outputs.

More information about Microsoft Project Honolulu

Project Honolulu is a flexible, lightweight browser-based locally-deployed platform and a solution for management scenarios. One of Microsoft goals with Project Honolulu is to make it simpler and easier to connect existing deployments of Windows Server to Azure services. With Windows Server 2019 and Project Honolulu, customers will be able to easily integrate Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, disaster recovery, and much more so they will be able to leverage these Azure services without disrupting their applications and infrastructure.

Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview

Evaluate Project Honolulu