Category: Azure

Update management, inventory, and change tracking in Azure Automation

¬†It is now possible in Azure Automation to use update management, inventory, and change tracking directly from the Azure VM. One of the cool things I found was the ability to create scheduled deployment of windows updates within a defined maintenance windows. You can see the status of update deployment directly on the VM, just like you can in OMS. Nice work Azure Team. All this is still in Preview, but I suspect it will go GA soon. ūüôā
 
 For more about the new Update management, inventory, and change tracking in Azure Automation see this blog post from the Azure team, and the Microsoft doc on how to set this up.
     

Public preview: PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell

PowerShell in Azure Cloud Shell is now available in public preview. Azure Cloud Shell is a Microsoft-managed admin machine running on Azure, for Azure. It enables you to:
  • Choose to use a PowerShell experience in Cloud Shell as an alternative to the existing Bash experience (also in public preview) while retaining the benefits of Cloud Shell, including:
    • Authenticated access to Azure from virtually anywhere.
    • A¬†shell maintained and updated by Microsoft that comes equipped with commonly used CLI tools.
    • Language support for several popular programming languages.
    • The ability to persist data across sessions in attached Azure File storage.
  • Browse and discover all your Azure resources by using a familiar file-system-like navigation with Azure drive (Azure:).
  • Edit PowerShell scripts in VIM with built-in syntax highlighting and IntelliSense for PowerShell files.
  • Add new commands from PowerShell Gallery that will persist across your Cloud Shell sessions.
Learn more about Cloud Shell by visiting the Cloud Shell documentation, and try it from the Azure portal. Azure Shell Powershell

Azure Active Directory Application Proxy Connector Ports Test Tool

Here is a cool tool for trubleshooting connection to Azure AD. https://aadap-portcheck.connectorporttest.msappproxy.net/      

How to get one year Azure credits for free

 
Update: You can also get this benefit with Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials Here is a quick tip if you want to setup a test lab or some test development i Azure for free. Normally you can get a 30 day Free Azure trial subscription¬†but what if you want to test for more then one month? Azure is a big topic and will take most more then one¬†month to test out. Good new! Microsoft have a 1 year free Azure subscription as well. There are some limitations but all in all I think that it perfect for testing in my lab.What you need to get the free subscription is:  
  • An Azure Account (If this you first time testing/trying Azure, I will recommend signing up for the free 30 day trial first and then add this one year free subscription when the trial runs out.)
  • Sign up for a free “Visual Studio Dev Essentials” account. BTW: You also get free 3 months¬†pluralsight access here as well.
  Go the the “Visual Studio Dev Essentials” site and sign up with you’r Microsoft account (This is the same account you use for Azure) Then you can claim the $25 azure credit per month for one year. Now you can use the free credits to test all the great things in Azure :-). One limitation I have see is that not all locations are supported eg. I live in North Europe and wanted to use the datacenter here, but was limited to the West Europe datacenter, not a show stopper but a thing to note. ūüôā   I hope you can use this post for some free testing in Azure. Leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
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