Monthly archives: October, 2017

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. 🙂
 
 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