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