Virtual Machines

Official Documentation

Service Description

Virtual Machines introduce the IaaS element to Microsoft Azure. They allow the operation of virtual machines on Microsoft Azure that were created by the user or provided by Microsoft. These are charged by the minute. Provisioning a virtual machine requires only the specification of a VHD (standard VHDs are used here) for the booting process, the VM size, and a few configuration parameters (e.g., administrator account, DNS name) depending on the selected VHD.

Documentation for Virtual Machines is split into several sections:

Getting Started

  1. Pluralsight: Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started
    2/24/2017, Mva
  2. Pluralsight: Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting Started
    3/13/2017, Mva
  3. Create a Windows Server Virtual Machine
    9/22/2016, Video, 0:03:58
  4. Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Virtual Machines
    9/30/2016, Mva
  5. Use Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) as a starting point on your cloud journey
    9/28/2016, Video, 1:08:59
  6. Master VMs in Microsoft Azure Resource Manager
    10/2/2016, Video, 1:13:11



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Online Training Content

Date Title
5/24/2017 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
3/30/2017 Pluralsight: Microsoft Azure IaaS Monitoring and Management - Getting Started
3/13/2017 Pluralsight: Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines - Getting Started
2/24/2017 Pluralsight: Managing Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure - Getting Started
9/30/2016 Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Introduction to Microsoft Azure
9/30/2016 Microsoft Azure for IT Pros Content Series: Virtual Machines
6/23/2016 Introduction to Microservices
3/31/2016 Common Tasks for Linux on Azure
12/14/2015 Modernize Your Datacenter
12/10/2015 Deploy Virtual Machines in the Cloud: Part 2

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Tools

Tool Description
Easy Shutdown/Start for ARM and Classic VMs This script shutdowns/starts VMs (both ASM and ARM) just by given a Subscription name and a VM name.
Deploy a new Virtual Machine using PowerShell This scripts will help to create a new virtual machine using PowerShell.It will save time in creating multiple VM using PowerShell which time some more time usiign management portal.
Delete Azure RM Virtual Machine-NIC-Disks This script will delete an Azure Resource manager Virtual Machine.It will also delete the associated Network Interface Card (NIC).It will also remote both STANDARD and MANAGED Disks.Including both the OS Disk and the DATA Disks.
Install New Relic Infrastructure client DescriptionThis PowerShell automation runbook installs the New Relic Infrastructure client and enables it with a provided key.. The runbook can install the client on a single computer or multiple. All you need to do, is provide a list commaseperated liste with names of the comput
Automatic Packet Capture ACDC (Azure Connectivity Diagnostic Collector) script allows to automatically start packet capture traces (.cap) on Azure VMs and probing sources as soon as a connectivity failure is detected.
Resize AzureRm Virtual Machine There may be times when you have to scale your virtual machines up or down your Virtual Machines and changing the Virtual Machines size is straight forward, you can change the size of a Azure virtual machine by using either the Azure Management Portal or PowerShell commands. Ho
Automate Installation of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Virtual Machine Extensions Script to automate the installation of VM Extensions on Azure VMs. The "Extension Name" (Type) and "Publisher Name" are passed are parameters, along with optional "SettingString" JSON that can be used to configure Extension properties.
Azure Enterprise Lift and Shift Checklist This Excel file acts as a checklist to accompany the Azure Enterprise Lift and Shift Guidance.The link to the Guidance article is coming soon.The guidance discusses the process enterprise IT staff and decision makers can use to identify and plan the migration of applications and
Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machine Power Management azure-rm-vm-manager.ps1 This script azure-rm-vm-manager.ps1 provides the ability to simultaneously manage Azure Resource Manager IaaS virtual machines power states. Features: Lists all Azure RM IaaS virtual machines and their power states. Start, Stop, Restart all Azure RM IaaS virtual machines.
CloudMonix CloudMonix enhances Microsoft Azure by providing deep monitoring of most of Azure's infrastructure via live dashboards, ability to self-heal from many different production issues, on-demand historical performance and uptime reports, customizable alerts & notifications, sophisticated auto-scaling engine, integration to third party systems, and a lot more.
Virtual Machine Optimization Assessment Tool The free Virtual Machine Optimization Tool automatically inspects SQL Server, Active Directory, and SharePoint deployments and provides a detailed set of prioritized recommendations and step-by-step instructions for improvement. Aimed especially at IT pros, this tool is a companion to the Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool.
Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool The Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment Tool automatically inspects your on-premises environment, whether it is physical or virtualized, and provides you with a check list and detailed report on steps you need to take to move your environment to the cloud.

Videos

Date Title Length
10/10/2017 Azure Friday: Azure Instance Metadata Service 0:12:13
10/10/2017 Azure Instance Metadata Service 0:12:12
10/9/2017 Getting 99.999% availability for my IaaS Service: Running highly available Azure VMs | BRK2130 1:09:58
10/5/2017 Learn all about running multi-terabyte SAP HANA infrastructure on Microsoft Azure | BRK1032 1:09:59
10/5/2017 Master VMs in Microsoft Azure Resource Manager | BRK3271 0:49:35
10/4/2017 The new planned maintenance experience in Microsoft Azure | THR3043R 0:19:43
10/2/2017 Cloud Tech 10 - Ignite 2017 Edition - 2nd October 2017 0:06:16
9/30/2017 Getting 99.999% availability for my IaaS Service: Running highly available Azure VMs 1:11:59
9/30/2017 Azure IaaS design and performance considerations: Best practices and learnings from the field 0:55:46
9/29/2017 Running tier 1 workloads on SQL Server on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines 1:13:30

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