I had the privilege to join the Miracle team at Visakhapatnam today for an Azure MVP bootcamp. I spoke about Microsoft Azure Cloud and DevOps. This event, I must say, it a very well organized and orchestrated. I have been to conferences and events in India and outside India and never seen this level of care of speakers and attendees anywhere. I started my day with a good morning walk along the beach and just loved it. I wish I get to do this often. Here is a picture with the highly energetic Miracle Software Systems team. (Left to right: Me, Kunal (Microsoft), Naveen (MSS), Ravi (MSS), and Kunal (MVP)) Finally, in my session, there were 100+ attendees and it was very interactive. Here are the slides from that session.
The mission of AP Cloud initiative is to create 100,000 digital transformation professionals in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Andhra Pradesh, the sunrise state is destined to become the world’s preferred destination for companies looking for digital transformation skills. As a part if this initiative, Miracle Software System, Inc. a global thought leader, a cloud systems integrator and a Visakhapatnam based company is now committed to ensuring that the required digital transformation skills are provided to all of the current and the future software professionals. Miracle Software Systems is conducting a series of workshops to work towards this goal and has invited a few Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) with knowledge in Microsoft Azure to conduct these workshops. I am one of them. This MVP bootcamp is happening on November 12th 2016 in the city of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh, India). Here is the agenda we have for that day. I will be doing the session on Azure Cloud and DevOps. If you are in and around Visakapatnam and interested in Microsoft Azure, be sure to enroll …
As a part of the PowerShell Bangalore and Bangalore IT Pro user group meetings and our continued tradition to do full day workshops, we are back with another cloud workshop this month. This time around, we will focus on Microsoft Operations Management Suite. We have a full-day workshop on MS OMS on 27th August 2016. Here is what we will cover. OMS Log Analytics [Ravikanth Chaganti, CDM & Azure MVP] OMS Backup & Recovery [Ravikanth Chaganti] OMS Automation [Deepak Dhami, CDM MVP] The venue for this event is tentatively Dell India R&D center, Bagmane Tech Park, CV Raman Nagar, Bangalore. These sessions will be demo oriented and we will make sure you that understand the real power of OMS and make use of it. We have limited seats opened at the moment and will hopefully add some more as we move towards the event date. You can register @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oms-workshop-i-tickets-26962121431
When testing ARM templates, I typically use the custom template deployment option in the Azure Portal. This UI option just got better! This deployment option now supports lists the parameters, variables, and resources used in template in a nice treeview navigation. To start a new deployment, you can click on New -> Template Deployment. This opens up the Custom Deployment blade. Click on Edit Template. In the Edit Template blade, copy/paste your template JSON in the editor. In a few seconds, you will see the treeview built for the template. You can expand each node to see the individual elements within each category. Selecting a specific element within a node navigates to the definition for that selection within the JSON template. You can click Save and then proceed to the deployment by completing the remaining steps in the custom deployment. The second enhancement is the option to pull a quick start template from the Github repository and deploy it! In the Load a quickstart template blade, you can select a template listed in the dropdown. …
This subject won’t really need a post of it’s own but I will do it anyway. In the previous part of this ARM series, I showed how we can use the domain join extension instead of DSC to join a VM to an existing AD domain. This resulted is huge savings in time taken to deploy the entire scenario. When I was talking to my good friend, fellow PowerShell MVP and all-things-Azure guru, Ben Gelens, he was quick to point that the delays when using DSC extension here could be due to the install of WMF 5.0. Indeed! When you use Azure DSC extension, it by default installs latest available version of WMF 5.0 (production preview at the time of this writing) which requires a reboot! Therefore, using DSC extension in ARM templates for down-level OS such as Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2, there will be delays. But, there is a workaround. We can force DSC extension to use WMF 4.0. Here is how we do that.
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The scenario that we used to understand and build ARM templates contained a domain controller VM along with one or more VMs that joined the domain service hosted by the DC VM. To make sure the VMs join the domain, we used PowerShell DSC configuration. One of the biggest quirks, at least what I faced, with DSC extension with ARM templates is that it takes little longer to complete. For example, the complete scenario deployment took almost 48 minutes to deploy. I am not making up that number. Here is the proof. Now, 48 minutes may not sound that worse but imagine deploying tens of VMs that need to join the domain using the DSC configuration as we saw in the earlier example in this series. This is where the new JsonADDomainExtension helps! Instead of using DSC configuration to add VMs to a AD domain, we will now use this VM extension. Within the earlier template that deployed this scenario, we will remove the domainJoin resource definition and replace that with JsonADDomainExtension. Here is how that new …
I am sure you must have seen the news already. It has been all over Twitter that Microsoft Azure Stack Technical Preview 1 (TP1) was released on Friday. MAS is undoubtedly the best thing that is happening to Microsoft Private / Hybrid Cloud stack essentially because it brings in the “real” cloud-consistency. MAS release takes Microsoft to a different playing field leaving the competition far behind in the Hybrid cloud story. While TP1 is just proof-of-concept (POC) release, it is good enough to deploy and play with different aspects of MAS architecture, and of course understand how organizations can benefit from this. This post is just an introductory and the first one in a series of many articles I intend to write as I start playing with the POC deployment. I will list out mostly what is already known to everyone out there but I will keep updating as we progress towards the general availability of MAS. I will also post some useful links in this post that you can use to get started with MAS or …
In this series so far, we looked at building ARM templates by example. The focus was not really on the resource types or how to use resource definitions. Instead, our focus was on learning the basics of template language. To that extent, we have a scenario that we want to deploy and we are incrementally building the template for it. While building an ARM template for this, we looked at how to use parameters and variables. We looked at using copy object to create multiple instances of a resource type without really writing the resource definition multiple times. We went on to find out how we can define dependencies between different resource types so they are orchestrated in the right order. We looked at how we can decompose the template into purpose-specific external templates and how to link them together. While learning these concepts, we created a template that almost built the scenario we started with. We will now add the remaining VMs based on the environmentType selected by the user. So, based on the VM instance count we need, we …