Azure VM auto-shutdown scheduler

As of now you can automatically shutdown your VMs without having to use Azure Automation. Check it out!

Automatically shutdown VMs in Azure is a mandatory task to save time and money, for example in testing environments. Until now, you had to use Azure Automation to have your testing environment shutdown and deallocate. As of now there is a new feature called auto-shutdown scheduler that makes your lives way easier. Continue reading “Azure VM auto-shutdown scheduler”

PowerShell, Azure and macOS? Absolutely!

Azure CLI on macOS is good for some Azure scripting but it lacks many features PowerShell can offer. Learn how to teach your Mac to talk PowerShell to your Azure environment.

Hi folks,

as you might know – I’m a PowerShell enthusiast. And I’m an Azure enthusiast. That’s why I normally use PowerShell for automating tasks around my cloud environment. Well, and I love my Macbook. With Azure CLI on macOS you can do interesting things like provisioning new VMs or get a status overview on them. But Azure CLI is not PowerShell and so it lacks some features I really appreciate.

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Azure CLI after executing the azure vm list command

Today I’m gonna show you the best of two worlds – how to manage your Azure environments using a Mac with Azure PowerShell cmdlets on macOS. How it works? Learn it here!

Continue reading “PowerShell, Azure and macOS? Absolutely!”

How to use stored secrets from Azure Key Vault while deploying ARM VMs

Server deployments can be very challenging when it comes to delegating deployments to admins that must not know local admin credentials. Learn how to automate deployments without giving your passwords away using Azure Key Vault.

Who does not know this scenario? You want a trainee to deploy a Windows Server but you do not want to give him or her access to your secret administrator passwords at all. Or you want to delegate deployments to a service provider but you need your passwords to stay save? Azure Key Vault could be what makes your life way easier.

Continue reading “How to use stored secrets from Azure Key Vault while deploying ARM VMs”

Microsoft TechConnect membership awarded

Today I was awarded with a Microsoft TechConnect membership. What that means for me and the community besides even more work? Read it here!

Ouuuhhh yeah: today, I was confirmed to be a member of Microsoft TechConnect! TechConnect is Microsoft’s inner circle for community communications in Germany, Austria and Switzerland and membership is awarded for one year. Continue reading “Microsoft TechConnect membership awarded”

Let’s talk Azure on Meetup.com

With more than 300 members it was time to extend the Azure community user group to meetup.com. Join us now!

Hey all,

I’m excited to announce that our Azure community Let’s talk Azure now is on Meetup.com. With more than 300 members in our Xing.com user group it was time to have a unified platform to plan and schedule events, workshops and meetings. Continue reading “Let’s talk Azure on Meetup.com”