Customize your Azure VMs with Custom Script Extensions

Custom Script Extensions are a possibility to customize ARM VMs without using ARM templates. All you need is PowerShell. Sounds great? Then give it a try!

Howdy folks and a happy new year to all of you,

today I’m gonna show you a way to automatically deploy and customize virtual machines in Azure Resource Manager without using ARM templates. Custom Script Extensions can help you to achieve your goal by only leveraging PowerShell.

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Azure Resource Manager Storage Accounts: How to plan your storage architecture V2

Planning Azure storage architecture means knowing about the infrastructure behind. Learn how to automatically deploy ARM Storage Accounts in this blog post.

Hey folks,

in spring 2016 I’ve published a blog post on how to automatically create ASM storage accounts and what to consider in order to speed up blob transfers. Today I invite you to learn how to automatically create ARM Storage Accounts and what’s the difference.

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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!

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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.

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How to protect Azure resources from accidental deletion

Accidental deletion of Azure RM resources might be one of the biggest issues you might face in your career as Azure administrator. With that blog post I want to explain how to avoid losing your Azure resources after running a “Whipe All” PowerShell script against your productive cloud environment. Continue reading “How to protect Azure resources from accidental deletion”