Deploying Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines with Visual Studio for IT Pros

While PowerShell alone is great for deploying Azure Virtual Machines, the newest innovations in Visual Studio make PowerShell plus Azure even easier! Join Tommy Patterson and I as we walk through the process of setting up Visual Studio with an Azure subscription, editing the scripts in the traditional PowerShell ISE then moving over to showing how this…


New Ch9 Video: Installing Jenkins in Two Minutes…

I’m working through a complete setup of a DevOps tool chain and figured I’d make some short videos for Ch9… Here is the first. Installing Jenkins in Two Minutes…


Authenticate to the Azure Service Management API

So, back in the day we used x509 Certificates to authenticate to Azure’s API. A year or so ago, Azure Active Directory became the defacto method of authentication. MSDN talks about it in the article: Authenticating Azure Resource Manager requests. From the article: “All of the tasks that you do on resources using the Azure…


Post to Slack from PowerShell

I was working on some reporting/alerting from my deployment and monitoring systems. I want them to talk to me on slack. A lot of the work is done in PowerShell so natrually this is some PoSh code I need… Anyhow I wanted to share… First you will need to enable Slackbot remote communications. I just…


Cloud, Azure, DevOps, Love and Hate

Early in 2007 or 2008, the one and only, DigUnix got back from an overnight hack-a-thon. During this thon he was introduced to running Linux boxes in Amazon’s datacenters. Till then, he and I used to just remotely build Gentoo boxes from across the hall and get in trouble for scream profanity in the office….


Changes to Windows 10 Preview – Insider Hub

I use this tool to say up-to-date with what’s going on in Windows 10. The most recent announcement stated that this is not going to be installed going forward. It also lists how to get it back, so for posterity sake I’d like to post it here to remember. From the announcement… Insider Hub &…


I Have a New Role at Microsoft

So, I was a Primer Field Engineer, but now I’m a Technology Evangelist. What’s up with this move? Yes I have a very technical skillset in development and cloud technologies. I’ve worked on some of the largest projects and with some of the toughest customers. I’ve been very fortunate to get to do awesome work…


Troubleshooting Azure Resource Manager Failed Messages

So you’re in the new portal and trying to deploy something? It runs for a while and then fails! The message returned isn’t great and looks something like: The operation name is: Microsoft.ClassicCompute/virtualMachines/extensions/write The status is: Failed Well, it happens… A good way to start to troubleshoot that is using PowerShell. Go setup PowerShell if you…


The Case of Azure Websites and Continuous Deployment

So this post has a misleading title… Because I’m not going to explain how this works, Azure Websites continuous deployment is not anything really new, and also It’s well documented here and here. Read more >>