Windows Azure, PowerShell: How to start virtual machines in parallel

In Windows Azure, I sometimes have several virtual machines that are part of the same vNet but are spread across different cloud services. Several VMs in the same cloud service are not started in parallel,. However, I have several cloud services so I may want to deploy in parallel my VMs from one script. In…


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Sample automation script | exemple de script d’automatisation

27-MAY-2013 Update: A much more complete set of scripts has just been released last Friday. Please refer to Mise à jour du 27 MAI 2013: Un ensemble de scripts beaucoup plus complets est sorti vendredi dernier. Voir This sample script shows how to create virtual machines in Windows Azure to prepare an installation…


Do I have VM Roles that I should migrate?

You may have received this kind of e-mail and wonder if you have already VM Roles deployed. There are good chances the answer is no, but let’s check.   Dear Customer, The Windows Azure VM Role preview is being retired on May 15. Please transition to Windows Azure Virtual Machines, and delete your VM Role…


How to install Hadoop on Windows Azure Linux virtual machines

Windows Azure HDInsight is the simplest option to get a Hadoop cluster up and running very quickly in a Windows Azure environment. Among other numerous advantages, this service allows to use Windows Azure blob storage (ASV or Azure Storage Vault for short) exactly as HDFS (Hadoop distributed file system). In its public beta version, Windows…


How to use Windows Azure with a Windows Azure Active Directory account

There has been some news about Windows Azure Active Directory recently. Yesterday an announce has been made about a deeper integration between Windows Azure portal and Windows Azure Active Directory (   I had created a Windows Azure Active Directory standalone tenant a few weeks ago. You can do this yourself; it is available at…