How Azure DevTest Labs makes nested ARM template deployments easier for testing environments

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Roger Best, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. He’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. The DevTest Labs team has recently added new functionality to handle nested ARM template (aka. Linked ARM templates) deployment in the test environments scenario.  I wanted…

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Azure DevTest Labs Updates at Build 2017: Managed Disks support, claimable VMs with batch creation and auto-deletion, shared public IP address and more

It’s been almost a year since DevTest Labs general availability announced at //Build last year! As a very self-motivated and agile team, we always keep exploring more opportunities to build solutions that solve our customers’ real problems in Dev/Test workloads management through a cost-controlled self-service sandbox. As Microsoft Build 2017 happening now in Seattle, I would like…

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Video: Custom Image Factory with Azure DevTest Labs

Several months ago, Peter Hauge posted his first blog post of the series introducing how to use DevTest Labs to set up a fully automated image factory. In this video, he gives a thorough instruction explaining how to set up such an image factory with the sample scripts available at DevTest Labs GitHub repository. Click the…

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How to export your Azure DevTest Labs usage data

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Roger Best, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. He’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. DevTest Labs recently released a feature that allows lab administrators to programmatically pull usage data from the lab(s) into a secondary Azure Storage account. Then those…

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Best Practices for setting up Azure DevTest Labs artifact / template development environment

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Roger Best, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. He’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. One of the features of DevTest Labs is the ability to easily apply custom tools and machine configurations.  Artifacts within DevTest Labs are used to deploy…

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Thank you for a wonderful year! – Blog posts and artifacts (PowerShell on Linux, WebDeploy, etc.) with all the love from community

This has been a BIG year for Azure DevTest Labs! We announced the general availability this May, and have been continuously releasing more and more capabilities in the service to help our customers further control the cost and mitigate the waste with an optimized experience. It includes ,  just name a few (see our  …

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How to Automate Adding a Lab User to DevTest Labs

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Elizabeth Maher, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. She’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. Azure DevTest Labs is a good way to quickly create self-service dev-test environments.  If you are company with several teams and several DevTest Lab instances, automating…

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Connect(); 2016 News for Azure DevTest Labs: Azure Resource Manager template-based environments, VM auto-shutdown and more

Update: Both of the features are now available in all the regions where DevTest Labs is available! Below is the original post: Today, at Connect(); 2016, we are very excited to announce that two more new features are available in Azure DevTest Labs: the capability to create your environments using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates,…

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Automate Adding an Artifact Repository in Azure DevTest Labs

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Elizabeth Maher, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. She’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. DevTest Labs allow users to add a tool to a newly created or previously created VM in lab via artifacts. Artifacts are defined in a JSON…

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Tips and tricks on Azure DevTest Labs artifacts development and debugging

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Roger Best, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. He’s been working on a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. I’m recently working with some customers getting their DevTest labs up and running. During that, I spent some time developing and debugging artifacts, and figured out…

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