Using PowerShell to deploy DevTest Lab Artifacts

Azure DevTest Labs allow improved management of virtual machines, including being able to install and configure software on the machine using to use an automated method to add artifacts is essential when managing multiple virtual machines across multiple labs and subscriptions.  Especially in the situation where an administrator wants to push an update or new…

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Feature update: Enable custom images with Licensing terms

Recently we added a feature that allows the Lab user to create a VM from a licensed image, however, it was not possible to create a custom image from that VM. Custom images enable you to create VMs quickly without having to wait for all the required software to be installed on the target machine. As…

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Feature Update: Post customized announcements to your Lab

As a Lab admin, you can now post announcements to notify users about recent changes or additions to your Lab. For example, you can notify them of a new image, a new VM size being made available, or a specific Lab policy being updated. Note that this announcement feature was meant to be used for…

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Creating a Virtual Machine in Azure DevTest Labs as a Lab User via Automation

Acknowledgement: This post is contributed by Elizabeth Maher and Scot Moorhead. Overview In tightly controlled implementations of Azure DevTest Labs, such as if often the case with enterprise-level companies, there are scenarios where users with limited permissions (e.g. DevTest Lab users) need to create resources within a lab. In most cases, doing so from the UI…

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Automated deployment of environments in Azure DevTest Labs

Azure DevTest Labs provide the ability to use an Azure Resource Management Manager template to create a set of resources in the lab, aka an Environment. These environments can contain any Azure resources that can be created using the ARM templates1. DevTest Lab environments allow users to readily deploy more complex infrastructures in a consistent…


Image Factory – Part 2! Setup VSTS and Factory Lab to Create VMs

This is the 2nd post in a series focused on leveraging DevTest labs to automate the creation of Custom Images in Azure. Please refer to the 1st post for an overview of the solution, Introduction: Get VMs ready in minutes by setting up an image factory in Azure DevTest Labs. Today we will cover all…


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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