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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Set expiration date for VMs in Azure DevTest Labs

In scenarios such as training, demos and trials, you may want to create virtual machines and delete them automatically after a fixed duration so that you don’t incur unnecessary costs. We recently announced a feature which allows you to do just that – set an expiration date for a lab VM. This feature is currently only…

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Introduction: Get VMs ready in minutes by setting up an image factory in Azure DevTest Labs

Acknowledgement: This series of posts is contributed by Peter Hauge, Senior Software Engineer in Customer Success Team. He’s been driving a solution to help our customers to adopt Azure DevTest Labs. We were recently working with a large enterprise customer planning on using Azure to host their developer desktops. This customer had a challenging set of…

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Set up DevTest Labs to send auto-shutdown notification

One of popular features in Azure DevTest Labs is to automatically shut down all the lab VMs at a specified time every day. We’ve heard a lot of positive feedback from our customers how they like the simplicity to set up auto-shutdown for the VMs in their labs so that they can easily mitigate the cost waste…

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