Configuring Mandatory Artifacts for your Lab

As a lab owner, you can now set a list of mandatory artifacts that will be applied on every machine created within your lab. Imagine a scenario where you want each machine in your lab to be connected to your corporate network. In this case each lab user would have to add a domain join…

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Configuring Remote Desktop settings with Azure DevTest Labs

Azure DevTest Labs is often used in enterprise environments leveraging Express Route or Site to Site VPN with secure remote access enabled via a Remote Desktop Gateway.  To improve the experience in this environment, we have a new feature focused on smoothing out the ‘Connect’ experience to Virtual Machines in the lab.  Now the DevTest…

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Integrate Azure DevTest Labs Environments into your VSTS continuous integration and delivery pipeline

You can use the Azure DevTest Labs Tasks extension that is installed in Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to easily integrate your CI/CD build-and-release pipeline with Azure DevTest Labs.  These extensions make it easier to quickly deploy an “environment” for a specific test task and then delete it when the test is finished. This article…


Save time by leveraging auto-filled fields at virtual machine creation

As an effort to improve the lab user experience, we are introducing the following features that will the reduce the time required for you as a lab user to create a virtual machine. Here is a quick preview of what the virtual machine creation experience looks like! Auto filled VM name As a lab user…


Connecting Azure DevTest Lab environments to the Lab Virtual Network

Azure DevTest Labs makes creating VMs easier with the built-in networking for the lab, and has a great deal of flexibility with the ability to create multi-VM and/or PaaS environments.  We have added a new feature that will allow lab users to create environments that are connected to a lab subnet.  This is accomplished by…


Using Command Line Tools to Start and Stop Azure DevTest Lab Virtual Machines

This post explores how to extend the capabilities of Azure DevTest labs using PowerShell or the Azure CLI to start and stop lab VMs.  DevTest Labs (DTL) is a way to create fast, easy, and lean dev-test environments, with the abilities to manage cost, quickly provision VMs, and minimize waste.  Built into DTL is the…


Troubleshooting VM and Environment Creation Failures

DevTest Labs does its best to guide you to a path of success, including warning you if a machine name is invalid or if you are about to violate a lab policy.  But sometimes it happens—the red x next to your lab virtual machine or environment status that informs you that something went wrong.  What…


Importing virtual machines across labs

The Azure DevTest Lab service significantly improves management of virtual machines for development and testing activities.  However, team or infrastructure requirements change over time and we need to adapt our current activities to meet the new requirements – to enable this adaptation we’re introducing the ability to import Virtual Machines to another lab! Scenarios In…


How does Azure DevTest Labs handle user’s personal data?

This article provides steps for how to delete and export personal data from the DevTest Labs service and can be used to support your obligations under the GDPR. If you’re looking for general information about GDPR, see the GDPR section of the Service Trust portal. What personal data do we collect? DevTest Labs as a…


Feature update: Resize a lab virtual machine

One of the great benefits of Azure virtual machines is the ability to change the size of your virtual machine based on the needs for CPU, network or disk performance. Lab users can now leverage this feature inside DevTest Labs. This feature allows users to update the size of their virtual machines according to their needs without…