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 when you create a virtual machine, the name of the machine will be pre-filled for you with an unique auto generated name. The name will correspond to the username within your email address followed by a unique 3 digit number. This will save you the time to think of a machine name and type it every time you create a new machine. You can always override this auto filled field with a name of your choice if you wish to.

Auto filled VM user name

As a lab user when you create a virtual machine, the username for the machine will be pre-filled with an unique auto-generated name. The name will correspond to the username within your email address. This will save you the time to decide on a username every time you create a new machine. Again, you can always override this auto filled field with a username of your choice if you wish to.

Auto filled VM password

As a lab user, when you create a virtual machine, the password of your machine will be pre-filled for you. This way you don't have to think of a password for your machine every time you create one.

There prerequisite that requires you to create a default password for creating new machines. As a one time step, you need to create a default password when you create a machine.

After creating the machine, the default password gets created in your lab secrets store under the name 'VMPassword'.

Any subsequent virtual machine creations will fill in 'VMPassword' as the default password for your machines.

If you would like to override the value for default password, you can do so by un-checking the 'Use a saved secret' checkbox during VM creation and entering a new password. The new password will then be updated as your default password.

We hope you find this new feature useful!

Got an idea to make it work better for you? Submit your feedback/ideas or vote for others at Azure DevTest Labs UserVoice forum.

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