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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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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Why Cost Thresholds?

We just released our first cost tracking diagram available on Labs and I wanted to talk about it. As an agile team, we prefer to deliver features as we go, so we are not done with the cost management features, we are actually just getting started. The value we felt we delivered with this cost…


General availability of Azure DevTest Labs – VSTS extension

A couple of weeks ago, we announced the general availability of Azure DevTest Labs: your self-service sandbox environment in Azure to quickly create Dev/Test environments while minimizing waste and controlling costs. As part of the announcement we introduced the preview of Azure DevTest Labs – VSTS extension. Today, we are delighted to announce the general…


Announcing General Availability of Azure DevTest Labs

Today, we are very excited to announce the general availability of Azure DevTest Labs: your self-service sandbox environment in Azure to quickly create Dev/Test environments while minimizing waste and controlling costs. We’ve been hearing from a lot of customers about all kinds of challenges they’ve been facing in their Dev/Test environments. With the power of…

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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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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 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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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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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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