Showing all posts tagged: 'Automation'

A 9-post collection

The new Azure Management Fluent API has landed

Hello friends. Did you hear the news? Did you read the announcement? There's a new [awesome] Azure Management Fluent API for C#. The announcement went out today and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to give it a try! But first, let's see what the team had to say about the release: One C# statement to authenticate. One statement to create a virtual machine. One statement to modify an existing virtual network, etc. No more guessing about what is required vs. optional vs. non-modifiable. And it's all true. Every single statement in that paragraph. The new …[read more]

Run SSH with PowerShell

I'm currently working on a somewhat restricted environment where we have to run SSH commands on a Windows Server. The commands are needed to configure certain settings on a Linux machine running Puppet (the orchestration tool). This is the first time I had to use this setup so, as with everything else, I had to work out how to do it - and then blog about it! For the purpose of this post, I provisioned a small Ubuntu VM on Azure in order to be able to SSH into it and prove that it's doable through PowerShell. Consider it my …[read more]

Automate login for Azure Powershell scripts

Automation is great. It's the bedrock of any successful IT department and the default solution for any task that has to be repeated more than once. I'm a big proponent of automation and, since I spend most of my time in Azure, I try to automate as many tasks as I can. Today, I'll explain how to automate your Azure login in order to allow your scripts to run without any supervision. Disclaimer: many of these tasks should be running using the Azure Automation service because of better integration and smoother on boarding. There's a ton of ready-made RunBooks in …[read more]

Options for Migrating Azure VMs from ASM (v1) to ARM (v2)

Today, the Azure portal allows you to create 2 types of VMs. These types refer mainly to the platform atop which your VMs run. Before I continue with this post, it may be handy establishing what the terminology means: Classic/ASM Classic or v1 VMs run on top of the older Azure Service Management (ASM) technology. ASM infrastructures can be managed through both the old and the new portals and Azure PowerShell/CLI. However, some of the v1 features are not yet, and may never be, available on the new Azure Portal. New/ARM Resource Manager or v2 VMs run …[read more]

Copying blob data between storage accounts on Azure. Did you say scale? (part 1)

A couple of weeks ago I published a post for copying data between storage accounts using Azure Functions. The code for the function is quite basic and responds only to upload events. Every time someone uploads blobs to a container monitored by the Function, the blob gets automatically copied across to the destination storage account. That’s great for small workloads. But, what about copying 100k blobs from one storage account to another? And how about making that task super scalable? Challenge accepted! In this post I will explain how to solve this problem using the .NET Azure SDK and …[read more]

Configure a RunOnce task on Windows

Today was one of these days. Faced with a new problem I've never come across before. I was trying to configure a task to run once and only once on the server was provisioned for the first time. Something like a bootstrap script. In my quest to solve that problem, I came across a thing called Run and RunOnce registry keys! What are Run(Once) registry keys? Who knew that these things even existed, but here we are. So what do these keys really do? Let's grab the definition from the official documentation on MSDN Run and RunOnce registry keys …[read more]