AzureRm is dead, long live Az!

December 2018 saw the first stable release from Microsoft of the “Az” module. The Az module replaces AzureRm which has now receive bug fixes only, any new features and/or development will take place for Az. To check the latest version of Az, take a look at this page in the Powershell Gallery. The new Az module allows for the cross-platform […]

The Azure Resource Explorer

This article talks about the Azure Resource Explorer tool from Microsoft, briefly touching on Resources and Resource Groups, and finally an example of how I have used it. Let’s start by taking a quick look at what Resources and Resource Groups are… Resources and Resource Groups Resources are Azure components that provide functionality, either individually or when combined. If you […]

Connect, configure and test a web server

This article will show you how to connect to the VM built previously in the “Create a Linux VM in Azure” article, how to install and configure the server with the necessary software to serve a website and finally how to test it works. Connecting to a Linux VM Log in to Azure Portal and select Virtual machines from the […]

Create a Linux VM in Azure

This article will walk through how you can create a Linux VM in Microsoft Azure. Log in to the Azure Portal using your account, create one for free if you do not currently have one – see this short article on how to do that. Click Create a resource in the top-left. Select Ubuntu Server 18.04 LTS (most current at […]

Create an SSH key pair in Azure

Creating a SSH key pair is straight forward and should only take a moment by following these simple steps. To get started, log in to Azure Portal and click the Cloud Shell button on the top bar. If this is the first time that you’ve used the Cloud Shell then you’ll be asked whether you want to use Bash or […]

My DevOps Journey, The Start

I plan to document steps in my new role as a DevOps Engineer from the principles, practises and techniques, through to researching and learning new tools and how we implement all this in the company I work for. My career in IT started as an Analyst Programmer working in VB6, several further development positions followed creating applications in VB.Net and […]

Git repo and Visual Studio 2017

When using Git as the source control system within Visual Studio, if you use a different location to create your local repos than the default it can be a pain to amend it each time. This post will show how the default repo location can be updated… The default location for Git repos in Visual Studio is:C:\users\<user name>\Source\Repos If you […]

Ansible – Part 1

Ansible is one of several tools that can be used for configuration management, this post provides some notes on the various roles that Ansible can perform as well as how it works. For an introduction to Puppet, take a look at my post – “Puppet – Introduction“. So, what is Ansible – what does it do? It can take care […]