Category Archives: Cloud

Azure Cloud Shell, Python, and Container Instances

Despite being fairly new, the Azure Cloud Shell has quickly become my go-to place for scripting and programming with Azure. This article describes some of features that make cloud shell useful, and how to use the environment with Python. What’s … Continue reading

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Figuring out Azure VM scale set machine names

How do the individual VM host names in a scale set get their names? Can you choose the names, or the naming convention? How do you correlate a machine name with a VM instance ID? When you create a scale … Continue reading

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How to change the password on a VM scale set

Problem: You forgot the VM password on an Azure VM scale set, or you need to change it. How do you do it? At first glance this can be difficult because every new VM sets its password from the VMSS … Continue reading

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How to add autoscale to an Azure VM scale set

It is easy to create an Azure VM scale set in the Azure portal, and there is an option to create it with basic CPU based autoscale settings. But suppose you created a scale set without any autoscale settings and … Continue reading

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VIP Swap – blue-green deployment in Azure Resource Manager

How do you automate deployment of a multi-VM application from staging to production? Three high-level approaches might be: 1. Roll out deployment, update one or more VMs at a time. This can be a good approach to avoid downtime, as … Continue reading

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Deploying Minecraft Server on Azure

The Azure Marketplace now has a Minecraft Server offering which deploys a customizable Minecraft Server to an Azure virtual machine. This replaces an older Azure Gallery Minecraft item which was often out of date, sometimes broken, and eventually removed. The … Continue reading

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Autoscaling VM scale sets with Azure host metrics

It’s now easier to set up autoscaling with Azure VM scale sets than it used to be. Until recently the only way to set up autoscaling for scale sets was by installing the Azure diagnostics extension in every VM. The … Continue reading

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