Who This Book Is For
This book is for the IT professional or developer who has been tasked with deploying workloads in Azure. At some point in your project(s), either you will be required to use PowerShell or the temptation to finally dive into automation will pull you in this direction. This book does assume that the reader has some experience with PowerShell or scripting in general and has previous experience with Microsoft Azure. Of course, there are plenty of resources on the Internet and other books from this publisher that can help guide you on the way if you lack experience in either topic.
What This Book Is About
This book is about automating and configuring Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Networks by using the Azure PowerShell cmdlets.
Overview of Chapters
- Chapter 1, Introduction, provides some background on where the Azure cmdlets came from and some insight into why automation in the cloud is critical.
- Chapter 2, Getting Started with Azure PowerShell, is about getting up and running with the Azure cmdlets, from installation to the configuration of your Azure subscription.
- Chapter 3, Virtual Machines, jumps right into creating and updating virtual machines in PowerShell.
- Chapter 4, Virtual Machine Networking, includes topic such as reserved IPs, ACLs, external load balancing, and network endpoints.
- Chapter 5, Virtual Machine Storage, is focused on storage as it relates to virtual machines. Topics such as images and disks, and uploading and copying virtual hard disks (VHDs) are covered in depth.
- Chapter 6, Virtual Networks, takes the reader through automating virtual networks and discusses other related topics such as static IPs and the internal load-balancer.
- Chapter 7, Advanced Virtual Machines, discusses more-advanced topics such as the provisioning engine, using virtual machine extensions, and the import and export cmdlets in conjunction with the async blob copy API.
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