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The basics of how to get into and around the Azure cloud


Overview

This is a step-by-step hands-on approach to getting you up and running on Azure cloud.

Get an account - ASM Sign-up

The older steps to “Create an API gateway and Developer Portal in minutes”.

  1. https://account.windowsazure.com/signup

  2. https://myprodscussu1.app.vssubscriptions.visualstudio.com/Dashboard to activate my BizSpark account $25/month Azure credit.

  3. Verfication by text message or call does not use land-line VOIP phone numbers, only cellular numbers.

  4. Input credit card (even though it’s free).

  5. Click “Start Managing my service” for https://portal.azure.com/

Azure.com

  1. If you are not logged in, type azure.com in your browser.

    You get sent to a marketing page such as:

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/?v=17.14

  2. Click the portal link at the upper right corner.

    This redirects you a list of Microsoft accounts that have been used on your computer.

  3. Click the account name (email) you use for Azure.

  4. Enter the password.

    You redirected to various URLs until you land on a URL such as:

    https://portal.azure.com/#dashboard/private/d32eb2fe-9636-4908-8854-89bc13154021

    This is the Dashboard.

Two Azure portals

Right off the bat, know that Microsoft is transitioning from the “classic” (older) Azure Service Management (ASM) website of “Cloud Services” and “Affinity Groups” at

to the Azure Resource Manager (ARM) portal which is structured with Resource Groups (logical containers) providing a single-resource point-of-view [i.e. manage a single resource at a time] at

What’s the difference?

NOTE: Instead of 2 racks, ARM resources can span 3 racks.

Which portal supports each Azure service, listed alphabetically

Services NOT available in the newer portal:

ASM Sign-up

The older steps to “Create an API gateway and Developer Portal in minutes”.

  1. https://account.windowsazure.com/signup

  2. https://myprodscussu1.app.vssubscriptions.visualstudio.com/Dashboard to activate my BizSpark account $25/month Azure credit.

  3. Verfication by text message or call does not use land-line VOIP phone numbers, only cellular numbers.

  4. Input credit card (even though it’s free).

  5. Click “Start Managing my service” for https://portal.azure.com/

ARM Dashboard Tour

At https://portal.azure.com

  1. Click the “hamburger” icon at the upper-left corner for English descriptions of each icon on the left edge.

  2. Click it again. It’s a toggle.

  3. Click the “>” at the lower-left corner to manage which icons appear on the left edge.

  4. Scroll down the long list to get a sense of the categories:

    • GENERAL
    • COMPUTE
    • NETWORKING
    • STORAGE
    • DATABASES
    • INTELLIGENCE + ANALYTICS
    • INTERNET OF THINGS
    • ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION
    • SECURITY + IDENTITY
    • DEVELOPER TOOLS
    • MONITORING + MANAGEMENT
    • ADD-ONS
    • OTHER

  5. Click the star to control items that appear as icons on the left of the page.

  6. Drag an icon and drop it to reorder the icons.

    PROTIP: I drag the “Billing” icon to the top so I manage the money involved.

    BTW, billing is associated with Management Subscriptions with names such as “Pay-as-you-go…”

    Help + Support

  7. Scroll down to click Help + Support (the person icon in blue). Notice the URL change:

    https://portal.azure.com/#blade/Microsoft_Azure_Support/HelpAndSupportBlade/overview

    Panes that appear on the right are called “blades”.

    Support requests can ALSO be reached another way.

  8. Click the question mark icon at the upper-right corner.

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    Keyboard Shortcuts

  9. Click Keyboard shortcuts in the menu.

    BLAH: I have no idea what G means. See:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-portal/azure-portal-keyboard-shortcuts

    Help + Support

    Notice Support options are also listed behind the smily face icon.

    Moreover, there is also a “Help + Support” box on the Dashboard.

    That’s now 3 places you can find it.

  10. Right-click on the “Help + Support” box on the Dashboard and select “unpin” becuase you now know you can reach it (in two places).

    Marketplace

  11. Right-click on the “Marketplace” box on the Dashboard and select “unpin” becuase you can reach it this way:

  12. Click on the green + icon for a list in the Marketplace. Additional categories are:

    • Web + Mobile
    • Containers
    • Blockchain

    Click “Web + Mobile” to create a Web App on Azure is a common use case.

  13. Click the X to close a blade.

Videos

Microsoft Azure: The Big Picture 1h 50m Mar 10, 2016 by Matt Milner makes use of VS 2010, which is rather obsolete now.

More on DevOps

This is one of a series on DevOps:

  1. DevOps_2.0
  2. ci-cd (Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery)
  3. User Stories for DevOps

  4. Git and GitHub vs File Archival
  5. Git Commands and Statuses
  6. Git Commit, Tag, Push
  7. Git Utilities
  8. Data Security GitHub
  9. GitHub API
  10. TFS vs. GitHub

  11. Choices for DevOps Technologies
  12. Java DevOps Workflow
  13. AWS DevOps (CodeCommit, CodePipeline, CodeDeploy)
  14. AWS server deployment options

  15. Digital Ocean
  16. Cloud regions
  17. AWS Virtual Private Cloud
  18. Azure Cloud Onramp
  19. Azure Cloud
  20. Azure Cloud Powershell

  21. Packer automation to build Vagrant images
  22. Terraform multi-cloud provisioning automation

  23. Powershell Ecosystem
  24. Powershell on MacOS
  25. Powershell Desired System Configuration

  26. Jenkins Server Setup
  27. Jenkins Plug-ins
  28. Jenkins Freestyle jobs
  29. Jenkins2 Pipeline jobs using Groovy code in Jenkinsfile

  30. Dockerize apps
  31. Docker Setup
  32. Docker Build

  33. Maven on MacOSX

  34. Ansible

  35. MySQL Setup

  36. SonarQube static code scan

  37. API Management Microsoft
  38. API Management Amazon

  39. Scenarios for load