Crash Course on Automating Deployments in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. How and Which Tools?

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Windows Azure Virtual Machines have a very interesting interface in the new Windows Azure management portal and it's very usable when thinking about a small number of Virtual Machines, but when we start building large deployments like 10, 20, 100, 500 virtual machines with VNETs, failover, and so on things start to be different and less doable using the management portal. For this type of work we actually need some form of automation and this is actually what we'll be covering in this session. And so in this session we'll look at tools that can enable us to automate Windows Azure Virtual Machines deployments, like PowerShell, ScaleXtreme, RightScale, and other in order to take the automation issue out of the way and really take advantage of Windows Azure. NOTE: The level for this session is now level 300.

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