If you've ever had to set up a test or production environment for something like SharePoint, you know there are several pieces to set up - like Active Directory, SQL for your backend data, and then your SharePoint servers. While it's possible to automate this with advanced scripting or level 400 task sequencer skills, imagine just choosing a template or manifest file and clicking go to spin up a dozen or so VMs all wired together and talking to each other. That is effectively what Azure Resource Manager templates do and what Corey Sanders lead engineer for Azure compute, demonstrates on the show. He also steps back to illustrate how they work as a unified resource automation model for both Microsoft Azure Cloud resources and on premises with the upcoming Azure Stack.
For more information and next steps, check out:
- Read: Using Azure PowerShell with Azure Resource Manager
- Learn: Advanced PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) and Custom Resources or review the fundamentals here: Getting Started with PowerShell 3.0
- Try: Azure Resource Manager on Microsoft Azure