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ARM Templates for creating custom image VMs in Azure

If you worked with Azure for a long time, you know that when you wanted to upload your own custom VM image to Azure, it was an easy thing. You prepared the VM, you sent it to Azure using PowerShell and after that you tagged it as an OS disk and that was it. Well that was the old way using the Azure Service Manager which I must say it was quite an easy procedure. With Azure Resource Manager, things changed quite a bit. You still have the possibility of uploading the VHDs to Azure but the deployment requires a little more work. You have to write code for that deployment to happen, be it in PowerShell or JSON. In this blog post I’m going to give you two ARM templates which you can use to deploy your freshly uploaded VHDs.

PowerShell DSC – Writing Configurations

In my previous articles (DSC on Linux & Building a DSC Pull Server), I discussed about installing and configuring DSC on Linux machines, and after that I talked about creating your very first DSC Pull Server, which grants you the capability of serving configuration documents and resources to both Windows and Linux machines. In this blog post I will be talking about writing configuration files and about the methods that you could leverage the code you wrote in order to write once and use it on multiple machines.

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