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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In this blog post I am going to show how to connect to your Azure subscription in Visual Studio 2015.  As a developer it's nice to have the Azure subscription integrated into Visual Studio so that you don't have to log into the Azure portal every time you want to interact with Azure.

Follow the steps below to connect to your Azure subscription in Visual Studio:

1.  Open Tools → Connect to Server
2.  On the top of the "Server Explorer" connections list right click on "Azure" and select "Connect to Microsoft Azure Subscription"

3. A login prompt pops up, log into your Azure account

4.  Once logged in, you will be connected to your Azure subscription

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

In this blog post we are going to get the Azure subscription in Powershell using the secure certificate method.

Follow the steps below to get the Azure subscription:

1.  Open Powershell as an Administrator
2. Type Get-AzurePublishSettingsFile once you type the command into the Powershell command line it will pop-up the Azure authentication prompt.  Authenticate into Azure and save the publish file settings into a place that you will remember.

3. Now type into Powershell the command Import-AzurePublishSettingsFile "path of the publishsettingsfile"

4. Now you are connected to Azure from Powershell

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In this blog post we are going to download and install the Azure Module for PowerShell.  This will allow you to interact with your Azure account through PowerShell.

Follow the steps below to download and install the Azure Module for PowerShell:

1. Go to , scroll down until you see the "PowerShell" section and click on the "Windows install" under the section

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

In this post I will show how to download the automation scripts that Azure provides when you create a new virtual machine in Azure.  This is great for PowerShell scripting or if you want to interact with your VM in Visual Studio.  You don't have to start from scratch.

Here are the steps to get the automation scripts for your VM in Azure:

1. Log into the Azure portal at
2. Click on "Virtual Machines"

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

In this blog we are going to deploy a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Virtual Machine in Microsoft's Azure Portal.

Follow the steps below to create a Windows Server Virtual Machine:

1. Log into
2. Select "Virtual Machines"

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

In the previous blog we deployed a full stack Ubuntu Server in Azure.  In this blog we are going to connect the server using a tool call Putty.  You can download Putty at .

Follow the steps below to connect to your Ubuntu Server in Azure:

1.  Log into the Azure Portal at
2.  Click on "Virtual Machines"

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

People often get confused when they work with Azure because there are two versions of Azure.  Most people call it the classic mode and the new portal Azure or the more official term is ASM vs ARM.  In this post we will create a CentOS Linux virtual machine in the new Azure portal.

Follow the steps below create a new Azure portal:

1. Go to the URL :
2. Log in with your Azure credentials
3.  Click on "Virtual Machines" make sure it doesn't say classic on the link

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Don't have money to buy Winzip?  If you are looking for a good file achiver or extractor look no further than 7-Zip.  It archives and extract most of the file formats and the best part of the value proposition for this great application is that it's free!  And if you act now, you will get it for free!  So hurry while supplies last! It's still free!  Anyways I haven't had any problems with the application.  Even though it's free it's high quality.  So head over to the official website at and download the version for your OS.