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My previous post was about using the Azure Resource Manager to provision a Virtual Machine. It demonstrated how to use a custom PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to stripe, format and assign a drive letter to a storage space that contains thirty-two 1TB VHDs.

Debugging a custom PowerShell Desired State Configuration was a challenge, because I was completely new to PowerShell DSC and to the Azure Virtual Machine DSC Extension. This post is all about how I managed to debug, refine and test using the artifacts created by the Virtual Machine Extension. Continue Reading…


Back in 2013 I wrote about creating a Dev & Test environments in minutes. This post was all about the benefits and the flexibility of creating environments that support our development efforts.

Since then, I noticed that Microsoft regularly creates Virtual Machine templates for MSDN Subscribers that allow them to test software through their MSDN Benefits. Luckily, they have provided us with templates that are pre-configured with various flavors of Visual Studio.
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Busy… Starting Role… Repeat

So you deployed a Cloud Service and it’s status is stuck on “Busy (Starting role… Sites were deployed.)” By now you’ve probably checked the SDK assembly versions, checked that your Cloud Service runs in the Azure Emulator and probably everything else that you could think of. So what’s next?

In August 2013  published an awesome blog series titled Windows Azure PaaS Compute Diagnostics Data. It contains a wealth of priceless information that ended my 24 hour debug session. Continue Reading…