Posted by: kurtsh | January 11, 2018

INFO: Doing Dev/Test in Azure & “Azure DevTest Labs”

imageAzure provides a great environment for dev/test.  This is true both for scenarios where you want to:

  1. Dev/test in the cloud and then run the production app in the cloud
  2. Dev/test in the cloud and then run the production app using an existing on-premises server environment.

Azure’s IaaS and Virtual Networking capabilities make it really easy to enable enterprise development teams to use the cloud to do this.  Using the cloud for dev/test enables development teams to work in a flexible, agile, way without ever being bottlenecked waiting for resources from their IT department.  Development teams can instead use Azure in a self-service way to spin up or down resources in minutes.  And then when they are ready to deploy their apps they can choose to do so either in the cloud or using their existing on-premises servers.  This later option makes it really easy to start leveraging the cloud even without having to fully bet on it yet for production scenarios.

We announced a number of enhancements to Azure that make it an even better environment in which to do dev/test:

  • No Charge for Stopped VMs
  • Pay by the Minute Billing
  • MSDN Use Rights now supported on Azure
  • Heavily Discounted MSDN Dev/Test Rates
  • MSDN Monetary Credits
  • Portal Support for Better Tracking MSDN Monetary Credit Usage

The combination enables an amazing Dev/Test cloud solution, and an unbeatable offer for all MSDN customers

INSTRUCTIONS ON USE:  MSDN Dev/Test offer in the Enterprise Agreement (EA)*:

As an Azure Enterprise Administrator, you can now enable Account Owners at your organization to create subscriptions based on the new EA MSDN Dev/Test offer. You can do this by checking the box under the MSDN column for that Account Owner from within the Enterprise Portal. In order for this to function correctly, please let the Account Owner know once you’ve made this change so that they can set up the EA MSDN Dev/Test subscriptions needed for your teams of MSDN subscribers. This new offer enables your active MSDN subscribers to run development and testing workloads on Azure at special dev/test rates, with access to the full gallery of MSDN images including Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.
To set up the Enterprise MSDN Dev/Test offer:

  1. Log in as the enterprise administrator 
  2. Go to accountsmanage departments and accounts
  3. Go to the account where you would like to enable dev/test MSDN access
  4. Select the MSDN checkbox per column
  5. EA MSDN subscriptions will be converted to the EA MSDN Dev/Test offer 
        • Other subscription offer types, such as PAYG, associated with the account will be converted to Microsoft Azure Enterprise offers

*Not applicable to Azure Gov customers at this time


Azure DevTest Labs

Micimagerosoft has a solution called Azure DevTest Labs now.

Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Labs to provision on-demand environments. Scale up your load testing by provisioning multiple test agents, and create pre-provisioned environments for training and demos.

For an explanation of Azure DevTest Labs, check this out:

For more information on getting Azure DevTest Labs, check this out:


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