Nothing make my work more fun than PowerShell Cmdlets, that let me script all sorts of goo into more focused gobbledy goo, real fast.
The following is a “must-have” in my opinion, for most enterprises today using Windows Azure.
Ryan Dunn has announced the updated release of the Windows Azure Service Management (WASM) Cmdlets for PowerShell today.
With these cmdlets you can effectively automate and manage all your services in Windows Azure.
Specifically, you can:
· Deploy new Hosted Services
· Upgrade your services
· Remove your Hosted Services
· Manage your Storage accounts
· Manage your Certificates
· Configure your Diagnostics
· Transfer your Diagnostics Information
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Ryan’s blog, get the primer, and then grab the Powershell Cmdlets and rock-on!
My coworker, Patrick Butler Monterde, has posted a really good overview of the Windows Azure billing components in use today, that may be of interest to those of you using Windows Azure today, or in the future.
This builds on concepts such as Jim’s post on how to find your billing utilization, and Ryan Dunn’s post on how to stop the Windows Azure billing meter.
These posts should help customers understand how to strategize the best utilization/pricing model to meet their needs.
Additionally, customers should be able to see the platform service status online at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/support/status/servicedashboard.aspx
Microsoft also offers no-fee support for issues such as outages, service disruptions, and Watson ID errors. You can avail of this support by creating a service request at https://support.microsoft.com/oas/default.aspx?prid=13185&st=1