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Thank you to everyone who joined Corey Sanders and Stephen Siciliano for an #AzureChat. It was great to hear the community’s voice in this live discussion about two of our favorite topics--Virtual Machines and Autoscaling. Below is a recap in case you missed the chat or want to explore the links for more in-depth content on the topics discussed.
Q1: Do I have to be a developer to use Windows AzureVMs?
A1: You don't have to be a developer. With our large range of capabilities, Developers, DevOps, and IT Pros are all welcome. - @CoreySandersWA
Q2: How can I get started with Windows Azure VMs?
A2: So easy to answer. :) Go here, http://qub.me/y8u4q1 , get a free trial and have a blast. Linux, Windows, Oracle - @CoreySandersWA
Q3: How can I manage VMs in Windows Azure?
A3: You can manage using Azure portal (with the power of monitoring/autoscale) or using existing on-prem tools via VNETs. - @CoreySandersWA
Q4: Are there easy ways for me to automate the creation of different types of Virtual Machines?
A4: We have a fantastic script center allowing easy automation using PowerShell: http://qub.me/WudbPw . VMs+disks, SharePoint... - @CoreySandersWA
Q5: How do you expose endpoints to your VM that are accessible only to your Cloud Services?
A5: You can control access to the VM or Cloud Service by setting an ACL on the public IP: http://qub.me/ZXBCma - @CoreySandersWA
Q6: How do I export a VM from on-prem to Windows Azure?
A6: Because we just run Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V in Azure, moving a VM should be just move the VHD and boot. A snap.
Community Response: It depends upon whether you want to use the VM as the base for a set of images, or if you just want to suck it in. - @CTO_Reed
Host Response: @CTO_Reed Agreed. You can either upload the VHD or start in the cloud and build from there! - @CoreySandersWA
Community Response: Then just upload it as a "disk" rather than an "image" and start it up! - @CTO_Reed
Q7: Can Autoscale automatically deploy new VM’s?
A7: No, you'll need to provision/fully set up the VM's you'll need in advance, then we'll turn them on/off to save you money. - @iscsus
Q8: For Dev/Test scenarios, can Autoscale scale to 0 VMs?
A8: Yes! Using Scheduled Autoscale you can have all of your VM’s turn off at night or on the weekends. - @iscsus
Response: Can't we try manually shutdown? - @milson
Response: You can also manually shut down -- but then it won't automatically turn on in the morning when you start work :) - @iscsus