Open iT | Simplifying VM Management Through Azure Extensions

Simplifying VM Management Through Azure Extensions

Virtual Machines (VM) have become one of the most in-demand computing resource for many IT companies. VMs allow them the flexibility of virtualization without having to buy and maintain physical hardware. This demand is why one of the most popular features of Microsoft Azure is its capability to create VM in different platforms, such as Windows and Linux.

Azure has secured its place among the current top cloud providers, along with AWS and Google Cloud. It has proven its credibility in the market by providing various cloud-native services and features that create huge impact and innovation in the IT world. Among its offerings are features that enable its users to maximize and optimize IT systems and assets, as well as other great deals that allow IT companies to keep up with the trend of digital transformation in the IT world.

When it comes to VM creation, one of the best features of Azure is its support for extensions, which are small applications that provide post-deployment configuration and automation. VM extensions simplify the configuration management and monitoring of Azure Virtual Machines. Through VM extensions, Azure allows users to save time and costs by automating the most important post-configuration settings, such as monitoring, security, configuration management, backup, etc.

Extensions can be managed and installed in various ways, including Azure CLI, Powershell, Azure Resource Manager templates, and Azure Portal. Some extensions are available by default, but users can also install their own extensions to suit their specific needs by using the Custom Script Extension. This method downloads and executes pre-created scripts on Azure Virtual Machines for post-configuration, software installation, or any other configuration management.

Open iT has developed a custom script that can be used by its customers to upload on Azure Storage and as a Custom Script Extension when deploying on Azure Virtual Machines. This also allows the installation and configuration of the Open iT client on the deployed Azure Virtual Machine to be smooth and easy.

Using the Open iT Client Custom Script Extension is simple and easy. Simply follow these instructions:

1. Upload the script to the Azure Storage account.

2. Deploy a new Azure Virtual Machine.

3. Select the uploaded script in the Azure Storage as a Custom Script Extension.

4. Run the Azure Virtual Machine with Open iT Client installed.

The Open iT Client Custom Script Extension also supports deployment on existing Azure Virtual Machines through Azure Portal, Powershell Script, and Azure Resource Manager template.

Learn more about Open iT software asset management and optimization solutions.