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I've been doing a lot of working lately with running Remote Desktop Service (RDS) in Azure and have been fairly frequent errors relating to Excel, one of the applications we are publishing. This error would manifest as an error when launching Excel which seemed to indicate that Excel had run out of memory or disk space.

Microsoft Excel cannot open or save any more documents because there is not enough available memory or disk space

After investigating memory and disk usage to no avail, all looked fine, I stumbled upon the answer, user profile

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The PowerShell DSC Package resource can be used to install (and uninstall) software from a machine using DSC. This is a great resource to get software installed, but it does have a slight complication, in that it requires a product ID for the package you are installing. It's understandable why, it uses this to confirm that the particular version of the software is present, but it can be a pain to get this ID.

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//BUILD Azure IaaS Announcements

//Build (henceforth known as just Build) is Microsoft's annual developer conference held last week in San Francisco. As you might expect there were a large amount of announcements, including a lot of Azure ones. Many of the Azure ones where IoT and Analytics focused but there were quite a few IaaS announcements that I am going to summarise here. I'm sure I have missed some, and I won't go into great detail here, expect upcoming

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It's quite a common occurence in an Azure Resource Manager template to be creating a storage account and then need the key for that storage account later in the script. For example I have a template that creates a storage account, then a website and then adds an application setting to that website with a connection string for storage.

Previously to do this you could use the following syntax in an ARM template

"StorageAccount": "[Concat(

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Azure Resource Manager Resources

Azure Resource Manager (ARM), the new V2 method for deploying Azure resources offers a new template based deployment method. Using JSON based templates it is quick and easy to build a repeatable deployment process. If you are just starting out with this new process then the resources below may help with your transition.

Azure Resource Manager Quick Start Templates

https://github.com/Azure/azure-quickstart-templates

Microsoft has produced a huge range of pre-built templates using ARM

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