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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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Updated 24th Feb with more information

When recently deploying a Remote Desktop environment into Azure with ARM and the DSC extension I encountered an issue when I got to calling the xRDSessionDeployment resource to create the new deployment. The deployment would be created OK, but this would then be followed by the machine rebooting 5-10 times before DSC finally generated an error and would not move on to the next task. My DSC extension logs

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