Using the PowerShell testing framework, Pester, to test Packer generated Azure Virtual Machine images.
We've looked previously at using the open source tool https://www.packer.io/intro/ from Hashicorp to automate the process of building Azure VM images, which can then be consumed using either single VMs or VM scale sets. By using this tool and some PowerShell DSC scripts, we have been able to automate the process of spinning up a VM in Azure, installing the required software and configuration, running Sysprep and capturing an image. So far we have done this by running our Packer script manually from the command line.
A few months back we looked at how we can use a tool called Packer to automate the creation of virtual machine images, which could then be used with VM Scale Sets. If this is something you are interested in doing, I would recommend taking a look at the original article, which walks you through the whole process. At the end of that article, I said we were next going to look at how we can use continuous integration to build this image on a regular schedule, or when applications are updated.