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Marc-Andre Moreau

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    13 comments  ·  Lab Services » Classroom Labs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Marc-Andre Moreau commented  · 

    I have used every trick in the book to reduce disk usage for a lab of nested VMs and 128GB is simply not enough. Can I talk to someone about this? I like everything else about the product, it's just a shame that the storage page is so limited with no way to pay for more.

    I responded on the blog post with tips for nested virtualization and added the ones I had to use to successfully create a lab of 5 nested VMs, but then I'm quickly running out of space, with less than 5GB left.

    https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-lab-services/nested-virtualization-tips/ba-p/1534323

    One cannot realistically build a full VM lab with a domain controller and a few domain-joined VMs without having to seriously compromise on just about everything due to the low disk space. 256GB instead of 128GB would make a world of difference, and 512GB would be very comfortable. I am more than willing to pay extra, the issue is there is no option offered right now for extra storage.

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    Marc-Andre Moreau commented  · 

    I've been experimenting with Azure Lab Services for over a week now, trying to build a full lab of nested VMs on the large instances (8 cores, 32GB of RAM, nested virt) and now I am faced with the reality that a 128GB hard drive is going to be particularly difficult to work with. I'll have to optimize everything for size, disable checkpoints and anything that generates large files.

    Is there no way around this? I found ways to do everything I need, but that could easily be a show-stopper :'(

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    2 comments  ·  Lab Services » DevTest Labs - Policies  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Marc-Andre Moreau commented  · 

    Is it possible to use the REST API to start the Lab VM + obtain the same information contained inside the .rdp file? If so, it may be possible to make a relatively simple PowerShell script to start the VM, wait for it to become available, generate a custom .rdp file with the right options and launch mstsc.

    I work for Devolutions and this could be something interesting to integrate inside Remote Desktop Manager (https://remotedesktopmanager.com/). We could provide new employees with access to a lab environment provided directly from Remote Desktop Manager, with RDP access and the password stored in it.

    Let me know if there's enough exposed through the REST API at this point that might be enough to build a proof-of-concept, it would be a very interesting type of integration that we could put inside our free edition.

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    Marc-Andre Moreau commented  · 

    Is it possible to expose ports other than the non-standard RDP and SSH ports in the custom range? If it were just possible to expose a new port for a web server, I guess one DIY solution would be to deploy Apache Guacamole (https://guacamole.apache.org/) inside the Lab VM and use it for browser-based access.

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    2 comments  ·  Lab Services » Classroom Labs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    Marc-Andre Moreau commented  · 

    +1 for additional ports, I just got started with Azure Lab Services to teach my web application which is normally deployed with external access on the internet. However, my first request should be much easier to address: when creating a Windows template VM, where is the option for external SSH access?

    I could only find the "connect with RDP" option, which is great, but I enabled PowerShell Remoting over SSH inside my Windows VM and I'd like to connect using it. SSH can also be used with FileZilla for SSH file transfers at a much better speed than RDP filesystem redirection. My next step is to transfer large iso files to create a few Hyper-V test VMs, and I can't find a good way to get them inside the template efficiently.

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