In this lab, we’ll deploy two virtual machines. For one, we’ll be using Azure Deployment Wizard, and for the other we’ll use Azure CLI. For each of these machines, we’ll use `cloud-init` to pre-update our VMs before we connect to ensure they’re ready for use at first login. Not only will we go over how to use `cloud-init`, we’ll also walk through how you can craft a `cloud-init` file using the Azure Cloud Shell.
Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:
- Deploy a VM & Configure it Using Cloud-Init from the Azure Console
Our first goal is to show how to use
cloud-initeven in one-off deployments where you may just want to get some of the busy work for your server taken care of at deployment time. To do this, we’ll deploy a basic server and use
cloud-initto get the server patches up-to-date before we even log in to it.
- Deploy a VM & Configure it Using Cloud-Init using the Azure Cloud Shell and Azure CLI
The second goal of this lab will essentially recreate the steps of the first, using the Azure CLI and a
cloud-initcommand file that can be used repeatedly for other servers. Students will learn how to create a
cloud-initcommand file in the Azure Cloud Shell and how to use that file when deploying using the command line.