- Sign up for an Azure free trial. You'll need a phone and a credit card, because MS requires verification like pr0n sites of yore.
- WAIT! DON'T DO ANYTHING! After the signup is successful and you're sent to the dashboard, chances are that your account is not actually fully formed, and you might be getting a lot of prompts about signing up for a Pay As You Go subscription. Wait 10 to 15 minutes. Grab a coffee; check Hacker News; live the enterprise life.
- close your browser and go back to the portal.
- Go to your active directory
- Create a Global Admin user by clicking on ADD USER (not the giant NEW, that would be too easy!). Write down the temporary password. (Note: I've no idea whether it has to be a global admin, but we're just trying to keep things simple here.)
- Now you have to associate the user to your Azure subscription, because you created it, it's in your AD, but obviously it's completely unrelated to your resources. Enterprise life! Go back to Azure portal, click on Subscriptions. NOTE DOWN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION ID, you'll need it later.
- Click on the subscription then Settings
- Click on Users (bottom right)
- Click on Add, select the Owner role, then add the new user to it. (Note: again, Owner is probably a bit too powerful, but we're trying to keep things simple.) Reference here.
- Now open a Private Window in your browser, or sign out of your account, because you have to log on the same portal as the new user.
- After logging on, you'll be forced to change the password. Done? Good; log out, close the window, the web-based ordeal is officially over.
- Create and activate a virtualenv (this procedure will differ depending on your platform/setup, reference here):
mkdir azure_test && cd azure_test pyvenv-3.5 env source env/bin/activate pip install --upgrade pip # this is optional but good practice
- install the Azure sdk
pip install --pre azure
- Launch python and get cracking:
sub_id = 'your-sub-id' # you should have got this earlier, it's visible in "Subscriptions" # authentication reference at # http://azure-sdk-for-python.readthedocs.io/en/latest/resourcemanagementauthentication.html#using-ad-user-password from azure.common.credentials import UserPassCredentials credentials = UserPassCredentials('yourADuser@youraccount.onmicrosoft.com','youropassword') from azure.mgmt.resource.resources import ResourceManagementClient resource_client = ResourceManagementClient(credentials, sub_id) # one-off registrations, supposedly you won't need them next time resource_client.providers.register('Microsoft.Compute') resource_client.providers.register('Microsoft.Network') resource_client.providers.register('Microsoft.Storage') # create the clients from azure.mgmt.compute import ComputeManagementClient compute_client = ComputeManagementClient(credentials, sub_id) from azure.mgmt.network import NetworkManagementClient network_client = NetworkManagementClient(credentials, sub_id) from azure.mgmt.storage import StorageManagementClient storage_client = StorageManagementClient(credentials, sub_id)
- Now follow the code to create a VM here, skipping the 4 lines that define resource_client, storage_client etc, because you already have them.
18 June 2016
Python SDK for Azure Basic Tutorial
As Spider-Man would say, from great enterprise comes great complexity. Microsoft cloud services are very, very enterprisey; which means they're also absurdly overcomplicated. One can probably spend most of his 30-day trial simply wandering around their dozens of different "portals" and "account management" screens. So here's a simple tutorial on going from zero to spinning up a VM with the Python SDK. (This is a work in progress, but hopefully it saves you the headaches I got).