Just like the vast majority of my posts, this one is also based in a real life experience.
While on holidays I forgot to prepare an Exchange Server lab for a coworker, to test some scripting. As an Exchange MCM (Microsoft Certified Master) a large percentage of my work is still around Exchange and I do have multiple labs with multiple versions, but they all have one thing in common: they live on Azure and they’re don’t have a 100% uptime, to save on cost.
So I decided to execute the fews steps to prepare the lab, that included not much more than booting up some virtual machines, from the Microsoft Azure mobile app, while enjoying the sun in an amazing beach! 🙂
The first thing that I did was download the app.
Note: I have an iPhone so all my experience is based on the Apple version of the app
My first impression of the app was that it’s basic but for simple tasks (like mine of booting up my lab), it gets the job done.
There are two main sections you should consider, when you open the app.
In the top left you can:
- Add accounts
- Switch between subscriptions
- Edit your account settings
In the top right you can filter per service or resource type.
In the example I’ve filtered just to see my virtual machines.
Continuing with the virtual machine example, you’ll be able to see details like activity log, metrics, resource health, virtual machine power state and all main properties.
You’ll also be able to easily execute the most common actions in virtual machines, that being start/stop, restart and connect, in an handy action ribbon in the bottom of the app (as shown above), when you have the virtual machine selected.
In summary, for most resources you’ll be able to at least check the activity log and the properties, but the actions you can perform are, in general limited. I won’t enumerate them one by one but another example, adding to the ones I gave regarding virtual machine actions, would be to edit access permissions in a storage account.
Nevertheless I do rate this app and highly recommend you use it, as it’s amazing for basic actions and very complete for monitoring purposes.
Kudos to the wordpress app as well, since I decided to write this blog post using the wordpress mobile app, while still seating at the beach! 😉