If you plan to do any form of automation on Microsoft Azure or Azure Stack, then you’ll definitely need to learn Azure Resource Management/Manager (Azure RM).  Azure RM is what powers portal.azure.com, uses a newer API, and provides numerous enhancements over the 1.0 “Service Management” API and portal.  In the DevOps world, Infrastructure as code is a fundamental DevOps practice.  Azure RM deployment templates enables a new powerful declarative way to implement infrastructure as code.  At Build 2015 Microsoft announced the Virtual Machine Preview availability of our entire compute, storage, and networking v2 stack so you can now provision VMs, storage, and networking utilizing Azure RM deployment templates as long as you are using the latest public version of the Azure PowerShell tools.

Learn Azure RM foundational skills
These resources will help you with the broader foundations of understanding Azure Resource Manager.
Article: Azure Resource Manager Overview
Video: Edge Show: Azure Resource Manager – 20 min heavy demo interview with Azure Program Manager
Video: Build 2015 Conference: Azure Resource Manager – 75 min technical overview of Azure Resource Manager.
Course: Azure Resource Manager Jumpstart – 1/2 Day structured course on MVA.

 

All of the resources below are a list of known public content related specifically to the Virtual Machine Preview, including blog posts, documentation and other resources.

Blog Posts

Videos

Documentation

Azure Resource Manager Deployment Templates
Azure Quickstart Templates on Azure.com
Azure Quickstart Templates on the Azure GitHub Repo

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