At the moment we’re saying the overall availability of the Azure VM Picture Builder service, a managed service so that you can construct customized Linux or Home windows digital machine (VM) pictures with ease, and be compliant together with your firm’s safety coverage throughout Azure and Azure Stack.
With Azure VM Picture Builder, the Microsoft managed service constructed on HashiCorp Packer, you may describe customized pictures in a template utilizing new or present configurations and permits VM picture constructing instantly with out establishing and managing your personal picture constructing pipeline.
Picture constructing has all the time been an necessary but complicated course of; you begin with amassing the necessities from completely different groups inside your group, after which it is advisable to begin constructing the picture configuration tooling and arrange the appropriate infrastructure to assist the implementation of creating a brand new customized golden picture. Lastly, in the event you have been to construct many pictures without delay, an automation configuration is required so you may get all the things within the funnel and begin working.
In the course of the course of, you additionally have to have a gaggle of specialists masking every step to make sure the method runs easily. The method will get much more sophisticated if it is advisable to construct pictures for various Working Techniques and deploy them on a number of clouds. It is because each Working System comes with completely different configuration types and patterns and each cloud has completely different picture configuration necessities.
Azure VM Picture Builder means that you can describe a customized picture for Azure utilizing a single template. You need not relearn or rebuild all of the tooling and picture constructing pipelines; all it is advisable to do is to assemble your group’s necessities after which select from the template in Azure for constructing Linux or Home windows VM pictures and the service will create the picture for you. You need not fear about all of the infrastructure, technical variations between Working System variations, or different underlying parts within the picture constructing whereas getting what you want in a easy, streamlined approach.
With Azure VM Picture Builder, we’re making picture constructing extraordinarily straightforward for you with completely different choices like utilizing the Azure CLI or the Azure portal to start out your VM Picture Construct course of. And you may also mix the service with Azure Shared Picture Gallery to arrange your image-building pipeline and distribute the photographs globally with just some clicks. Making use of safety configurations and group necessities will not be a heavy burden in relation to constructing customized golden pictures.
Azure VM Picture Builder service assist situations
- Streamline your Linux, Home windows, or baseline picture creation course of that features your minimal safety and company configurations, and permits departments to customise it additional.
- Combine core functions and configurations, so your VMs can tackle workloads after the picture creation course of equivalent to Home windows Digital Desktop configurations.
- Patch and replace your present Linux or Home windows pictures or create pictures from Azure Market pictures.
- Join Azure VM Picture Builder to your present digital networks, so you may join your present configuration servers (DSC, Chef, Puppet, and so forth.), file shares, or some other routable servers or providers for faster picture constructing pipeline deployment on Azure.
- Distribute pictures and scale globally with the Azure Shared Picture Gallery, and apply your pictures throughout your deployments worldwide.
- Combine together with your present picture constructing pipelines, simply name Azure VM Picture Builder out of your pipeline, or use the easy Picture Builder Azure DevOps Process (preview) to seamlessly join and slot in your operations.