Azure Journey–Azure Dev/Test Labs–Creating A New Lab

I’m wanting to experiment some with Azure Dev/Test Labs.  From the Azure Dev/Test Labs documentation:

Developers and testers are looking to solve the delays in creating and managing their environments by going to the cloud. Azure solves the problem of environment delays and allows self-service within a new cost efficient structure. However, developers and testers still need to spend considerable time configuring their self-served environments. Also, decision makers are uncertain about how to leverage the cloud to maximize their cost savings without adding too much process overhead.

Azure DevTest Labs is a service that helps developers and testers quickly create environments in Azure while minimizing waste and controlling cost. You can test the latest version of your application by quickly provisioning Windows and Linux environments using reusable templates and artifacts. Easily integrate your deployment pipeline with DevTest Labs to provision on-demand environments. Scale up your load testing by provisioning multiple test agents, and create pre-provisioned environments for training and demos.


To get started, I opened the Azure portal.


Select More Services. Enter Dev in the search bar, and select DevTest Labs. This opens the DevTest Labs blade in the portal.  Currently I don’t have any labs created.


So let’s create a new lab. Click the Add button. This should allow us to create a new lab.  The Create a DevTest Lab blade opens.


I filled out the blade as follows:

  • Lab name: MyFirstDevTestLab
  • Subscription: Select the appropriate subscription
  • Location: South Central US


Selecting Auto shutdown opens another blade where you can configure this. I have the option to turn it on or off.  If turned on, this will ensure that my machines shut down at a certain time each night, which could help me save on costs.   I can specify the time the machines should shut down, if I want to send a message 15 minutes before the shutdown, as well as the Webhook URL to use.

For now I just turned it off.  I’m also going to keep the storage type as Standard for now, to keep costs down. Finally, I’m going to check the Pin to dashboard to pin this to the portal dashboard.

NOTE: The Automation options link will allow you to create an ARM Template that can be used to recreate this lab.

Click Create to create the lab.

It took about two minutes to create.


Once creation of the lab is finished, it opens the blade in the portal for this lab. There are lots of different options. I’ll have to start diving into those. But first, let’s see how we can create a new VM in our lab.

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