Description: As to the current azure portal, there will be more big improvements about it. But azure portal this time has grown to be quite big.
As to the azure portal that is currently in preview, what makes the preview portal ice? An improvement upon what you’re seeing here, this is the old portal where we had all kinds of things here. But azure has grown quite big.
Sometimes, it is harder to navigate. What they decided to do is to make a better portal in line with our current operating systems and our current uses. We want to make things easier to find and to do.
If you’re making any new resource, that was one of the many reasons why they designed the new portal, so here’s the old portal which is still great. Here’s a picture of the new portal which is currently in preview. It’s not fully done yet. But it’ll be close to it. What you see here is a very similar tile layout. What makes this look very unique to asher’s is that we can customize this. So, if I don’t like it, I can do a quick change for colors and hire the jump labels. The start board is where we begin our journey inside of Microsoft Azure and the ability to do anything inside of here, just a matter of what you want to do if you want to take a look and see what’s inside.
As you can browse everything, you’ll notice that it shows me all my resources similar to what we had on another screen. But I can quickly filter by clicking on this left-hand window. I want to see virtual machines. It shows the virtual machines that are running inside the environment.
What makes this even better is that maybe one of these virtual machines is mission-critical; it’s one of those DC boxes. On clicking on this DC box to get the details behind it, you’ll see as we expand this. We’re exposing a lot more information about the resources we have inside of azure that we’ve been using in the past.
We have information on this virtual machine for monitoring. We can even take a look at estimated spend here. If I click on that, it’s going to give me an idea what the estimated spend is I can also change the configuration and change my pricing tier. Based on what Azure sees, I can get a general estimate of what the costs are going to be before I make any change and I can close this as I move through this portal. What makes this even better is that I can take this resource I have inside the azure.
I can pin it to my home screen. If I click on home, you’ll see I have that dc1. Whenever I want to go into it, I can drill into it. I can move through those different monitoring now. It’s currently turned off as a virtual machine. But I have the ability to move through these things.
I can even customize this pane and another screencast. I’ll take you through many customizations. If I go back home, I can get a nice general idea and a nice view of how I move through these things. If I want to make something new, I can click on new. It takes me through the different lists that I have.
Unlike the old portal where you had to it was always context-sensitive where you happen to be is what the new option would come up now. We have the ability to choose I want to go into compute. I want to make a virtual machine or choose from the azure marketplace. As I drill through this, I can see some great information for that hostname. I can choose my pricing tier for this and do a lot of my configuration from right. I see all that information now.
I go ahead and put a name, so that I can go ahead and get started and notice even gives me the ability to pin this to my start board. I’m working inside, so I’ll give it a quick name and go back to home. I stop that process now in the old portal if I would have canceled out the wizard that work would have gone away but if I click on active. what that do is show me all the things that have been currently doing my settings that I might have changed a little bit ago maybe browsing the DC.
If I want to go back to that create now, I can hop back to where I was easy so the new portal is make it nice and easy to move around. This environment and navigate through those different areas inside your add, your environment. So when you’re working for your customers or looking through the portals, you want to have that information, it’s going to be easy for you to find it and work with it, so it is really makes some nice things easy to find now.
With a simple click of a button, you can switch back to the old portal if you’re looking for those things. It really depends what you’re looking for but I would start getting used to the new portal. It is going to be the way we do things with Microsoft Azure in the future.
At the end of the day, it exposes a lot of information easily. So one of the other worries I want to show you briefly is if I click on billing, it’s going to give me that information my different subscriptions. I can drill through each of these environments.
I have two MSDN subscriptions I currently use from my environment from my Azure test and dev environment as I move through this. I have users and roles and another screencast when we take a look through the new port. I’m going to talk about role based access control which is new to our agile portal which makes it easy to give not only your customer certain access but also yourself certain access to certain areas inside the azure portals.
I can close any of these screens down and return to the home screen where I want to go into and work with it, so this is a quick tour of the azure portal.
Another screencast shows you how to customize. I’ll take it through their whole process of creating things and many of the other new features we have inside of the Microsoft Azure preview portal with.