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Man suffers face burns throwing water over chip pan fire

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:38
FIRE chiefs have issued advise on dealing with kitchen fires after a man suffered facial burns while throwing water over a chip pan on fire.
Categories: Somerset News

Older surgery patients get better care quicker under new scheme

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:40
OLDER patients needing general surgery at Taunton's Musgrove Park Hospital are getting better quality care and being treated sooner thanks to tailored treatment plans.
Categories: Somerset News

Storm Fionn brings 'thundersnow' to Taunton as it sweeps across UK

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:44
‘THUNDERSNOW’ could be heard rumbling across Taunton last night as Storm Fionn arrived on British shores.
Categories: Somerset News

Ed Sheeran's songwriting partner singer to play in Stogumber

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:17
ED SHEERAN’S long term song writing partner and joint Grammy award winner Amy Wadge is to play in Stogumber on February 2.
Categories: Somerset News

£80 million surgical centre could replace wartime wards at Musgrove Park Hospital

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 07:00
BOSSES at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, are hoping to win almost £80 million of taxpayers' cash to build a new surgical centre.
Categories: Somerset News

About the security content of Xcode 9.2

Apple - Popular support articles - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 22:20
This document describes the security content of Xcode 9.2.

Weather warning: Snow could be heading to Somerset tonight

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:37
SOMERSET residents could see snow tonight as wintery showers are set to hit the county. 
Categories: Somerset News

'Vulnerable' elderly man missing in Porlock

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:13
A VULNERABLE elderly man has gone missing in the Porlock area. 
Categories: Somerset News

Firefighters called after alarms sound at Pegasus Court

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:29
FIREFIGHTERS are investigating after an alarm was sounded at Pegasus Court in Taunton.
Categories: Somerset News

VOTE: Should Taunton have a town council? It's the only place in Somerset without one

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:30
EVERYONE in Somerset has a parish or town council elected to look after their interests - apart from the county town of Taunton.
Categories: Somerset News

Two women off to Mexico to build a house

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:30
TAUNTON women Julie Kimber and Courtney Curtis are off to Mexico to help build a house.
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Nursery in Taunton celebrates its second birthday

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:52
A NURSERY in Taunton was celebrating after reaching it's second year of being open for business.
Categories: Somerset News

King's College pupils earn places at Oxbridge universities

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 16:38
THREE pupils from King’s College have earned places to study at Oxbridge universities.
Categories: Somerset News

£67-a-year tax increase and redundancies likely as County Council try to balance books

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:02
SOMERSET County Council is proposing to increase its share of council tax by £67 a year as it seeks to bridge a £13m budget gap.
Categories: Somerset News

Do you qualify to live in an almshouse? Information morning in Taunton

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:57
IF you're over 60, living on a low income and have a connection with Taunton you could qualify to move into an almshouse flat in the town.
Categories: Somerset News

POLL: Musgrove doctor says don't hold your nose while you sneeze after man ruptures throat

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:42
HOLDING your nose and closing your mouth while you sneeze might seem a harmless thing to do, but doctors have advised against it following the case of man who ruptured the back of his throat when doing so.
Categories: Somerset News

Multi-million pound legal fight over Taunton road - despite contractor's collapse

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 12:17
A MULTI-million pound legal dispute over a recently opened road in Taunton is set to rumble on - despite the collapse of the firm that built it.
Categories: Somerset News

The three options proposed by Highways England to transform the A358

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:31
THE three options for Highways England's latest consultation on the A358 have been revealed. 
Categories: Somerset News

TRAFFIC: Car crashes into central reservation on M5 near Bridgwater

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 11:17
A CAR has crashed into the central reservation on the M5 Southbound near J23 causing delays for motorists.
Categories: Somerset News

Experimenting with Azure

Scott Lowe's Blog - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 09:00

I’ve been experimenting with Microsoft Azure recently, and I thought it might be useful to share a quick post on using some of my favorite tools with Azure. I’ve found it useful to try to leverage existing tools whenever I can, and so as I’ve been experimenting with Azure I’ve been leveraging familiar tools like Docker Machine and Vagrant.

The information here isn’t revolutionary or unique, but hopefully it will still be useful to others, even if only as a “quick reference”-type of post.

Launching an Instance on Azure Using Docker Machine

To launch an instance on Azure and provision it with Docker using docker-machine:

docker-machine create -d azure \ --azure-subscription-id $(az account show --query "id" -o tsv) \ --azure-ssh-user azureuser \ --azure-size "Standard_B1ms" azure-test

The first time you run this you’ll probably need to allow Docker Machine access to your Azure subscription (you’ll get prompted to log in via a browser and allow access). This will create a service principal that is visible via az ad sp list. Note that you may be prompted for authentication for future uses, although it will re-use the existing service principal once it is created.

Launching an Instance Using the Azure Provider for Vagrant

See this page for complete details on using the Azure provider for Vagrant. Basically, it boils down to these four steps:

  1. Install the Azure provider using vagrant plugin install vagrant-azure.
  2. Add a “dummy” box (similar to how you use Vagrant with AWS; see this post).
  3. Set up an Azure service principal for Vagrant to use to connect to Azure.
  4. Run vagrant up and you’re off to the races.

A more detailed post on using Vagrant with Azure is available here; it provides a bit more information on the above steps.

Launching an Instance using the Azure CLI

OK, maybe the Azure CLI isn’t exactly an “existing tool,” but given my affinity for CLI-based tools I think it’s probably reasonable to include it here. To launch an instance using the Azure CLI, it would look something like this:

az vm create -n vm-name -g group-name --image UbuntuLTS --size Standard_B1ms --no-wait

Of course, this assumes a pre-existing resource group. More details are available here.

If you need to install the Azure CLI, see here or here for some additional information.

Happy experimenting!

Categories: Scott Lowe
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