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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

REVEALED: Who's moving to vacant shop in busy Taunton street

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:50
THE former pram shop in Station Road, Taunton, is being taken on by Yummy Mummy Hair & Beauty Salon.
Categories: Somerset News

WARNING: "Injuries and danger to life" risk warns Met Office as strong winds approach

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 08:20
SOMERSET is set for a day of sunshine and rain ahead, before a yellow weather warning for strong winds starts tomorrow.
Categories: Somerset News

Family appeal for privacy after young man's sudden death

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Tue, 01/16/2018 - 07:00
THE heartbroken family of a young man who died suddenly on New Year's Eve have issued a statement following the "upsetting and traumatic" incident.
Categories: Somerset News

Patrols to support vulnerable passengers at Taunton Station

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:12
TEAMS of volunteers are to patrol in and around Taunton Station to offer support to rail travellers experiencing a moment of crisis.
Categories: Somerset News

Extra Valentine's prize on offer to a lucky local lottery player

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 17:54
ORGANISERS of a council-run lottery have shown their romantic side by putting up a special prize ahead of Valentine's Day.
Categories: Somerset News

Public car park closed next week

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:51
TAUNTON'S Victoria Gate Car Park will be closed from Monday to Friday next week during resurfacing work.
Categories: Somerset News

Former Taunton teacher summoned to misconduct hearing

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:40
A FORMER teacher at a secondary school in Taunton has been summoned to appear before a professional conduct panel.
Categories: Somerset News

"Serious" plastic problem hits Somerset's coastline as more than 400kg of plastic collected from beaches

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 15:27
A "SERIOUS" plastic problem is washing up on Somerset's beaches.
Categories: Somerset News

Horses running around Taunton 'all night' - but whose are they?

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:32
MYSTERY surrounds the ownership of two horses spotted "running around Taunton town centre all night".
Categories: Somerset News

Vicar leaving to take up new post

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 14:06
THE vicar of Taunton's premier church is leaving to take up a new post.
Categories: Somerset News

VIDEO: Firefighters at the scene after factory 'explosion'

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:35
THERE have been reports of a fire at Bowerings Animal Feeds at Bridgwater Docks this lunchtime.
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Derelict building up for auction - but it boasts some rather unique security features...

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:20
A HISTORIC Second World War pillbox is going under the hammer.
Categories: Somerset News

PHOTOS: Orchard hoping for bumper apple crop after warding off evil spirits

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 11:13
AROUND 400 people took part in an ancient ceremony to ward off evil spirits and guarantee a bumper apple crop.
Categories: Somerset News

POLL: Is Blue Monday really the most depressing day of the year?

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:45
IT'S back. The so-called most depressing day of the year – Blue Monday – is upon us once again.
Categories: Somerset News

Fears for jobs as NIDR builder Carillion enters compulsory liquidation

Somerset Gazette - latest news - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 08:17
CONSTRUCTION giant Carillion has said it has "no choice but to take steps to enter into compulsory liquidation with immediate effect" after talks failed to find another way to deal with the company's debts.
Categories: Somerset News
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