Microsoft Announces Auto-Shutdown For VMs Using Azure Resource Manager

Microsoft announced that you will now be able to set any ARM-based Virtual Machine to auto shutdown with just a few clicks.
This feature has originally been available only to VMs in Azure DevTest Labs, which is your self-service sandbox environment in Azure, so as to quickly create Dev/Test environments while minimizing the waste as well as controlling costs at the same time. The main aim for this particular service is to solve the problems which IT and development teams have been facing, such as delays in getting a working environment, time-consuming environment configuration, production fidelity issues, as well as high maintenance costs.
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Microsoft states,
“It has been helping our customers to quickly get “ready to test” with a worry-free self-service environment.”
The reusable templates in the DevTest Labs can now easily be used everywhere once it has been created. The public APIs, PowerShall cmdlets, and VSTS extensions make it really easy for you to integrate Dev/Test environments from labs to your release pipeline. Additionally, to the Dev/Test scenario, Azure DevTest Labs can also be used in other scenarios, such as training and hackathons. For more information, check the announcement blog post.
Microsoft in its official blog states,
“In the past months, we’ve been very happy to see that auto-shutdown is the #1 policy used by DevTest Labs customers. On the other hand, we also learned from quite a few customers that they have their centrally managed Dev/Test workloads already running in Azure and simply want to set auto-shutdown for those VMs. Since those workloads have already been provisioned and managed centrally, self-service is not really needed. It’s a little bit overkill for them to create a DevTest lab in this case just for the auto-shutdown settings. That’s why we make this popular feature, VM auto-shutdown, available to all the ARM-based Azure VMs.”

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