AutomatedLab

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AutomatedLab (AL) enables you to

  • Set up lab and test environments
  • On Hyper-v or Azure with multiple products
  • Including just a single VM quickly.

Require one:

  • .NET 4.7.1 (Windows PowerShell)
  • .NET Core 2+ (PowerShell 6+)

Require one: Hyper-V Host Azure Subscription

Finally:

  • Operating System DVD ISO Images
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Develop Build status dev GitHub last commit
Master Build status GitHub last commit GitHub releasePowerShell Gallery

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Tutorials

Videos

Scripts

Requirement

Apart from the module itself, your system needs to meet the following requirements:

  1. .NET Core 2.x (PowerShell Core 6+) Preferred
  2. Recommended en-us language Operating Systems language
  3. Operating Systems ISO files for all roles to be deployed
  4. Intel VT-x or AMD/V capable CPU
  5. A generous amount of RAM
  6. Low-Latency high-throughput storage (No spinning disks, please, as there are issues related to them)

Windows

  • Windows Management Framework 5+
  • NET 4.7.1 (Windows PowerShell)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2+/Windows 8.1+
  • Admin privileges are required.

Linux

  • Linux (Azure)
  • WSL & Azure Cloud Shell supported
  • Tested on Fedora and Ubuntu, or any OS capable of running PowerShell
  • PowerShell Core 6+
  • gss-ntlmssp to enable remoting (mandatory - no remoting, no way for AutomatedLab to do its thing)
  • IP and route commands available
  • Azure subscription
  • At the moment, AutomatedLab only works using Azure.
  • KVM planned for a later date.

Supported products

This solution supports setting up virtual machines with the following.

  1. Windows 7, 2008 R2, 8 / 8.1 and 2012 / 2012 R2, 10 / 2016, 2019
  2. SQL Server 2008, 2008R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 more
  3. Visual Studio 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017 more
  4. Team Foundation Services 2015+
  5. Azure DevOps more
  6. Exchange 2013, Exchange 2016
  7. SharePoint 2013, 2016, 2019
  8. System Center Orchestrator 2012
  9. System Center Configuration Manager 1809 or 1902+
  10. Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) more
  11. ProGet (Private PowerShell Gallery)
  12. Office 2013, 2016
  13. DSC Pull Server (with SQL Reporting) more
  14. Hyper-V more
  15. Failover Clustering more
  16. Dynamics 365 more

Feature List

Set-Up

Enviroment

  • A single command to connect Azure or Hyper-V Lab Learn more
  • Composite scenarios to demo PowerShell Gallery resources
  • Inedo ProGet more
  • Desired State Configuration (DSC) Pull Service more
  • Multiple Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Forests Trusts more

Configuration

Manage one, some, or all virtual lab machines

  • Run Checkpoint-LabVM, Get-LabVMSnapshoft, Restore-LabVMSnapshot, Remove-LabVMSnapshot
  • Get-LabWindows Feature,Install-LabWindowsFeature, Uninstall-LabWindowsFeature
  • Get-LabSoftwarePackage, Install-LabSoftwarePackage(s)
  • Silent installation mode available
  • MSI & EXE supported
  • Parallel workflows supported
  • Invoke-LabDscConfiguration
  • Invoke-LabCommand to run Script & ScriptBlock
  • CredSsp is always enabled to use with the UseCredSsp switch

Network

  • Multi-Virtual Network Adapter to create DMZs
  • External, Internal & Private network supported
  • DHCP, DNS, IPAM, NLB, SMB supported
  • Routing & Remote Access Service (RRAS)
  • Single Domain, Routing & File Server with DMZ lab

Management

  • Single command offline patching
  • All lab machines use one disk per OS
  • Update-LabIsoImage Efficiently patch OS ISO files more
  • Remove-Lab obliterate lab with one command

Telemetry

Starting with AutomatedLab version 5, we are collecting telemetry. To see what you guys deliver, we are sharing the resulting Power BI report with you. You can view the full report at your leisure. To learn more about what is collected, see here.

Facts and figures

Country distribution

Role distribution

Version distribution

Next Steps

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