Monthly Archive: January 2017


What is the Internet of Things?

Today, the Internet of Things (or IoT) is a difficult trend to define precisely as there is no standard definition for it, and everyone has a different meaning. Before we go any further, let’s take a moment to talk about the trend… the IoT. The Internet of Things really comes down to four key things: Things – Physical “things” such as line of business assets, including industry devices or sensors...


Using Virtual Machine extensions to configure the OS on a VM

When deploying Azure VMs, in addition to configuring the platform-specific settings (such as Azure Storage or networking parameters), you can also configure the operating system and applications running in the VM. This ability depends on a software component called the Azure Virtual Machine Agent (VM agent). The primary purpose of the VM agent is to load additional software components called VM agent extensions that implement specific management, monitoring, or security...