Azure Portals

Azure have two deployment models for deploying and managing the azure services:

  • Resource Manager (ARM – Azure Resource Manager)
  • Classic (ASM – Azure Service Manager)

 

Azure Service Manager:

  • The configuration files work based on XML files.
  • Azure services are limited and features are limited to certain extent.
  • Cannot manage the ARM resources.
  • Cannot able to group resources when there are multiple virtual machines are running on the same subscription. [In case, if there are multiple projects/clients]
  • Resource management is not possible as the service administrator/co-administrator will have full access to the resources.
  • Portal: https://manage.windowsazure.com

 

Azure Resource Manager:

  • The configuration files work based on JSON files.
  • Azure Services are endless and lot of featured available for a service.
  • Can manage the ASM resources. [The resource type includes (classic) in the name]
  • Can able to group resources when there are multiple virtual machines are running on the same subscription. [In case, if there are multiple projects/clients]
  • Resource management is easy with RBAC (Role Based Access Control). In this, it is possible to define the different roles to the different services.
  • Portal: https://portal.azure.com

 

Important Considerations: 

  • It is not possible to use Azure Resource Manager to deploy a virtual machine into a virtual network that was created using classic deployment.
  • It is not possible to create a virtual machine using the Azure Resource Manager from a user image that was created using the Azure Service Management.
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