The process for publishing a Azure Lab Services, Lab to your students can take up to several hours depending on the number of VMs that will be created in your lab. You should give yourself at least a day to set up a lab to ensure that it’s working properly and to allow enough time to publish students’ VMs.
Before you setup a new lab, you should consider the following questions:
Based on your class’s learning objectives, you should decide which OS, applications, tools, etc. need to be installed on the lab’s VMs. To set up lab VMs, you have three options:
There are a variety of compute sizes that you can choose from that includes:
Refer to the guide on VM sizing to see the complete list of available compute sizes.
If your lab VMs need to use external resources, such as a database, file share, licensing server, etc. you will need to coordinate with your IT\Admins to ensure that your lab has access to these resources.
AzLabs uses a pay-as-you go pricing model which means that you only pay for the time that a lab VM is running. To control costs, you have three options that are typically used in conjunction with one another:
Students are each assigned their own VM that is assigned to them for the lifetime of the lab. They can choose to:
To use OneDrive, you may choose to configure this automatically for students on their lab VMs. Additional information on this is provided below.
For RDP to Windows VMs, we recommend students use Microsoft Remote Desktop client . Remote Desktop client supports Macs, Chromebooks, and Windows.
For Linux VMs, students may use either SSH or RDP. To connect using RDP, you are responsible for installing and configuring the necessary RDP and GUI packages. More details on this is provided below.
Once you’ve considered the above questions; you are ready to set up and manage a classroom lab. Follow the below steps using the provided links:
To customize images and publish VMs in your lab, you connect to a special VM called the template VM; refer to steps to the following links:
If using Windows, you should also refer to steps in the following guide; this includes steps for setting up OneDrive and Office for your students use:
You can easily scale up or down VM capacity as-needed by your class. Keep in mind that increasing the VM capacity may take several hours since this involves setting up new VMs. Refer to steps in the following link:
To add users to your lab by referring to steps in the following links:
Also refer to the following link for information on the types of accounts that students can use:
To control the costs of your lab, set schedules, quotas, and auto-shutdown; refer to steps in the following links:
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