Latest Azure Guest OS

As of the end of 2014 we have:

Family IsDefault Version
3 False WA-GUEST-OS-3.17_201407-01
3 False WA-GUEST-OS-3.20_201410-01
3 True WA-GUEST-OS-3.21_201411-01
4 False WA-GUEST-OS-4.10_201407-01
4 False WA-GUEST-OS-4.13_201410-01
4 True WA-GUEST-OS-4.14_201411-01

According to the documentation site (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/ee924680.aspx)  the latest versions are due to expire on the 11th of January with the new versions being enabled on the 5th January. I guess that means a lot of people will have to spend their first week back at work testing the new os release in the 5 working days before the existing guest oses are retired.

Updated Azure Guest OS List

Azure Guest OS List

Family IsDefault Version
1 False WA-GUEST-OS-1.37_201407-01
1 False WA-GUEST-OS-1.40_201410-01
1 True WA-GUEST-OS-1.41_201411-01
2 False WA-GUEST-OS-2.29_201407-01
2 False WA-GUEST-OS-2.32_201410-01
2 True WA-GUEST-OS-2.33_201411-01
3 False WA-GUEST-OS-3.17_201407-01
3 False WA-GUEST-OS-3.20_201410-01
3 True WA-GUEST-OS-3.21_201411-01
4 False WA-GUEST-OS-4.10_201407-01
4 False WA-GUEST-OS-4.13_201410-01
4 True WA-GUEST-OS-4.14_201411-01

The official update http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/ee924680.aspx is a month old.

Some of the expiry dates are getting stale – it claims that items that are still active are already retired.

It should be updated weekly.

According to the source the most recent oses will become unavailable on the 11th January 2015.

This is great – straight back after new year on the 6th January and we will have less than a week to get the next os ready.

Webpicmd and boxstarter

On any sufficiently complex team project you will eventually need to find a way to keep the developer machines (and the build servers) aligned.

The web platform installer is a great way of getting started on this.

Now the webpi also has a command line version that must be run as admin.

The following will list the software that you have installed:

webpicmd /list /listoption:installed

Then you can build a script similar to the following:

#Install-WindowsUpdate -AcceptEula
#Update-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted
#Set-ExplorerOptions -showHidenFilesFoldersDrives -showProtectedOSFiles -showFileExtensions
#Enable-RemoteDesktop
#Enable-MicrosoftUpdate
#Set-TaskbarSmall
# install Visual Studio instances, SQL Server first
# Web Platform Installer (get a full list of packages you can install from webpi using "clist -source webpi")
#cinst webpi
#choco webpi IISExpress_ByPlatform
#choco webpi SQLLocalDB
#choco webpi WIF
#choco webpi WDeploy
# Web Platform Installer : Specific Versions – need to update to latest if newer exists
#choco webpi WindowsAzureSDK_2_2
# Visual Studio Extensions
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "VsVim" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/59ca71b3-a4a3-46ca-8fe1-0e90e3f79329/file/6390/46/VsVim.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "IndentGuides" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/e792686d-542b-474a-8c55-630980e72c30/file/48932/19/IndentGuide%20v14.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "SpellChecker" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/a23de100-31a1-405c-b4b7-d6be40c3dfff/file/104494/2/VSSpellCheckerPackage.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "VSCommands2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/c6d1c265-7007-405c-a68b-5606af238ece/file/106247/15/SquaredInfinity.VSCommands.VS12.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "ProductivityPowerTools2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/dbcb8670-889e-4a54-a226-a48a15e4cace/file/117115/3/ProPowerTools.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "WebEssentials2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/56633663-6799-41d7-9df7-0f2a504ca361/file/105627/31/WebEssentials2013.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "SlowCheetahXmlTransforms" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/69023d00-a4f9-4a34-a6cd-7e854ba318b5/file/55948/22/SlowCheetah.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "AngularJsSpaTemplate" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/5af151b2-9ed2-4809-bfe8-27566bfe7d83/file/119298/2/Extension.vsix
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "VSColorOutput2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/f4d9c2b5-d6d7-4543-a7a5-2d7ebabc2496/file/63103/7/VSColorOutput.vsix 12
#Install-ChocolateyVsixPackage "HotTowelSpa2013" http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/1eb8780d-d522-4dcf-bf56-56f0eab305c2/file/111219/4/HotTowelSpa.2013.vsix 12
# Browsers
#cinst GoogleChrome
#cinst GoogleChrome.Dev
#cinst GoogleChrome.Canary
cinst Firefox
cinst Opera
# Source Control
cinst git.install
cinst git-credential-manager-for-windows
cinst SourceTree
#cinst Post-GIT-HG
cinst github
#cinst hg
#cinst svn
#cinst tortoisehg
#cinst tortoisesvn
#cinst tortoisegit
#cinst visualsvn
#cinst VisualHG
#cinst tfsSidekicks2012
# Editors
cinst vim
#cinst sublimetext2
#cinst markpad
cinst visualstudiocode
cinst atom
cinst brackets
# JetBrains (PhpStorm has everthing that WebStorm does and more)
#cinst dotpeek
#cinst dotTrace
#cinst resharper
#cinst PhpStorm
# RegGate
#cinst reflector
# Web / Internet / Network
#cinst nginx
#cinst curl
#cinst nmap
cinst wireshark
#cinst OwinHost
#cinst Wget
# Social
cinst skype
cinst slack
# Languages
cinst nodejs.install
#cinst ruby
#cinst ruby.devkit
#cinst Lua
#cinst clojure
#cinst HaskellPlatform
#cinst groovy
#cinst golang
#cinst scala
#cinst python
#cinst php
#cinst erlang
# development utilities
cinst yeoman
cinst fiddler4
cinst linqpad
cinst kdiff3
#cinst beyondcompare
#cinst mysql.workbench
#cinst GnuWin
cinst dependencywalker
cinst typescript
cinst HxD
#cinst snoop
cinst stylecop
#cinst ScriptCs
cinst ilmerge
cinst postman
# general utilities
#cinst 7zip.install
cinst sysinternals
#cinst pstools
cinst putty
cinst filezilla
#Install-ChocolateyPinnedTaskBarItem "$env:programfiles\filezilla\filezilla.exe"
cinst rdcman
cinst greenshot
cinst hashcheck
#cinst AzureStorageExplorer
cinst lockhunter
#cinst sharpkeys
#cinst f.lux
# end user
cinst treesizefree
cinst iTunes
#cinst kindle
cinst vlc
# Environment
#cinst Microsoft-Hyper-V-All -source windowsFeatures
#cinst IIS-WebServerRole -source windowsfeatures
# cloud
cinst dropbox
cinst googledrive
#cinst OneDrive
#cinst sugarsync
# graphics, games, audio
cinst OpenCV
#cinst openal
#cinst unity
cinst blender
cinst freecad
cinst inkscape
cinst audacity
# testing
#cinst specflow
#cinst nunit
# Continuous Integration
#cinst NAnt
#cinst jenkins
#cinst cruisecontrol.net
# Android Development
#cinst android-sdk
#cinst AndroidStudio

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Then in a powershell prompt:

START http://boxstarter.org/package/nr/url?https://path/to/myfile.txt

This with a bit of testing can give you a full machine setup for say your CI servers without requiring complex maintenance.

This is before you have to write a single script!

Why is Apple Software Considered Intuitive

The iTunes application is probably the most counter intuitive software on the planet. This seems to cotradict the claim that Apple software is intuitive.

I have an iPod suffle – the only way to remove a single track was to remove all music and reload it. The UI has entirely from random elements with no clue as to how to navigate between them.