Azure as test environment

My current project involves the mono framework. It is crossplatform and runs on windows, linux and macos. The lack of diskspace (and time) for setting up a linux machine and the lack of money to buy a new macbook pro retina (which is very nice) make me do most of my testing on my windows machine. Not realy crossplatform as I run the dotNET framework on windows too. (obvious)

Here comes Windows Azure in to play with it’s preview features. The support for Linux virtual machines comes as a gift. Now I can do my testing on a dedicated cloud machine that runs something else as Windows. I even have the choice to create my own salted version of the prepared images.

Here are my steps:

  1. Create a Virtual Machine from the OpenLogic CentOS 6.2 image
  2. Use SSH to connect to the Virtual Machine and install Mono
    ssh -i privatekey.key etms@168.62.6.189:22
    sudo -s
    yum install bison gettext glib2 freetype fontconfig libpng libpng-devel libX11 libX11-devel glib2-devel libgdi* libexif glibc-devel urw-fonts java unzip gcc gcc-c++ automake autoconf libtool make bzip2 wget
    cd /usr/local/src
    wget http://download.mono-project.com/sources/mono/mono-2.10.8.tar.gz
    tar zxvf mono-2.10.8.tar.gz
    cd mono-2.10.8
    ./configure --prefix=/usr/local
    make && make install
    
  3. Test Mono installation
    /usr/local/bin/mono --version
    
  4. Capture the image for faster setup on next test
    waagent -deprovision
    

    Shutdown the Virtual Machine and Capture from the management site

  5. The captured image is now in the list of VM OS Selection

Now I can build my repository of test machines without taking up space on my own hardware. Whenever I need a machine it is up and running in less than 10 minutes. The cloud is an enabler for Testing As A Service.

This post is based on these posts from Microsoft and Phonicuk:

Commic like screenshot explanation

About erictummers

My work as a recruited developer changes almost every month. I like challenges and sharing the solutions with others. On my blog I’ll mostly post about my work, but expect an occasional home project, productivity tip and tooling review.
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