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Azure Did You Know? Management using the Cross Platform Command Line Interface

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The Microsoft Azure Xplat-CLI provides a cross-platform command line interface for managing, deploying, configuring and developing Microsoft Azure applications and services. While the browser based Management Portal works great, you can’t script and automate it. Using the Xplat-CLI you can do just that! Unlike PowerShell, that only supports Windows, the Xplat-CLI supports Windows, Mac OSX and Linux!
Xplat-CLI-on-OSX
Some interesting facts about the Xplat-CLI are that it’s written in JavaScript, runs on Node.js, and is Open Source.
The following short video “Azure SDK Comparison – Node Command Line, PowerShell, and Visual Studio integration for Azure VMs” with Scott Hanselman and Corey Sanders contains a nice, brief overview of using the Xplat-CLI.

Here are some additional resources and tutorials on using the Azure Xplat-CLI:
Install and Configure the Azure CLI
Using the Azure CLI for Mac, Linux, and Windows with Azure Service Management
The majority of the Azure documentation showcases both the browser-based management portal and the PowerShell cmdlets. It’s important to remember that Azure is about much more than Windows, and the Xplat-CLI is some additional proof of that.
Happy scripting!

About the Author

Chris is an Azure Solutions Architect with more than 14 years of experience building Enterprise systems using a wide array of Microsoft technologies, including Bing Maps and the Microsoft Azure cloud. He has been a 5 time recipient of the Microsoft MVP award. Chris has successfully implemented numerous Enterprise solutions on the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform since its initial release all the way back in 2010.

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