How to setup Hands-on environment for test purposes

Vic D 21 Reputation points

We would like to setup a hands-on test environment for testing job candidates in data engineering particularly datafactory n databricks etc.
One option is create a test login n allocate a test resource group but we don't have access to AAD it's maintained by other dept.
Other could be use

Any other options, any suggestions is welcome

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  1. KranthiPakala-MSFT 46,432 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Vic D ,

    Welcome to Microsoft Q&A and thanks for your query.

    The other option I could think of is to utilize Monthly Azure credits for Visual Studio subscribers. If you’re a Visual Studio subscriber, you get Azure credits every month that you can use to explore and try Azure services. When you activate your credits, you’ll create a new Azure subscription, where you can start using them right away. No credit card is required.

    The amount of Azure credits that you receive depends on the type of Visual Studio subscription you have. When you reach the monthly cap for your credits, your Azure services will stop until your next monthly credits are added unless you choose to remove the spending cap by upgrading to pay-as-you-go pricing.

    Hope this info helps.


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  1. Vic D 21 Reputation points

    Thanks to know about Vis Studio option.

    Btw is there a link or a document to setup test environment in Azure Lab w access details etc

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  2. Vic D 21 Reputation points

    Thanks to know about Vis Studio option.

    Btw is there a link or a document to setup test environment in Azure Lab w access details etc

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  3. BhargaviAnnadevara-MSFT 5,466 Reputation points

    @Vic D There are two services on Azure that allow you to set up lab environments in the cloud:

    • Azure DevTest Labs - This service enables you to quickly set up an environment for your team (for example: development environment, or test environment in the cloud). A lab owner creates a lab, provisions Windows, or Linux virtual machines, installs the necessary software and tools, and makes them available to lab users. Lab users connect to virtual machines (VMs) in the lab, and use them for their day-to-day work, short-term projects.
    • Azure Lab Services - This service lets you create managed lab types. Currently, classroom labs is the only type of managed lab that's supported by Azure Lab Services. The service itself handles all the infrastructure management for a managed lab type, from spinning up VMs to handling errors, and scaling the infrastructure.

    From your description, I suppose Azure DevTest Labs would better suit your needs. With DevTest Labs, test environments can be easily created, updated, or duplicated. It allows teams to access a fully configured environment when it’s needed. For more information, see Use Azure DevTest Labs for VM and PaaS test environments.

    To get started with Azure DevTest Labs:

    Here are some additional resources that you can check out:

    Hope this helps. Do let us know if you have further questions.

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