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Exploring And Managing Azure Resources Using Microsoft Azure Mobile App

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Introduction

In this article, we will explore Microsoft Azure Mobile app for Android users, its features, capabilities, and how we, as a user, can make use of this app.

Prerequisites

Overview

Microsoft has introduced Azure Mobile App for Android and iPhone Azure subscribers to get connected with their own Azure resources 24 by 7. Mobile being human’s core partner, the app made the life easier for developers, entrepreneurs, or Admin to manage provisioned Azure resources anytime from anywhere. One can not only access and manage but also can monitor the health and status of Azure resources. This helps in quickly resolving the issues encountered.

With the latest updates, the user can even run the commands to manage resources, making it more and more convenient for users to keep the critical resources up and fine running over Cloud.

It comes up for both, Android at Google Play and Apple at the App Store. Today, in this article, we will look into Microsoft Azure app for Android users.

To know more about Azure mobile app, click here.

Installing Microsoft Azure App

You can visit Microsoft Azure mobile app official page and then select the Google Play link to download the Azure Mobile app for your Android device.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Or you can also click here to install the Microsoft Azure app from Google Play store.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

You can visit Google Play Store using your Android enabled mobile handset and search for Microsoft Azure, and click Install.

Note: Make sure that the app you select from the search list is from Microsoft Corporation only. Refer the above image for more details.

Once downloaded and installed, click on “Open”.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

What’s in Microsoft Azure Mobile app

Signing in is the traditional way to enter, and it goes the same here with giant cloud zone. You need to log in with your credentials holding Microsoft Azure subscription. As of now, you cannot sign-up for new subscriptions in the Azure Mobile App, but can’t predict what could happen in future.

There is also a link below for reading Privacy + Terms. Would recommend you go through it once.

Enter the email id and click “Sign in”.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

This account of mine is new free trial account created just before writing up this article. So, as of now, there are no resources to list up.

After successful login, the user will be first landed on to “All resources” section, wherein, all the resources associated with user’s subscription are listed, along with the subscription details.

Down below, we have four links associated with icons.

  • Favorites – So let me clear you here, it’s Favorites and not Favourites. The “Favorites” section goes for quick access to the data or saving an address of resource to manage in future at one go! Will look into how the resource can be clubbed in the “Favorites” section, later in this article.
  • Resource – This section comes by default after signing in to the Azure app. Here, all the associated resources to the subscription will get listed.
  • Notification – Here, all the notifications with respect to the user (subscription), products, and resource activities will be listed.
  • Cloud Shell – The most important section wherein a user can run ad hoc Azure CLI commands from the app to manage resources. Very soon, PowerShell will be added for sure (also mentioned on the offical website).Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Before getting into resource details, let’s check what its main menu comes with.

Click on the Menu icon at the top-left corner as highlighted in the above image. It shows account details, along with provision to add another account, of course, with Azure subscription. So, we can manage multiple subscriptions in Azure Mobile App.

Also, it has the following options.

  • Push notifications – By default, it’s On; Helps in getting notified about resource activities.
  • Feedback – Using this link, you can provide your suggestion or feedback with respect to Azure Mobile App.
  • Privacy + Terms – Click here to go through its details.

Also, it shows the version of the mobile app being installed and functional.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Third-party notices are also the part of the main menu.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Manging Resource Group & Resources

Click on the Resources listed here with a free subscription. We can see six tabs associated with every resource.

  • Status – This shows the resource’s current status as Active or Inactive.
  • Activity log – This shows activity of resource if encountered with error
  • Essentials – This states subscription name & location of the resource.
  • Resource groups – Resource groups being created under this subscription.
  • Properties – Properties listed here change resource to resource. Like if its subscription, it shows properties associated with Subscription like subscription id, etc. If the resource is Web App, it shows default hostname etc. So, to conclude, it shows the entities mostly listed under the “Overview” section in Microsoft Azure Web portal.
  • JSON – Resource details in JSON format.

Note
Above-listed six tabs are associated with Subscription. This may differ as per resource selected. For instance, if a resource selected is Logic App or Web app, along with above mentioned six tabs, there exists a tab named ‘Metrics’, which displays the health of the resource.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Click on JSON tab to view resource details in JSON script.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Now, go back by clicking the top-left upper arrow icon to go back to the Resource section.

Click on the “Notification” Icon. As mentioned earlier, this account is new, as of now, no new notification is received.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Now, click on “Cloud Shell” icon to start with running Azure LI commands. Azure CLI needs underline Azure Storage account, Azure file share to persist files.

As you click on Cloud Shell, it will ask you to create a storage account.

Click on “Create storage”.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

This will create an Azure Storage account as seen in the below image. And next, it starts initializing the user account for using Cloud Shell.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

As mentioned earlier, PowerShell is joining Azure Mobile App soon!

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Once Cloud Shell is initialized for user, we will have a welcome message along with short command info to start with.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Type ‘az’ and hit enter, to use Azure CLI 2.0.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Once Azure Storage account is created, it gets listed under Subscription- Resource group tab along with “All Resources” section.

Click on Resource group listed as highlighted in the below image.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Here, we can view the Storage account being created. Also, all tabs as explained above in this article. Refer the below image.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Hit on “Start” icon in the top-right corner. This will add this resource or resource group in favorites section for quick access in future.

Refer the below image.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

To verify as part of this article, let’s navigate to the “Favorites” section.

Here, we can now see Resource group being added.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

For better understanding the capabilities of Azure Mobile app, we have created two resources,

  • Azure Logic App in Resource group naming LogicAppDemo
  • Azure Web App & App Service Plan in Resource group naming WebAppforMobiledemo

And the new resources created now can be seen in Azure Mobile app. No logout-login needed for this resource created using Azure web portal to get sync with the mobile app.

Click on WebAppforMobiledemo resource group.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Here, we can see resource App Service Plan and Web App now being listed along with other details. The green tick icon says these resources to be with status as Active.

Click on Web App resource.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Now we can see the status of the web app as Running. Also, it displays a few details of Web App resource like resource group name, it’s clubbed with, location, App service plan, Metrics, Subscription, & other.

At the bottom, we can see three icons with name.

  • Stop – This will stop Web app resource.
  • Restart- As name says will restart web app.
  • Browse – Will open up Web app in browser.Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Click on the icon with the name “Browse”. This will open up a web app in mobile browser.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Now, let’s bring down this website or stop hosting. Click on the icon with name “Stop”. This pops up a message for confirming the action.

Click “Yes”.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Observe the status. It is now changed to Stopped. Also, the icon below changes now with an option to start & browse.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Check by hitting the icon “Browse”, and we can see that the website is not active!

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Click on the “Start” icon to make the Web App live again.

Now, coming back to “All resources” section, click on resource group named “LogicAppDemo” to explore the Azure Logic App.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Here, we can see the resource Azure Logic App listed along with other details. The green tick icon says these resources to be with status as Active.

Click on “Logic App” resource.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

We can see the status of Logic app as Running. Also, it displays a few details of Logic App resource like resource group name, it’s clubbed with, location, Metrics, Subscription & Run, and Triggers details.

At the bottom, we can see one icon with the name –

  • Disable – This will disable Azure Logic App workflow.Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Now, let’s disable the Azure Logic App workflow.

Tap on the Disable icon. This pops up a message for confirming the action. Click “Yes”.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Observe the Status. It’s now changed to Disabled. Also, the icon below changes now with an option “Enable”.

Microsoft Azure Mobile App

Summary

Easy installation, quicker login, allowing multiple subscription, enabling Command Shell, & easy management of resources make this app super useful for Azure Resource Management. With a few taps, you have full control of your resources. Instant sync with Azure Web portal makes the mobile app play a critical role in resource management.

Microsoft releases app updates at regular interval. Would recommend to get this installed & keep an eye on these updates to leverage the power of Azure in a mobile app.

Note from author

  • Preferable – using this App when WI-FI is On or with strong Mobile Network.
  • All the above images used are actual screenshots of Azure Mobile App.

Thank you! Happy Azure Coding!

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