This post was written by Sagar Chandra Reddy Lankala in collaboration with Ji Eun Kwon. Sagar and Ji Eun currently serve as the Program Managers for Azure Lab Services at Microsoft.
We are excited to announce that the integration of Azure Lab Services with Microsoft Teams is now generally available. With this new integration, you can now create labs within a team and provision VM’s to everyone on the team membership list.
Creation of a lab within a team simplifies the entire workflow and provides the following benefits –
- Educators can set up labs and students can access their VMs within Teams, without having to navigate to the Azure Lab Services website.
- Single Sign-on (SSO) from Teams to Azure Lab Services.
- Team and Lab owners need not maintain class rosters in two different systems – Lab user list is auto-populated from the team membership and a sync is performed every 24 hours automatically.
- After the initial publish of the template VM, Lab Capacity (that is, number of VMs in the lab) would be automatically adjusted based on the addition/deletion of users from the team membership.
- Team and Lab owners will view only the labs related to the team and students will view only the VMs, which are provisioned for the specific team.
- Users will be auto registered to the lab and VMs will be automatically assigned upon first login after the lab is published. Educators don’t need to send invitations and students don’t need to register for the lab separately.
We hope that the ability to create a lab within Teams and provision VM’s to all the team members will be helpful to you as educators continue to work in remote/hybrid learning environments.
Please take a look at our documentation on how to create a lab within Teams.