You can now create Azure Labs directly in Microsoft Teams

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  • Azure Lab Services' integration with Microsoft Teams has become generally available (GA), according to a recent Microsoft announcement.
  • The integration brings along a smoother, streamlined workflow, and a lot of benefits for both Teams and Labs users.
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Azure Labs integration with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft recently announced that Azure Lab Services’ integration with Microsoft Teams has officially become generally available (GA).

Thus, you can now easily create labs within Microsoft Teams using Azure Lab Services for a more streamlined experience with your team members.

What are the benefits of the Lab-Teams integration?

It’s worth mentioning that Azure Lab Services allows users to configure and use virtual machines in various scenarios, including pen-testing labs, cybersecurity courses, software testing, and development.

Being able to create a lab and share it with your team may bring the following benefits to the table:

  • Seamless lab configuration process
  • Labs can be accessed by invited users directly from within Teams
  • Team owners, members, and guests will be added to the lab users list automatically
  • Secure SSO (Single Sign-On) into Azure Lab Services directly from Teams
  • Merged rosters for easier management with team-lab synchronization every 24 hours
  • Automatic Lab Capacity adjustment based on the team roster size
  • Registrationless lab access for team members
  • Team member invitations to access created labs no longer required

It’s worth mentioning that even though all members (including guests) of a team can access the created labs, only team owners are able to create labs for their team.

How to create labs in Microsoft Teams?

First and foremost, you’ll need to add the Azure Lab Services app within the Teams channel of your choice. To do that, take the following steps:

  1. Go to your Teams channel of choice
  2. Click the + button to add a new tab
  3. Type Azure Lab Services in the appropriate field
  4. Click the app’s icon
  5. Choose the Azure Lab Services account you’ll use to create labs in the team
  6. Click the Save button

Once you do that, you can select the newly-created tab and manage your labs straight from Teams.