The Azure IaaS Book Of News – December 2022
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
3w ago
Here’s all the news that I thought was interesting for Ops and Security folks working with Azure IaaS from December 2022. Azure VMware Solution Azure VMware Solution Advanced Monitoring: This solution add-on deploys a virtual machine running Telegraf in Azure with a managed identity that has contributor and metrics publisher access to the Azure VMware Solution private cloud object. Telegraf then connects to vCenter Server and NSX-T Manager via API and provides responses to API metric requests from the Azure portal. Azure Kubernetes Service Microsoft and Isovalent partner to bring next gener ..read more
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Your Azure Migration Project Is Doomed To Fail
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
2M ago
That heading is a positive way to get your holiday spirit going, eh? I’m afraid I’m going to be your Festive Tech Calendar 2022 Grinch and rain doom and gloom on you for the next while. But hang on – The Grinch story ends with a happy-ever-after. In this article, I want to explain why a typical “Azure migration” project is doomed to fail to deliver what the business ultimately expects: an agile environment that delivers on the promises of The Cloud. The customers that are affected are typically larger: those with IT operations and one or more development teams that create software for the orga ..read more
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Ignite 2022 IaaS Blog Post Of News
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
2M ago
This post is my alternative to the Microsoft Ignite “Book of News”. You’ve probably heard of or even read the Ignite Book of News. This is a PDF that is sent out to those under NDA (media, MVPs, and so on) before Microsoft Ignite starts. After the kickoff, the document is shared publicly. The Book of News is heavily shaped by Marketing, focusing on highlights and the “message” of the conference. The Book of News is not complete, despite all claims by those who are poorly informed – over the years, I’ve found countless announcements from sessions and product group blog posts that were not in th ..read more
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Azure Firewall Basic – For Small/Medium Business & “Branch”
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
4M ago
Microsoft has just announced a lower cost SKU of Azure Firewall, Basic, that is aimed at small/medium business but could also play a role in “branch office” deployments in Microsoft Azure. Standard & Premium Azure Firewall launched with a Standard SKU several years ago. The Standard SKU offered a lot of features, but some things deemed necessary for security were missing: IDPS and TLS Inspection were top of the list. Microsoft added a Premium SKU that added those features as well as fuller web category inspection and URL filtering (not just FQDN). However, some customers didn’t adopt Azure ..read more
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3 Tips For MS Certification Hands-On-Labs
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
6M ago
Here are my three tips for improving your results in a hands-on-lab in Microsoft certification exam: Read the task description carefully. Optimise your time. Review your work. About Hands-On-Labs If you’ve sat a Microsoft century exam over the past quarter century then you are familiar with the traditional format: Either a simple scenario or a case study. Multiple choice questions where you select one best answer or multiple answers that are correct or part of the best solution, or sometimes ordering the steps. “Correct” answers that are wrong and “wrong” answers that are right depending on ..read more
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Dealing With Azure Capacity Shortages
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
7M ago
In this post, I will discuss the recent news that Azure is having some serious capacity issues affecting customers in 2022 that could last into 2023. The News Personally, I didn’t think that Azure having capacity issues was news. I thought that thanks to all the jokes on social media, everyone took it for granted that the effects of the pandemic and cargo crises had crippled electronics supplies the world over. Even the recent news that the annual MVP renewal (July 1st) was being postponed to July 5 was jokingly blamed on the capacity issues. Last Friday, The Information (subscription required ..read more
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Deploy Shared Azure Bastion To Virtual WAN Spoke
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
8M ago
In this post, I will explain how you can deploy Azure Bastion into a spoke in a hub & spoke architecture with a Virtual WAN hub – and use that Bastion to securely log into virtual machines in other spokes using RDP or SSH. I will also explain why this has limitations in a hub & spoke architecture with a VNet-based hub. The Need Even organisations that opt for a PaaS-only Azure implementation need virtual machines. Once you do network security, you need virtual machines for those DevOps build agents or those GitHub runners. And realistically, migrated legacy workloads need VMs. And thin ..read more
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Digital Transformation Is Not Just A Tech Thing
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
1y ago
In this post, I want to discuss why many businesses fail to get what they expect from The Cloud – why their “digital transformation” (or “cloud transformation”) fails. Cloud Concerns We’ve all seen the surveys. CIOs are scared about lots of things when it comes to cloud migration/adoption. Costs might overrun. Security might be insufficient. Skills are in short supply. I’m afraid to say those are all concerns – manageable ones. The big question is rarely discussed until it is too late: what are we really getting into? Failure Starts In The Middle Many cloud adoption projects start at the wrong ..read more
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Az Module Scripts in GitHub Actions
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
1y ago
In this post, I will show how to run Azure Az module scripts as tasks in a GitHub action workflow. Working examples can be found in my GitHub AzireFirewall/DevSecOps repo which is the content for my DevSecOps articles. Credit to my old colleague Alan Kinane for getting me started with his post, Azure CI/CD with ARM templates and GitHub Actions. Why Use A Script? One can do some simple deployment tasks, but a script offers some advantages: A task that runs a deployment A simple PowerShell/Azure CLI task that runs an inline script But you might want something that does more. For example, you m ..read more
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Az Module Scripts in DevOps Pipelines
Aidan Finn, IT Pro
by AFinn
1y ago
In this post, I will show how to run Azure Az module scripts as tasks in an Azure DevOps pipeline. Working examples can be found in my GitHub AzireFirewall/DevSecOps repo which is the content for my DevSecOps articles. Why Use A Script? One can use simple deployment tasks in a DevOps pipeline: A task that runs a deployment A simple PowerShell/Azure CLI task that runs an inline script But you might want something that does more. For example, you might want to do some error checking. Or maybe you are going to use a custom container (Azure Container Registry) and execute complex tasks from it ..read more
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