Tag: Azure

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Azure Pre-Emptive Maintenance

Back a few years ago it was not uncommon to see a requirement for VMs to be rebooted when maintenance to apply updates to the underlying host was required, every few months. Fortunately this is now mostly a thing of the past, with most updates now being applied using Azure’s in place upgrade process

Azure Security Audits with Pester

Pester is a versatile testing framework built using PowerShell. In this article we are going to look at using Pester to audit our Azure infrastructure for security compliance. We’ve previously discussed using Pester to test Azure resources in our infrastructure pipeline. In that article we used Pest

Building an Infrastructure Pipeline Part 1 Version Control

Defining Infrastructure as Code is becoming prevalent in all areas of IT, but none more so than in the cloud. Be this Azure Resource Manager Templates, AWS Cloudformation or third party tools like Terraform. Once you’ve gone down this route, you open up the ability to treat your infrastructure code

Azure Free Accounts

Microsoft recently announced the introduction of Azure Free Accounts, these are credit and resources that are free for a certain time period. This is aimed at competing with AWS free tier and similar offerings. Before we take a look at what is on offer, there are a few caveats to check to see if you

Ignite Azure Update - Day 1

As expected, day 1 of Microsoft’s Ignite conference saw a large number of announcements across all products, including Azure. Below you’ll find my summary of Azure announcements I pulled in from the conference floor. There are a lot of quality of life announcements that didn’t necessarily make it in

Virtual Network Service Endpoints

It didn’t make it into todays Ignite Keynote, but today Microsoft released a preview of a new Azure service, Service Endpoints. It is now possible to take  Azure services that have previously only had public endpoints, and restrict these to only allow access from a specific virtual network (or multi