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Get Ahead of Infrastructure Chaos with IaC

Why IaC? Infrastructure as code is a way of managing and automating your company’s IT infrastructure using code. Code is written in a specific language that can be read and understood by computers, which helps automate tasks and ensure your infrastructure is always up to date. In the past, infrastructure has been managed using a…
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What’s New in Azure: A Summary of the Last 30 Days (July 2022)

Published date: 01 August 2022 Generally available: Azure Public IPv6 offerings are free as of July 31 Effective July 31 2022, all Public IPv6 Addresses and Public IPv6 Prefixes will be free. The Public IP billing meters will also reflect this change with updated naming: Basic IPv4 Public IP, Basic IPv4 Static Public IP, and Standard…
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Microsoft Sentinel: The beginner’s guide

Azure Sentinel is a cloud-based security information and event management (SIEM) solution that enables you to detect, investigate, and respond to threats in your Azure environment. Azure Sentinel is built on the Microsoft intelligence platform, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to help you find threats faster. Azure Sentinel integrates with other…
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Microsoft’s Zero Trust Model: Summarised

Zero Trust Principles Verify explicitly Protect assets against attacker control by explicitly validating that all trust and security decisions use all relevant available information and telemetry. Use least privilege access Limit access to a potentially compromised asset with just-in-time and just-enough-access (JIT/JEA), and risk-based policies like adaptive access control. Assume breach Assume attackers can and…
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Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect: Exam Review

SC-100 was released around the 1st week of July 2022 – candidates for this exam should have advanced experience and knowledge in a wide range of security engineering areas, including identity and access, platform protection, security operations, securing data, and securing applications.  Skills measured Design a Zero Trust strategy and architecture (30–35%) Evaluate Governance Risk…
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Authoring Azure DevOps Pipelines

A short blog on the key concepts and components that make up a pipeline. And understanding how to get started, what tools to use and what links to follow. Pre-requisites: A DevOps project and a blank YAML file in the repo. VS Code installed. Azure Pipelines extension installed (Ref. https://marketplace.visualstudio.com/items?itemName=ms-azure-devops.azure-pipelines) Some patience with code 🤣…
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Azure Support Engineer for Connectivity Specialty: Exam review

AZ-720 was released around the last week of June 2022. This exam focuses troubleshoot hybrid environments, including issues with Azure Virtual Machines, virtual networks, and connectivity between on-premises and Azure services. As per Microsoft: Candidates for this exam should have experience with networking and with hybridenvironments, including knowledge of routing, permissions, and account limits. They…
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Packer – Creating OS Images in Azure

Packer is an open-source tool that enables you to create identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source template. A common use case is creating “golden images” that teams across an organization can use in cloud infrastructure. Ref. : Packer by HashiCorp For customization of Azure, refer: Azure arm – Builders | Packer…
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Multiple backups per day for Azure VMs

Though this feature is in public preview but is good to have for mission-critical workloads. Azure Virtual Machine Backup enables you to create an enhanced policy to take multiple snapshots a day. Understanding your need to protect mission-critical workloads in Azure Virtual Machines, Azure Backup now previews low recovery point objective (RPO) to as low as four hours.…
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Securing Azure DevOps

Security should always be the topmost concern when working with information and data, especially when working in a cloud-based solution, like Azure DevOps. Microsoft keeps the underlying cloud infrastructure secure, but it’s up to the end-user to configure security in Azure DevOps. Here’s a quick checklist. 😀 Authentication Enable Azure AD authentication from the Organization…
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