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Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

Exam review: AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals

When did you last sit an official industry exam? For me, it's been more years than I care to count! But recently, a group of staff at my local Microsoft office planned to sit the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam ... continue reading
Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

Getting started with Azure Monitor Dynamic Thresholds

For IT Operations teams, performance metrics are essential to monitoring server health. They give you an early warning of potential problems and some quantifiable data over “the computers are running slow”. They also give you data to back up a ... continue reading
Using PowerShell to import and export Azure Blueprints

Using PowerShell to import and export Azure Blueprints

I’ve previously written an overview of what Azure Blueprints are and why you’d use them, so if you are unfamiliar with them, check out Getting started with Azure Blueprints. As the Azure Blueprints service is still in Preview, you won’t ... continue reading
Getting started with Azure Blueprints

Getting started with Azure Blueprints

While the Cloud allows for speed and flexibility, there are still valid reasons for controlling the configuration of Cloud resources – including regulatory compliance requirements. Azure Governance consists of several services to enforce or audit resources inside Azure and now ... continue reading
Best practices for naming your Microsoft Azure resources

Best practices for naming your Microsoft Azure resources

When talking about Cloud infrastructure, you might have come across the phrase “Pets versus cattle.” It appeared around 2012 when Bill Baker used it to differentiate between servers that can never be down and servers that are easily replaceable (e.g ... continue reading
How to use Multiple Sign-in Accounts inside of Azure Portal

How to use Multiple Sign-in Accounts inside of Azure Portal

It's common for people running IT operations to use a few different identity accounts when working in Microsoft's online services. You may use a standard one for everyday activities and an administrator-level account with greater access when you need to ... continue reading
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Getting started with the Azure Pricing Calculator

Most infrastructure architects can clearly detail their on-premises capability or requirements, often accompanied by a Visio diagram. Defining a Cloud version of that same capability can be a little trickier. With services in the Cloud charging on a "Pay as ... continue reading

No resetting passwords at 2am – welcome to password-less authentication!

When a senior executive rings the helpdesk on-call number at 2am, you blearily log in and reset their password. They could be travelling, or just working really late on an important deadline. And despite having educated everybody a number of ... continue reading

MS Ignite Tips: Define your Cloud Identity

For many organizations, creating new workloads in Azure or moving existing workloads first requires a conversation about Cloud Identity. Azure Active Directory provides a number of architecture options, including ways to link your existing on-premises Active Directory to Azure, streamlining ... continue reading