Azure DevOps Pipelines – Keeping your pipelines DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself)

Working on Azure DevOps Pipelines you may notice some repetition over time, whether that be copying the same stage or task multiple times but changing some values. This will result in your pipeline growing and growing unnecessary over time. What…

Terraforming from zero to pipelines as code with Azure DevOps

Are you ready to Terraform? Are you ready to deploy to Azure via Pipelines as code? Then you are going to enjoy this blog post! I've blogged a lot recently about Azure DevOps and Terraform; both very relevant topics in…

Deploying ARM Templates using Azure DevOps Pipelines

Deploying ARM Templates and want to deploy using Azure DevOps Pipelines? Lets have a look in this blog post on how to achieve this! What is Azure DevOps? Deploying resources already into Azure; you probably already have came across using…

Log Analytics queries to CSV emailed using Azure Logic Apps

Log Analytics queries to CSV emailed using Azure Logic Apps can be used for automated reporting - using 4 steps! In this blog post, I will demo how this is done What are Logic Apps? A little resource with a…

Azure DevOps Pipelines Approval Gates

Deploying your pipeline from end-to-end is an automated process; but for some reason you want to have an approval before two stages or have hold between two stages, what can you do? You can add an approval gate to your…

Provision and storing Terraform backend state remotely to use with TerraformTaskV1@0

Terraform must store state about your Azure Infrastructure and additional configurations. This "state" is used by Terraform to plan against any related real world resources. It uses the state to create the plan when you run "terraform plan" and also…

Deploying Terraform using Azure DevOps with Build Artifacts

In this blog post, I am going to show how you can deploy Terraform using Azure DevOps with a Build Artifact that is created during the Terraform plan stage. Why Build Artifacts for Terraform? Working in a busy environment, you…

Azure AKS aad-pod-identity Status code ‘404’ fix

A quick blog post to show the fix I implemented in relation to receiving this error:- failed to update user-assigned identities on node aks-nodepool-12345-vmss (add [19], del [76], update[0]), error: failed to update identities for aks-nodepool-12345-vmss in MC_aks_cluster_uksouth, error: azure.BearerAuthorizer#WithAuthorization:…

Azure Managed Identities and Service Principals

Azure Managed Identities and Service Principals and talked about regularly, in this blog I will go into briefly which each is and the main difference between a managed identity and service principal. Keeping credentials safe and secure has always been…

Query Azure SQL Database using Service Principal with PowerShell

Looking to query Azure SQL SQL Database using Service Principal with PowerShell? Have a look at this blog post! Recently I had been asked to configure a script that can be used to query an Azure SQL Database table data…