Microsoft Ignite – Day 3 Roundup

Took a different approach today, spent the morning speaking to vendors and some Microsoft staff on various resources within Azure. This followed by a couple of Microsoft Mechanic sessions, the first focusing on Azure data warehousing and how the newly announced Azure Synapse Analytics service can benefit this even further Azure Synapse, combining data analytics…

Azure Automation Runbook – Stop/Start Azure Firewall

Azure Automation runbooks can be used for numerous scheduled tasks throughout your Azure subscription, in this blog I will show how it can be used to stop & start Azure Firewall in both a schedule and invoking using a webhook. What types of runbooks are available? Type Description Graphical Based on Windows PowerShell that uses…

Azure DNS:- Creating a Private DNS Zone

Azure DNS is a resource to host Domain Name System (DNS) in Azure, with this comes: Ultra-high availability Fast DNS queries Further redundancy of DNS due to Azure DNS being classified with ultra-high availability No additional Virtual Machine (VM) to act as a DNS server if further Active Directory Integration is not required Ability to…

Securing your secrets using Azure Key Vault and Virtual Machine Managed Identity

In my previous blog I gave an overview of Azure Managed Identity, specifically around virtual machines and managed identities. In this, I will be detailing the process of implementing a secure use of Key Vault with this virtual machine and how Identity Management can be used to retrieve secrets. There are two types of managed…

Azure Managed Identities

Keeping credentials safe and secure has always been a priority, even more so when in the cloud – quite a potential challenge this can be within your application, virtual machine or requirements to authenticate to additional cloud services Within Microsoft Azure, using managed identities is one of the security precautions can assist you with the…

Azure Gateway VPN & Custom Routing via Third-Party Firewall Appliance

Within your Azure Virtual Network (vNET) you may require connectivity from an additional source, options available include:- vNET Peer VPN Gateway ExpressRoute Gateway vNET Peer Common connection method for theoretically peering onto another Azure vNET, routing is done via the the Microsoft backbone and to the end user it will look like an extension of…

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