Deploying, securing, and monitoring Azure OpenAI with Terraform

In this post I wanted to summarise some of my recent activities deploying, securing, and monitoring Azure OpenAI with Terraform. This is an area I am regularly discussing with Clients – talking about possibilities, delivering demos, and looking at different options to integrate the range of Azure AI and Azure OpenAI Services into business applications and processes. I’ve created my […]

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Starting 2024 the right way, again! 5 great resources to help create a successful Azure Environment

Earlier this month I wrote a post about my key takeaways from 2023, related to core foundational elements that need consideration when planning and deploying an Azure Environment. In this post, I wanted to focus on 5 key items I’ve found helpful when designing, enhancing, and supporting Azure environments – with a specific focus on key foundational areas, aligned to […]

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Starting 2024 the right way… Foundational Azure takeaways from 2023

Background Just over a year ago (time flies!), I wrote a post about the importance of the right foundation when working with Cloud Environments – it’s an area that I talk to customers, both new and existing, about all the time. The right foundation in my view is absolutely integral to ensuring success in Cloud environments, and is also essential […]

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Festive Tech Calendar 2023 – An Introduction to Azure Terraform

This month I have been participating the Festive Tech Calendar Event – a great community event filled with loads of awesome sessions! You can find out more about the event and all of the sessions here: https://festivetechcalendar.com/ My Session – An Introduction to Azure Terraform! My session is a video that provides an introduction to Azure Terraform – you can […]

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Upcoming changes to outbound access for Azure VMs – Exploring the Terraform Options

As you may be aware, default outbound access for Azure VMs will change on 30th September 2025 – and the recommendation is to transition to an explicit outbound method. It’s worth noting that existing VMs will continue to work – however, there is still a recommendation to transition: You can read more about this announcement here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/updates/default-outbound-access-for-vms-in-azure-will-be-retired-transition-to-a-new-method-of-internet-access/ Default outbound access […]

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Testing out my Azure Demo Lab with Terraform Cloud

Demo Environment Overview Diagram

Recently I have been working with Terraform Cloud to deploy Azure Environments, and in my previous post I wrote about an overview of Terraform Cloud, Prerequisites for Azure Deployment, and shared some tips and links to get started. You can read this post here. ✅ In this post I wanted to expand further by running through my own Demo/Lab Environment […]

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Azure Back to School 2023 – My Sessions Recap and Resources

Azure Back to School 2023 Logo

Last month I had the pleasure of taking part in Azure Back to School 2023 – a community event that takes place in September and hosts a range of contributors and content to share knowledge with the community! You can read more about Azure Back to School here – https://azurebacktoschool.github.io/.  ✅ There’s a huge list of awesome sessions and speakers […]

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Azure Deployment using Terraform Cloud – Overview, Prerequisites, Sample Code, and Resources

I’ve been using Terraform Cloud to create Azure Environments for some time, and in this post, I wanted to share an overview of Terraform Cloud, the prerequisites for deploying Azure environments using it, and provide additional resources to help get started. Note – this article is not exhaustive, and there are other ways of getting started and different potential setups […]

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Resources to help study for the AI-102 Exam

Recently I took and passed the AI-102 Exam, Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution – which earns the Certification Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate. I must admit, I have found the AI exams to be challenging, as they are a totally new topic to me, requiring time spent reading the learning materials, as well as creating test and […]

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Azure Advisor – Testing the Cost Optimization Workbook Public Preview

Public preview: Assess cost optimization opportunities using new workbook template in Azure Advisor

Recently the Azure Advisor Cost Optimization Workbook was made available in Public Preview. This workbook aims to provide a centralised location that enables a number of common methods for identifying cost optimization opportunities, aligned to the Well Architected Framework Cost Optimization Pillar. It is a great place to start a cost optimization journey and make effective changes to ensure optimal […]

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Azure Cross-Region (Global) Load Balancer – Demo Environment

As you may have seen, the Cross-Region (Global) Azure Load Balancer has recently become Generally Available (10th July 2023) – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/updates/azure-s-crossregion-load-balancer-is-now-generally-available/. I decided therefore to create a test and demo environment for it – whereby a quick example can be deployed to get started. ✅ For a detailed overview of Cross-Region Load Balancer, please see here: https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/load-balancer/cross-region-overview  Overview The Cross-Region […]

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EUC Forum July 2023 Meeting – Resources and Slides

This week I had the pleasure of presenting at the EUC Forum Meeting, which was hosted in Manchester. Alongside my friend and fellow MVP Jon Jarvis, we presented the session “Unleashing the Power of Code-Driven Virtual Desktop Deployments for AVD & Windows 365“.  Click here to find out more about the awesome EUC Forum! This session focused on the tooling required […]

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