Category: Lab

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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How I deploy my Azure Lab Environments

A recent topic of conversation with colleagues, friends in the technical community, and customers I work with, has been how I manage and deploy lab environments. I have to regularly deploy lab environments both for my own use (learning, training, etc.), and for customer demos – and often need to spin up/down these environments with little notice, relying on as […]

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Updated! – Securing your deployment with code scanning in GitHub Actions

Security scanning of code, before, during, and after deployment is a great way to enhance the security of any project. Knowing that your code is being analysed for issues before deployment, during the build phase, and then after deployment when you are in the support/run phase, can really help to improve the security posture of an environment, with minimal effort […]

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Updates to my Terraform Azure base Lab Environments

Earlier this year I blogged about some Lab Environments I’d created using Terraform, and shared in my GitHub repo: “Recently I have been working more and more with Terraform – and seeing the benefits to what I can do in a short space of time within Azure, using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) methodologies. I’m now using Terraform for all my […]

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Ansible and Azure – 30 minute quickstart!

Recently I’ve been introduced to Ansible, and have therefore been seeing what I can automate with it. I know that when testing things out and learning new things if there are challenges I have faced, or issues getting a test environment setup, having the setup stage automated can really help out. This means you can focus on learning the basics […]

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Introducing my Terraform Azure base Lab Environments

Recently I have been working more and more with Terraform – and seeing the benefits to what I can do in a short space of time within Azure, using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) methodologies. I’m now using Terraform for all my Azure lab needs – it’s so fast and easy to deploy just what I need, and tweak from there […]

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Automating Azure Key Vault and Secrets using Terraform

One area that always need focus is around security and managing credentials. Using Terraform, and the method in this blog post, you can help build Azure Key Vault and create a secure secret to use when creating VMs, automatically. To keep things secure, my method uses a combination of randomised password values, and Azure Key Vault. This post explains how […]

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Automating NSG rules with an external IP in Terraform

For some time, I have been using Terraform to create environments – and it’s something I rely on heavily for my own Azure lab environment. My lab is an ever changing picture – and thus I regularly create and destroy resources and environments, to test new things. I usually just run Terraform locally and have it spin up specific lab […]

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Azure Storage Sync – the easiest branch office file sync solution?

Azure Storage Sync provides the means to synchronise files from various locations into an Azure Storage account and to endpoints running the Azure Storage Sync agent. In this post I will give a quick overview of how it can be setup to service branch office requirements whereby VPN connectivity does not exist. For further information see here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/files/storage-sync-files-planning. Here’s my environment which I […]

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Azure CDN – Speeding up WordPress on Azure App Service and proving the results

It’s probably no secret that half of the IT blogs out there are running on WordPress or a similar Platform. WordPress is easy to use, simple, and requires little maintenance to run – what’s not to love?! As with any Website – it doesn’t matter how good the back-end code or server hosting the site is, if your user is […]

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Testing out the Azure Firewall Preview

Azure Firewall was released for preview this week, so I thought I would give it a quick try and look at some of the features available. The firewall provides the following features at the current time: Built-in high availability – built into the Azure Platform, so no requirement to create load balanced configurations Unrestricted cloud scalability – the firewall can […]

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Azure VM Scale Sets and Remote Desktop Services?

When using any environment that provides virtual desktops at scale, it makes sense to have only the required number of resources running at the right time – rather than all of the resources all of the time. The usual approach to this is to use power management – so unused virtual machines are shut down when not in use. With […]

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