Category: Microsoft

Creating an Azure Terraform Module for Identity Resources

Recently I have been working to create some Terraform Modules, which allow repeated deployment of Azure Resources. One of these modules is designed to create Identity Resources, based on the Cloud Adoption Framework. I wanted to create something that could be used to repeatedly deploy these Resources across however many Azure Regions are required, and expanded to include additional Resources […]

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Deploying Azure Virtual WAN using Terraform

Overview Recently I have been working with Azure Virtual WAN to provide connectivity between Azure Regions, Branch Offices, and Remote Users. Azure Virtual WAN is a networking service that brings many of the commonly found connectivity services into a single area, providing simplified connectivity and management. These services include: Branch connectivity. Site-to-site VPN connectivity. Remote user VPN connectivity (point-to-site). Private […]

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A simple Azure Terraform Walkthrough – Part 3

This series of posts is intended to assist in learning how to use Terraform with Azure – we will walk through a full deployment, covering off each step and all elements within the code. Within this series of posts I will walk through the following steps, breaking down the installation and Terraform code step-by-step to give an overview: Part 1: […]

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A simple Azure Terraform Walkthrough – Part 2

This series of posts is intended to assist in learning how to use Terraform with Azure – we will walk through a full deployment, covering off each step and all elements within the code. Within this series of posts I will walk through the following steps, breaking down the installation and Terraform code step-by-step to give an overview: Part 1: […]

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A simple Azure Terraform Walkthrough – Part 1

This series of posts is intended to assist in learning how to use Terraform with Azure – we will walk through a full deployment, covering off each step and all elements within the code. Within this series of posts I will walk through the following steps, breaking down the installation and Terraform code step-by-step to give an overview: Part 1: […]

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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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UK Windows Virtual Desktop User Group – Azure NetApp Files Cross Region Replication

This week I presented at the UK Windows Virtual Desktop User Group May Meeting. I went through Azure NetApp Files Cross Region Replication, which is currently in Preview. Thanks to Neil and Kirk for organising the meetup! Demo Lab Environment For anyone wishing to deploy the Cross Region Replication Lab that I used in my presentation, these files are available […]

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Azure DevOps – Azure NetApp Files (Part 2, Terraform)

For the next post in this series around using Azure DevOps and WVD, I wanted continue focusing on Azure NetApp Files. Continuing on from Part 1 in this series, I will be covering the setup of Azure NetApp Files (ANF) within an Azure DevOps Pipeline, but this time using Terraform to deploy ANF. In Part 1, Azure CLI was used […]

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Azure DevOps – Azure NetApp Files (Part 1, Azure CLI)

For the next post in this series around using Azure DevOps and WVD, I wanted to focus on Azure NetApp Files. Azure NetApp Files (ANF) is often used for hosting both application and profile data, and in particular is used when rapid access and high IO throughput are required. This is often the case with User Profiles in a VDI […]

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Azure DevOps – using Packer to create images

Recently I’ve been using Packer to create images for use with Citrix Cloud and Windows Virtual Desktop, and building this into a DevOps Pipeline, to automate creation of images based on a JSON template. Within Azure DevOps this is a really simple process – and great for creating VM images within your Pipelines, or for Lab/Testing environments too. I use […]

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Azure DevOps – Automating Domain Controller promotion

For a while I have been deploying infrastructure using Azure DevOps, and in particular deploying demo environments which need to be spun up and torn down again, but also to demonstrate the power of Infrastructure as Code. One issue I’ve faced with a pure ARM/Bicep or Terraform deployment is the promotion of a Domain Controller… it is straightforward to deploy […]

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