Latest Blog Posts


March, 27, 2020

By Josh Duffney

Connect to an Azure Windows Host with Ansible

In this tutorial you'll be provisioning a Windows Server virtual machine by using PowerShell and a custom script extension Deployed by Ansible to Azure.

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March, 27, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 068: How to Build Your Personal Brand | CloudSkills.fm

In this episode I catch up with tech industry legends and fellow published authors Dan Wahlin and Tim Warner about how to build your personal brand.

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March, 25, 2020

By Michael Levan

How to Python in PowerShell

We see a ton of articles and posts about getting started in PowerShell to Python, but how about from Python to PowerShell? In this blog post, you will learn a hands-on approach.

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March, 23, 2020

By Mike Pagán

Introduction to Azure Blueprints

Learn how to get started with Azure Blueprints to use existing Azure services like Azure Policies, permissions and ARM templates to give you control of the rollout of your environment.

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March, 20, 2020

By Josh Duffney

Deploy a Windows Virtual Machine to Azure with Ansible

By the end of the tutorial you'll understand how to use several of the Azure Ansible modules to deploy workloads to Azure.

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March, 18, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 067: Breaking into Cloud and DevOps | CloudSkills.fm

In this episode I catch up with Michael Levan on his journey into cloud and DevOps, and we share some ideas on how you can do the same.

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March, 16, 2020

By Luke Orellana

Getting Started with Terraform on Azure: Modules

In Terraform, we can create modules to build re-usable components for creating production-grade Infrastructure as Code configurations.

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March, 13, 2020

By Josh Duffney

Connect to Azure with Ansible

In order to use Ansible with Azure, you must first define the connection settings between the Ansible server and Azure as an infrastructure platform. Learn how to connect Ansible to Azure.

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March, 12, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Cloud Transformation Foundations

What's working well for organizations on their cloud journey? What are some the patterns and best practices of those having the most success? We answer these questions in this episode.

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March, 11, 2020

By Joe Fecht

Getting Started with Azure Policy

Learn how to get started with Azure Policy in this step-by-step guide and create, assign, and manage policies and enforce different rules and effects over your resources in Azure.

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March, 09, 2020

By Nicole Stevens

Feature Branch Workflow and Pull Requests: The Ultimate Guide

Learn how to implement the Git feature branch workflow and how to work with pull requests in this ultimate step-by-step guide.

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March, 07, 2020

By Pieter Jan Geutjens

Mastering Azure through Cloud Katas

In this blog post we will apply hands-on practice with the Azure Cloud through executing a series of short exercises revolving around VM creation, monitoring and ARM templating.

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March, 06, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 065: Cloud Transformation in the Enterprise

In this episode I chat with Patrick Hubbard from SolarWinds about cloud transformation in the enterprise along with considerations for multi-cloud.

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March, 02, 2020

By Luke Orellana

Getting Started with Terraform on Azure: Remote State

In this guide we will step you through the process of setting up remote state with an Azure Storage Account and Terraform Cloud.

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February, 26, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 064: The Truth about Cloud Certifications

How do you prepare for cloud certification? And how do you deal with failure? We answer these questions in this episode.

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February, 24, 2020

By David Cobb

Deploy a Serverless ASP.NET App to Azure Container Instances from Cloud Shell

Learn how to create, build, and publish a .NET Core app inside a Docker container running on an Azure Container Instance.

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February, 18, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 063: Azure Hybrid Cloud with Thomas Maurer

In this episode I catch up with Thomas Maurer to discuss Azure hybrid cloud scenarios and we answer questions from a live audience.

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February, 18, 2020

By Pieter Jan Geutjens

Building an Azure Cognitive Search Results page in Vue.js (Part 3)

Learn how to build and publish a Vue.js application to an Azure Storage static website using an Azure DevOps project and pipeline.

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February, 12, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 062: Infrastructure as Code with Ned Bellavance

In this episode I chat with fellow Pluralsight Author and MS MVP Ned Bellavance about working with Terraform, Packer, ARM Templates, and Multi-Cloud.

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February, 10, 2020

By Luke Orellana

Getting Started with Terraform on Azure: Variables

Hard coded values are an anti-pattern for IaC. Learn how to use variables in Terraform to allow your configurations to become more dynamic.

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February, 07, 2020

By Michael Levan

Terraform on Azure: Create an Entire Development Environment

Create a development environment that you can spin up, destroy, and re-create any time you want with a few simple Terraform commands.

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February, 05, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 061: Dive into Kubernetes with Nigel Poulton

In this episode I catch up with world renowned Docker and Kubernetes author Nigel Poulton. Learn how to navigate the world of cloud native computing.

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February, 04, 2020

By Luke Orellana

Getting Started with Terraform on Azure: Provisioners

Learn how to work with Terraform provisioners which provide the ability to run additional steps or tasks when a resource is created or destroyed.

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January, 30, 2020

By Pieter Jan Geutjens

Building an Azure Cognitive Search Results page in Vue.js (Part 2)

Learn how to build an Azure Cognitive Search Results page with Vue.js in part two of three in this step-by-step series by Pieter Jan Geutjens.

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January, 29, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 060: Operations Anti-Patterns with Jeff Smith

In this episode we catch up with Jeff Smith to discuss his new book called "Operations Anti-Patterns: DevOps Solutions" from Manning Publications.

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January, 27, 2020

By Nicole Stevens

Getting Started with Git and Azure DevOps: The Ultimate Guide

Once you've worked your way through part one of this guide you'll be able to work with Git, a distributed version control system.

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January, 22, 2020

By Gurvinder Singh

5 Tips for Troubleshooting Azure SQL Database Performance

Here in this guide, we will walk you through top 5 practical Tips or Tricks to validate and remediate performance issues with Azure SQL databases.

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January, 21, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 059: How to Decide Between Azure and AWS?

In this episode we catch up with fellow cloud architects Nicolas Blank, Warren du Toit, and Chris Goosen to discuss the factors of choosing Azure or AWS.

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January, 16, 2020

By Pieter Jan Geutjens

Building an Azure Cognitive Search Results page in Vue.js (Part I)

Learn how to build an Azure Cognitive Search Results page with Vue.js in part one of three in this step-by-step series by Pieter Jan Geutjens.

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January, 15, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 058: DevOps vs. Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)

In this episode I catch up with Josh Duffney to discuss the differences between DevOps and Site Reliability Engineering (SRE), and we answer questions from a live audience.

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January, 13, 2020

By Luke Orellana

Getting Started with Terraform on Azure: Deploying Resources

Terraform is a great way to start your Infrastructure as Code journey in Azure. Learn how to get started in this step-by-step guide.

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January, 08, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 057: Azure DevOps in the Real-World

In this episode we catch up with Abel Wang to talk all things Azure DevOps. Abel is a Principal Cloud Advocate and DevOps Lead at Microsoft.

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January, 06, 2020

By Luke Orellana

Infrastructure Automation with Terraform and Azure DevOps Pipeline Templates

Infrastructure as Code is considered a best practice when managing infrastructure in the cloud.

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January, 01, 2020

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 056: Kubernetes in 2020 with Kelsey Hightower

In this episode I catch up with Kelsey Hightower about how to navigate your career in tech and what the Kubernetes landscape is going to look like in 2020.

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December, 31, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Integrate an ASP.NET Core Web App with Azure Key Vault

In this guided hands-on lab you'll integrate an Azure Key Vault resource with an ASP.NET Core web app running in Azure App Service.

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December, 26, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 055: Orchestrating Containers on AWS

In this episode we catch up with Michael Wittig from from Cloudonaut.io about running containers on AWS, Infrastructure as Code, and much more.

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December, 19, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 054: DevSecOps, AppSec, and Cloud Security

In this episode we catch up with Tanya Janca to discuss DevSecOps, AppSec, and what you need to do to secure cloud applications.

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December, 11, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 053: Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches

In this episode I catch up with fellow Microsoft MVP Elton Stoneman to discuss his new book “Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches”.

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December, 04, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 052: How to Amplify Your Career with Michael Teske

In this episode I catch up with fellow Pluralsight Author Michael Teske at Microsoft Ignite 2019 and we discuss how to take your career to the next level.

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November, 27, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 051: Azure Arc and Hybrid Cloud Management

In this episode we catch up with Michael Greene from Microsoft about Azure Arc, hybrid cloud, governance, end-to-end management, and more.

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November, 21, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 050: Microsoft Ignite 2019 with Dan Wahlin and John Papa

In this episode we chat with industry legends Dan Wahlin and John Papa at Microsoft Ignite 2019 about serverless, containers, k8s, and more.

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November, 13, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 049: Serverless Automation with PowerShell and Azure Functions

In this episode we catch up with Eamon O'Reilly, Principal Program Manager on the Azure Functions team at Microsoft Ignite 2019.

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September, 09, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 039: Azure Fundamentals Certification (AZ-900)

In this episode we catch up with Microsoft MVP Tim Warner about how to prepare for the Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) Certification exam.

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August, 28, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 036: Azure vs. AWS

In this episode I chat with fellow Microsoft MVP Tim Warner and we discuss the differences and similarities of the Azure and AWS cloud platforms.

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August, 14, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 034: Cloud Native Patterns and Practices

In this episode we chat with Cornelia Davis about her latest book “Cloud Native Patterns Designing change-tolerant software”.

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June, 11, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 025: The Continuous Delivery of Value with DevOps

In this episode we talk to Donovan Brown, Principal DevOps Manager with Microsoft, about the importance of adopting DevOps practices, and the continuous delivery of value to your end-users.

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January, 29, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Episode 005: Automation with PowerShell

In this episode, I talk to Jeff Hicks about automation with PowerShell. Jeff is the author of numerous PowerShell books, and he's a well known Pluralsight Author and Microsoft MVP.

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January, 14, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Build Your First CI/CD Pipeline using Azure DevOps

Continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) are considered by most to be the backbone of DevOps. Things start to get really interesting when you combine these practices with programmable infrastructure and CI/CD.

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January, 03, 2019

By Mike Pfeiffer

Amplify Your IT Career by Building Infrastructure Development Skills

Anyone who wants to thrive in the tech industry in the coming years should learn the core principles of infrastructure development. Those who do will hold in-demand skills in a world where almost everything is software defined.

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December, 28, 2018

By Mike Pfeiffer

Build, Run, and Continuously Deploy Docker Containers on Azure App Service

If you're thinking about investing your time to pick up new skills, you can't go wrong with learning how to build, run, and manage containers.

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How to Make the Transition to DevOps Engineer

Discover a proven step-by-step game plan to move into a rewarding career in DevOps and automation.