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Bicep - Tags as Parameters

23 July 2021Category : Azure
Deploying infrastructure ARM Templates to Azure, but using Tags and their respective value as the parameter configuration settings

In a post earlier, we look at using arm to lookup the value of tags' at both the Subscription and Resource Level. With Bicep this is much easier to understand. This is the same lab configuration as in the original post, but this time to code should be a lot more readable. // Sample to lookup tag values // Both Subscription and Resource Level @description('The resource ID of the resource we wish to look up a tag from.

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Azure IaC - Tags as Parameters

Deploying infrastructure ARM Templates to Azure, but using Tags and thier respective value as the parameter configuration settings

In the post, I am going to introduce a concept which will allow you to greatly up your Infrastructure as Code game, by using Azure as a State Machine! One of the typical challenges when deploying ARM templates, is the sheer number of parameters which we find as a requirement to complete a deployment; which as you will appreciate gets considerably harder as we target many environments. There are a number of methods to address this, including the use of Parameter files or Continuous deployment variables; each with their own challenges.

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Azure EA - Delegating Privileges

Delegating Azure Enterprise Agreement Owner privileges to a Service Principal (SPN)

EA Department / Account Administrator

Under the Enterprise agreement we have some different Persona’s, which have quite different abilities and operations upon which they are permitted to preform.

Before we being the process of delegation, It is important to understand this Hierarchy, so we can correctly proceed with the technical work ahead.

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Azure IaC - Function Keys

22 April 2020Category : Azure
Retrieve the Function Host Keys while deploying an ARM template

Todays conundrum: As I deploy a new Function Application, I need a simple methodology to retrieve the Host Keys for the function application so that I validate the deployment has been successful; and potentially pass on the key to related services, for example API Management.

As before, I am leveraging templates, and will stay cloud native; this time depending on the functions Output ability to present the keys.

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Azure IaC - Appending Tags

1 April 2020Category : Azure
Dynamically appending Tags to our ARM template with the union function

Todays conundrum: As I am leveraging templates, there will always be some standard tags I require to implement within the template, but I also require to provide additional tags as a parameter to be appended with the deployment. My objective is to set up tags within an ARM template in accordance with good governance and the Cloud adoption framework. Solution ARM Template functions to the rescue. Todays salvation is called union, which you can learn more about on the actual [reference site][https://docs.

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Updating Pester on Windows 10

Tags : Azure
Updating Pester, May need more than a Force!

I spend the majority of my time working on my Windows machines, and for many scenarios, I find it difficult to complain. However, when Windows decides to dig the boot in and not co-operative; usually is when I grab my Mac Book and get the work done. However, running aware from the problem rarely is a good fix for the issue; My latest battle has been Pester. The testing framework builds on Powershell, and by the grace of God, now shipped as part of the Windows 10 operating system.

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Waking Deamons

Tags : Azure
Starting Services on Linux at boot

With a multitude of Raspberry PI’s deployed around the house, each taking a dedicated duty in ensuring that services run transparently; It is not uncommon for me to discover the initialization scripts designed to have these services auto start at boot is not working. The content of this post is a reference for different methods which can be employed to resolve these stubborn daemons; which always are to fond of reappearing after an unplanned outage; or what is more commonly referred to as a Power Failure!

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Configure VS Code with Azure Cloud Shell

Tags : Azure
Integrate Azure Directly into your work flow with VS Code

After years living in tools like Visual Studio, and PowerShell; Currently my primary landing ground is Visual Studio Code. With my target audience firmly defined as Azure; In this post I am going to share my notes on how to get these two tools working harmonisly; and to make the experience a little richer, we will also mount the underlying Cloud Drive File Share of the Azure Cloud Shell on our local computer as a PowerShell Drive (PSDrive).

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Defining Policy as Code with ARM Templates

Tags : Azure
Defining your Policy’s as Code in Azure Resource Manager Templates

My colleagues and friends Tao Yang , and Stanislav Zhelyazkov have both recently posts interesting topics on how to implement your Azure Policy as Code which I strongly recommend you take a few moments to review Using ARM Templates to deploy azure policy definitions that require input parameters Defining input parameters for policy definitions in ARM Templates Improving Readability Both of these topics address the core of the challenges we face when approaching policy as an Infrastructure as Code problem.

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Static Comments

Tags : Azure
Implementing Comments on a Static Site

At this point we are almost ready to go live with our site, however, one of the cornerstones to growing and sharing is communication. Wordpress In the world of Wordpress, this was a standard core feature, which leveraged the fact that the pages were rendered on demand from a backend database. In this scenario, the same approach is offered to maintain a commenting platform. However, as I noted earlier; given that Wordpress powers a very large portion of the blogging surface of the internet; it is an obvious target for hacking, just refer to the CVS database for a glimpse of what this looks like in reality.

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