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    Azure VM Disk Encryption using Deployment Scripts in ARM Templates

    Have you been in a situation where an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template with Azure Blueprint is the only option available for Infrastructure as Code (IaC) deployment? Have you realized that certain operations during deployment are not possible with an ARM template? Have you been in a situation that PowerShell or Azure CLI can get…   Read more »

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    Ignite 2017: ARM & Compliance

    At our second session for Microsoft Ignite, Jason McNutt and I discussed Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and Compliance. We showed attendees how to develop ARM templates that are compliant out of the box, with security standards such as FISMA and FedRAMP. Additionally, we went over how to automatically generate security control documentation based on ARM…   Read more »

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    Automated Deployments with Azure Resource Manager Templates, Azure Automation & Octopus Deploy (Part Three)

    Please read Part One and Part Two.  Part 3: Azure Automation, Azure RunBooks, and Octopus Deploy With just PowerShell and an Azure ARM template, we can kick off a deployment in just a few minutes. But there are still some manual steps involved – you still need to login to your Azure subscription, enter a command to…   Read more »

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    Automated Deployments with Azure Resource Manager Templates, Azure Automation, & Octopus Deploy (Part Two)

    (Part One of this series can be found here.) Deploying Azure ARM Templates with PowerShell After you’ve created your template, you can use PowerShell to kick off the deployment process. PowerShell is a great tool with a ton of features to help automate Azure processes. In order to deploy Azure ARM Templates with PowerShell, you will need…   Read more »

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    Automated Deployments with Azure Resource Manager Templates, Azure Automation & Octopus Deploy (Part One)

    (Don't miss Part Two and Part Three of this series!) Early in my web development career, I always tried to avoid deployment work. It made me uneasy to watch other developers constantly bang their heads against their desks, frustrated with getting our app deployed to whatever cloud service we were using at the time. Deployment work…   Read more »

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    Leaping into DevSecOps from DevOps

    DevOps implements a Continuous Integration/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) process. When multiple team members work in the same codebase, anyone’s update could break the integrated code. So, Continuous Integration is to trigger a build pipeline whenever a code update is pushed. The build pipeline will fail if the newly updated code is incompatible with the existing codebase…   Read more »

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    Things I Wish I Knew Before Migrating Apps to Azure: Automation and Deployment

    In my previous post, I discussed lessons learned about migrating SQL Server databases from on-premise to Azure SQL Databases. This post will share several of my issues and solutions around automating Azure resource provisioning and application code deployment. Before this project, I had never used Azure DevOps or Team Foundation Server for anything except a…   Read more »

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    An Internship at AIS: A Wonderful Experience

    One of the key experiences recommended during any one’s time as an undergraduate is doing an internship. It not only gives a person their first glimpse of corporate life but also is essential to boost an individual’s confidence. In the third year of my bachelor's, we were shortlisted for the internship process when Applied Information Sciences…   Read more »

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    Pulumi: The New IaC Tool

    Define cloud apps and infrastructure in your favorite language and deploy to any cloud with Pulumi. If you search the Internet for Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC), it’s pretty easy to come up with a list of the most popular tools: Chef, Ansible, Puppet, Terraform…and the freshman to the IaC:  PULUMI. It’s 4 a.m. and the production server has gone…   Read more »

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    Secure DevOps with Azure Blueprints

    AIS is pleased to announce the availability of the NIST SP 800-53 Rev 4 Azure Blueprint Architecture. (NIST SP 800-53 security controls could be an entire series of blog posts in itself...so if you want to learn more than I cover here, check out NIST’s website.) The NIST SP 800-53 Rev 4 Azure Blueprint Architecture applies a…   Read more »