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057 - Azure Policy and Azure Key Vault integration

In this episode we talk about the new Azure Policy integration for Azure Key Vault. Stay on top of the Azure Governance game by rolling out proper policies across your organization, which now also cater for objects inside your Key Vault. Secrets, Certificates, and Keys.

056 - News in Azure, November 2020

A look at the latest and greatest Azure announcements for November 2020. In this episode, we take a look at about 10 new announcements we feel are most useful to understand. Both small and large things!

055 - A few thoughts on event-based automation with Azure

In this episode we talk about event-based automation with Azure. Topics like patterns, and what underlying architecture are common to use.

054 - Linux on Windows with WSL 2

Running Linux on Windows has been possible for years with virtual machines. Now with Windows Subsystem for Linux, and especially it's newer version 2 it's possible to run a streamlined Linux distro side-by-side with Windows 10. Join us for this episode to understand how this works, and also how it can benefit your development workflow if you utilize Docker containers.

053 - Backups using the new Azure Backup Center

In this episode we talk about the new Azure Backup Center, which is currently in preview. It's a unified view to all of your backup needs. We also talk about the different backup services and methods Azure currently supports, and what are key things to consider in terms of monitoring, governance and testing of your backups.

052 - Recommendations if we started working with Azure today!

One year anniversary for the Ctrl+Alt+Azure podcast! This is episode 52, where we briefly reflect on the past 52 weeks first and then talk about our recommendations for anyone who is getting started with Azure. Join us for insights and advice!

051 - Digesting announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2020

We take a look at interesting Microsoft Ignite 2020 announcements for Azure. We've previously discussed security-related announcements and this time we focus more on everything else around Azure.

050 - First look at Azure Communication Services

Azure Communication Services was announced during Ignite 2020. We take a first look at what you can do with this, how to provision it, and how to build solutions that leverage this new and scalable communication service. Also, we take a look back at Unified Communications Services APIs!

049 - Security News from Microsoft Ignite September 2020

In this episode, we'll talk about our top picks for security announcements from Microsoft Ignite 2020. With so many announcements, news, updates, and changes it will be interesting to see how key aspects of crucial security services are evolving. Join us for a fun chat on security!

048 - Azure News in September, Part 1

In this episode we're talking about recent announcements and updates in Azure. Smaller but interesting updates in this episode. Tune in!

047 - Managing the crops with Azure FarmBeats

We take a look at Azure FarmBeats, which was initially made available in late 2019. It's a solution to managing your crops, and what Microsoft calls democratizing agriculture intelligence. It's definitely an interesting industry solution that runs natively on Azure!

046 - Azure Static Web Apps with Elio Struyf

In this episode, we have Elio Struyf, a Microsoft MVP and Engineering Lead for Valo Intranet as a guest. We'll talk about Azure Static Web Apps, and how to build an e-commerce website based on it. Join us to learn how Azure Static Web Apps provide a stellar option for building sites!

045 - Azure News in August 2020 - Part 2

In this episode, we're talking about recent announcements and updates in Azure. Generally interesting and important updates to stay on top of.

044 - Common approaches to building an API in Azure

Tobias and Jussi talks about common approaches to build custom APIs in Azure. Choosing a framework and runtime. Deploying. Securing the APIs. How do you monitor them? What about publishing them for public consumption? Join us for a casual chat about these topics.

043 - Azure News in August 2020 - Part 1

In this episode, we're talking about recent announcements and updates in Azure. There is a lot of news and improvements in the security space, so we focus on that topic today. Tune in!

042 - Migrate away with Azure Migrate

In this episode, we take Azure Migrate for a lap around On-Premises. It's a tool, but also a collection of guides and wizards to help you migrate your local On-Premises assets to Azure - rather easily. We talk about the process, the requirements, the supported source data, and how it all turned out during a test run.

041 - Optimize your workloads with the Azure Well-Architected Framework

The Azure Well-Architected Framework is relatively new, published in the Summer of 2020 and it acts as a collection of best practices to architect your services and solutions in Azure. In this episode, we take a look at what the framework includes, and how it relates to other similar frameworks, such as the Cloud Adoption Framework.

040 - What is DevTest Labs?

In this episode we take a look at DevTest Labs. It's a service allowing you to rapidly and easily provision new development and/or test virtual machines. They are extensible, customizable and claimable - and the service itself is free! Let's take a deeper look!

039 - Embracing Azure Container Instances

In this episode we take an in-depth look at Azure Container Instances, and what makes this service so useful. We discuss running containers locally and also explain what containers are. Running containers in the cloud are made possible through several services, so we also position Azure Containers Instances with the other services.

038 - Remote development with Visual Studio Code

Working remotely on files and code is often cumbersome and a tiresome exercise. With Visual Studio Code and the Remote Development extension, developers can now easily create SSH-tunnels to remote systems and work with files as if they were local. We discuss the options on this, and how to set it up.

037 - Discussing the Chaos Engineering methodology

In this episode, we discuss about the Chaos Engineering methodology. The idea is to have a disciplined approach to experimenting with software systems in production to build confidence to withstand issues and unexpected conditions.

036 - All things Security with Sami Laiho

In this episode, we are joined by Sami Laiho, the security extraordinaire from Finland! We discuss AppLocker, Bitlocker, MFA, Azure AD security, and how it feels to let go of your local admin rights. Join us for a fun ride with plenty of topics on security!

035 - Running background jobs in the cloud

The need to run bits of code in the background appears for your services. We take a look at the plethora of services Azure exposes for this - including scheduled tasks in your virtual machines, WebJobs, Function Apps, Azure Batch, and container-based tasks with Azure Kubernetes Services. Join us for this episode to understand the benefits of these different options!

034 - Measuring your Developer Velocity

In this episode, we'll take a look at Developer Velocity, and the Developer Velocity Index. McKinsey published report on this, and Microsoft later provided the Developer Velocity Assessment tool. Join us as we go through the report, the tool and the implications!

033 - Governance with the Azure Resource Graph

In this episode, we talk about the Azure Resource Graph, and how it can help us with our Azure Governance. Tobias and Jussi dive into what it is, and some beneficial use cases from real-world scenarios that they have worked with.

032 - Favorite announcements from Microsoft Build 2020

Join us for on this episode where we talk about the Microsoft Build 2020 announcements and insights. As the event was all digital, it was great that everyone got to participate from the comfort of their home sofas. Plenty of announcements!

031 - How we turned a coffee call into a website analytics solution on Azure

This episode is a bit different! We talk about one of our ideas we came up with during our regular coffee calls (the ones we still have but do not record as podcast episodes), and the idea of replacing Google Analytics came up. We discuss the solution and how we used Azure services to build a simple analytics and tracking solution for our blogs.

030 - Briefly chatting about Azure Front Door

Join us in this episode where we chat about Azure Front Door. After discussing about the Web Application Firewall in a previous episode it was a good opportunity to focus next on Azure Front Door and what it is.

029 - What is Azure Web Application Firewall?

In this episode, we take a look at Web Application Firewall, or WAF. We've previously discussed about Azure CDN (Episode 023) and remote access (Episode 009) so now it was a good time to focus on WAF itself. We also reminisce a little bit about the past when installing a firewall meant spending nights configuring routing and networks and access rules. Pricing for WAF is also curiously complex, so our take on that is also included. In the end, we have a small raffle announced, so stay tuned until the end!

028 - Succeeding with Azure DNS

Let's talk about Azure DNS! And a little bit about DNS, going all the way back to 1983 or so. Azure DNS provides an effective and cheap solution for critical name resolution services and we chat about the features and capabilities, as well as how much it costs to use based on our own experiences. Join us for a fun talk on Azure DNS!

027 - All things GitHub

In this episode, we talk about GitHub - what it is, what capabilities are there and why you should be using GitHub if you aren't already. We also reminisce fondly the times when the collaboration was based on Bulletin Board Systems' chat boards and GitHub kind of resembles that at times. We also highlight the different pricing tiers for GitHub.

026 - Succeeding with Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF)

Join us in this episode for a tour around Cloud Adoption Framework, or CAF for short. It's a set of best practices, guidance, and resources for end-to-end cloud adoption including migration, planning, and governance. We take a look at what CAF includes, how to get started using it and why you should check it out in your future projects.

025 - Azure Policies - the how, the what, and the why?

Earlier we discussed Azure Governance in general, and in this episode, we take a longer and deeper look at Azure Policy. It's a powerful service allowing administrators to control what happens, where and how. Join us for a tour around Azure Policy with interesting insights on how to leverage it best!

024 - Azure Governance - the overview

In this episode, we take a tour on Azure Governance through an overview of the services and capabilities it includes. As there are several different services here, we talk about each and provide examples on how they can be best utilized.

023 - The basics of Azure CDN, and how you can protect it

Join us in this episode for a discussion on the basics of Azure CDN, or Azure Content Delivery Network. We discuss the features, when and where to use it, and what the difference is to other caching services such as Redis. In addition, we also dive into securing Azure CDN properly.

022 - Getting Started with Azure Arc, the modern Group Policies

Join us for this episode where we talk about Azure Arc, the modern Group Policies. We'll take a look at the tooling, the possibilities, and approaches to start using Azure Arc to build a hybrid governance model!

021 - Talking about Azure Sentinel with Maarten Goet

We bring in a security expert in this episode, Maarten Goet, who helps us straighten out what Azure Sentinel is, why you want to use it and some real-world best practices and tips for using this SIEM whether you're a small company or a global enterprise.

020 - Powering your apps with Azure Cognitive Services

In this episode, we talk about Azure Cognitive Services - the APIs to use when you want to bring more intelligence to your apps. As not everyone can or should be a data scientist or have mad skills in math, Cognitive Services provides a convenient way to add advanced capabilities to your apps!

019 - Understanding the basics of Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS)

Tobias and Jussi talk about what Azure Kubernetes Services is, and what the basics are for getting started. Tag along in this episode to learn a bit more about how containers are gaining more grounds, and how Microsoft is following suit by fully embracing containers across their workloads.

018 - Talking about securing your Azure Container Registry (ACR)

In this episode we talk about security and Azure Container Registry. We digest some best practices and tips for staying on top of your security posture with ACR.

017 - Planning and designing perimeter security in Azure

Tobias and Jussi drill down into some important discussions around perimeter security in Azure. Azure Firewall, Application Gateway, Virtual Networks and Network Security Groups, Web Application Firewall, DDoS Protection, and more - when do you use what, and what do we need to know before we dive into these important design decisions?

016 - Migrating SQL Server databases to Azure SQL

In this episode, we discuss options and considerations for when moving from SQL Server to Azure SQL. We found out there are plenty of options to choose from!

015 - A brief overview of Application Insights

In this episode, we explore what Application Insights can help us within Azure, and how it can monitor and help us troubleshoot our applications and systems in the cloud. Consider this a brief overview - we will likely do a more deep-dive later.

014 - Let's talk about Azure DevOps and embracing DevSecOps

In this episode, we're talking about what Azure DevOps is, in broad terms - and how DevSecOps fit into the picture. Embracing a Security Development Lifecycle (SDL), ensuring consistent and high-quality software in your pipelines, embracing the security mindset already before it goes into the pipeline, and more.

013 - Battle of the Azure Command Line - CLI, PowerShell, Windows Terminal, what more?

Follow Tobias and Jussi as they digest some of their choices for working with Azure from the command line. The options are many, and we'll dive into some of the favorite tools and what or when they are being used. Azure CLI, Azure PowerShell, Windows Terminal, Windows Subsystem for Linux and using Bash - so many options, but do you really need to know them all?

012 - Azure IoT Hub and Raspberry Pi

Follow along when we talk about IoT, and how to build Internet of Things-solutions on Azure. We talk about the devices, the services and approaches you can use to build scalable IoT solutions easily

011 - Considerations and Good Practices for Azure Developers

Follow along when we talk a bit about considerations and practices for Azure development at scale. Performance, caching, redundancies and more - some good tips for thinking before kicking off development.

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