Hello all, so I know that I totally fell off the wagon when it comes to weekly links. December has been a crazy month, I had three business trips, getting ready for Christmas. Due to family coming to town we effectively had 3 Christmas’ and on top of that I got sick.
I’m not complaining just explaining what happened. The holidays are a rough time for a lot of people, and we’ve all had experiences we have to carry with us. So remember in all the craziness that some might be suffering in silence. If you find yourself in this position, please reach out. You are not alone and there are people to help you.
So as always I have a post here about something fun. And this week I wanted to post about how my wife blew me away with her gift this Christmas. We had our 11th anniversary at Dave and Busters, we decided to double down on stupid fun. When we walked in, they were having a silent auction for MakeAWish and when I was in the bathroom she bid on this item and won.
This is a picture from the Dark Knight, my favorite movie of all time, signed by Christian Bale and the late Heath Ledger.
So there’s a common question I’ve been getting a lot lately, and that’s “I want to learn Azure, where do I start?” And this is ultimately a very reasonable question, because as much as the cloud has permuted much of the digital world, there are still some organizations who have only recently started to adopt it.
There are many reasons people would choose to adopt the cloud, scalability, cost, flexibility, etc. But for today’s post I’m going to focus on the idea that you have already decided to go to the Azure Cloud and are looking for resources to ramp up. So I wanted to provide those here:
MS Learn: The site provides videos, reading, and walk-through’s that can assist with learning this type of material:
Azure Fundamentals: This course path contains several courses that focus on a variety of topics at a beginner level, including architecture, monitoring, cost, storage, compute, and security.
Manage Resources in Azure: This course provides a high level introduction to the basics of managing your resources that you create in azure.
Secure your Azure Resources with RBAC: Role-Based Access Controls are the cornerstone of Azure compliance. The intention here being that you must setup the proper governance in the beginning to prevent run away spend from your teams working in the azure cloud.
Design for efficiency and Operations in Azure: A good course that provides the basics of how to architect for efficiency. One the biggest changes in mindset for many on premise developers is that in the cloud, you architect for the minimum and the ability to scale, not for the “worst case scenario”.
Design for Security in Azure: The last thing many devs consider, but it should be the first. Security is not something any organization can treat as an after-thought.
EDX Courses: EDX is a great site with a lot of well made courses, and there are a wealth of options for Azure and Cloud, here are a few I thought relevant, but it is not an exhaustive list.
Architecting Distributed Applications: One common mistake, that many make with regard to the cloud is that they think of it as “just another data center”, and that’s just not true. To build effective and scalable applications, they need to be architected to take advantage of distributed compute. This course does a great job of laying out how to make sure you are architected to work in a distributed fashion.
Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines: The virtual machine is the cornerstone of azure, and provides many options to build an scale out effectively. This is a good introduction into the most basic service in Azure.
Microsoft Azure App Service: The most popular service in Azure, App Service enables developers to deploy and configure apps without worrying about the machine running under-the-covers. A great overview.
Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks: As I mentioned above, Software Based Networking is one of the key pieces required for the cloud and this gives a good introduction into how to leverage it.
Databases in Azure: Another key component of the cloud is the Database, and this talks about the options for leveraging platform-as-a-service offerings for databases to eliminate your overhead for maintaining the vms.
Azure Security and Compliance: A key component again is security, as the digital threats are constantly evolving, and Azure provides a lot of tools to protect your workload, this is an essential piece of every architecture.
Those are just some of the many resources that can be helpful to starting out with Azure and learning to build applications for the cloud. It is not an exhaustive list, so if you have a resource you’ve found helpful, please post it in the comments below.
So I’ve decided to start doing something new, Like any good dev, I spend a lot of time on the internet, so as I’m working on various projects I’ve decided I’m going to post a bunch of useful links out here that I find as i’m going through my travels. Hopefully you find them helpful too.
Hello All, I wanted to get a quick blog post out here based on something that I worked on, and finally is seeing the light of day. I’ve been doing a lot of work with TerraForm, and one of the use cases I found was standing up a Kubernetes cluster. And specifically I’ve been working with Azure Government, which does not have AKS available. So how can I build a kubernetes cluster and minimize the lift of creating a cluster and then make it easy to add nodes to the cluster. So the end result of that goal is here.
Below is a description of the project, and if you’d like to contribute please do, I have some ideas for phase 2 of this that I’m going to build out but I’d love to see what others come up with.
The purpose of this template is to provide an easy-to-use approach to using an Infrastructure-as-a-service deployment to deploy a kubernetes cluster on Microsoft Azure. The goal being that you can start fresh with a standardized approach and preconfigured master and worker nodes.
How it works?
This template create a master node, and as many worker nodes as you specify, and during creation will automatically execute the scripts required to join those nodes to the cluster. The benefit of this being that once your cluster is created, all that is required to add additional nodes is to increase the count of the “lkwn” vm type, and reapply the template. This will cause the newe VMs to be created and the cluster will start orchestrating them automatically.
This template can also be built into a CI/CD pipeline to automatically provision the kubernetes cluster prior to pushing pods to it.
This guide is designed to help you navigate the use of this template to standup and manage the infrastructure required by a kubernetes cluster on azure. You will find the following documentation to assist:
Use this template: This document walks you through how to leverage this template to build out your kubernetes environment.
Understanding the template: This page describs how to understand the Terraform Template being used and walks you through its structure.
A special thanks to the following people who contributed to this template: Brandon Rohrer: who introduced me to this template structure and how it works, as well as assisted with optimizing the functionality provided by this template.
Hello All, so a good friend of mine, Brandon Rohrer and I just finished the first iteration of a project we’ve been working on recently. Being Cloud Solution Architects, we get a lot of questions about the different compute options that are available in Azure. And it occurred to us that there wasn’t a way to consume this information in a searchable, and filterable format to get the information customers need.
So we created this site:
This site scrapes through the documentation provided by Microsoft and extracts the information about the different types of virtual machines you can create in azure and provides it in a way that meets the following criteria:
Viewable on a mobile device
Hope this helps as you look at your requirements in Azure and build out the appropriate architecture for your solution.