The #CloudMarathoner community is 1000+ members strong

Hello, my dear Cloud Marathoners!

We are a vibrant worldwide community with a passion to learn and grow our career with Cloud technologies! We are also a growing community who are dedicated to giving back and sharing with #community as well!

We are more than 1040+ members strong and continue to grow while supporting the community members with online, #free content on a variety of cloud technologies.

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Thank you

I would like to thank everyone who has followed and #shared the #CloudMarathoner posts and announcements.

As you already know, this is the beginning of something โ€œGREATโ€ that we need to carry on by spreading the goodness and power of #knowledge that empowers people.

Summary

Thank you for stopping by and checking the announcement and celebrating this “HUGE” milestone with us. Please, check our architecture, cloud infrastructure as code, and overall, Azure videos in the #CloudMarathone YouTube channel.

Cloud Interviewing guidance and tips for military veterans

Hello dear Cloud Marathoners,

This week, I had an opportunity to join a meeting in order to share my experience with military veterans on how to get them ready for the first cloud position interview. We had really awesome participation and a number of questions that benefited all attendees.

Thank you,ย Douglasย for an opportunity to help the transitioning service members and veterans with critical technical and career skills development and tips.

MSSA career development and interview tips

Thank you, Microsoft, for running the very important MSSA (Microsoft Software and Systems Academy) for transitioning service members and veterans!

The MSSAย provides technical training that enables the service members to leverage their core skills and interests to chartโ€”and startโ€”their career journey in IT.

Summary

It was truly a unique event to help our transitioning service members and veterans and Thank You to everyone who took some time in providing follow-up feedback on the following LinkedIn post.

Azure Bicep First Look course is released!

Happy Friday friends,

Are you looking for a simpler, more efficient way to author infrastructure resources in Azure?

Azure Bicep First Look course


If so, youโ€™re in luck. Azure Bicep is here to help. Bicep is a new domain-specific language (DSL) for deploying resources in Azure. Itโ€™s also a much cleaner, more concise language than ARM JSONโ€”cloud admins and DevOps professionals, rejoice!

Please, let me know if you need any help with my new Azure Bicep First Look course.

I am here to help you in your Cloud journey!
Stay tuned for more Azure content!

Microsoft Ignite 2021 – Cloud Skills Challenge is back

Hello Cloud Marathoners,

As it was the case last year,ย Microsoft Igniteย is back and held digitally free of charge, during Nov 2-4 ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐ŸŽ‡

Microsoft Ignite is a signature event and held virtually for a global audience across a variety of industries to experience the latest and greatest technologies. It is an event where you could get a sneak peek at new products and services that will be coming in the future.

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Microsoft Ignite 2021 – Cloud Skills Challenge

Cloud Skills Challenge

This year you could choose from 12 tech challenges and select the one that is right for you. Once you complete that challenge you will earn a free Microsoft Certification exam that can be applied to your choice from a select list of options:

  • Azure Developer Challenge
  • Azure Admin Challenge
  • Identity + Information Protection Challenge
  • Teams Admin Challenge
  • Teams Voice Engineer Challenge
  • Azure Database Admin Challenge
  • Desktop and Device Management Challenge
  • Windows Server Hybrid Admin Challenge
  • Dynamics 365 Sales Consultant Challenge
  • Dynamics 365 Supply Chain Mgmt Challenge
  • Power Platform Developer Challenge
  • Security Operations Analyst Challenge

When does the challenge begin?

The listed challenges will begin on November 2, 2021 and end on November 30, 2021. You can start your registration here to join the challenge.

What happens when I complete my Cloud Skills challenge?

According to the guidelines from official Cloud Skills Challenge website:

If you complete your challenge before it ends, one Microsoft Certification exam will be associated with your Learn profile on December 7, 2021. You will be notified via email when it becomes available.

A Microsoft Ignite Cloud Skills Challenge character displays their awarded medals.

What are the Terms and Conditions?

Check out the Official rules; including Terms and Conditions with FAQ in this web page.

Summary

Thatโ€™s it friends, buckle up to complete your challenge before Nov 30, 2021 to earn new skills and receive a complementary Azure exam award ๐Ÿ†.

Good Luck ๐Ÿคž in your new Cloud Skills Challenge !

How to check and update Azure CLI version on your workstation?

Hello friends,

I was prompted to update my CLI and wanted to share this easy experience with everyone.


There is an easy straightforward process to check & update your favourite Azure CLI in a few minutes without leaving the command line tool of your choice.

There are 2 commands that you would ever need going forward, assuming that your version of CLI is already “2.x”.

Check your az cli version

Just run the az version --help command first.

Check the AZ CLI version

Running update on AZ CLI

Next, run the az upgrade command and press key Y when prompted to continue.

Upgrade the AZ CLI version

And finally, check the updated version and its extensions if needed.

Verify upraded version and Bicep

In case your AZ CLI is up to date, you could always run az bicep upgrade command and get the job done.

Stay tuned for more Azure automation & Security related posts.

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Essential Azure cloud transformation handbook – for everyone

Hi Cloud Marathoners,

There might be some technical knowledge gaps when we start to learn a new cloud service or its features. One way to minimize it – is to study for a certification exam or read a book that has a more holistic approach into the technology.

Well, while not all of you might agree with this approach of reading the book, certain books can open a completely new perspective into your vision. Of course, there is a risk that over-time, the cloud services described in the book might be phased out, merged or re-named (like, Azure Data Warehouse service got evolution into Azure Synapse Analytics) into some other services.

In addition, hands-on learning is the recommended approach to masterย your knowledge and get technical depth into the subject matter area.


Anyway, no matter what approach works best for you, the “Azure Strategy and Implementation Guide 4th Edition” is an essential handbook to cloud transformation with Azure that you don’t want to miss out on.

As it is a common case in technology, there are many different scenarios for running your workloads on Azure to meet your company’s business needs. This book puts renewed emphasis on the importance of using design principles and how crucial planning is – when moving resources to Azure.

The authors of the book use the Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework, and recommend to adopting best practices to improve the quality of your workloads in the cloud.

That said, let’s have a look into the chapters:

โœ”๏ธ Introduction to Azure
โœ”๏ธ Automation and governance in Azure
โœ”๏ธ Modernizing with hybrid cloud and multicloud
โœ”๏ธ Cloud migration: Planning, implementation, and best practices
โœ”๏ธ Enabling secure, remote work with Microsoft Azure AD and WVD
โœ”๏ธ Security fundamentals to help protect against cybercrime
โœ”๏ธ Offers, support, resources, and tips to optimize cost in Azure

I hope those listing sparkled your interest to read the book.
Well, without any overdue check the download link and put it on your device.

Hopefully, you could get solid Azure cloud understanding from this book and lighten-up your cloud transformation journey.

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#cloudskills
#multicloud
#cloudtransformation
#bestpractices
#wellarchitected #framework
#continuouslearning

Start your Azure Certification today with easy steps 1..2..3

Theย #tokyoolympics2021ย is over – so you can start your ownย #certificationย Olympics withย Microsoftย Azure forย #freeย ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿšดโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธ

How to get your Azure & Data Fundamentals (AZ-900 + DP-900) โ‰๐Ÿค”

(Attention:ย you could get aย free training + Azure exam voucherย by the end of this article)

Microsoft Azure is one of the fastest growing cloud solution providers in the world. It has an “Azure Fundamentals” certification – an entry level cloud certification. Candidates for this exam (AZ-900) should have foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.

Azure Fundamentals exam is an opportunity to prove knowledge of cloud concepts, core Azure services, Azure pricing, SLA, and lifecycle, and the fundamentals of cloud security, privacy, compliance, and trust.

Are you excited to start your Azure study?

Check these absolutely free resources below and get ready for this exam then ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, next step will be the exam registration, that has a $99 cost in the USA. You could take this exam online, proctored through Pearson VUE or other exam providers.

I have a good news for you – for limited time, Microsoft generously provides complementary exam vouchers for its virtual event attendees. Thank you Microsoft for empowering people on their #cloudjourney!

After completing one of these free training below, youโ€™ll be eligible to take theย Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification examย at no cost.

Updated with new #free training opportunities + exam

First Option (AZ-900): After completing one of the free training below, youโ€™ll be eligible to take the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals certification exam at no cost.

Second Option (DP-900): Completion of a free Data training below, will make you eligible to take the  Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals certification exam at no cost.

Well, don’t look further, just register and guarantee your spot for this event and receive your complementary voucher after the event.

Hopefully, these tips will be an encouragement wave to start your #cloudjourney.

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Good Luck in your first steps!

What is entitlement management and how it can help?

Hello Cloud Marathoner’s,

We are continuing our cloud learning journey with Azure services today. Last year Azure Active Directory has introduced many useful features and we will talk about one of them that simplifies the identity governance.

“An Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) entitlement management is an identity governance feature that enables organizations to manage identity and access lifecycle at scale, by automating access request workflows, access assignments, reviews, and expiration. ” – Microsoft Azure AD Identity Governance

Entitlement management example with one catalog and two access packages

How can entitlement management help?

There are several ways how you could leverage these features for your Azure resource management activities. The easiest one to get started with is the delegation options:

โœ”๏ธ Delegate management of resources from high privileged account to managers
โœ”๏ธ Govern access for users in your organization
โœ”๏ธ Govern access for users outside your organization
โœ”๏ธ Automate and simplify day-2-day management
โœ”๏ธ View and report on resource assignments and access packages

Let’s consider following two common scenarios:

First Scenario: As administrator you want to delegate access governance from IT administrators to users who aren’t administrators.
Check out the Video clip for step-by-step guidance.

Second Scenario: You would like to create an automated request process for your users to enable them request for an access package (set of Azure resources and accesses rights) to do their job.

The request process of access packages can be simply understood by a help of a following sample infographic.

A user request for access package (set of resources) to start doing work assignments

When I should use access packages?

It is not a silver bullet, so access packages do not replace other mechanisms for access assignment. However, following use-cases are most appropriate in situations where you would consider them:

  • Employees need time-limited access for a particular task. For example, you might use group-based licensing and a dynamic group to ensure all employees have an Exchange Online mailbox, and then use access packages for situations in which employees need additional access, such as to read departmental resources from another department.
  • Access that requires the approval of an employee’s manager or other designated individuals.
  • Departments wish to manage their own access policies for their resources without IT involvement.
  • Two or more organizations are collaborating on a project, and as a result, multiple users from one organization will need to be brought in via Azure AD B2B to access another organization’s resources.

Thank you for reading till this point. Stay tuned for more Cloud Security and Administration related posts.

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#microsoftazure
#AzureAD
#identitygovernance
#accessmanagement
#secureaccess
#bestpractices
#continuouslearning

What is MCAS and why would you need it?

Hello cloud marathoners,

The MCAS (Microsoft Cloud App Security) ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ๐Ÿ” – helps to identify and combat cyberthreats across all your cloud services. This is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that provides multifunction visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics.

Here is a high level architecture diagram from Microsoft docs.

What are the main benefits of this cloud service?

Here are the main three benefits ot brings alone:
โœ”๏ธ Discovery & Manage your apps
โœ”๏ธ Govern access to apps and resources
โœ”๏ธ Check compliance on your cloud apps

Check out this detailed level architecture ofย #appsecurityย inย Microsoft Azure โ„ขย ๐Ÿ‘

MCAS – Microsoft Cloud App Security.


What are the main use cases for your business?

โœ”๏ธ Shadow IT Discovery & Control
โœ”๏ธ Secure Access
โœ”๏ธ Security Poster Management
โœ”๏ธ Threat Protection
โœ”๏ธ Information Protection
โœ”๏ธ User & Entity Behavioral Analytics

Another beauty of above architecture lies in a fact that you could easily integrate this model with third party SaaS apps, all listed on a diagram.

Thank youย Matt Sosemanย for bringing this diagram ย #SharingIsCaringโค๏ธ๏ธ

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#MCAS#securitymanagement
#OAuth#secureaccess #appsec
#threatprotection
#securityengineering
#bestpractices
#continuouslearning

New four services added to “Azure free services” catalog

Hi Cloud Marathoner friends!

Who would resist to learn Azure cloud and utilize free services that have been annnces this month?

Yes, you have read this correct, there are 4 more servics added to exisiting 25+ always free and 12 months set of free products, up to the monthly limits. 

Those services are listed on the infographic:

โœ”๏ธ Azure Key Vault
โœ”๏ธ Azure Database for PostreSQL
โœ”๏ธ Azure Media Services
โœ”๏ธ Azure Database for MySQL

Have you used these new services in your labs or projects yet?
If not, that is okay. Here is the brief description what you can do with these services listed above:

Azure Key Vault – helps teams to securely store and manage sensitive information such as keys, passwords, certificates, etc., in a centralized storage which are safeguarded by industry-standard algorithms, key lengths, and even hardware security modules.

Azure Database for PostreSQL – with Azure you can run your  PostgreSQL Server workloads in a hosted virtual machine infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or as a hosted platform as a service (PaaS). The PaaS option has multiple deployment choices, each with multiple service tiers that you can use with Azure Database for PostreSQL.

Azure Database for MySQL – take the model tha we described above and apply it to MySQL. That how simple it is..

Azure Media Services – lets you deliver any media, on virtually any device, to anywhere in the world using the cloud. The collection of services provide encoding, live or on-demand streaming, content protection and indexing for video and audio content.

Which products are free for 12 months?

These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.

Check out the details about each of these services on Microsoft Azure’s website.

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