Awesome-Azure-Bicep repo 💪 release #7 is out!

Hello Cloud Marathiner friends,

You are all welcome to check our latest release #7 which comes with 10X new contributions from four members 👉 Release #7 details

Bug Fixes

I also teamed up with John Lokerse to troubleshoot and fix the link checkmark build in this release. In addition, our core member and Microsoft MVP, Luke Murray, has updated several links on his Bicep blog posts, as his URLs have been changed.

Summary

Thank you all for your continued support and stay tuned for upcoming contributions from the #CloudMarahoner #community.

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Happy New Year dear #CloudMarathoner community !!!

Hello dear Cloud Marathoners!

I would like to “Thank You” ALL the community members in the #cloudmarathoner for their support and continued contributions in 2023 🙌 🎉 🎈

Your continued dedication to learning, sharing, and excelling at cloud knowledge has a great impact on everyone.

The #CloudMarathoner hashtag followers on the LinkedIn platform

Our community is growing

Thank you again for your continued feedback and support!
Our community has grown to 1800+ members and we can reach and empower more people now than ever before 💪.

Again and again, “HUGE THANK YOU!” to everyone who has #shared and contributed to the #CloudMarathoner posts on social media.

We are having “GREAT” progress that will continue to provide the power of #knowledge to empower and elevate the people.

IN SUMMARY

Thank you for being a true “trailblazer of the cloud” by being the #cloudmarathoner!

Please, actively check our #CloudMarathoner #tag on LinkedIn. Share and tag information with the community.

Festive Tech Calendar session – Unboxing the Festive Design patterns with Santa

Hello Cloud Marathoner friends,

I was thrilled that my both sessions have been accepted for the Festive Tech Calendar 2023 events. The first session has been already announced and posted with a #cloudmarathoner community member and contributor, Kasun which is referenced below.

  1. Dec 23 session with Kasun Rajapakse: “The 12 Bicep 💪 Tips of Christmas”
  2. Dec 28th session: “Unboxing the Festive Design Patterns with Santa”

Today’s post is dedicated to the second session where we will embark on a cloud journey with Santa. Santa will be helping us to understand something about clouds, but not the fluffy white ones in the sky – we’re talking about those special computer clouds!

Here is the festive description of the session:

So, imagine all the important things that people do with their computers, like making games, apps, and websites. These things need a special place to live so they can work properly. That special place is like a magical cloud where you can keep all those important things safe and make them work really well.

Now, the clever grown-ups who help with these computer things are learning more about how to use this cloud in the best way. They want to make sure everything in the cloud works just right. To do this, they plan carefully and design everything perfectly, like how we plan Santa’s route on Christmas Eve to deliver presents.

In a special meeting, they will talk about something called “design patterns.” These are like tricks and plans to help make sure everything in the computer cloud is super safe, works really well, and can grow if more people use it. It’s a bit like Santa’s workshop, where we have special patterns for making toys.

So, you see, just like Santa prepares for Christmas, these clever people are getting ready to make the computer cloud a better and safer place for everyone. It’s like their own magical holiday season for computers! 🎅🌟🖥️

Festive Tech Calendar 2023 session

So, if you are intrigued with it then please check my recorded session to learn about the Festive Cloud design patterns > https://youtu.be/Yj-lXf1l1ng?t=17

Wish you all Happy Holidays and Happy New Year !!!

Resolving “git fetch” SSL certificate problem on windows machine

Hi Cloud Marathoner friends,

A few days ago, I got the following error when attempting to run a Git command:

Problem

“fatal: unable to access ‘https://github.com/ElYusubov/Learn-Bicep.git/‘: SSL certificate problem: unable to get local issuer certificate”

This issue originated from the fact that git by default uses the “Linux” crypto backend.

However, there is a simple solution, from the beginning of version Git on Windows 2.14, you can configure Git to use SChannel. This is a built-in Windows networking layer as the crypto backend. In other words, the Windows networking layer will be used with the Windows certificate storage mechanism and you are not required to configure the curl CA storage mechanism.

If you would like to dig into more technical details, then here is the full article on this topic: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/aa380123(v=vs.85).aspx

Solution

Fortunately, you don’t have to change anything in your Windows environment, just run the following Git command: “git config –global http.sslbackend schannel”.

Let me know if that helped with your problem and keep me in the loop if you had a similar problem.

[Book Review] What you need to know about Kubernetes Best Practices: Blueprints for Building Successful Applications on Kubernetes, 2nd edition ⁉ 🤔

Hello friends,

A few weeks ago, I received a book from Microsoft – “Kubernetes Best Practices: Blueprints for Building Successful Applications on Kubernetes”, authored by Brendan BurnsEdward VillalbaDavid Strebel and Lachlan Evenson, and in this post, I will review and share my observations and impressions with the #cloud#community.

The key strength of Kubernetes lies in its modularity and versatility. Virtually any type of application you aim to deploy can be accommodated within the Kubernetes framework, and it can handle a wide range of adjustments or optimizations to meet your specific requirements.

However, this adaptability and generality do come with a trade-off – a moderate level of complexity. It’s essential to have a solid grasp of how Kubernetes’ APIs and components function to unlock its full potential for simplifying application development, management, and deployment. Equally critical is understanding how to seamlessly integrate Kubernetes with various external systems, such as on-premise databases and continuous delivery pipelines, to make it a practical solution in real-world scenarios.

Throughout this book, authors strived to offer insights based on real-world experience, covering topics that are likely to be encountered by cloud engineers and developers, whether they are new to Kubernetes or seasoned administrators. Whether you’re exploring a new area to become an expert or seeking a refresher on familiar challenges, authors aim is to facilitate your learning journey.

By following these best practices, you can tap into authors’ collective experience to avoid common pitfalls, enhance performance and security, and gain the confidence to maximize the benefits of Kubernetes.

Thank you for reading my short review of the book, as it looks like a solid resource for real-world endeavors of cloud engineering and development!

Did you read any related book recently that made an impact on you❓
Please, share your feedback in the comments 💬

Please, check my LinkedIn post to share your feedback. Thanks.

[Book Review] What you need to know about Cloud Native Software 🔐 Security Handbook ⁉ 🤔

Hello, Cloud Marathoners!

A couple of days ago, I received a book from Packt – “Cloud Native Software Security Handbook”, authored by Mihir Shah and in this post, I will review and share my observations and impressions with the #cloud#community.

This book starts covering the Foundations of Cloud Native by exploring the tools and platforms offered by CNCF while providing a high-level stage for the rest of the book. Subsequently, the author dives into explaining AppSec culture and how to approach security implementation in cloud-native environments primarily using toolings like K8S, Calico, K9s, Falco, OPA Gateway, and others which I will be mentioning below.

I liked the Cloud Security Operation chapter where open-source tooling sets like Elasticsearch, Fluentd, Kibana, Prometheus, Helm, and K8S have been used to streamline security operations with automation playbooks to minimize human interventions and errors.

In addition, this book covers legal, compliance, and vendor management aspects of cloud-native software security by emphasizing its hidden cost and importance as important as mastering technical skills.

This book also provides code samples, available for online access which is a big plus.

My suggestion would be the addition of more advanced use cases and code samples in the second edition of this book.

Did you read any related book recently that made an impact on you❓
Please, share your feedback in the comments 💬

Please, check my LinkedIn post to share your feedback. Thanks!

Should you consider Azure 🚀 Blueprints for your new ⛅ projects ⁉ 🤔

Hello friends,

During my recent project engagement, I was checking on status of the Azure Blueprints – a service which is still in Preview. I was surprised and alerted with the note I saw on the documentation page. Namely, service is scheduled to be deprecated.

What is Azure Blueprints (Preview)?

First thing first, this is a service that we use in Governance of Azure resources. This preview service allows the engineers and architects to sketch a project’s design parameters, by enabling cloud architects and central information technology groups to define a repeatable set of Azure resources that implements and adheres to an organization’s standards, patterns, and requirements.

What to do if you are using it?

No worries here. If you already using this service, then plan to migrate your existing blueprint definitions and assignments to Template Specs and Deployment Stacks. Your existing Blueprint artifacts could be converted to ARM JSON templates or Bicep files used to define deployment stacks.

When is the deadline?

Well, all the Blueprints (Preview) will be deprecated on July 11, 2026. Thus, you should have enough time to make the transition to Template Specs and Deployment Stacks.

📌 Reference to Microsoft Learn page on this announcement.
📌 Reference to the LinkedIn post 👉 Should you consider Azure 🚀 Blueprints for your new ⛅ projects ⁉ 🤔

what is next?

Are there any other cloud services ⛅ that will be deprecated soon ⁉🤔
Please, share below in the 💬 comments section.

🔔 If you see any recommendations or suggestions to use Azure Blueprints on Microsoft Learn pages, please ping me back.

Thank you in advance 😉

Thankful to be renominated for Microsoft Azure MVP in 2023

Hello, Cloud Marathoner community!

This week was huge, as we celebrated the 4th of July my eyes were on inbox for notifications to see the MVP nomination response from Microsoft.

MVP AWARD ANNONCEMENTs

I am thrilled and humbled to share with all of you that we are renewed as Microsoft Azure MVP for another year. YAY!!!


The email that I received was one of the best notifications of 2023 so far. Finally, an email below came out with an invitation to us (#cloudmarathoners) to accept the Microsoft MVP Award.

AWARD notification to CloudMarthoner

The email notification below is the highest recognition of the value and continues support that we (#CloudMarathoner) community do provide to everyone who is going through #cloudjourney and the career transformation process in their life.

-Microsoft MVP award notification email

YOU are all MVPs

Yes, that is right, this nomination and reward belongs to all of us. Because we are a unique community that shared interesting and informative posts and encouraged everyone to start their cloud journey.

Congrats to Martin on becoming Microsoft MVP

As you might know, an active member of our #cloudmarathoner community, Martin Dimovski, became an MVP just a few weeks ago. I have congratulated him on social channels as he truly embraced the #cloudmarathoner community and become one of the vocal people in our community. So, please join me in congratulating him.

What it takes to be an MVP

The MVP Award is a global program of recognized technology experts and community leaders who actively supporting technical communities through unique, innovative, and consistent knowledge sharing. These community leaders actively contribute to support the developer and IT Pro communities worldwide, helping them learn, build, and use our products. Learn below what the Microsoft MVP Program seeks for recognition of future community leaders.

Demonstrate community leadership and influence

Our program finds strength in diversity, inclusion, and positive influence. In all our interactions, we aspire to embody and champion these values as a program and as a community. Qualifying applicants must demonstrate leadership and ability to facilitate the sharing of knowledge with others, promote inclusive activities, and advance social good to support the community and under-represented groups.

Be a technical expert

Community leaders must have deep knowledge and expertise aligned to a Microsoft product or service or related open-source technologies. Through community work, qualifying applicants should be able to demonstrate their technical expertise.

Be a great advocate for the community

Leverage your technical expertise to advocate in the technical community. Qualifying applicants should generate local and global awareness that supports adoption and learning of Microsoft products & services through authentic connections, online/offline activities, and community enablement.

Contribute to the success of our products

Qualifying applicants should use their ability to discover and recommend improvements to Microsoft products & services through Microsoft official feedback channels (e.g., GitHub, Tech Community, etc.) or work on open-source extensions within the ecosystem.

Microsoft MVP page

massive Thank you for support!

I just want to say a massive, heartfelt thank you to all of you phenomenal individuals and organizations (T-REX Solutions, Cloud Lunch and Learn, MVP Community and LinkedIn community) for being my cheerleaders, my mentors, and my friends throughout my Microsoft MVP work and cloud journey. Your continued support has not only made me leapfrog personal and professional milestones but has also injected me with a hefty dose of confidence and determination.

I feel incredibly blessed to have such an extraordinary network of rockstars supporting me, and I can’t wait to keep on growing, learning, and rocking the tech world alongside each and every one of you! Sending you all a virtual bear hug filled with gratitude and joy!

What is Next?

I am still in a pleasant shock, and simply to say that “I am proud and humbled to receive this award” is an understatement. I am truly proud to be recognized along the way with the rest of the #MVP community while helping the #CloudMarathoner community to grow and prosper.

I am really happy to continue this cloud journey and invite you – the Cloud Marathoners ⛅🏃‍♂️🏃‍♀️ to join as well and be an important part of this community!!!

Our #CloudMarathoner community is over 1600+ members strong 💪

Hello, Cloud Marathoner friends!

We started the #CloudMarathoner community and cloud learning journey approximately 3+ years ago with few posts and followers. My main intention in starting this hashtag is to help everyone learn the #cloud #fundamentals & #architecture while sharing training resources that could help you in your awesome #cloud journey.

We ARE GROWING every month

Thank you for your continued feedback and support!
Our #CloudMarathoner community is over 1600+ members strong and we are growing it every month. This community of contributors and members like Hugo Barona, Jackson Feldon, new MVP – Martin Dimovski, John Lokerse and many other leaders are able to reach and inspire many more people every day and week.

#CloudMarathoner on LinkedIn channel

IN summary

Thank you.. Thank you… and Thank you so much for ALL you do!


For being a true #cloudmarathoner in learning the #cloud and sharing it with your community!

Please, check the #CloudMarathoner #tag on LinkedIn or Twitter and share information that you find helpful.

How could you easily create new pre-configured 🚀 Azure subscriptions that meet your organization’s specific needs ⁉ 🤔

Hello, dear #CloudMarathoner community!

If you have been implementing your customers with the management of enterprise subscriptions and policies, then it is a pretty common need to automate the provisioning of those subscriptions in a controlled and secure manner.

The good news is that you don’t have to reinvent the wheel and do everything from scratch. The Microsoft team that is behind the Azure Landing Zones implementation has a good reference that could tremendously help you.

Microsoft Global Customer Success team

Have you ever checked the subscription vending IaC Modules from the Microsoft Global Customer Success team (the same team behind Azure Landing Zones)?

Subscription Vending IaC Modules

Well, if not then Subscription Vending IaC Modules are available for you in two popular infrastructure-as-code (IaC) tools: Bicep and Terraform.
AND designed to help you implement the best practices for subscription provisioning.

Why use these modules?

Using these modules, you can quickly and easily provision new Azure subscriptions that are pre-configured to meet your organization’s specific needs. The modules include parameters/variables for Role-Based Access Control, Networking, Tags, and more.

📌 Check out the Bicep 💪 Landing Zone vending module for Azure a GitHub repo 👉 https://lnkd.in/dJRiK5yG

📌 Check out the Terraform landing zone vending module for Azure a GitHub repo 👉 https://lnkd.in/dtndsfXr #sharingiscaring ❤️

In Summary

So, what is your preferred way to provision Azure subscriptions ⁉ 🤔
Please, share your feedback 💬 in the comments or in the following LinkedIn post.