Kategorie Azure

Download and Install Missing Referenced Policies from Azure Landing Zone Repository

As described in the Post Deploy PolicySets from Azure Landing Zone Repository, PolicySets (Initiatives) can be installed directly from the Azure Landing Zone Repositiory. However, if these references other policies, they must already be installed beforehand. The following script is… Weiterlesen →

Deploy PolicySets from Azure Landing Zone Repository

As described in the previous post, policies can be downloaded from the Enterprise Scale Architecture Repository and deployed into your own tenant. In addition to the mentioned policies, the repo also provides interesting Policy Initiatives (Policy Sets) that can also… Weiterlesen →

Deploy Policies from Azure Landing Zone Repository

With the Enterprise Scale Architecture, Microsoft offers various landing zone designs that can be used directly as Terraform or Bicep. Interesting is that the repository also contains policies that are not available in the Azure portal. Microsoft recommends these policies… Weiterlesen →

Access Data from Azure Storage Table via REST and with Storage Account Key

There are various ways to access a table of a storage account. If the storage account key is used, the request for the REST call must be generated in a complicated manner. The script getaztablerows.sh on Github shows the calculation:… Weiterlesen →

Azure Confidential Computing with PaaS

Introduction The previous article described the Confidential Computing features related to VMs. The same approach, i.e. securing data during processing, also applies to PaaS. These features will be discussed in this post. Features Featured not in the Picture

Azure Confidential Computing with VMs

Introduction Microsoft refers to the CCC in its definition: The Confidential Computing Consortium defines confidential computing as: The protection of data in use by performing computations in a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE). And describes the encryption of data-in-use in… Weiterlesen →

Finding Cheapest VMs in Azure for VM List with Excel

The Problem For OnPrem VMs, with specific vCPU and RAM, the right VM sizes often have to be found in Azure. It is important that the prices are as low as possible. For example, with Windows, a machine with 8… Weiterlesen →

TOR Snowflake Proxy as Container Instance

What is snowflake? “Snowflake is a system that allows people from all over the world to access censored websites and applications. Similar to how VPNs assist users in getting around Internet censorship, Snowflake helps you avoid being noticed by Internet… Weiterlesen →

Azure Governance as space station

Cloud governance plays a very important role in the adaptation of the cloud. Cloud governance defines the guidelines for the cloud, i.e. the restrictions that should apply in the cloud, but also the freedom that every user can have. The… Weiterlesen →

Azure Governance als wachsende Raumstation

Bei der Adaption der Cloud spielt die Cloud Governance eine ganz wesentliche Rolle. Die Cloud Governance definiert die Richtlinien für die Cloud, also die Einschränkungen, die in der Cloud gelten sollen, aber auch die Freiheiten, die jeder User haben kann…. Weiterlesen →

Deploy to Azure Function behind Application Gateway (with Private Endpoints)

The previous post described how to deploy to an Azure Function if access is protected by an Application Gateway. Access to the function and to the management endpoint as well were protected. The Function was protected by the Function App… Weiterlesen →

Deploy to Azure Function behind Application Gateway (without Private Endpoints)

Azure Functions are a serverless way to run code. They support different programming languages and can scale quickly. As a developer, it is particularly easy to deploy functions directly from Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code. Functions are often protected… Weiterlesen →

Problems with Protecting Azure Container Registry

Most resources in Azure can be well protected by disabling public access. If public access is completely deactivated, access can take place via private endpoints. In most cases it is sufficient to restrict access to selected network to use service… Weiterlesen →

Mapping of physical Availability Zones to logical Availability Zone

The concept of Availability Zones is well explained in the Microsoft documentation. These are different physical locations within a region that have separate power, cooling, and network infrastructure. When building a resource, it can often be decided in which Availability… Weiterlesen →

Generate/Retrieve BusinessFlowId for PIM Access Review

Azure resources (e.g. subscriptions) can be better protected with PIM. As a result, access roles are not granted permanently, but must be requested for a specified period of time. After this period, the permission is automatically revoked. If the PIM… Weiterlesen →

Access Serial Console with different Network Configurations

The serial console for VMs is a very useful tool for adapting the VM or making checks via the portal. For this, however, the boot diagnostics must be activated (i.e. a storage account for the logs must exist) and the… Weiterlesen →

Access App Services without Host-Header Rewrite

If an AppService is called directly via its IP, either the certificate is invalid or the page cannot be found. If the call is made via HTTPS, the automatic generated certificate only stores the DNS name and not the IP,… Weiterlesen →

Storage Account as Backend Service for Application Gateways

Storage accounts are also often used as backend pools for Application Gateway. This allows the storage to be protected with private endpoints or service endpoints and accessed via a central entry point with an alternative URL. However, the Application Gateway… Weiterlesen →

Getting Costs of Azure Reserved Instances via REST

Various resources can be reserved in Azure, whereby use is guaranteed for 1 or 3 years. This can reduce the price of these resources by up to 72%. In the portal you can see these reduced costs for the reservations:… Weiterlesen →

Activate “Vulnerability assessment for machines” via REST

The Defender for Cloud offers are used to receive notifications and alerts about Azure Services. To do this, it can be activated per subscription and per Azure Service (e.g. with Set-AzSecurityPricing or in the portal). However, what is not supported… Weiterlesen →

Define Consumption Budget with PowerShell and REST

To set up a budget with warning in Azure, the Az.Billing PowerShell Module offers the cmdlets New-AzConsumptionBudget. Unfortunately, the PowerShell commands don’t seem to be implemented correctly in version 2.0.0 at the Az Module 8.3.0 or newer (currently 9.0.1): The… Weiterlesen →

App Services with Private Endpoint and Outbound Routing

As described in the previous article, private endpoints can be used to securely access Azure services. With App Services there is an additional possibility to control the outgoing traffic. Specifically, when configuring the app service in the network area, 2… Weiterlesen →

Private Link/Endpoint, Private DNS Zone and Service Endpoint

Most Azure services are accessible via a public URL. However, to provide a higher level of protection and a direct connection, various options are available in Azure. The two most common approaches are Service Endpoints and Private Endpoint/Private Link. Service… Weiterlesen →

REST Requets with automatic Token generation in Azure: az rest

APIs are available for most functionality and information in Azure. A token, which must be sent with the request, is usually required to retrieve the information. Generating a token dynamically or retrieving it via a service principal is often a… Weiterlesen →

Application Gateway and App Services with Redirect

Azure App Services are often placed behind an Application Gateway. Routing is easier to control, your own certificates can be stored centrally and data traffic can be checked and attacks detected. However, if the App Service responds with redirects, the… Weiterlesen →

Generate different Cosmos DB Queries for different API Management Products

As a starting point, there should be an API with a GET operation to retrieve (flight) data from a Cosmos DB. How the token can be generated to access the Cosmos DB was shown in the previous post Calculating CosmosDB… Weiterlesen →

Calculating CosmosDB API Token in API Management

To retrieve data from a Cosmos DB, its REST API can be used. The query is transmitted in the body of a POST request. Based on the current date, an authorization string must be calculated and supplied. The calculation is… Weiterlesen →

8 Hints with Azure “Compute Choice Decision Guide”

If workloads are to be set up in the Azure, there are various options. To make the choice easier, Microsoft provides the Compute Decision Guide (see picture above). It differentiates between Lift&Shift and Cloud Native and gives recommendations for individual… Weiterlesen →

Wordle Solver as Blazor WebAssembly on Azure Storage

“Blazor lets you build interactive web UIs using C# instead of JavaScript. Blazor apps are composed of reusable web UI components implemented using C#, HTML, and CSS.” The application can be run directly in the browser as a WebAssembly. It… Weiterlesen →

Long Running (endless) Azure Durable Function on Consumption Plan

In the blog post about endless running Azure Functions on Consumption Plan, normal Azure Functions can run without time limit with the help of the functionTimeout property. The same option is also available for the durable functions. The same timeout… Weiterlesen →

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