Passing AZ-500: Microsoft Certified Azure Security Engineer Associate

Passing AZ-500: Microsoft Certified Azure Security Engineer Associate

This week I took - and passed - the Microsoft Exam AZ-500: Microsoft Azure Security Technologies, which if you pass, leads to the Microsoft Certification Azure Security Engineer Associate. View my badge on Acclaim: https://www.youracclaim.com/badges/eeb67553-55fe-4663-bf04-33c5e83d2ba7 I'm not going to lie - it was a challenging exam. I didn't pass with 1000/1000 points, but I did pass. I come from a developer and solution architect background, and this exam focuses on more IT topics than dev ones for obvious reasons, so I had to push myself to get myself prepared for it. In the last…

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Retrieve logs from Application Insights programmatically with .NET Core (C#)

Retrieve logs from Application Insights programmatically with .NET Core (C#)

When working with Azure's Application Insights, there's some times where I would've wanted to quickly and programmatically export specific events, search the logs or otherwise pull some data out based on dynamic metrics of applications or monitoring solutions I've set up. In this post we'll take a look at how easy it is to use the Microsoft.Azure.ApplicationInsights NuGet package to utilize .NET Core to retrieve data programmatically from Application Insights. For example, in the Azure Portal I can easily see my Application Insights data on demand and search and filter my logs in the intuitive and simplified UI:…

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Protecting your Azure Container Registry by denying all requests except from allowed IP addresses

Protecting your Azure Container Registry by denying all requests except from allowed IP addresses

With Azure Container Registry, or ACR, we get a lot of great capabilities to host our Docker images in the Azure cloud. With that, as with everything else, comes security concerns we should not overlook. In this post I'm exploring how we can lock down all access to our ACR by default, and then enable access based on an IP address or range of IP addresses. This is similar to what I've already explained in another post about Secure your Azure Storage Accounts with restrictions based on public IP addresses. If you haven't seen that, take a look there how…

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