AKS with cert-manager and Prometheus

In this post we’ll take a look at a new script that I wrote to quickly build a Kubernetes (AKS) cluster with several core components preconfigured and installed out of the box. As a CSA for Microsoft I sometimes need to create an AKS cluster that goes beyond the cluster you get with the az command and I got tired of installing ingress controllers, cert-manager, and the like over and over. If your use case is similar to mine you should get some usefulness from this.

Azure Hub and Spoke Network with Terraform

In this post we’ll take a look at using Terraform to setup an Azure environment that implements a Hub and Spoke network topology using Linux as a Virtual Network Appliance (ie router). This post will setup the custom route tables that allow the individual spoke networks to communicate through the Hub VNet as well as provision an NVA in the Hub VNet.

Using SSH Tunnel with RDP

In this post we’ll take a look at what it takes to connect to an Azure DevTest Lab when you only have outbound access to connect to resources on port 443. I was recently working with a customer who could only connect outbound on port 443 and they wanted to use Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to a Windows VM running in a DevTest Lab. There are a few different ideas that we came up with but using SSH was a quick and dirty solution that got them connected quickly.

Publish a Jekyll Website with Azure DevOps

Haven’t you always wanted to setup your website so that every change you make to your repo produces the cooresponding change in production automatically? Well in this post we’ll look at how to setup Azure DevOps to monitor a GitHub repository that contains a Jekyll website and compile and publish on every commit to master.

Query Log Analytics from the Command Line

I’ve been doing some work with Azure Log Analytics lately and found the az tool limiting as it relates to querying Log Analytics. So like anyone who gets an itch and needs to scratch it, I decided to put something together myself to help make it a bit easier for me. So using Python and some awesome modules I wrote a little utility that could query Log Analytics and provide data back in a few different formats.

Verizon CDN Rules for Redirects

In Part 1 of this post we setup a website using an Azure Storage Acct and configured the Verizon Premium CDN endpoint with SSL certificates to host our custom domain name. In this post we’ll look at the configuration necessary to redirect http to https using the Verizon tools provided via the Azure portal.

Azure Storage for Your Website

Use Azure Storage and Verizon CDN to create a custom website using your own domain name for a few cents a month. In this article we will also look at how to setup https for the website and redirect domain name requests to index.html. Seems like a piece of cake… until you actually try it.