Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS) and Azure Data Explorer (ADX) clusters are SaaS offerings based on virtual machines. It is probably the oldest way to safe money in the cloud - just turn them off when you do not need them - here are two ways to do this.

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One of the first things IT departments do when they start moving workloads to the cloud, is stopping their VMs on a regular basis to safe money. There are plenty of functions and ways to do this, but I thought, a different approach might be fun too - building this as a micro service with several components on Azure.

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When working with internal container deployments, there are many cases, where applications need to access an internal HTTPS service. If these services use internal certificates from an internal certificate authority (CA), the client (container/pod) needs to trust the certificate chain including the Sub/Issuing CA certificate and the Root CA certificate.
These certificates have to be added to the trusted ROOT CA store, which should not be done at runtime (hence not with a sidecar container or similar constructs). The solution to this problem would be to add them at build time. We will discover how this process can be simplified and automated by using Azure Container Registry (ACR) tasks.

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This topic is not new and quite frankly, it is hard to believe this is still not integrated yet, but at some point, during your cloud journey, you probably want to send monitoring alerts to a certain Teams channel. Even though this is functionality is available for plenty of other services, Azure Monitor still lacks this.

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HashiCorp Vault - Raft Storage Snapshot Recovery

in DevOps by Ingo Deißenroth
943 words · 5 min to read

HashiCorp introcuded with Vault version 1.2 a new integrated Storage backend. It went into general availability with version 1.4 in April 2020. In November HashiCorp released Vault version 1.6 which includes further enhancements of the Raft storage backend. I took this opportunity to show how to create and restore Raft storage backend snapshots and share this with the community.

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