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Author: Alan Armstrong & Sam Foot

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Listen with Alan Armstrong and Sam Foot as we talk about all things Microsoft Azure!

We are both technical consultants working with Azure day in, day out. Alan focuses on Identity and Security automation while Sam is a .NET developer deploying PaaS and SaaS solutions on Azure.

Each episode we have a topic we cover and we highlight some key news that we are interested in. No fluff, sales or products here, just two technical people having a light hearted chat.
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Alan and Sam discuss Microsoft's new Cloud PKI service, which enables the management and deployment of device and user certificates through Intune. Below are some key points we addressed: What are user and device certificates and how are they used How would you normally manage PKI services What is Microsoft’s Cloud PKI How much does it cost? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
This week, Alan and Sam talk about new features and services that have gone into Public Preview or General Available status in the last month. We dive into a couple of these updates that peaked our interest. Some of the Microsoft product features and update we covered: Copilot for Security and M365 Syslog and CEF AMA connector for Microsoft Sentinel Lots of Azure changes, new features and retirements! What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam discuss Azure Key Vault, it is a centralized cloud service designed for securely storing and managing cryptographic keys, certificates, and secrets used by cloud applications and services. It offers robust access control, encryption, and auditing capabilities to safeguard sensitive information and streamline key management processes. What is Azure Key Vault? What are the common use cases for Azure Key Vault? What does it integrate with? How much does it cost? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam talk about the Microsoft Connection Program (CCP). A Community of Technical professional from Customers, to Partners and MVPs that interacts with Microsoft Product groups around new features.. Here are a few things we covered: What is the Customer Connection Program? What are the benefits of being in the CCP? What is my experience being in the various CCPs? How do you get involved? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
This week, Alan and Sam talk about new features and services that have gone into Public Preview or General Available status in the last month. We dive into a couple of these updates that peaked our interest. Some of the Microsoft product features and update we covered: Dark Mode in Defender XDR Cloud PKI Improvements in Azure Key Vault Configuration-as-code customizations in Microsoft Dev Box What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam discuss Azure Event Grid. It simplifies event-driven architectures by providing a fully managed service for routing events from various sources to multiple destinations in near real-time, enhancing agility and scalability in cloud-based applications. It enables seamless communication between Azure services, custom applications, and external sources while offering features like event filtering, routing, and dead-lettering for reliable event handling at scale. What is Azure Event Grid? What are the common use cases for Azure Event Grid? How can you get started? What are the licensing options? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam discuss what vulnerability management is, and why it is important to an organisation. Alan dives into how Microsoft security solutions help identify weaknesses and monitor their remediation. Here are a few areas we covered: What are vulnerabilities? why should you monitoring, priorities and resolve them? How can Microsoft Solutions help manage your vulnerabilities? What Microsoft licenses do you need to get started? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Azure AI Studio is an all-in-one AI platform that simplifies the development, evaluation, and deployment of generative AI solutions and custom copilots1. It provides a unified hub for building, managing, and fine-tuning AI models, making it easier for developers of all skill levels to create and deploy intelligent applications. Whether you’re working on natural language processing, computer vision, or other AI tasks, Azure AI Studio streamlines the process and offers a comprehensive suite of tools and services to support your AI projects. Sam takes the lead covering: What is AI and what do organizations use large language models for? What is Azure AI studio, and what problems is it solving? Sam's initial impressions of using Azure AI studio for the first time What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
This week, Alan and Sam talk about new features and services that have gone into Public Preview or General Available status in the last month. We dive into a couple of these updates that peaked our interest. Some of the Microsoft product features and update we covered: Microsoft Defender XDR MDA / MDI / Defender for Cloud Azure API Center Azure Containers Apps Multiple Ports Azure API Management Azure Gen1 to Gen 2 Migration Azure Arc Visual Studio Code Extension What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam discuss all things Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE). Alan goes through the history of MDE, what its capabilities are, and the platforms it covers. Here are a few other areas we cover: What capabilities does MDE provide. How is it different from other AV and EDR solutions. How is it licensed. What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
This week we cover Azure AI Content Safety provides developers with tools to analyze and moderate user-generated content, utilizing machine learning to detect and filter inappropriate text and images. Customizable rules, scalability, and seamless integration with Azure services empower developers to create applications that maintain a safe and compliant online environment. Sam takes the lead covering: What is content safety and the scenarios it is used. What is Azure AI Content Safety. The products contained within Azure AI Content Safety. What are the SKUs how much does it cost? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam discuss Microsoft Defender XDR, a unified portal to manage you incidents across your MS Defender suite. Alan dives into the Extended Detect and Response (XDR) concepts and how it's beneficial to have all products in the same system. Here are few other areas we covered: What is XDR? What is Microsoft Defender XDR? What Microsoft solutions feed into Defender XDR? How is it licensed? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
This week, Alan and Sam talk about new features and services that have gone into Public Preview or General Available status in the last couple of months. We dive into a couple of these updates and peeked our interest. Some of the Microsoft product features and update we covered: Microsoft Entra Internet Access Public Preview Defender for Cloud Apps - GenAI categories for cloud discovery Defender for Endpoint Updates (User Contain, Simplified connectivity, WSL plugin) Fee tier manage SQL instance New Chaos Studio faults for service bus DICOM on data lake preview Azure App Configuration Snapshots What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
In this episode, we wrap up the season, where we explore our favourite episode of the season. We also talk about the challenges and successes we faced behind the scenes, and how the podcast has grown in terms of listenership and engagement. As we bid farewell to the season, we also reveal our exciting plans for the next season, which will start on 5th January 2024. We announce that we will move to one season per year, but with at least 48 episodes, covering more topics and look to featuring guests. This episode is a great way to end the season and to look forward to the next one. We thank our listeners for their support and feedback, and invite them to stay tuned for more updates and announcements. We wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, and promise to return with more amazing content in the new year. What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam discuss Microsoft's Copilot solutions. Alan talks about Generative AI and how it is being used in the world today. Here are a few things we covered: What Generative AI? What are the various versions of Microsoft Copilot? How can Copilot help users be more productive? How are they licensed? Ignite Keynote on Microsoft Copilot What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
This week we cover Azure Container Apps. Container Apps is a serverless container service provided by Microsoft Azure, designed to simplify the deployment and scaling of containerized applications using Kubernetes. It offers a seamless and integrated platform for developers to focus on building applications without the need to manage the underlying infrastructure. Sam takes the lead covering: What are containers, and why do organisations use them? What is Azure container apps? And how do they compare to other services in Azure? Which types of apps can be deployed and hosted? What are the SKUs how much does it cost? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
This week talk all things Microsoft Ignite 2023! Microsoft Ignite is an annual conference hosted by Microsoft, centred around technology trends, product innovations, and announcements concerning Microsoft's cloud services, enterprise solutions, and developer tools. The event usually gathers IT professionals, developers, business leaders, and technology enthusiasts in one place. Alan is out at Ignite in person, we covered: The latest announcements at Ignite Alan and Sam’s favourite announcements The in person Ignite experience What MVP related activities has Alan been up to? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam have a discussion around Microsoft accreditations and how they have recently changes. Here are a few things we covered: What are Microsoft accreditations? What has change recently around the exams for certifications? What are the new applied skills accreditation? Where do you start your Microsoft skills accreditation journey? What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
This week we discuss Azure App Service. Azure App Service is a robust, cloud-based platform that streamlines web app and API development. It simplifies deployment, auto-scaling, and management, supporting diverse programming languages and frameworks. Developers benefit from a fully managed, productive environment, enabling rapid development and easy integration with Azure services. With built-in security and compliance features, Azure App Service ensures a reliable and efficient solution for building, deploying, and scaling web applications and APIs, ultimately enhancing productivity and user experience. Sam takes the lead providing insights such as: Modern approaches to application hosting The features and benefits of Azure App Service How to deploy and manage applications on App Service How is scaling, performance and billing handled What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.Read transcript
Alan and Sam the concept discuss cloud identities and how cloud identity providers like Microsoft Entra ID can help manage and secure those identities. Here are a few things we covered: What is a cloud Identity? What capabilities does Microsoft Entra ID have? Can you bring your on-premises ID up to the cloud? How can it integrate into SaaS application? What security features are available? How is it licensed. What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
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