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Ctrl+Alt+Azure

This is the Ctrl+Alt+Azure podcast. We talk about all things Microsoft Azure and share our experiences and thoughts on the way. Your hosts are Tobias Zimmergren and Jussi Roine.

Tracks

239 - Lessons learned: Infrastructure as Code with Jack Tracey
Infrastructure as Code means one thing and so many things simultaneously for people. We pick the brains of Jack Tracey from Microsoft, on his lessons learned and insights with IaC. What are the pitfalls? What works? Bicep or Terraform? Also, Jussi asks Jack an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:46) - Show content starts.Show links- https://aka.ms/avm - Decompile ARM template JSON to Bicep - Azure Resource Manager | Microsoft Learn- Give us feedback!
42:49 5/22/24
238 - An introduction to Azure Quantum with Elaine van Bergen
In this week's episode we talk about Azure Quantum with Elaine van Bergen from Microsoft. What is quantum? What about Azure Quantum? Who can build solutions, and what sort of solutions can you build? We try not to understand the math, but we want to understand everythin else. Also, Tobi asks Elaine an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:57) - Show content starts.Show links- Get started with Azure Quantum - Training | Microsoft Learn - Starting your journey to become quantum-safe | Microsoft Security Blog- Advancing science: Microsoft and Quantinuum demonstrate the most reliable logical qubits on record with an error rate 800x better than physical qubits - The Official Microsoft Blog- Schrödinger's cat - Wikipedia- Azure Quantum | Learn about quantum and cryptography (microsoft.com)- Azure Quantum | Elements Overview (microsoft.com)- Give us feedback!
27:13 5/15/24
237 - Expectations on Microsoft Build 2024
In this week's episode, we ponder what to expect from Microsoft Build 2024. Is it worth traveling to Seattle for the event, that takes place May 21-23? We reflect on the possible announcements, the breakout session topics, as well as the keynotes. Also, Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(05:14) - Show content starts.Show links- Microsoft Build 2024- Cloud Skills Challenge- Employ AI on Snapdragon X Elite for code generation and image creation (Seattle only)- RAG at scale: production-ready GenAI apps with Azure AI Search- (PnP team – Rob Bagby delivering a session: Take an Azure OpenAI chat application from PoC to enterprise-ready )- Optimize productivity by meeting next-level demands of the AI era- The power of AI and Copilot for Azure Databases- Power AI apps and develop rich experiences with Azure SQL Database- What’s new in GitHub Copilot and the Visual Studio family- Activate enterprise data in AI-enabled business applications- Inside AI Security with Mark Russinovich- Learn how to accelerate Stable Diffusion- Deploy next generation workflows from PC to Cloud with Arm tools- Scott and Mark learn to Copilot- Running .NET on the NES - Give us feedback!
31:06 5/8/24
236 - Azure Updates
In this week's episode, we look at recent Azure updates. What's new? What's interesting? What's retiring? We found updates for Azure AI, Microsoft Sentinel, and Azure Advisors, and many others. Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:48) - Show content starts.Show links- Virtual network flow logs- Azure Classic networking services retirement- New Azure OpenAI and AI Search connectors for Logic Apps- Azure AI Search changes- Windows Server 2025 & Windows Server Insider Program- Get end-to-end protection with Microsoft's unified security operations platform- Use the SIEM migration experience - Microsoft Sentinel- Calculate cost savings in Azure Advisor - Azure Advisor | Microsoft Learn - Give us feedback!
23:00 5/1/24
235 - Understanding Entra SSE
In this week's episode, we're talking about Microsoft Entra Security Service Edge (SSE). What is it? How does SASE tie into this? When and why would you need this? We reminisce a bit on history to better understand the use cases. Also, Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:22) - Show content starts.Show links- Microsoft Entra expands into Security Service Edge and Azure AD becomes Microsoft Entra ID | Microsoft Security Blog - Give us feedback!
31:21 4/24/24
234 - Talking cost management and FinOps with Paola Annis
Today, we'll talk about cost management and FinOps, and we have Paola Annis from Microsoft as the expert on this. What's FinOps again? What are companies focusing on as part of FinOps? We consider the different aspects of FinOps, and reflect how it looked in the back compared to today. Also, Jussi asks Paola an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:42) - Show content starts.Show links- https://data.finops.org/#11755- https://data.finops.org/#11757 - Give us feedback!
27:39 4/17/24
233 - Getting started with GitHub for Enterprises
Today, we'll talk about GitHub Enterprise. This is based on a recent adventure in getting it to work for us, and the lessons learned are the essence of this episode. What are the plans? What do you need to configure? What got us confused? Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(04:06) - Show content starts.Show links- GitHub Enterprise Trial- Jussi's Whoop 4.0 (Jussi's referral code, if you want 1 month free and Jussi gets 1 month free: link) - Give us feedback!
35:51 4/10/24
232 - Diving into Azure AI Studio
We've discussed generative AI and Azure AI capabilities in a few past episodes. In this episode, we'll bring it all together and focus on Azure AI Studio—how do you build generative AI solutions using this service? We consider how to choose LLMs, cost, deployment, bringing your data, and what solutions companies are building with this. Also, Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:56) - Show content starts.Show links- Ctrl+Alt+Azure: 199 - Refreshing our knowledge on Azure AI - Ctrl+Alt+Azure: 220 - When to use what with generative AI? - Ctrl+Alt+Azure: 223 - Understanding Azure AI Search- Azure AI Studio - Give us feedback!
40:10 4/3/24
231 - Let's explore Microsoft Security Exposure Management
In this week's episode, we look at Microsoft Security Exposure Management. What is it, and what can you do with it? We discuss the capabilities, our initial impressions of this capability, and licensing. Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:31) - Show content starts.Show links- Microsoft Security Exposure Management documentation - Give us feedback!
31:30 3/27/24
230 - Azure Updates
In this episode, we take a look at recent updates to Azure. What's new, what's in preview, and what's interesting? Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:14) - Show content starts. Show links- GA: Application Gateway for Containers- Public preview: Application Gateway support for TLS and TCP- GA: Elastic SAN- Windows Server 2025- Public Preview: Well-Architected Framework assessment on Azure Advisor- Migrate Azure Cloud Services (classic) to Azure Cloud Services (extended support)- Azure Storage Actions documentation- What's new in Microsoft Sentinel- Microsoft Graph CLI- Give us feedback!
26:13 3/20/24
229 - Checking out Azure Storage Actions
In this week's episode, we take a first look at Azure Storage Actions. What is this new feature, and why should you use it? Does it differ from existing capabilities that do the same thing? Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(04:11) - Show content starts.Show links- Azure Storage Actions- Introducing Azure Storage Actions: Serverless storage data management - Give us feedback!
31:39 3/13/24
228 - The updated Operational Excellence pillar in the Azure Well-Architected Framework with Bastian Ulke
The Azure Well-Architected Framework (WAF) recently got a big rewrite. We take Operational Excellence, a pillar from WAF, for a deeper look with Bastian Ulke from Microsoft. What is it? How should you utilize this pillar? Bastian also talks about the recommendations and patterns within Operational Excellence. Also, Tobi asks Bastian an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:41) - Show content starts.Show links- WAF: OpEx - Give us feedback!
35:34 3/6/24
227 - Experiences in Azure with Mustafa Toroman
We talk about experiences in Azure with Mustafa Toroman. He is the CTO for run.events and shares his vast experience working with Azure both as a consultant and for building a product. How does he learn new stuff? What about the approach to DevOps? Also, Jussi asks Mustafa an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:32) - Show content starts.Show links- CloudSummit - Mustafa Toroman (@toromust) / X (twitter.com)- Windows95man - No Rules! - Give us feedback!
39:14 2/28/24
226 - Azure Verified Modules with Jack Tracey
We're talking about Azure Verified Modules with Microsoft's Jack Tracey. What is AVM? How and when should you use it? Jack shares insights on the vision and how you can benefit as an architect and developer. Also, Tobi asks Jack an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:15) - Show content starts.Show links- https://aka.ms/AVM  - https://aka.ms/AVM/ModuleProposal  - https://aka.ms/AVM/ModuleTriage   - Give us feedback!
31:33 2/21/24
225 - Get sustainability insights with Azure Carbon Optimization!
Azure now has Carbon Optimization capabilities available. We take a look at what this means, how it works, why it's important, and what can you do with it. Also, Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:37) - Show content starts.Show links- Azure carbon optimization - Microsoft Learn- Microsoft Azure emissions insights (preview) - Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability - Give us feedback!
34:26 2/14/24
224 - We're talking about Security Operations (SecOps) in Azure
In this episode, we'll look at SecOps or Security Operations. What is it, and what are the elements one should consider? What about SOC, how does it tie into all of this? Lastly, we discuss the tools and services within Azure that are essential for any SecOps work. Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:55) - Show content starts.Show links- Introduction to Security operations (SecOps) - Training- MCRA- SAF - Give us feedback!
39:25 2/7/24
223 - Understanding Azure AI Search
Let's focus on understanding what Azure AI Search is. What was it called before? What features does it have, and how much will it cost? We also talk about use cases, especially with generative AI workloads with Azure AI Search. Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(04:07) - Show content starts.Show links- Introduction to Azure AI Search- Pricing - Azure Cognitive Search - Give us feedback!
27:40 1/31/24
222 - Azure Updates
In this episode, we take a look at recent updates to Azure. What's new, what's in preview, and what's interesting? Also, Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:57) - Show content starts. Show links- Private Preview: Upgrade existing Azure Gen1 VMs to Gen2-Trusted launch- GA: Azure Virtual Network encryption- Entra ID - redemption order- Azure Copilot for Azure CLI- Entra External ID - Google as an identity- Public Preview of the Arc Visual Studio Code Extension- Quickstart: Create and run a load test with Azure Load Testing- Use secrets & environment variables - Azure Load Testing- Ctrl+Alt+Azure | 190 - Let's take Defender for APIs for a spin- Microsoft Announces GA of Defender for APIs- Give us feedback!
24:53 1/24/24
221 - Exploring the updated Azure Well-Architected Framework with Dom Allen
We re-visit the Azure Well-architected Framework, with Dom Allen from Microsoft. What has changed, and what's interesting now in the WAF refresh? We take a look at what's new, and how to best utilize WAF. Also, Tobi asks Dom an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:32) - Show content starts.Show links- WAF- Azure documentation | Microsoft Learn - YouTube: Unsolved Tetris Mysteries With Creator Alexy Pajitnov & Designer Henk Rogers - Give us feedback!
32:26 1/17/24
220 - When to use what with generative AI?
In this episode, Tobias and Jussi reflect a bit on options for building Generative AI with the lens of available studios like the Azure AI Studio and the Microsoft Copilot Studio. Jussi also asks Tobias a question about useless things you'd have an endless supply of.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(01:53) - Show content starts.Show links- Azure AI Studio- Microsoft Copilot Studio- Using Ollama (Jussi)- LM Studio
31:17 1/10/24
219 - Designing architectures for Azure
We talk about Azure architectures - how to design them, thoughts and experiences on visualizing them, and what matters in the end. Additional thoughts also on collaboration and Well-architected Framework as it relates to this. Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(04:35) - Show content starts.Show links- WAF: Architect's checklist- Azure Architecture Center- Draw.io- Azure Diagrams- Give us feedback!
40:16 1/3/24
218 - Azure SQL backup and recovery
Let's not talk about AI, but instead let's talk about Azure SQL backup and recovery. What aspects to consider for disaster recovery? What options are available for backups in Azure SQL? How to test for recovery? Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:27) - Show content starts.Show links- Disaster Recovery in WAF- Disaster recovery in Azure SQL- Give us feedback!
33:23 12/27/23
217 - Exploring Microsoft's 'Generative AI for Beginners' training material
We take a look at the Generative AI for Beginners course from Microsoft. It's free, open-source, and available for everyone. What's in it? Who should go through the lessons? And is this even needed? Also, Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(04:28) - Show content starts.Show links- Generative AI for Beginners – A Course- 191 - Prompt engineering techniques with ChatGPT and Azure OpenAI
37:50 12/20/23
216 - Azure Updates
In this episode, we take a look at recent updates to Azure. What's new, what's in preview, and what's interesting? Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:30) - Show content starts. Show links- Release notes - Microsoft Defender for Cloud- Detect threats quickly with near-real-time (NRT) analytics rules in Microsoft Sentinel- Analytics with Azure Synapse Link - Azure Cosmos DB | Microsoft Learn- Azure SQL trigger for Functions- Azure Functions support on Apple Silicon Macs- azure_ai extension for PostgreSQL- Microsoft Fabric reservations- Private subnet- Defender for APIs- Give us feedback!
29:24 12/13/23
215 - Exploring AI and Copilot for Azure
So many Copilots! We take a look at Copilot for Azure, which was announced during Ignite 2023. What can you do with it? What's our experience using it? How does it relate to other Copilots, such as GitHub Copilot Chat. Who benefits from this capability? Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:27) - Show content starts.Show links- Sign up: https://aka.ms/MSCopilotforAzurePreviewRequest - Product docs: Microsoft Copilot for Azure (preview) overview | Microsoft Learn- Tech community post: Simplify IT management with Microsoft Copilot for Azure- Give us feedback!
30:49 12/6/23
214 - Becoming certified as an Azure AI Engineer Associate with exam AI-102
We look at AI-102 - the exam, the course, and the labs. As this course focuses on Azure Cognitive Services (Azure AI Skills after the rename), we walk through the intended audience, the skills you'll need, and the stuff you'll learn. Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(04:41) - Show content starts.Show links- Study guide for Exam AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution- Instructor-led course: Course AI-102T00--A: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution- Self-paced learning: Exam AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution - Certifications- Certification: Microsoft Certified: Azure AI Engineer Associate - Certifications | Microsoft Learn- Give us feedback!
35:01 11/29/23
213 - Reflections from Microsoft Ignite 2023
Microsoft pushes into chip manufacturing, we heard about new chips like Azure Maia and Azure Cobalt. There's also the Azure AI Studio, all the new and updated Microsoft Copilots, the updated Microsoft Cybersecurity Reference Architecture (MCRA), Microsoft Cloud PKI, The Windows App, and more. Tobias asks Jussi an unexpected question about being turned into a cat.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:18) - Show content starts.Show links- Announcing Azure AI Studio preview (microsoft.com)- Azure AI Studio: ai.azure.com- Copilots: See them all in the Book of News- AI transformation and the technology driving change- What’s new in Azure AI Platforms – Charting the Future with Innovative AI and ML- Security Adoption Framework- Cloud PKI- Windows App- Microsoft SSE- Give us feedback!
32:45 11/22/23
212 - Developing generative AI apps with AI-050
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced courseware and studying materials for Azure OpenAI. We look at this 1-day course and reflect on the content, who this course is best suited for, and what one should learn. Also, Jussi asks Tobi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:02) - Community highlights.(04:42) - Show content starts.Community Highlights- Uli Homann, CVP & Distinguished Architect at Microsoft: Deepening Well-Architected guidance for workloads hosted on Azure (microsoft.com)Show links- Course details: AI-050- Course Details: AI-102- Request access to AOAI: Limited access to Azure OpenAI Service - Azure AI services- Give us feedback!
25:09 11/15/23
211 - Reflections on upskilling with Microsoft Applied Skills
Microsoft recently announced the Applied Skills initiative. We talk about what it is, how it compares to Microsoft certifications, and our experience in completing the assessments of the initiative. Also, reflections on hiring and recruiting and skills in general. Tobi asks Jussi an unexpected question.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(03:48) - Community highlights.(05:18) - Show content starts.Community Highlights- TJ Devine: Microsoft 365 Copilot is generally availableShow links- Applied Skills announcement (Microsoft)- Applied Skills- Give us feedback!
39:04 11/8/23
210 - Reflecting on the Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2023
In this episode, we delve into the annual Microsoft Digital Defense Report, the 2023 edition. We dive into some of the findings and reflect a bit on what this means. Some surprises here, but also some known threat angles.(00:00) - Intro and catching up.(02:40) - Community highlights.(04:07) - Show content starts.Community Highlights- Gregor Reimling: The new Azure Update Center is GA Part 1 – three big reasons to migrate to Update Center and forget the classic Update Management Center Show links- Microsoft Digital Defense Report 2023 (Microsoft)- What is the Cybercrime Atlas? (Tobias Zimmergren)- Give us feedback!
43:18 11/1/23

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