Intro I recently managed to pass the Microsoft Certified : Identity and Access Administrator (SC-300) exam. Preparation This time around I prepped a little differently. I attended the Microsoft SC-300 training course last week (Monday through Thursday). I took the evenings off to let my brain relax. I also took time to relax on the Friday (public holiday) then jumped into iterations of Practice Tests followed by additional study on weak areas - that was my Saturday!

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Intro I recently managed to pass the Microsoft Certified : Azure Security Engineer Associate exam. Those of you that know me well will know that I’m not normally an exam/certification junkie - I’ve avoided them since high school all the way through my professional career until I went for the Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) exam in 2020. Theres a number of reasons for that: I do not like exams I do not like exams - I get very nervous and can easily fail an exam on a subject I know well enough to pass.

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Intro I recently hit upon an annoying problem when using VS Code and wanted to share with you how I worked around it. The Problem I was trying to run some powershell commands against Azure Active Directory using the AzureAD Powershell module to query and correlate some identities and this was the first time I had done so for a long time. It was also the first time I had done so from the powershell integrated terminal in VS code.

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Intro A quick post just to get me back into the routine, and to cover off an issue that I encountered recently, and how to resolve it. The problem I hadn’t done anything in Azure at home for a while and tonight I wanted to manage some VMs of mine from AZ Powershell. First things first, connect my powershell session to my Azure account - easy right? Connect-AzAccount -UseDeviceAuthentication Click on the Device Login link: Enter the onetime code in the browser: Click on the account you wish to be signed in as: Click to Continue And then you see: And you go back to your powershell session and see: Notice anything wrong?

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In my last post, I mentioned that I’d hit a little snag when I was migrating my live site over to my new architecture. When I built my test site it always used a subdomain (beta.cirriustech.co.uk) so I never had any issue with DNS. However, when I migrated my live site over, I had built it with a subdomain for testing (prod.cirriustech.co.uk) whilst the live site on WebApp/Grav still used the naked domain (cirriustech.

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Intro As you may or may not be aware, Gregor Suttie and Richard Hooper (Pixel Robots) came up with the awesome idea for Azure Advent Calendar which you can follow via the #azureadventcalendar on Twitter and via the YouTube channel. The premise is that the Azure community submit a video and blog post on an Azure related topic, with 3 being posted per day through Advent - a total of 75 videos and an absolute bonanza of Azure learning courtesy of the Azure community.

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In recent posts, I’ve talked about migrating from Grav to Hugo, at a high level. Before I get down into the detail of setting up the new solution - I need to spend a little time on the changes you will need to make along the way for your content to be compatible with Hugo. If you are migrating to Hugo from a different platform than Grav, the changes required are likely to be different, but may be similar to those that I experienced.

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Hugo Costs - An Update

In my last post - I discussed my pending move of one of my websites from Grav on Azure WebApps to Hugo in Azure Storage Static Websites to optimise my costs. I’ve yet to update my blog itself - or blog about the process of doing so. But, a quick update on costs. Early days as I moved my community website over to the new solution on 11th December, a mere 4 days ago.

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From the beginning, the intention was to minimise the cost outlay, whilst still using and learning about Azure and I promised to keep you up to date on my experience, what worked, what didn’t etc. So, fast forward several months, how has it been? The Good At this point I should stress that I have a lot of love for Grav - it’s massively powerful, flexible, extensible and on a decent machine it’s fast and responsive.

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This is the personal blog of Graham Gold, covering all aspects of tech that interest me both personally and professionally. To see more about me visit my About Me page.

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