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Azure Lab Services – Auto VM Shutdown

Do you use Azure Lab Services for your managed classroom sessions? If yes, you might have faced a very common issue of being charged for the lab instance even when it is not in use. Well, it seems Azure has listened to the feedback provided by the end users and have come up with the […]

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The Innocent Killer on Azure

Ever thought that a small feature can hand access of your sql server databases to anyone with an Azure account? Yes, you read it right, “anyone with an Azure account”. With this feature enabled, anyone on Azure network can access your SQL databases in Azure SQL Server from any of the Azure services. You might […]

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Azure Proximity Placement Groups

Ever faced latency between the network connectivity of virtual machines even when they are in the same region and same availability set? Well most of us wouldn’t have noticed it but if you are working on mission critical systems where network connectivity is important for fast data transfer and response, you would definitely have noticed […]

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Azure Spot Virtual Machines are here! – “Preview”

Spot VMs? Ring a bell? No? Spot EC2 Instances? Yes, you guessed it right! Before 3rd December 2019, spot EC2 instances or spot VMs were only the thing of AWS (Amazon Web Services). But now, Microsoft Azure is too going to utilize it’s unused compute power by offering Azure Spot Virtual Machines at steep discounts […]

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AZ-103: Azure Administrator – Preparation Road Map

This is an another post discussing preparation road map for Microsoft’s another Azure’s 2-star associate level certification for cloud administrators, AZ-103: Microsoft Azure Administrator. AZ-103 is a certification examination aimed for Azure Administrators who manage cloud services that span storage, security, networking, and compute cloud capabilities. Upon successful passing of this certification examination entitles you […]

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AZ-203 : Azure Developer Associate – Preparation Road map

A few days back, I received a request for preparation road map for Azure’s 2-star associate level certification for developers, AZ-203: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure. AZ-203 is an certification exam aimed for Azure Developers who design and build cloud solutions such as applications and services. Upon successful passing of this certification examination entitles you […]

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Azure SendGrid – Get more for free!

In the last blog post, we discussed how to integrate SendGrid with Azure DevOps. This is an another post in continuation to that post. So, if you are new to this post, please checkout my previous blog at: https://akhilsharma.work/azure-devops-and-sendgrid-integration-step-by-step-guide/ and shoot me your questions if any. In this post, we’ll discuss how to remove that […]

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Azure DevOps and SendGrid Integration – Step by Step Guide

Sending emails has been a part of our day to day life. We send/receive emails which might be for information, raising issues, followups, reporting, alerts, etc.When talking in terms of software development lifecycle or implementing devops practices, emails are very essential to keep clear communication and for keeping everyone on the same page. In this […]

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AZ-400 : Azure DevOps – Preparation Road map

A few days back, I managed to pass the 3-star expert level certification exam. It was AZ-400 Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions examination which upon clearing gives you Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert certification. This exam has a very wide curriculum covering all the aspects of DevOps understanding and concepts. It is considered as a […]

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How to estimate parallel jobs in Azure DevOps

Estimating parallel jobs for your Azure DevOps organisation is one of the trickiest question when trying to architect the build and release pipeline. First let’s get the finances right before we get on to the estimates. For an account in free tier, you get one free parallel job on Microsoft-hosted agents which will run for […]

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