Using an Azure Managed Identity to authenticate on a different App Service

A couple of weeks ago, I was tasked to implement authentication between the services we have in our Azure landscape. I knew this can be done by using the Managed Identity, as we were doing this on a project I was involved with in the past. However, I had never actually done this myself. Most of the time the System Administrators were configuring everything and I just had to copy-paste some Guids in a configuration file. Read more →

Deploying your ARM template with linked templates from your local machine

Any now and then you have to make some major changes to the ARM templates of the project you're working from. While this isn't hard to do, it can become quite a time-intensive if you have to wait for the build/deployment server to pick up the changes and the actual deployment itself. A faster way to test your changes is by using PowerShell or the Azure CLI to deploy your templates and see what happens. Read more →

Getting the group claims when authenticating with Azure Active Directory

I started working on some internal web applications for a customer. For these types of applications, it makes a lot of sense to use Azure Active Directory to authenticate users and use their AAD groups/roles to authorize them on specific pages. I wanted to authorize users by the AAD groups they are placed in. Some users can access Production data, while others are only allowed to access data from the Test environment, all based on the groups they are in. Read more →

Installing ASP.NET Core preview and beta to your App Service

A couple of weeks ago I was busy creating some proof of concept applications using Blazor, which was still labeled preview at the time. To get all of this deployed and working in an Azure App Service, I needed the preview .NET Core runtime installed. An App Service is a PaaS offering, which means you don't have any influence on what version of the software gets installed on the underlying system. Read more →

My notes for passing the AZ-300 and AZ-301 exams

A couple of weeks ago I've passed both the AZ-300 and AZ-301 exams. You're required to pass both of these exams in to get the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification. After posting a tweet I got a lot of responses asking if I had any pointers on what to learn. Instead of responding to each person individually it makes more sense to share what I've used to study and hopefully it's helpful to others also. Read more →