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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.

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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.

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English


Episodes
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239 - Lessons learned: Infrastructure as Code with Jack Tracey

5/22/2024
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!

Duration:00:42:49

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238 - An introduction to Azure Quantum with Elaine van Bergen

5/15/2024
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!

Duration:00:27:13

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237 - Expectations on Microsoft Build 2024

5/8/2024
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!

Duration:00:31:06

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236 - Azure Updates

5/1/2024
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!

Duration:00:23:00

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235 - Understanding Entra SSE

4/24/2024
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!

Duration:00:31:21

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234 - Talking cost management and FinOps with Paola Annis

4/17/2024
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!

Duration:00:27:39

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233 - Getting started with GitHub for Enterprises

4/10/2024
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!

Duration:00:35:51

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232 - Diving into Azure AI Studio

4/3/2024
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!

Duration:00:40:10

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231 - Let's explore Microsoft Security Exposure Management

3/27/2024
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!

Duration:00:31:30

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230 - Azure Updates

3/20/2024
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!

Duration:00:26:13

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229 - Checking out Azure Storage Actions

3/13/2024
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!

Duration:00:31:39

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228 - The updated Operational Excellence pillar in the Azure Well-Architected Framework with Bastian Ulke

3/6/2024
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!

Duration:00:35:34

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227 - Experiences in Azure with Mustafa Toroman

2/28/2024
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!

Duration:00:39:14

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226 - Azure Verified Modules with Jack Tracey

2/21/2024
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!

Duration:00:31:33

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225 - Get sustainability insights with Azure Carbon Optimization!

2/14/2024
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!

Duration:00:34:26

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224 - We're talking about Security Operations (SecOps) in Azure

2/7/2024
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!

Duration:00:39:25

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223 - Understanding Azure AI Search

1/31/2024
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!

Duration:00:27:40

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222 - Azure Updates

1/24/2024
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!

Duration:00:24:53

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221 - Exploring the updated Azure Well-Architected Framework with Dom Allen

1/17/2024
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!

Duration:00:32:26

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220 - When to use what with generative AI?

1/10/2024
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

Duration:00:31:17