How I prepared for and passed Azure Administrator Associate certification [AZ-104]

Recently[January 2021], I appeared in Microsoft's Azure Administrator certification exam and cleared that. In this post, I list the approach I followed to achieve that. I hope it benefits you too. First and foremost, the exam page at docs.microsoft.com is the source of truth. Microsoft keeps updating the skills measured from time to time, so … Continue reading How I prepared for and passed Azure Administrator Associate certification [AZ-104]

Exploring Azure Pipelines, Terraform, and Powershell

As of this writing [Feb 2021], if you've used the Terraform extension from Microsoft DevLabs, you'd have noticed that there is support for only a small set of Terraform commands out of the box. These are "init", "validate", "plan", "validate and apply", and "destroy". But Terraform has many commands: fmt, import, output, show, taint, workspace, … Continue reading Exploring Azure Pipelines, Terraform, and Powershell

Azure Pipelines (YAML) and Terraform to provision AWS S3

In my previous note, [Azure DevOps and Terraform to provision AWS S3], I listed in detail the steps to be followed to provision an S3 bucket using Azure DevOps and Terraform. I referred to the classic editor in the build definition/azure pipelines. Build and release definitions declared via a classic editor in Azure DevOps, although … Continue reading Azure Pipelines (YAML) and Terraform to provision AWS S3

How I prepared for and passed Terraform associate certification

I do not have a lot of experience taking professional certification tests, so I cannot compare whether this test is easy or hard. However, if your concepts on IaC are clear and you have hands-on experience on Terraform (over three months in my case) in provisioning and managing resources, this certification is a good status … Continue reading How I prepared for and passed Terraform associate certification

Variables in Classic Editor of Azure Pipelines (Azure DevOps)

There are three types of variables while working with Azure Pipelines in Azure DevOps: -predefined variables, -variables declared/stored in build and release definitions (pipelines), and - variables declared/stored in variable groups in libraries. Microsoft has in-depth info about predefined variables at AzureDevOps Pipeline Variables. In this note, I discuss the other two types of variables. … Continue reading Variables in Classic Editor of Azure Pipelines (Azure DevOps)

Authenticating Terraform to Azure using Service Principal

Continuing on my journey to learn Terraform, I wanted to explore the idea of authenticating Terraform to Azure. Terraform, as we know, is an infrastructure automation tool, and this authentication technique allows us to create/manage resources on the Azure cloud platform. I came across two insightful articles on Azure Service Principals that helped me understand … Continue reading Authenticating Terraform to Azure using Service Principal

Getting started with Terraform

Provisioning and de-provisioning computing resources happen at a faster rate as the process of doing so become accessible. And cloud technologies like AWS and Azure have made it easy, cheap, and quick to do so. However, provisioning resources manually (although possible) is not scalable and also not efficient. Any organization pursuing its DevOps journey must … Continue reading Getting started with Terraform