How many subscriptions are enough? aka.ms/Azure/Subscriptions

Hello again. It’s been too long since I made a post. But before I make any new posts, I want to migrate some of the better posts I did on TechNet Blogs. Most of them were migrated here. However a few seemed to not make it over. Regardless, I want to move the more relevant ones all over to WordPress since I did back them up.

This old TechNet post was the culmination of several conversations about how many subscriptions is enough? While just one might be enough, hundreds isn’t manageable in most cases. So below are some decision criteria to consider, along with some summary thoughts at the bottom.

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aka.ms/Azure/Gov

Hello again. It’s been too long since I made a post. But before I make any new posts, I want to migrate some of the better posts I did on TechNet Blogs. Most of them were migrated here. However a few seemed to not make it over. Regardless, I want to move the more relevant ones all over to WordPress since I did back them up.

This blog was a collection of Azure Government related resources for those that may work in the Government space in any capacity. It probably may need some updates. But I hope to get to those later this year. Here is the TechNet post. I hope these links are useful to you.

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EZ Overnight Oats

I want to eventually do some YouTube videos, but that takes a lot of time! Hope to get to them. Just ordered an external webcam (Razor Kiyo) with a light, so will use that for my first post. But for now, can post my favorite recipes, starting with this, at aka.ms/EZVegan.

Overnight Oats

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Archived AllergicToCode Content

Happy New Years all!

I just discovered that all of my original blog content on TechNet Blogs has officially been moved to their archives.  I still have some great content there.  I will slowly move or update the most relevant content as needed.  Some of the older content I’ll just let lie. Nonetheless, I have redirected my aka.ms/MarkGrimes url to just come to this newer WordPress site. Continue reading “Archived AllergicToCode Content”

The EZ Vegan

Hello all!  As I have been going through this journey called life, I am continually seeking to do so better.  Don’t we all? I want to dispel the myths that as we age we will get shorter, fatter, on more and more medications and not as mobile as we were when we were younger. While there are some exceptions, for the majority of things that will kill ourselves and our loved ones, “Our genes are not our destiny”.  I want to stay as Vibrant, Active and as Drug free as possible through the remainder of my life to fully enjoy all the richness that it has. I believe that this is made best possible through a Whole Food Plant based diet. Continue reading “The EZ Vegan”

Top Security and Identity Resources

aka.ms/Secure – now isn’t that easy?

Let me preface this first. One, I work for Microsoft, so I am only including links on this post primarily from our ‘Docs’ pages, with the exception of some government related posts.  Not that there’s anything wrong with any other posts or links.  But these are some of the ones I find most useful to share with my fellow colleagues and customers. Secondly, there is so much that is out there, even within our own docs, there may be many many more I’ll post further below.  And many more that I miss or forget. These are some of my favorite pages that I often use for referencing Microsoft’s current recommended Security and Identity practices in no particular order.  I hope you find these useful as well and share away with aka.ms/Secure. Continue reading “Top Security and Identity Resources”

Azure Stack Assessment

aka “best practices” if you’d like to call it that

Hello everyone. Often I walk into Azure Stack environments where they have “been there, done that”. That is, the customer has gone beyond the core installation and configuration from original equipment manufacturers (OEM), such as by DellEMC, Lenovo or HPE. All of the steps up to this point are well documented on this Overall Timeline for an Azure Stack Datacenter integration.

Once the OEM has left, the customer may have installed some resource providers (RP), done Azure Stack registration, which enables marketplace syndication and created things like offers, plans & quotas.

Therefore, the customer turns to me and says “Did we do this right”? Or “are we following “best practices”? And I can’t resist the standard consultant’s response “it depends”. Nonetheless, in this post what I want to start collecting and collating are things to take a look at as an Azure Stack Operator in your shiny new object known as an Azure Stack Integrated System.

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Azure Stack Labs

In my recent post for Azure Stack Operator Exam Operator link (aka.ms/70-537), I created hyperlinks that map to all of the exam objectives. If you actually walked through each and every link you would eventually come to instructions that tell you “how to” do that thing. The documentation team has done a pretty good job of providing step-by-step instructions to do virtually anything in Azure Stack. Also, if you just want to watch, just found a whole series of “How To” videos on YouTube!

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Azure Stack Operator Exam Links

Hi All. In helping others prepare to take and pass the Exam 70-537 “Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack” , I have taken the outline for the exam and created hyperlinks to all of the sub-topics to help you study and prepare faster. I hope this is useful for you and others. Good health to you 😉

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aka.ms/AzureStackLinks

Hot off the press! Azure Stack Videos covering a ton of topics!  Just click the link below. 

YouTubeaka.ms/AzureStack/YouTubeVideos 

The Azure Stack Docs page pretty much has most everything you need located at https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure-stack/. Also you want to check out Azure Stack: Building an end-to-end validation environment. But sometimes there are other blogs or posts that you can find other good nuggets of information. One such list of blogs is the Azure Stack IaaS Series. There is a lot of great information in these, but I can never find them listed in one place when I want them. So I am listing them in order and by title for Continue reading “aka.ms/AzureStackLinks”