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AzureFunBytes Reminder - @Azure Identity with @pdtit - Thursday, March 18, 2021!

AzureFunBytes is a weekly opportunity to learn more about the fundamentals and foundations that make up Azure. It's a chance for me to understand more about what people across the Azure organization do and how they do it. Every week we get together at 11AM Pacific on Microsoft LearnTV and learn more about Azure.

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This week Microsoft Technical Trainer Peter de Tender joins me for a conversation about Azure Identity and Service Principals. Peter recently wrote a blog post on the Azure DevOps blog that really made me think it was time to dig into managed identity and access management a bit more.

The Azure Documentation defines an Azure service principal as an identity created for use with applications, hosted services, and automated tools to access Azure resources. This access is restricted by the roles assigned to the service principal, giving you control over which resources can be accessed and at which level. For security reasons, it's always recommended to use service principals with automated tools rather than allowing them to log in with a user identity.

How is it related to Azure Active Directory? How exactly are we limiting access to our deployment environments? How can we do deploy to our Kubernetes Service from our Azure Container Registry without having to always specify our credentials? What are Azure managed Identities? These are some tough questions I am hoping to get some answers to on this week's AzureFunBytes. We'll take questions, listen to your comments, and take part in another educational session about Azure.

Peter will help me answer all these questions and more! I can't wait to find out how to configure everything for our automation to keep our DevOps process secure!

Join us at 11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern for the latest episode! We'll get you the information you need to start building your global scale apps. We can be found every week on Microsoft LearnTV! Ask questions, take part in the conversation, and don't miss out!

Learn about Azure fundamentals with me! You can also find the recordings here as well:
Azure DevOps YouTube Channel

Useful docs:

Introduction to Azure fundamentals
Create your Azure free account today
Azure Active Directory
Microsoft Learn: Protect identity and access with Azure Active Directory
Create an Azure service principal with Azure PowerShell
What is Azure Active Directory?
Azure Identity Management and access control security best practices
Identity and access management (IAM)
Azure Container Registry Documentation
Assign Azure roles using the Azure portal
Assign Azure AD roles to users
Application and service principal objects in Azure Active Directory

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