99 épisodes

Listen with Alan Armstrong and Sam Foot as we talk about all things Microsoft Azure!

We are both technical consultants working with Azure day in, day out. Alan focuses on Identity and Security automation while Sam is a .NET developer deploying PaaS and SaaS solutions on Azure.

Each episode we have a topic we cover and we highlight some key news that we are interested in. No fluff, sales or products here, just two technical people having a light hearted chat.

Let's Talk Azure‪!‬ Alan Armstrong & Sam Foot

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Listen with Alan Armstrong and Sam Foot as we talk about all things Microsoft Azure!

We are both technical consultants working with Azure day in, day out. Alan focuses on Identity and Security automation while Sam is a .NET developer deploying PaaS and SaaS solutions on Azure.

Each episode we have a topic we cover and we highlight some key news that we are interested in. No fluff, sales or products here, just two technical people having a light hearted chat.

    Data API builder - Rapidly build CRUD APIs

    Data API builder - Rapidly build CRUD APIs

    This week Alan and Sam discuss Data API builder. It is a powerful tool designed to streamline the process of creating and deploying APIs for data-driven applications. It facilitates the rapid development of secure, scalable, and high-performance APIs that can seamlessly interact with various data sources, including databases, file systems, and third-party services. By automating much of the setup and configuration, Data API builder reduces the complexity and time required to bring data APIs to production, allowing developers to focus on building features and functionality rather than managing infrastructure. This tool is particularly beneficial for organizations looking to enhance their data accessibility and integration capabilities while ensuring robust security and performance standards.


    _What are CRUD APIs? Why are they important?
    How do you use it?
    What are some of the use cases for the solution?
    How much does it cost?

    What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
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    • 43 min
    Microsoft updates May - new products and features released

    Microsoft updates May - new products and features released

    This week, Alan and Sam talk about new features and services that have gone into Public Preview or General Available status in the last month. We dive into a couple of these updates that peaked our interest.

    Some of the Microsoft product features and update we covered:


    Build + RSA Updates
    key Microsoft Entra and Defender features and updates
    Lots of Azure changes and new features

    What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
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    • 46 min
    MDE Device Discovery - Find those unknown devices

    MDE Device Discovery - Find those unknown devices

    Alan and Sam talk about why it is important to monitor your network for connected devices. Alan runs us through the benefits of doing it with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Here are a few areas we covered:


    Why is it important to monitor your network?
    How can you find devices using Microsoft solutions?
    What are the benefits of devices being discovered and searchable in the Defender XDR Portal
    How is it licensed

    What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
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    • 44 min
    Azure AI Search - Cloud-based, AI-enhanced search for applications.

    Azure AI Search - Cloud-based, AI-enhanced search for applications.

    This week Alan and Sam discuss Azure AI Search. It is a robust, cloud-based search service provided by Microsoft that leverages artificial intelligence to enhance search functionalities within applications. It allows developers to create rich, full-text search experiences with features like natural language processing, semantic search, and cognitive search capabilities, which can extract insights from various data sources. The service is scalable, ensuring efficient handling of large volumes of data and queries, and integrates seamlessly with other Azure services, providing a comprehensive solution for building intelligent and responsive search-driven applications.


    What problems is Azure AI search aiming to solve?
    What does it integrate with?
    What are some of the use cases for the solution?
    How much does it cost?
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    • 49 min
    Managing macOS with Microsoft

    Managing macOS with Microsoft

    Alan and Sam discuss the management of macOS and how it is a little different to other operating systems. Alan guides through what can be configured and the reasons why. Here are a few things we covered:


    How is macOS different to other operating systems to manage?
    What Microsoft tooling can you use to manage them
    What licences do you need

    What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
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    • 46 min
    Azure Data Box - move big data to Azure efficiently

    Azure Data Box - move big data to Azure efficiently

    This week Alan and Sam discuss Azure Data Box. It is a ruggedised appliance designed to simplify the process of transferring large volumes of data to Azure cloud storage, offering high-speed data transfer and secure encryption. It enables organisations to overcome bandwidth limitations and easily migrate large datasets, ensuring efficient and reliable data transfer.


    What is Azure Data Box?
    What can you back up with it?
    How does the process work?
    How much does it cost?

    What did you think of this episode? Give us some feedback via our contact form, Or leave us a voice message in the bottom right corner of our site.
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    • 39 min

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