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Azure Policy - Using the Append Effect as a More Gentle Deny

Azure Policy is a powerful service within Azure to enforce different rules and effects over your resources, so those resources stay compliant with your corporate standards and service level agreements. In this post I discuss why you should consider using the append effect as a more gentle version of deny.

Azure Azure Policy

Aggregating output values from linked ARM templates in copy operation

Azure Resource Manager templates are a powerful way to describe and automate the creation of Azure services and they're getting more powerful with each subsequent release. I was recently confronted with the challenge of aggregating output values of linked templates deployed in a copy operation so the values could be used in the creation of services later in the template. This post presents a recipe for how you can do the same should you be confronted with this situation - I hope you'll join me.

Recipe Azure ARM Template

Hand-drawn Icons

Something you should know about me is that I like to draw the actual Azure service icons when I'm whiteboarding a solution. I find my brain recognizes those glyphs more readily than your standard square or circle. Well, having spent some time revamping my blog I was feeling a bit creative and I thought it might be fun to hand draw some icons I can work into architectural diagrams while writing blog posts.

Icons Creativity Creative Commons