Business changes, acquisitions, divestments, and corporate reorganizations often result in the need to merge companies or divisions. Today, a large number of companies already use Office 365 services, so an important step for IT is to ensure seamless collaboration and provide centralized management for the various divisions / companies.

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One of the first things IT departments do when they start moving workloads to the cloud, is stopping their VMs on a regular basis to safe money. There are plenty of functions and ways to do this, but I thought, a different approach might be fun too - building this as a micro service with several components on Azure.

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When working with internal container deployments, there are many cases, where applications need to access an internal HTTPS service. If these services use internal certificates from an internal certificate authority (CA), the client (container/pod) needs to trust the certificate chain including the Sub/Issuing CA certificate and the Root CA certificate.
These certificates have to be added to the trusted ROOT CA store, which should not be done at runtime (hence not with a sidecar container or similar constructs). The solution to this problem would be to add them at build time. We will discover how this process can be simplified and automated by using Azure Container Registry (ACR) tasks.

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This topic is not new and quite frankly, it is hard to believe this is still not integrated yet, but at some point, during your cloud journey, you probably want to send monitoring alerts to a certain Teams channel. Even though this is functionality is available for plenty of other services, Azure Monitor still lacks this.

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