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intermediate Terraform • basic Microsoft Azure • basic networking • basic Kubernetes
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use Azure Monitor and logging services to monitor your AKS cluster • use Grafana to visualize AKS metrics on dashboards
Ned Bellavance
1 week · 6-8 hours per week · INTERMEDIATE

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The security group at EC-O, an e-commerce organization that sells products for outdoor enthusiasts, wants to monitor their newly deployed AKS cluster using Microsoft Azure Monitor, Grafana, and Prometheus—all currently being leveraged by various EC-O teams. As EC-O’s DevOps engineer, you’ll connect the AKS cluster with Azure Monitor and configure the proper integrations with Grafana and Prometheus. As part of the process, you’ll also update the Terraform files associated with the AKS cluster, create a new module for Azure Monitor, and verify the results with a test application. When you’re done, you’ll have an AKS cluster that uses Azure Monitor for container instances with Prometheus scraping and Grafana integration, as well as valuable hands-on experience.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Ned Bellavance

In his 20+ years as an IT professional, Ned Bellavance has gained extensive experience with Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services. A Microsoft MVP since 2017 and a HashiCorp Ambassador since 2020, he’s the founder of Ned in the Cloud, LLC. As a one-man tech juggernaut, he develops courses for the online education platform Pluralsight, runs the Day Two Cloud podcast, and delivers educational content through his YouTube channel and live instruction.

Ned has written several books including HashiCorp Terraform Certified Associate Preparation Guide, HashiCorp Vault Certified Associate Preparation Guide, and Introducing Azure Kubernetes Service. His three guiding principles are: embrace discomfort, fail often, and be kind. You can find out more about Ned and his activities by visiting


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  • Terraform (intermediate)
  • Microsoft Azure (basic)
  • Microsoft Azure Monitor (basic)
  • Grafana (basic)
  • Prometheus (basic)
  • Kubernetes (basic)
  • YAML (basic)


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