Azure Kubernetes Service

Secure an AKS Cluster you own this product

This project is part of the liveProject series Manage Azure Kubernetes Service with Terraform
intermediate Terraform • basic Microsoft Azure • basic networking • basic Kubernetes
skills learned
basics of Azure Active Directory • RBAC fundamentals • enable RBAC on AKS using Azure Active Directory • update AKS code with Azure Active Directory integration • validate Azure RBAC on testing cluster
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 secure their newly deployed AKS cluster. As EC-O’s DevOps engineer, your job is to configure the AKS cluster with the appropriate level of security and Azure Active Directory integration, enforcing a role-based cluster access policy. You’ll update the Terraform files associated with the AKS cluster, test the deployment process, and update the production cluster. By the end of this project, you’ll have a secure AKS cluster—and the peace of mind that comes with it—thanks to your skillful use of RBAC and Azure Active Directory.

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


This liveProject is for IT Operations Professionals and DevOps engineers who would like to automate the deployment and management of Azure-based infrastructure using Terraform. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Terraform v1.0+
  • Azure CLI v2.22+
  • kubectl v1.22+
  • Your favorite IDE with Terraform and plug-ins
  • Microsoft Azure subscription
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory
  • Logical reasoning and design
  • Terraform (intermediate)
  • Microsoft Azure (basic)
  • Microsoft Azure Active Directory (basic)
  • Kubernetes (basic)
  • YAML (basic)

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to add security to an AKS cluster using Azure Active Directory integrations for authentication and authorization.

  • Update the AKS code with Azure Active Directory integration
  • Enable Azure RBAC for Kubernetes authorization
  • Validate Azure RBAC on testing cluster


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