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Azure practice with out going broke

Hi

We use Azure security technologies at work.

I'm not given any training but expected to operate as a security analyst using these technologies.

I'm used to the traditional environment windows 10 & server 2008 sorta thing.

Normally in the past for windows servers I would simply get a cheap product key and build out a lab.

I could then teach myself and experiment.

The full Azure E5 security solution looks to be too expensive for me.

Is there a way to build out a lab that simulates a company environment without crippling my self financially ?

I looking to build a dev/lab environment.

Otherwise it looks like learning this is inaccessible to poor people. Trying to memorize gui locations is not realistic. Labs & Dev environments are crucial.

Thanks

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Hi @Synthetic-Sentience ,

there is an option to create a Azure Free Account: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/free/
You should check for a free trial M365 or EMS E5 option. This should be available as well.
Even if these trial/free options are limited they might help to get started.


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Hi @Synthetic-Sentience ,

it's not possible to "snapshot" everything in Azure. Also it's not possible to move everything in Azure from one subscription to the next (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/management/move-support-resources).

But maybe using Terraform or Bicep ist an option to create an "Azure environment" again and again.

Terraform:
https://docs.microsoft.com/de-de/azure/developer/terraform/overview
https://docs.microsoft.com/de-de/azure/developer/terraform/

Bicep:
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-resource-manager/bicep/overview


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I'm looking for a more permanent option & to create a mirror of my workplaces Azure E5 environment.

Not to be having to keep starting from scratch and rebuilding every month when the subscription expires as already really busy.

I wonder is it possible to get a pre paid credit card and use that for a dev environment.

That way if the card has no money the service is simply paused until I top it up.

This way I don't risk any unexpected charges and keep it separate from the card I need to feed myself & keep roof over my head.

Thanks

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hmm I wonder is there a way to snapshot the free environment and then replicate it to the next free subscription / environment

so I don't have to rebuild every time ? I doubt every setting would be mirrored.

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Is there a way to enforce a spending limit on Azure e.g. no more that $50 per month ?

That might give me some peace of mind & stop me making mistakes.

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My work environment is hybrid. I'm looking to simulate that also.
Assume that can be done.

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Ball park. What would we estimate setting up a hybrid Security E5 environment lab would cost per month ?

I wouldn't be running many VM's just a few test VM's. with maybe 5 user accounts representing 5 different departments.

Suppose would need AD connect server & need to setup e.g. Defender for endpoints, MCAS, MFA, SSPR & all security technologies.

Looking to see if this is feasible before undertaking project.

Thanks

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OK looks like this may be too expense and Thus inaccessible unless your rich.

Thanks anyway.

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