What to take into account to deploy a compliant development VM

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Recently a developer asked me about what would be considered a compliant virtual machine for development

Depending on your corporate policy but to me a healthy virtual machine for development would have the following things initially:

    • It is deployed in a controlled virtual network and subnet.
    • It should not have any Internet exposure. Azure Bastion should be used.
    • It should have Microsoft Antimalware solution installed.
    • It should have Visual Studio Code installed.
    • It should integrate AAD for seamless sign-in.
    • It should send VM log to a Log Analytics workspace. If you have SIEM already and want to send log to Event Hub.
    • Its disk including data disk should be encrypted using Microsoft Disk encryption capability

So the deployment will be similar as follows:

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