IT Certifications are something I have no shortage of. When I entered the IT industry as a graduate in the early 1990’s obtaining certifications was the primary way of showing capability and competency in the industry. It was the early days of the internet and most IT related technical resources were distributed on compact discs with patches made available via bulletin boards and Compuserve.… keep reading
Generate Azure Resource Diagrams using PowerShell
We’ve all been there. You’ve been working on implementing a solution in Azure and you’ve finally finished building it. It’s all working, and it is time to hand it over to someone else to support. The adage of a picture is worth a thousand words has always stuck in my head, and I always start with a diagram.… keep reading
Automatically Mask Azure Portal Content from Demo’s and Screenshots
I write a lot of articles on Azure services such as Azure Functions, Microsoft Graph, and Azure Cognitive Services. Almost every post has a screenshot of the Azure Portal that needs some of the data to be obfuscated. It turns out I’ve been doing that all wrong with my manual efforts to mask Azure Portal Content.… keep reading
Microsoft 25 Days of Serverless 2019 submissions
Another year is coming to an end. Waking up on Monday the 2nd of December and checking my socials I saw announcements from the Microsoft Developer Advocates of a 25 Days of Serverless challenge.
Being also very immersed in the craft beer industry December for me is normally marked with craft beer advent calendars (a case of mystery beers with each to be opened on the respective day).… keep reading
Azure Self Service Password Reset Reporting using PowerShell
Just over 18 months ago I wrote this post on using PowerShell and oAuth to access the Azure AD Reports API to retrieve MIM Hybrid Report data. This week I went to re-use that for Azure Password Reset Reporting and found out that the API had been deprecated.… keep reading
Building a Teenager Notification Service using Azure IoT an Azure Function, Microsoft Flow, Mongoose OS and a Micro Controller
This is the third and final post on my recent experiments integrating small micro controllers (ESP8266) running Mongoose OS integrated with Azure IoT Services.
In the first post in this series I detailed creating the Azure IoT Hub and registering a NodeMCU (ESP8266 based) micro controller with it.… keep reading
Is it you, or is it me? When Cloud Services aren’t always on. “Failed to load external resource” while authenticating to Azure
The weekend just gone (24-25 March 2018) I was nearing the end of a personal project I’d been building around Internet of Things devices integrating with Azure. There were a few ends that needed a little tidying up and I’d planned to knock those off on Saturday morning.… keep reading
Quickly creating and using an Azure Key Vault with PowerShell
A couple of weeks back I was messing around with the Azure Key Vault looking to centralise a bunch of credentials for my ever-growing list of Azure Functions that are automating numerous tasks. What I found was getting an Azure Key Vault setup and getting credentials in and out was a little more cumbersome than what I thought it should be.… keep reading
Getting started with Azure Cloud Shell
A few weeks back I noticed that I now had the option for the Azure Cloud Shell in the Azure Portal.
What is Azure Cloud Shell?
Essentially rather than having the Azure CLI installed on your local workstation, you can now initiate it from the Portal and you have automatically assigned (initiated as part of the setup) 5Gbytes of storage associated with it.… keep reading
Integration of Microsoft Identity Manager with Azure Platform-as-a-Service Services
This isn’t an out of the box solution. This is a bespoke solution that takes a number of elements and puts them together in a unique way. I’m not expecting anyone to implement this specific solution (but you’re more than welcome to) but more to take inspiration from it to implement solutions relevant to your environment(s).… keep reading