Tag Archives: Automation


Azure Resource Explorer

Azure Resource Explorer

Just wanted to share (remind myself) that David Ebbo, the Principal Development Lead, Azure App Platform, made an interesting announcement last Thursday. Releasing the Preview version of a site called Azure Resource Explorer located at https://resources.azure.com/.

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PowerShell DSC Series at Channel 9

Desired-State-Configuration-intro

For everyone interesting in learning more about Desired State Configuration (DSC); channel9 recently published two interesting series covering beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics.

Both series are presented by Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and inventor of PowerShell, and therefore guaranteed to be informative as well as entertaining.

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JAABAW: Just Another Azure Blob API Wrapper

JAABAW-Just-Another-Azure-Blob-API-Wrapper-1

Just wanted to share something I was working on lately, well at least the interesting part. So I have been dealing with some Azure blob storage related projects/challenges and unfortunately running into some PowerShell API shortcomings. I think this happens to many of us Azure developers; we start with the convenient PowerShell API and later discover that many of the REST API calls haven’t been implemented (Yes, sometimes I do consider to just go with the REST API from the start…). Therefore, I basically had to write a lightweight wrapper.

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Kraken Image Optimizer and Azure Blob storage

Kraken Image Optimizer

Just had to optimize a bunch images (well actually quite a lot) stored within Azure Blob storage and wanted to share the initial PowerShell script and some details of how everything got together and got started. If you’re not interested in the details, just click here for the script.

You will need a Kraken.io account to follow along but don’t worry, the free plan should be sufficient for simple test cases.

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Chef and DSC – A peek into the kitchen

Chef and DSC - A peek into the kitchen

Don’t miss this very informative and entertaining session.  I love it when people speak passionately about the things that move them.

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Too many Chefs spoil the broth

Too many Chefs spoil the broth

I’ve recently deiced that it was time to assess my knowledge and skills when it comes to Chef, and a couple of other stuff as well, but focusing on Chef for now. After reading many articles, blog post, documentation and setup small environments, I just wanted to know what my level of understanding is and identify possible knowledge gaps.

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Automatically remove Azure RDP Endpoints

JS Code Coverage Part 2

With great power comes great responsibility, which is definitely true when it comes to RDP access.

I’m not referring to the fact that enabling RDP also enables the possibility for unknown individuals to access the system. Configuring ACL’s on your Endpoints, Login/password Policies, patching and monitoring should keep everything pretty secure. I’m talking about point-and-click administration.

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