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What’s in your bag?

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The ability to work from home, at the office, in coffee shops and practically anywhere allows you to take your office with you. I’ve worked remotely since about 1997 – that is, I have an office where I can go and work, but I can also choose to work outside the office. Lately, I’ve worked more at home (hence the IKEA project), but I also work at coffee shops each week – although, often very… Read More »What’s in your bag?

Building the perfect remote workstation in the cloud

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I’ve worked remotely from 1997, or so. Back then, remote work was considered “working overtime in the evening” and I would do my regular 40 hours at the office, plus whatever on top by working remotely. Later, I worked on-and-off remote. For the past few years, I’ve worked more or less fully remotely from home. The occasional office visit and customer visit are obviously still there, but a physical desk waiting for me at the… Read More »Building the perfect remote workstation in the cloud

Hello, 802.11b – again!

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We have a Fitbit Aria Scale at home. It was released in April 2012, and being the gadget lover I am, I think I bought this one in May 2012. The idea is great – you step on the scale, it measures your weight, and tries to guesstimate your BMI and other relevant dimensions, and shows the data on a screen. The Aria requires wifi to work, as it needs to push this data to… Read More »Hello, 802.11b – again!

Getting started with Azure Database for PostgreSQL

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For as long as I can remember, the default datastore I’ve chosen has always been SQL Server, or Azure SQL depending where I need to deploy my solution. In recent years, I’ve started to expand my understanding of other platforms – including Mongo DB (see my adventures with containers and Mongo DB here), Azure Table Storage (a nice story here on how that ended up) but I’ve yet to try out PostgreSQL. I think I’ve… Read More »Getting started with Azure Database for PostgreSQL

Building a custom container-based API using Docker Desktop and Azure App Service

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Many times when I’ve worked with Microsoft partners and customers in projects the need arises when we need a custom API to be implemented. Perhaps the reason is that we need the versatility and freedom this provides, or simply because the developer feels this is the best approach for the given business problem. So, while you can host your APIs in multiple ways in Azure, I wanted to try out how easy (or complex!) it… Read More »Building a custom container-based API using Docker Desktop and Azure App Service

Introducing ‘Just Enough Migration’

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I wrote last July about how I run my blog as a static site. In essence, I ran a local virtual machine with Windows Server 2019 and XAMPP. I would author my posts, and generate a static HTML site periodically, that I would then publish to Azure App Service. I had this setup for about a year, and I was pretty satisfied with it. I was fond of this setup. I could leverage the flexibility… Read More »Introducing ‘Just Enough Migration’

How to run business logic code as background jobs in Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure offers multiple ways to run, schedule and trigger business logic code in the background. Business logic is a fancy way to say you need to execute a series of tasks, based on a process. In this article, I aim to provide a convenient and prioritized list of options to choose from, with the goal of clarifying these options for developers and architects working with Azure. What is the need to run code in… Read More »How to run business logic code as background jobs in Microsoft Azure

Adding a free SSL certificate to an Azure Web App

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One of the many announcements Microsoft made during Ignite 2019 was the capability to add free SSL certificates to Web Apps on Azure. You can read the announcement here. “Wow, that’s beyond great!”, I remember thinking on my way to Orlando for Ignite at the time. I can finally secure all my web apps without paying hundreds of dollars to third-parties for SSL certificates. So, I went on to try this new capability. Let’s see… Read More »Adding a free SSL certificate to an Azure Web App

Stretching time, or how to get things done when you’re busy

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I like to meet people, and spend time with people. In this day and age, it’s a rare luxury as everyone’s very, very busy. We need to agree to a lunch meeting two months ahead of time, and then someone cancels at the last minute. There are so many things we have to do, choose, and react on, that many people I know playfully joke about having more than 24 hours a day for tasks.… Read More »Stretching time, or how to get things done when you’re busy

Insights on planning, crafting, delivering and enjoying a keynote

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Today I was on stage with my good friend Maarten Eekels to deliver a keynote together. We were invited to deliver the keynote for SharePoint Saturday Brussels a few months ago, and we took this opportunity with enthusiasm as you never have too many opportunities to co-present with someone you respect. First things first – you can view our slides here: The goal of our keynote was to showcase, demo and present what’s possible today… Read More »Insights on planning, crafting, delivering and enjoying a keynote

Top 10 Windows 10 shortcuts you didn’t know existed

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I currently own three mice – a Microsoft Arc mouse, and two MX Master 2S from Logitech. I carry the Microsoft one with me, as it’s lightweight and folds neatly to consume space, and the Logitech ones I use at home. These are all excellent devices, yet I wish I could use them less. I love using a keyboard when I’m working. It’s so efficient, and I don’t need to switch my thoughts or move… Read More »Top 10 Windows 10 shortcuts you didn’t know existed

How I prepare and (often) succeed with technical Microsoft certification exams

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I’m an avid fan of challenges, especially those that are just hard enough but where I can still prepare to have enough confidence for accomplishing my goals. Certification exams are among my favorite types of challenges – they are challenging, fairly easy to prepare for but hard to master and pass. In 2019 I’ve completed four certification exams. This year it’s been a lot of upgrades and transition exams on Azure and Microsoft 365. Last… Read More »How I prepare and (often) succeed with technical Microsoft certification exams

Understanding and getting started with Azure Sentinel

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Today, Microsoft announced that Azure Sentinel is now Generally Available (GA). What this means, is that Azure Sentinel can be used in production, the pricing has been revealed and it’s stable for enterprise-grade usage. In this post, I’ll have a look at what Azure Sentinel is, how to get started and what to keep an eye for in the future. What is Azure Sentinel? Azure Sentinel is Microsoft’s vision of a cloud-based SIEM – which… Read More »Understanding and getting started with Azure Sentinel

Insights: How I write and what I’ve learned on writing this year

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It’s not a secret by now, that I love writing. Yesterday I wrote 15 pages for my upcoming book on Microsoft Azure – it will be a sequel volume to the one that was published in May by ShareGate: (You can get a free digital copy here) I’ve written more actively this year – about 50 blog posts for my own blog, and plenty of other pieces online. The more I write, the easier it… Read More »Insights: How I write and what I’ve learned on writing this year

A look at Azure costs based on a real solution

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I’ve used and worked with Microsoft Azure for a decade now. Often I’m working in customer subscriptions, and don’t have to worry about the cost that much. Obviously many times customers are querying about long-term cost, and what operating expenses they should plan and budget for. My own Azure subscriptions are financed by myself, and I get some credits through the Microsoft MVP program also. I try to minimize services that cost more, and often… Read More »A look at Azure costs based on a real solution