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Azure Lighthouse – managing customer Azure tenants as a Service Provider

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Yesterday, Microsoft announced Azure Lighthouse. This post will walk you through what the service is, what benefits it brings, and why you should start using it. What is Azure Lighthouse? Azure Lighthouse is a new service from Microsoft, released on July 11th, 2019. It brings better management capabilities and flexibility for managing multiple Azure tenants… Read More »Azure Lighthouse – managing customer Azure tenants as a Service Provider

Running a static site in Microsoft Azure using WordPress for content management

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I’m currently running my blog (the one you’re reading, thanks!) in Azure, Microsoft’s cloud platform. For the longest of times — which is maybe five years — I ran multiple WordPress sites in Azure using the PaaS offering. This includes the Azure Marketplace-based template, that provisions a Web App and MySQL database with a few… Read More »Running a static site in Microsoft Azure using WordPress for content management

[Updated] Making Remote Desktop fun again: Dynamic resizing and resolution changes while connected

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[Note: Some things have changed with RDP in recent Windows versions so I updated this article accordingly in April, 2019] I remember reading about this feature when Windows 8.1 was made generally available in late 2013, but I didn’t have time then to try this out. Today while being connected to my home server to… Read More »[Updated] Making Remote Desktop fun again: Dynamic resizing and resolution changes while connected

Mastering Azure CLI

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I grew up with Perl, tcsh, bash, sh, awk, sed, grep, pico, vi, command.com and cmd.exe. Building scripts, batch files and little automations here and there was the norm for me and many others of that era. I’m especially proud for a set of .BAT files and VBScripts that connected to one of the very… Read More »Mastering Azure CLI

Anonymizing and masking sensitive data in SQL databases before migrating to Azure SQL

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Many companies I interact with have expressed an interest in migrating their legacy SQL Server databases to Azure. Typically this is due to End of Life for SQL Server 2008 (and 2008 R2) and other times it’s a desire to perform reporting and analytics on existing data in the cloud. (I wrote about migrating to… Read More »Anonymizing and masking sensitive data in SQL databases before migrating to Azure SQL

One password to rule them all: Migrating to 1Password from KeePass and text files

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I can’t quite remember when I started using a password manager, or which password manager it was at the time. As an IT Pro I’ve used everything from text files stored on Windows Desktop to encrypted Excel files to post-it notes to reusing the same password (“R3member1”, “R3m3mber2”..) to forgetting my password and resetting it.… Read More »One password to rule them all: Migrating to 1Password from KeePass and text files

An adventure in containers and command-line tools: Running MongoDB in Azure

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I’ve used a Synology NAS solution at home since 2012. It’s simply great – very affordable, runs everything I need and has consistently given me uptimes of 60-90 days (I reboot it mostly to patch things up). In 2015 my Synology model (a DS412+) received an upgrade enabling it to run something called Docker containers.… Read More »An adventure in containers and command-line tools: Running MongoDB in Azure

The comprehensive licensing guide to Microsoft Power Automate (formerly Flow) and Power Apps

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NOTE: I’ve joined Microsoft, and will no longer update this guide after December 16th, 2019. This is both because my role within Microsoft isn’t geared towards licensing, and also because I feel the guidance on the Power Platform licensing becoming more clear and transparent. [Last update: November 27, 2019: Many updates; New recap section in… Read More »The comprehensive licensing guide to Microsoft Power Automate (formerly Flow) and Power Apps