How to avoid downtime during blue/green deployment of service behind Azure Front Door

While Azure Front Door promises to provide resilience and automatic failure over to alternate backends, I've found it a bit tricky to determine how to eliminate downtime when doing blue/green deployments, or if you want to take a specific backend service offline to perform upgrades or maintenance. It appears I'm not the only one: load... Continue Reading →

Simplify taking meeting notes using native OneNote/Outlook integration

This isn't new functionality of OneNote/Outlook but I've just re-discovered it. I'd been using the 'modern' OneNote (Win 10 App that you could get from Windows Store). This once represented the future of OneNote until Microsoft changed direction and re-stated that future investment would be in the original desktop version of OneNote. I've now taken... Continue Reading →

Microsoft Graph Learn Together Event – Join Our APAC Watch Party

What is this event? The Microsoft Graph team (the people that actually make the Graph API) are running a 2hr live streamed event on Learn TV targeted at developers wanting to learn how to build apps using the Microsoft Graph and expedite their journey. Microsoft is running this live stream twice to accommodate different time... Continue Reading →

How to configure URL redirects using Verizon Premium Azure CDN

I'm writing this post not because I'm an expert in CDN configuration but because I found the process of setting up URL redirects using Azure CDN (Verizon Premium) incredibly frustrating due to poor/lack of documentation and examples. In my scenario I had an Amazon Web Services S3 (file storage) that contained installation files for different... Continue Reading →

Outlook Add-in Roaming Settings Behaviour and Shared Mailboxes

Roaming Settings are a feature of the Office Add-in Model (Office.js) and provide a persisted storage object that your add-in can use. The Office Add-in model takes care of storing the settings and making them available as users move onto different devices or different hosts (Desktop Outlook vs Web Browser for example). This works as... Continue Reading →

Being an Azure Storage Account Owner isn’t enough to use AzCopy

I was using AzCopy (Azure PowerShell module) to try and upload files from my local machine to an Azure Storage Container (blob storage) using my Microsoft user credentials. I was surprised to find that I hit authorization and permission issues when I was the owner of the Azure subscription, I created the Azure storage account,... Continue Reading →

Here’s where the Office Add-in manifest files are cached locally for Desktop Office Apps

When a user acquires an Office Add-in from the store (for Windows Desktop version of Office), a copy of the add-in manifest file is cached locally. Often during troubleshooting it is helpful to be able to verify exactly which version of the manifest is being used, or even inspect the content of the manifest file.... Continue Reading →

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