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 →

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 →

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 →

5 ways I stay updated with Microsoft 365 Developer news and announcements (Azure, Office, SharePoint)

We all learn and consume our news in different ways and through different sources and mediums. What works for me may not work for you, but for those feeling like they are struggling to keep up with the constantly changing Microsoft 365 developers landscape I've decided to share where I regularly source my news and... Continue Reading →

How to report on serialized JSON object data in Application Insights/Azure Monitor using Kusto

Application Insights is great for collecting telemetry from your application. You have a lot of control and in addition to the telemetry automatically collected you can also make your own calls to log custom telemetry events and collect variable/state data from your application. This type of data can be very useful for troubleshooting and diagnosing... Continue Reading →

How to use Application Insights Custom Properties in Azure Monitor Log (Kusto) Queries

Azure Application Insights is great for easily adding telemetry to your application across a variety of languages (.Net web apps, Azure functions, .Net Framework / Core apps, JavaScript SPAs and more). The telemetry is logged back to an Application Insights instance in your Azure tenant. You can then view all the reported telemetry via the... Continue Reading →

How to write Azure Kusto queries across multiple Application Insights instances

When writing Kusto queries it is often useful to be able to write queries that span multiple Application Insight instances. This is especially true for micro-services where each service has it's own Application Insight instance. I've tried several times in the past to write cross instance queries and failed to find a way even though... Continue Reading →

Countdown to the European SharePoint Conference 2019

The countdown is on to the European SharePoint, Office 365 & Azure Conference – just 7 weeks to go!  If you are planning to attend, you or your team can use my coupon code ESPC19SPK to receive a special €100 discount. Book tickets.  Join me on Wednesday 4th of December for my session “Building Office Add-ins Overview: Integrate. Dominate.”  Office add-ins have the potential to keep... Continue Reading →

How to create a Microsoft Teams Messaging Extension pop-up dialog with a custom UI

Messaging Extensions in Microsoft Teams allow you to pull in data from other systems and insert into the new message the user is composing. This can be an incredible time saver for users and results in consistent and accurate data in the form of a card being inserted into the message. Most of the documentation... Continue Reading →

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