Infrastructure


Introduction Last year there was talk of Microsoft releasing the underpinnings of their Microsoft Azure platform for use i on-premises environments.  Naturally, I was curious!  Now, I don’t know much about this up front.  Unfortunately the package doesn’t provide much more enlightenment.  Fortunately, there’s some very handy information online: “Azure […]

A look at the Azure Stack POC (Part 1)


Microsoft Canberra 09/12/2015   Note: These are unedited shorthand notes taken from a presentation about the new features coming with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 which launched recently (CRM Online) and will launch soon (On Premise).  Provided As-is.   Presenters: Mike Hopwood, Duncan Haskins – CRM Specialists Personal business assistant – […]

Dynamics CRM 2016 – Notes from Presentation


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Introduction As APIs and web services become more and more prevalent, particularly in the Enterprise, there is an increasing need to look at ways to secure the more important interfaces, particularly if they enable access to sensitive data. Recently, I’ve been investigating ways to secure ASP.NET Web APIs using Active […]

Securing a Web API with ADFS 3.0 and JWT tokens



Introduction In this post, we’ll look at configuring a Windows Failover Cluster and then install an MSMQ role onto the cluster.  If you’re looking for how to configure MassTransit 2.x against an existing clustered MSMQ role, you might want to skip ahead to Part 3 (coming soon). Disclaimer: I’ve personally […]

High Availability: MassTransit 2.x with Clustered MSMQ – Part 2


So this article isn’t going to be for everyone, however I suspect it will be somewhat appealing for anyone who is looking at Windows Server 2012 R2’s Failover Clustering capability.  Introduction I’m going to write this in a series of posts, as I think there’s also some merit in looking […]

High Availability: MassTransit 2.x with Clustered MSMQ – Part 1




Tonight I finally got around to installing the recently released Windows Server Technical Preview 2, which was published around the time of the annual BuildConf in the US. So I ran up a Hyper-V image and hit the standard product selection screen.  I was greeted, as it has been rumoured, […]

First look: Windows Server Technical Preview 2 and ADFS vNext


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Today I went on an unusual journey, and it involved paying the price for configuring Microsoft’s web server (specifically, IIS 8.0 and 8.5) with scant regard for why it works the way it does.  Let me start at the beginning.. As of Internet Information Services (IIS) 8.0 (Windows Server 2012) […]

Server Name Indication (SNI) – a journey


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Windows Server 2012 R2 comes with IIS 8.5, and in this release an issue has been found in relation to the Dynamic Compression module.  The module sets the “Vary” header which is used to specify caching properties that the browser uses to determine whether the response should be cached or […]

IIS 8.5 Dynamic Compression Issue




Welcome, 2015 – may you be an improvement on your predecessor. Today’s article focuses on the deceptively non-trivial task of reading from the Windows Event Logs using the Microsoft .NET Framework.  For those who haven’t looked there in a while, here’s a quick look at the Event Viewer: The Windows […]

Programmatically Reading Event Logs




Introduction We have a requirement at the moment to modify AD FS 3.0 (which is a role in Windows Server 2012 R2) to allow users to authenticate without having to specify the domain name.  This is for two reasons – the current external system doesn’t have a requirement to prefix […]

Using alterative AD attributes to authenticate to AD FS 3.0