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Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre
Peter Rijks

Azure: Accelerated Maintenance to Address CPU Vulnerability Caused by Meltdown or Spectre

If you run any virtual machines in Azure, you should recently have received an email with the subject Accelerated maintenance to address CPU vulnerability in your subscription. This is part of Microsoft’s response to the recent Meltdown and Spectre CPU vulnerabilities. Other cloud providers, including Amazon Web Services and Google Compute Platform, are affected as well and are rolling out similar responses to the vulnerabilities. What's the Plan: Cascading Reboots Microsof...

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Hawaiian Shirt Fridays
Peter Rijks

Hawaiian Shirt Fridays

I bought my first Hawaiian shirt (which is still in my rotation) in Orange Beach, Alabama during spring break of 2001. Since then, Hawaiian Shirt Friday has become a personal tradition of mine lasting the last dozen or so years. At my two previous jobs, it remained a personal tradition, and there was never any doubt in my mind that I would continue my tradition at DMC. However, while it took a while to start catching on, here at DMC it’s become more than just a personal tradition, and t...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Virtual Machines
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Machines are a powerful Infrastructure-as-a-Service product that offers a quick path to the cloud and a flexible solution to a number of scenarios. One nice thing about Azure VMs is that you can easily scale them up or down as needed. So, as your needs change, you can ensure you have sufficient resources without paying for computing power you’re not using. There is one important thing, however, to be aware of when choosing a VM size. Scaling a VM to another size within...

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Generating an Azure Shared Access Signature in PHP
Peter Rijks

Generating an Azure Shared Access Signature in PHP

A Shared Access Signature (SAS) is the primary means of authenticating a client when connecting to many Azure services. It is a (relatively) newer authentication scheme, replacing Access Control Service (ACS). Even though SAS has been around for several years, the Azure SDK for PHP only supports ACS. There is an open issue to add SAS support to the SDK, but until that support is added, you will not be able to use the SDK if your Azure service does not have ACS enabled, and in the past few yea...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: The Free Tier
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: The Free Tier

Per Microsoft, "Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of data centers." There are tons of services and features to consider when making a decision about what might be right for your needs. We have already explored the importance of SQL Database DTUs and how you should not Forget About Bandwidth when selecting your pricing tier for Azu...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Don't Forget About Bandwidth
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: Don't Forget About Bandwidth

Microsoft Azure is an enterprise-grade cloud service platform: a complete set of secure application services for computing, storage, data, networking, and app development. When considering your specific needs, the Azure Pricing Calculator is a great tool to estimate in advance how much you might expect to spend on an Azure solution. Not immediately obvious is that the calculator doesn’t automatically include pricing for bandwidth.  In many cases, bandwidth pricing won’t have ...

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Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: SQL Database DTUs
Peter Rijks

Selecting a Pricing Tier in Azure: SQL Database DTUs

What is a DTU? Microsoft describes the Database Transaction Unit (DTU) as, “a blended measure of CPU, memory, and data I/O and transaction log I/O in a ratio determined by an OLTP benchmark workload designed to be typical of real-world OLTP workloads.”  This statement may seem deliberately opaque, but what it reflects is that Microsoft is giving you the benefit of not needing to worry about the hardware configuration of your cloud service, but instead is giving you a ...

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SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update
Peter Rijks

SharePoint 2016 Forgets Where It’s Installed After Update

Sometimes, when things seem to be going catastrophically wrong, the root cause can be simple. You just have to find it. After a recent batch of updates were applied to a SharePoint 2016 farm, a large number of items quit working on the application server. Outgoing emails stopped sending, workflows stopped working, and scheduled tasks that used the server object model stopped working.  It was a mess. Worse yet, troubleshooting this proved to be a challenge because the SharePoint tracin...

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Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Peter Rijks

Office 365 Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a method of enhancing the security of user accounts by requiring them to provide a second proof of identity in addition to their password. This helps protect against cases when a user’s password is compromised. Office 365 includes support for Multi-Factor Authentication to allow organizations to enhance their security. Before rolling out MFA, you will want to decide which users you want to roll it out to. You may want to roll out MFA to all your user...

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Connect Azure Resources to Your Network with Azure VPN
Peter Rijks

Connect Azure Resources to Your Network with Azure VPN

Microsoft Azure VPN is a small but critical component of Microsoft’s Azure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform. Using an Azure VPN Gateway, organizations can connect cloud resources in Azure to their network in the same way that they might connect another office to their network, using a secure site-to-site VPN that doesn’t expose internal resources to the internet at large. On the Azure side, a virtual network is created and Azure resources are connected to that network. ...

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BYOD: Protect Corporate Data and Empower Employees
Peter Rijks

BYOD: Protect Corporate Data and Empower Employees

If your business is like most small and medium businesses (SMBs), then some level of a Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy has probably already become a de facto standard. Most users these days want to be able to access their email, calendar, and documents from their mobile device, and most of the time, that mobile device is going to be their own and not a company device. Today’s mobile technology makes it easier than ever for end users to connect their phone to the company mail server. ...

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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution with SharePoint
Peter Rijks

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) Solution with SharePoint

The benefits of combining OCR and SharePoint are pretty clear. Image-only PDFs are not picked up by SharePoint search, meaning that many documents that might match a search request are missed. DMC's OCR solution solves this problem by checking PDFs uploaded to SharePoint and running them through OCR if needed. Once a PDF has been processed by OCR, it will contain a text layer that will be picked up by search. We recently added a number of features to our OCR solution and I’d li...

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SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview
Peter Rijks

SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

A few weeks ago, Microsoft made the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview available for download. I was excited to check it out, and will be sharing some findings over the course of several blog posts. The Preview can be downloaded here. Make sure to check the Install Instructions for the product key, you’ll need it. I installed it in a VM with no trouble at all. The installation steps are similar to SP 2013, and the Product Configuration Wizard looks nearly the same, except for this n...

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SharePoint REST API Tips
Peter Rijks

SharePoint REST API Tips

We’ve talked about SharePoint’s REST API before, but today I want to share a couple of tips for testing and playing with the REST API. The REST API is one of several ways to automate SharePoint tasks, and it is especially useful in workflows because as of SharePoint 2013, workflows can make calls to web services. This means we can make calls to the REST API from a workflow. The REST API supports a large number of actions that we can’t do with the out-of-the-box workflow acti...

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DMC Chicago Welcomes its Newest Engineer
Peter Rijks

DMC Chicago Welcomes its Newest Engineer

This is only my second month at DMC, and so far everything is going great. I’ve had the opportunity to work for a couple of exceptional companies prior to DMC, and so my expectations of what a great job ought to be were already pretty high. DMC, though, has exceeded all my expectations. Everyone at DMC did a lot of little things to make me feel welcome and to help me hit the ground running. I got to the office on Day One and everything was ready to go; even my business cards were alr...

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