Upload an image to an Azure Blob container using the Gadgeteer (Part 1)

I wrote an article here that explained how I got an HTTPS request to work from my Gadgeteer.  This was one of the steps I took during the process of achieving my ultimate goal of storing an image, taken from a camera and placing it into an Azure Blob container.  Sure, taking a picture and sending…

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Upload an image to an Azure Blob container using the Gadgeteer (Part 2, source download)

If you have not already read the first part of this blog, please check it out Part 1 here. Uploaded the image to the Azure Blob container This…..was…..hard….  The code wasn’t hard, but getting the header formatted into the correct format was a hurdle, using the Micro Framework.  It’s actually not possible to use the…

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IIS Admin Service fails to start

I was working on an unrelated issue and all of a sudden I started getting some strange errors in IIS.  Something like the errors shown in Figure 1 and Figure 2.  Figure 1 was rendered when I opened the IIS management console and attempted to expand the server name to see the websites on the…

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How I got HTTPS to work with the .Net Micro Framework and my Gadgeteer

I have begun my pursuit of the Internet of Things (IoT) via the .NET Micro Framework and a FEZ Spider.  I am currently using the following SDKs: .NET MF 4.3 RTM (QFE1) .NET Gadgeteer NETMF and Gadgeteer Package 2014 R3 When I was trying to make a connection to my Azure Blob Storage, I was…

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Using TLS 1.2 with WCF

NOTE: Security is a very serious topic and you should always engage an IT security expert before deploying an application that needs to be secure.  This article is intended to share my experience versus being an article to use as a guideline. With all the news about the different vulnerabilities like heartbleed and poodle, developers and…

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Azure App Service Plans (ASP)

There is a great overview of Web Hosting Plans here, so this blog is not about what they are but 2 experiences I have had with them. Why do I think they exist now How I recently cleaned up my subscription with them For someone who has been using Azure App Services for some time…

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Using LogParser to analyze the EVENTLOG.XML, Azure App Service Web App

If you have an active Azure Web App and you experience problems or want to do some checks on what might the problem, there is a file called EVENTLOG.XML which contain exceptions and information that may be helpful.  The file is located in the /LogFiles directory on your Web App.  Figure 1 illustrates how that might…

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Updating the configuration for the web site failed, Azure Websites

I was making a lot of changes to one of my Azure Websites the other day and received the messages within the Azure Management Console similar to those shown in Figure 1 and 2. Figure 1, Updating the configuration for web site failed Figure 2, The deployment history is unavailable when the site is stopped…

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The webpage cannot be found (404) when accessing a file on Azure App Services Web App

404 status codes can be a little misleading.  I wrote another article here about 404’s here from an on premise IIS perspective, but in principle the information applies.  The fact about 404’s is that there are many sub status codes lined to the 404 status code.  Most people believe that the 404 means simply that…

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Configuring Application Request Routing (ARR) to use a port other than port 80

Application Request Routing is a software based load balancing system, plus more.  When you configure your web farm you can choose from a number of different load balancing algorithm as shown in Figure 1.  I needed to add that in because I like the load balancing features in ARR, it is so simple compared to…

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Configure Remote IIS Administration for IIS Web Sites

It becomes unexciting when I need to access multiple Internet Information Services (IIS) servers to check configurations and such. Sure, you can use PowerShell, but I am a GUI guy and prefer the nice icons and text boxes over command line. I get a new GUI when a new version of the OS is released…

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Configure Remote IIS Administration for Microsoft Azure App Service

I wrote an article about configuring remote IIS administration here, but what I recently found out is that you can also add a Azure App Services like Web Apps, Mobile Apps, API Apps and Logic Apps to your IIS management console. This is super cool, because it makes the configuration of Failed Request Tracing, URL Rewrite, etc……

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Using Traffic Manager as a FAILOVER solution for Azure App Services

I wanted to share an experience I had when using the Azure Traffic Manager with 2 Microsoft Azure App Service Web Apps.  If you are not clear on what the Traffic Manager does, read my other post here.  Simply, it is a way to balance load across multiple identical instances of an application so that…

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Renew an IIS 7, IIS 7.5, IIS 8.0 or IIS 8.5 … SSL Certificate (PKCS #10 vs. PKCS #7)

I will confess to not being a security expert.  So this article is not about how the process works, instead about a change that I had a hard time finding when working with a customer some months ago.  Security is serious business, so I like to leave those kinds of things to the experts and…

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Using Traffic Manager with Microsoft Azure Web App

One of the most challenging aspects of creating a disaster recovery environment was having a quick failover to a website that exists in another datacenter.  These failover instances usually contained stale code, the hardware for the environment was expensive and  rarely, if ever utilized and when we tried to failover to the DR it rarely…

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