Troubleshooting an Azure App Service backup issue

Azure Backup
Azure Backup

Here is some good information about how to configure an Azure App Service backup.  I like the fact that you can also include a database backup in parallel with a backup of the web site.  Keep in mind the limit of 10GB in regards to the maximum size that can be backed up and the…

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How to create a self-signed SAN certificate, wildcard certificate vs SAN

SSL TLS Certificate
SSL TLS Certificate

I have some domain names that I use for testing out Azure features, write some blogs and other fun stuff.  I find myself needing, wanting to use HTTPS and using the instructions I wrote some time ago, see below, to create the certificate is long and tedious.  I had an epiphany which lead me to…

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Azure Functions and Azure are blowing my mind

Analyze Brain Waves
Analyze Brain Waves

I am really starting to like these Azure Functions.  Just imagining that I don’t even need a server anymore…at all.  Only a few years ago the major blocker was getting a server online to manage requests from your customer, the cost, complexity and management was HUGE!  And now you don’t even need one at all. …

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How to delete a VNET from the Azure portal

VNET Azure
VNET Azure

After writing this article here “Create a VNET and access an Azure VM hosted within it from an App Services Web App” I wanted to then remove the resources because I was using them for testing and not for a real production, money generating project.  I also wrote this article here “Create and deploy an…

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500.79 Internal Server Error

Azure Active Directory (AAD)
Azure Active Directory (AAD)

I got this exception when I was trying to configure the Azure Active Directory authentication in Advance management mode for an Azure App Service.  Basically, I was following the (Alternative Method) instructions described here.  After following all the instructions, I was getting this exception, as shown in Figure 1. Figure 1, 500 79 internal server…

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Create a .NET Core 2 application on Linux with Visual Studio Code

Linux Benjamin Perkins
Linux Benjamin Perkins

The plan is to work some with Linux and I have chosen Ubuntu 16.04 LTS because this, AFAIK, is the flavor which Azure App Service Linux containers runs, see more about that here. I built my Ubuntu work station, by downloading the ISO from the Ubuntu site here and burning it to a DVD.  Yes,…

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Add a new user to my Azure Subscription

Microsoft Azure
Microsoft Azure

I wanted to add a new user to my subscription and I wanted to make that person an Owner.  This is how I did it. Create the account Grant the account access to the subscription Create the account I logged into the Azure management portal and navigated to Azure Active Directory and clicked ‘Add a…

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How to see the cipher suites on an Azure App Service

Azure App Service
Azure App Service

I wrote an article here about TLS 1.2 which listed out the cipher suite used to negotiate security settings (encryption) between a client and server via a Network Monitor trace.  You can probably see the same using Wireshark.  Regardless, here is a nice Wiki article about cipher suites. It was a journey getting to the…

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Using FTPS with Azure App Services

Azure App Service
Azure App Service

Using FTPS is a very interesting area.  I read a lot about it, but can’t really ever get to the point where I finish the article and know where I need to go then.  Point is, using any form of SSL or TLS is a negotiation between a client and the server.  Most of the…

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How to configure log4net on Azure App Service

Azure App Service
Azure App Service

Although I fully recommend using Application Insights (see here) for monitoring your Azure features, I get asked sometimes how to configure log4net onto an Azure App Service.  So, this is how I did it. Install the log4net.dll binary using NuGet Configure the log4net name, type properties in the web.config Configure the log4net properties Modify the…

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Target .NET Core 2.0 and .NET Standard 2.0

.NET Core
.NET Core

I originally downloaded and installed the 2.0.0-download.md version of the .NET Core SDK and Runtime from GitHub here. The mistake I made was to install the SDK Installer for the bit of my Visual Studio instead of my OS.  I am running a 32bit version of Visual Studio on 64bit version of windows. I was…

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How to install .NET Standard 2.0

Microsoft .NET
Microsoft .NET

The release of .NET Standard has been officially announced here.  I looked for a way to update .NET Standard to version 2.0 as I could see it was not installed on my workstation.  As shown in Figure 1, I only had version 1.0 – 1.6 installed. Figure 1, how to upgrade, install new version of…

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How to install .NET Core 2.0

.NET Core
.NET Core

The release of .NET Core has been officially announced here.  I looked for a way to update .NET Core to version 2.0 as I could see it was not installed on my workstation.  As shown in Figure 1, I only had version 1.0 and 1.1 installed. Figure 1, how to upgrade, install new version of…

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Database connection string when swapping between App Servers slots

Azure App Service
Azure App Service

Consider you have an Azure App Service Web App that handles a large amount of traffic and accesses a database, with an architecture similar to that shown in Figure 1.  When you make a deployment you would not want to take the risk of deploying bugs or having significant downtime when you deploy a new…

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