Sending email from an Azure App Service using an O365 SMTP server

Office 365
Office 365

One of the surprises I had when I moved many of my sites from a domain hoster to an Azure Web App was that the platform only provided web services and that I had lost my SMTP services.  That meant I was not able to send or receive emails from my private domains.  I rushed…

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Using Cloud Explorer with a Sovereign Cloud

German Cloud Black Forest
German Cloud Black Forest

I was reading this article where it discusses some of the different kinds of Clouds that Azure supports.  For example: Public Cloud China Cloud German Cloud US Government Cloud There may be more, but I was working on setting up my Cloud Explorer in Visual Studio 2015 with a subscription I have in the German…

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How to access KUDU using your Publishing Profile

KUDU Azure App Service
KUDU Azure App Service

If for some reason your Microsoft or Organizational credentials are not working when accessing KUDU, which I discuss here.  You can use your Publishing Profile userName and userPWD to connect.  You may get prompted with a page similar to that shown in Figure 1. Figure 1, cannot access KUDU Login to the Azure Portal here,…

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Cannot publish to Soveriegn Cloud

Azure German Cloud Black Forest
Azure German Cloud Black Forest

I was reading this article where it discusses some of the different kinds of Clouds that Azure supports.  For example: Public Cloud China Cloud German Cloud US Government Cloud There may be more, but I was working on publishing an Azure App Service to the German Cloud and I was not finding my subscription in…

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Enable System.Net tracing on Azure App Service

Microsoft .NET
Microsoft .NET

It is becoming a common scenario that customers of Azure App Services Web Apps are making requests to services hosted on other Azure IaaS or PaaS platforms, services not hosted on the Azure platform (on premises) and which use the System.Net class.  For example, making a request from your code that uses either of the…

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Using Postman to call Azure REST APIs

Azure REST API
Azure REST API

I had a need to call an Azure REST API and thought I would document that here.  Here are the steps required: Get the Postman app Get your Bearer Token for authentication Configure Postman for calling the Azure Rest API Get the Postman app In this instance I used Chrome and installed the app.  Once…

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Create and deploy an ASP.NET Core Web API to Azure Windows

ASP.NET Core
ASP.NET Core

There are a number of things I want to accomplish with this and a few future articles: How to deploy an ASP.NET Core Web API to an Azure App Services Web App How to deploy an ASP.NET Core Web API to an Azure VM In some future articles I will reference this article for these…

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Capture and Analyze Brain Waves using Azure

computer.ai
computer.ai

I wrote this article for the November 2016 MSDN Magazine, it is part one of a two part series.  Part two is coming next month, December 2016. Part one of the article covers: The configuration of Emotiv SDK The configuration of the Azure IoT Hub Part two of the article covers the remaining topics: Creating…

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Port limit for an Azure App Service

Azure App Service
Azure App Service

Ever wondered how to check the number of open connections on a App Service Web App or Mobile App?  Have you ever received this error while running your App Service? System.Net.Sockets.SocketException: “A connection attempt failed because the connected party did not properly respond after a period of time, or established connection failed because connected host…

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Moving an Azure App Service

Azure PowerShell
Azure PowerShell

I like keeping my things in order, so over time as my Azure consumption grows, I begin to recognize and learn that maybe I should have put all the related resources into the same resource group.  Here is an example of how I moved an App Service Web app from one resource group to another….

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Memory metrics for an Azure Web App and App Service Plan

Azure App Service
Azure App Service

Did you ever wonder why memory utilization for a Web App is different than the memory utilization of the App Service Plan, as shown in Figure 1? The App Service Plan in thei example is a SMALL BASIC mode machine. Average memory is 50.68MB which is about ~2.8% of the 1.75GB available for a SMALL…

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Deploy an App Service using Azure PowerShell to a Deployment Slot

Azure PowerShell
Azure PowerShell

I wrote an article here that explains how to install Azure PowerShell and to check what version it is. A trend that I am seeing is the we tend to create the capabilities to make modifications to an Azure feature and exposed the interface. Then we create a PowerShell cmdlet and then later it gets…

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How (I) configured Azure Active Directory into my ASP.NET MVC OWIN web application

ASP.NET
ASP.NET

Before I get started, keep in mind, that I am not a security expert, if you want to enable security for your Azure App Service Web App I recommend using EasyAuth as described here, so much easier, IMO.  You likely get some benefits from the ‘Change Authentication’ features of: No Authentication Individual User Accounts Work…

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Remote debug your Azure App Service Web App

I created a sample ASP.NET application that you can download from here that contains a slow running request, a handled and an unhandled exception. To configure and remote debug your Microsoft Azure App Service Web App, you will need to perform the following: Have a Web App deployed to the Azure platform Attach the remote…

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