Multiple zones for host named site collections in SP2013

For those who haven’t heard of host named site collections, the short version of what they are is that rather than having multiple web applications in a SharePoint farm for sites with different URLs (such as teams.contoso.com and then projects.contoso.com for example) you can have a single web application that will use the full URL…

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Using Windows Azure Automation Preview to manage Azure VMs

One of the great new features of Microsoft Azure that is currently in preview is the new Automation function. If you haven’t heard about it, the short version of it is that it lets you run PowerShell based workflow runbooks from the Azure datacenters. This presents a bunch of really neat ideas for how we…

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Calculating RPS statistics from IIS logs

Performance management is a key factor in a lot of modern web applications, and SharePoint is no exception to this. When you are planning a new SharePoint deployment having an understanding of how many requests are coming in per second so that you can plan an appropriate number of servers to handle the load. While…

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Approaches to optimising SharePoint client side communication

The new SharePoint app model provides a great framework for creating rich SharePoint solutions that run remote to the SharePoint server itself, but this move has brought in to play a new element of performance concerns that the traditional SharePoint developer has not really needed to give a great deal of thought to. In the…

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Opening RDP session to an Azure VM with PowerShell

UPDATE (4 March 2015): The method described in this post is now obsolete as a new PowerShell cmdlet Get-AzureRemoteDesktopFile provides this functionality! Check out the documentation at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn495261.aspx One of the things I have found myself doing a lot lately is tearing down and rebuilding environments in Windows Azure (using the virtual machines functionality, which…

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Managing Windows Azure VMs through PowerShell

I make no secret of the fact that I love PowerShell – all the jokes about it being a mechanism to turn IT Pro’s into developers without them realising it aside, you can do some seriously powerful stuff with it. This week I got my head around a few more things I can script up…

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Using the CycleTile in Windows Phone 8 with images from the internet

I’m not shy about telling people that I’m a massive fan of Windows Phone, and the number 1 reason I like the platform and have since day 1 was live tiles. So naturally as a developer of Windows Phone apps making sure I create awesome live tiles for my apps is an important part of…

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