AZURE REST API & PowerShell: Retrieve Cloud Service Configuration

Recently I was working on an issue where we had to retrieve PaaS instance configuration details like the RDP, OS Family, Reserved IP etc. Typically this is present in the .cscfg file of a Cloud Service. We had to retrieve these details via Azure Service Management REST API. Documentation on the Operations on Cloud Services…

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Client Certificate Authentication

SSL/TLS certificates are commonly used for both encryption and identification of the parties. In this blog post, I’ll be describing Client Certificate Authentication in brief. Client Certificate Authentication is a mutual certificate based authentication, where the client provides its Client Certificate to the Server to prove its identity. This happens as a part of the…

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WinDBG – Modifying icons to identify 32/64 bit debuggers

This article is not very technical in nature. Its purpose is to simplify an administrative task. Sharing this in case someone finds it useful. I use WinDBG for debugging memory dumps on a daily basis. It is a helpful tool in diagnosing performance issues of an application. It comes in 2 flavors, 32 bit &…

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POODLE Vulnerability: Padding Oracle on Downgraded Legacy Encryption

INTRODUCTION POODLE abbreviates to Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption. This vulnerability was discovered by Bodo Möller, Thai Duong & Krzysztof Kotowicz from the GOOGLE security team and published here. I’m using the information published in this article as a reference for this blog post. This vulnerability has been listed in NVD; here is the…

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Azure Web App: Connect to your site via FTP and upload/download files

In this post I will describe on how to connect to an Azure Web App via FTP using FileZilla as a FTP client. The readers are free to choose their FTP client  Download publishsettings file from Azure Portal: Login to Azure portal: https://portal.azure.com Click on App Services. Select the Site and then click on Get…

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Microsoft Azure: Services availability by region

While Microsoft Azure continues to enhance the services it provides it is also expanding its footprint in various geographical regions. Currently Azure provides its services in 4 continents (11 DC’s): Asia Europe North America South America Web Sites is one of the few services which is available in all the data centres. You may view…

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WEBINAR: Developer Live Series

Developer Live is an initiative started by the “Developer Tools” Support team in Microsoft Support where we present sessions on various developer technologies like Visual Studio 2013, BizTalk Server, IIS, ASP.NET, C++, C#, VB.NET, Internet Explorer, Setup and Deployment Projects etc. We have designed these sessions keeping in mind the common issues that developers run…

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Microsoft Azure Web Sites: Deploying wordpress to a virtual directory within the azure web site

Microsoft Azure Web Sites allows you to have a virtual directory created within the site. There are many advantages to this. Consider a scenario where you your org’s site is deployed to root http://<sitename>.azurewebsites.net. You now want to have separate branches for different departments within your org. For example: http://<sitename>.azurewebsites.net/marketing http://<sitename>.azurewebsites.net/sales http://<sitename>.azurewebsites.net/hr Another example could…

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SSL Diagnostics for IIS 6 (Windows Server 2003)

SSL Diagnostics tool for Windows Server 2003 is no longer available for download on TechNet. I had to ping my peers to who had a copy of the tool which they had downloaded earlier. Main stream support Windows Server 2003 ended in 2010, while extended support will end next year in 2015. Click here for…

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