FHIR Server in Azure (PaaS)

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) is a draft standard describing data formats and elements (known as “resources”) and an application programming interface (API) for exchanging electronic health records. There are a number of implementations of libraries and servers already out there. In this blog post, I will show you how to run a FHIR server…

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Reverse Proxy with Basic Authentication in Azure Web App

I have previously discussed using a Web App in App Service Environment (ASE) as a reverse proxy with user authentication. In that scenario I used Azure Active Directory (AAD) App Service authentication (a.k.a. Easy Auth). In some cases, the AAD authentication may not be what you would like to use. Specifically, if the client is…

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iTop (ITSM) in Azure Web App with AAD Authentication

IT Service Management (ITSM) tools help large IT organizations route and handle service issues and requests. iTop is an open source ITSM tool written in PHP. It uses MySQL as the backend database. In this blog, I will walk through the steps of installing iTop in an Azure Web App and configure Azure Active Directory…

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Azure Active Directory Authentication (Easy Auth) with Multiple Backend APIs

This blog post is a continuation of a scenario that I discussed previously in my blog post on Azure Active Directory Authentication with Custom Backend Web API. I also expanded on that post with some notes on local debugging of apps using Easy Auth. If you didn’t read those posts, you may want to start…

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Local Debugging of .NET Core Web App with Easy Auth

Azure App Service is a great platform for managed hosting of web applications. One of the features of the platform is App Service Authentication using a variety of authentication providers such as Azure Active Directory, Google, and Twitter. It is possible to enable authentication without changing a single line of application code. This is also…

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Granular VSTS/TFS Deployment Privileges using Service Principals

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) and Team Foundation Server (TFS) integrate smoothly with Azure App Services for Continuous Deployment. It is even possible to set up Continuous Deployment to an isolated App Service Environment (ASE). The easiest way to get started with this is when you log into VSTS with the same credentials as you…

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VSTS/TFS Continuous Deployment to App Service Environment (ASE) after Disabling TLS 1.0

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will have noticed that I have been spending some time working with Azure App Service Environment (ASE). It is available in Azure Government and should be the technology of choice for Government Web Apps. In a previous blog post, I have described how to do…

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Azure Active Directory Authentication (Easy Auth) with Custom Backend Web API

A common scenario in web application development is a frontend web application accessing some backend API. The backend API may provide an interface to some shared business system or database (e.g., a customer or inventory database) and the frontend web application may be a business system interacting directly with customers or employees. We see this…

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Using Postman with Azure Resource Manager API – Commercial and Government

Cloud resources are provisioned and managed in Azure using the Azure Resource Manager, which is really an API that you can access using HTTP requests. There are a number of front-end tools that can be used to interact with this API such as the Azure Portal, AzureRM PowerShell modules, or the Azure CLI. These are…

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Private Function Apps in Azure Government using App Service Environment (ASE)

Azure Functions is a platform for deploying serverless functions in a variety of different languages. It is easy to create APIs without having to worry about the underlying architecture and compute resources. In spite of the many advantages, they are not so easy to use for Government applications because they have a public endpoint that…

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