Workaround: error installing IIS Media Services on Windows Server 2016

tl;dr: Installing IIS Media Services 4.1 on Windows Server fails with error message “IIS Version 7.0 or greater is required to install IIS Media Services 4.1”. Change the version information of the IIS in the registry, install the Media Services 4.1 again, and after successful installation change the registry key back. Last month I had a…


Installing Azure CLI 2.0: workaround for error installing pyyaml

tl;dr: On my machine I had the obvious rare issue installing the Pything module pyyaml which I needed in the progress of installing the Azure CLI 2.0. I have found a workaround using easy_install instead of pip. Last week I wanted to install the Azure CLI 2.0 which are based on Python. So I followed…


How To Solve: Error in the TDS datastream with i-net MERLIA driver connecting to Azure SQL database

This week I have spent hours together with one of our ISV partners to get a strange connection error to the Azure SQL Database resolved. Problem Our partner has an Java application that uses the i-net MERLIA driver for connecting to the Azure SQL Database Server. The error was not very helpful to solve the problem. Also…


How to allow incoming web traffic to a web server in an Azure VM (using Azure Resource Manager)

Preliminary I assume you have an Azure VM running with a web server and have the port configured in your firewall of your operating system. In my example I use a Windows Server 2012 with Internet Information Services (IIS) and have configured port 8080 for incoming traffic. Further, I assume the VM is set up using…


How to delete an Azure Active Directory connected to Microsoft Online Services

tl;dr You are unable to delete an Azure Active Directory (AAD) with error message: “Directory has one or more subscriptions to Microsoft Online Services.” In that case it is not possible to delete the directory through the Azure Management Portal. There are two options: a) (a workaround) disconnect the AAD from your account and b)…