Creating a VHD from ISO using WIM2VHD Convert-WindowsImage …

  This script here helps in creating VHD’s on the fly. Recently I needed to quickly create some VHDX from an ISO that are “arm-able” for some labs. The tool  I used is: Convert-WindowsImage.ps1 — WIM2VHD for Windows 10 (also Windows 8 and 8.1) Convert-WindowsImage is the new version of WIM2VHD designed specifically for Windows…

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Simple Azure Blob Storage Performance (upload) testing

Azure Blob Storage Perf Testing Tool This is a simple testing tool using Mocha that provides upload speed testing when modifying the parallelOperationThreadCount setting that is available in the Azure Storage Nodejs tools. Setup Install Nodejs and npm for your environment Review what Nodejs.org says for your environment in order to get Nodejs and npm…

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Using Multiple Devices for 2-step verification to save time !

2-step verification is becoming more prevalent. This is the process where when you logon to a web site, or application, you might provide something you know (username & password) and then using a special “Authenticator” application that might be on your phone, keychain, or even your computer, you enter a challenge code. This approach has…

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Federation Metadata generation tool on Github

I get from various folks some requests for updates, information, etc. about this tool, so, I’ve put it up on Github so others can just contribute or copy as they see fit. https://github.com/cicorias/federationmetadatagenerator http://blogs.msdn.com/b/scicoria/archive/2010/08/18/federation-metadata-generation-tool.aspx

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CSL for Pace University–IEEE based using custom author sort

  <?xml version=”1.0″ encoding=”utf-8″?> <style xmlns=”http://purl.org/net/xbiblio/csl” class=”in-text” version=”1.0″ demote-non-dropping-particle=”sort-only”> <info> <title>Pace University – DPS – custom author sort</title> <id>http://www.zotero.org/styles/ieee-custom-authorsort</id> <link href=”http://www.zotero.org/styles/ieee” rel=”self”/> <author> <name>Shawn Cicoria</name> <email>shawn@cicoria.com</email> </author> <category field=”engineering”/> <category field=”generic-base”/> <category citation-format=”numeric”/> <updated>2011-08-18T16:08:33+00:00</updated> <rights>This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/</rights> <link href=”http://www.ieee.org/portal/cms_docs_iportals/iportals/publications/authors/transjnl/stylemanual.pdf” rel=”documentation”/> <link href=”http://www.ieee.org/documents/auinfo07.pdf” rel=”documentation”/> </info> <!– Macros…

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Cleaning up IIS Express sites v2

This one deals with a single site… Again, I’m a tidy person. $appCmd = “C:\Program Files (x86)\IIS Express\appcmd.exe” $result = Invoke-Command -Command {& $appCmd ‘list’ ‘sites’ ‘/text:SITE.NAME’ } function deleteSite($site){ Invoke-Command -Command {& $appCmd ‘delete’ ‘site’ $site } } if ($result -is [system.array]){ for ($i=0; $i -lt $result.length; $i++) { deleteSite($result[$i]) } } else {…

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Cheap and easy IP blocking in Azure Web Apps

Sometimes you just need to resort to something simple. I don’t recommend this in anyway for a real security plan / hardening. You should be using something proper if you’re under these kinds of malicious attacks. But, in Azure Web Apps you can add IP Address blocking via the IIS “Dynamic IP Restrictions” Module [1]….

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AngularJS intellisense NuGet package added

Using the work of John Bledsoe, a NuGet package has been added that takes a dependency on AngularJS.Core – and provides the angular.intellisense.js file to your project. Via Nuget.org: https://www.nuget.org/packages/AngularJS.Intellisense/ Referenced here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2015/02/05/using-angularjs-in-visual-studio-2013.aspx This approach takes the ‘per’ project approach and puts this into the /scripts directory of your project. _references.js – auto-update In addition,…

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Troubleshooting tool–Azure WebJob TCP Ping

I’ve dropped a quick Visual Studio solution that has a simple Azure WebJob intended to run Continuously that does a Socket open (TCPPing) for a specific IP address and Port – intended to aid in identifying any network transient errors over time. Located on Github here: https://github.com/cicorias/webjobtcpping Azure Web Job – TCP Ping Overview Visual…

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Azure Resource Manager–Creating an IaaS VM within a VNET

NOTE: Azure Resource manager is in Preview. Thus, anything posted here may change. However, the approach for identifying what resources are available for update and registered for Subscriptions should be the same. NOTE: Any reference to the “Classic” Resource providers – such as ClassicNetwork, ClassicCompute – should NOT be used and are NOT supported. Here…

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