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Join a Virtual Machine to Existing Domain with Key Vault and ARM templates

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 02:13:59 +0000

One of my customers is building a set of ARM templates for their internal users.  They wanted to remove the burden for users to specify the local administrator’s credentials, but wanted to store the credentials securely. To skip the explanation and just go to the code, see The problem is that you cannot reference... Read more

Losing 100 Pounds in 5 Months

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 14:18:56 +0000

I have a lot of friends who have been asking me what the hell did I do to lose so much weight so fast.  This post is to try to capture everything.  I didn’t do some fad diet, buy any pills, have any surgery, or spend any money except for my gym membership. I made... Read more

Join a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server to an Azure AD Domain Services Managed Domain

Fri, 12 May 2017 18:13:00 +0000

This post will show how to use Azure AD Domain Services (AAD-DS) with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES). Background A customer asked how they might use AAD-DS with SLES 11 SP4 to test their product.  I am very familiar with Windows but still very much a Linux novice, and there seems to be no easy... Read more

Creating a Node Application Secured by Azure AD

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 13:42:00 +0000

This post shows how to create a Node application using Node, Bash for Windows, Visual Studio Code, and Azure Active Directory.  The final solution is available at  Background I’ve been a C# .NET developer for the past 17 years  Sure, I’ve coded with other languages (C++, Java, JavaScript, Pascal, F#, Visual Basic, Ruby), but... Read more

Using Azure KeyVault to Store Secrets

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:14:00 +0000

This post will show a very simple KeyVault demo application. Background Working with a customer, I needed to show them the simplest Azure KeyVault sample possible so they could easily understand what it does.  There is a really good sample published to GitHub (Azure KeyVault .NET Sample Code),  but it was still quite a bit... Read more

A Proud Day to be a Dad

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 02:58:29 +0000

Thirteen years ago, I wrote about an amazing day that I had as a new father (A Great Day to be a Dad).  Today, I had another one of those days.  I don’t often share personal stuff via my blog, but this one is one to remember.  My son, Carson, picked up guitar this summer. ... Read more

Using PowerShell With Certificates

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 15:19:20 +0000

This post will demonstrate using PowerShell cmdlets to create, read, and delete certificates.  Spoiler alert: it’s dead simple. Background I was working through the example Authenticating to Azure AD in daemon apps with certificates and I saw this: makecert -r -pe -n "CN=TodoListDaemonWithCert" -ss My -len 2048 TodoListDaemonWithCert.cer -sv TodoListDaemonPrivateKey.pvk Easy to read, right?  I... Read more

Blynclight for Developers–Daddy is Working Light

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 03:06:18 +0000

This post will show you how to code a custom Visual Studio VSIX add-in that will control a USB light, turning the light the color of your choice when Visual Studio is in the foreground or actively debugging.  The code is available for download at  Background A few years ago, Andrew Connell and Scott... Read more

Connecting Virtual Networks in ARM Templates

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 20:58:38 +0000

This post will demonstrate creating two virtual networks, gateways for each, and connecting them together using an ARM template. Background I am working on a project that requires two Azure virtual networks to connect together.  I have done this so many times, typically through CLI scripts or PowerShell, but didn’t find the time to create... Read more

Azure Web App Client Certificate Authentication with ASP.NET Core

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 12:40:58 +0000

This post will walk through securing an ASP.NET Core application deployed to an Azure Web App that is secured using client certificates. The code is available for download at ClientCertDemo.  Background Many customers have implemented client certificates for older web applications and are looking at Azure Web Apps to move their code.  A common question... Read more