In this video, I demonstrate how to use Postman, a free API development and testing tool, to format URL’s and make requests against web endpoints and use those URL’s to get data in PowerShell. I also give a quick walk through of viewing the data in PowerShell.Continue reading “How to use Postman and PowerShell to Query API Data”
How to configure an Azure CDN
A Content Delivery Network, or CDN, is a globally distributed network for delivering, well, content. Content can include images, videos, CSS and any other asset used for providing web services. The advantages to a CDN include: caching data closer to the users to increase web site performance, improving reliability by leveraging a global caching network and reducing bandwidth by shifting traffic to the CDN.Continue reading “How to configure an Azure CDN”
Remote Desktop Services in Azure
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to implement Remote Desktop Services in Azure. The strategy of this project was to go beyond a “lift and shift” mentality of an RDS deployment to an infrastructure that will scale on demand and provide for rapid deployment of new resources as needed. In this post I give a high-level view of the RDS services deployed and the Azure services used to support them.
Running RDS in Azure provides a high degree of availability compared to hosting in a conventional data center. For example, Azure has native features such as Availably Sets and Load Balancing services to limit interruptions from planned and unplanned outages. Azure also has network resilience built in. Hosting a reliable externally available RDS environment on-premises requires redundant internet connections, BGP and underlying Routing and Switching infrastructure. In Azure, simply provision an external IP and the rest is built in. Continue reading “Remote Desktop Services in Azure”
Single Sign On with Non-Internet Explorer Browser
Today I took care of a cleanup task after the ADFS implementation. The problem: SSO did not work with Microsoft Edge and Chrome. When trying to access any Microsoft cloud services from a non-IE browser, I get directed to the web form landing page to enter a password. Continue reading “Single Sign On with Non-Internet Explorer Browser”