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  • Blog Post: Azure AD Application Proxy and SharePoint 2013

    This post will show how to configure Azure Active Directory Application Proxy for an on-premises SharePoint 2013 installation using Kerberos constrained delegation. Background I see this question in emails and online forums alike almost weekly: “We need users to access our on-premises SharePoint farm...
  • Blog Post: Updated Fiddler OAuth Inspector

    This post will detail some of the updates made to the Fiddler OAuth inspector and gives examples of how to use it. Background I previously wrote about Creating a Fiddler Extension for SharePoint 2013 App Tokens .  As my friend Andrew Connell let me know, the tool is valuable beyond the context of...
  • Blog Post: The API Economy: Consuming Our Web API from a Single Page App

    This post shows how to consume a Web API secured with Azure Active Directory using ADAL.js. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 - An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2 - Using...
  • Blog Post: A Sample SharePoint App That Calls A Custom Web API

    This post will show how to create a Web API that calls other services on behalf of the current user. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 - An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2...
  • Blog Post: Call O365 Exchange Online API from a SharePoint App

    This post will show how to call an O365 Exchange Online API from a SharePoint provider-hosted app.  The code for this post is available at https://github.com/kaevans/spapp-exchange .  Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected...
  • Blog Post: Using OpenID Connect with SharePoint Apps

    This post will show how to authenticate a user using OpenID Connect in a SharePoint provider hosted app without prompting the user for additional credentials.  Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 - An...
  • Blog Post: An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services

    This post will show an architecture for a SharePoint provider hosted app that calls other services such as the O365 API for Exchange, Azure AD Graph API, PowerBI API, or a custom Web API. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by...
  • Blog Post: Indexing DocumentDB with Azure Seach

    This post will show how to configure DocumentDB as a data source to be indexed using Azure Search. Background I wrote a post Indexing Azure SQL Database with Azure Search that shows how to index an Azure SQL Database using Azure Search.  Once I started playing around with it and reading through...
  • Blog Post: Indexing Azure SQL Database with Azure Search

    This post will show how to index a table in an Azure SQL Database using Azure Search. Background I am always trying to learn more about Azure, about things that are possible.  One thing I just learned today that I had to share was the ability to use Azure Search against an Azure SQL Database. ...
  • Blog Post: Adventure Works for Azure SQL Database

    This post will show how to create the Adventure Works sample in an Azure SQL Database using the new Azure portal. Background Every once in awhile, I will need a sample database to test something out.  Such was the case today, I wanted to use the Adventure Works database sample in Azure SQL Database...
  • Blog Post: Using Stream Analytics with Event Hubs

    This post will show you how to use the new Stream Analytics service with Azure Event Hubs to process streaming event data in near real time. Background Stream Analytics is a new service that enables near real time complex event processing over streaming data.  Combining Stream Analytics with Azure...
  • Blog Post: Device Simulator for Event Hubs

    This post will show how to build a simulator to send messages to Azure Event Hubs. Background I have been doing a lot of work with Event Hubs stream processing lately, and I find that I need different types of device simulators.  I need one that sends a few messages, one that continuously sends...
  • Blog Post: Scaling Azure Event Hubs Processing with Worker Roles

    This post will show how to host an Azure Event Hubs EventProcessorHost in a cloud service worker role. Background Imagine that you have a scenario where you have a solution that needs to ingest millions of events per second, and you need to process these events in near real time.  There are many...
  • Blog Post: Autoscaling Azure–Cloud Services

    This post shows how to autoscale Azure Cloud Services using a Service Bus queue. Background My role as an Architect for Azure COE requires me to have many different types of discussions with customers who are designing highly scalable systems.  A common discussion point is “elastic scale”, the ability...
  • Blog Post: Autoscaling Azure–Virtual Machines

    This post will demonstrate autoscaling in Azure virtual machines. Background While I spend most of my time working with PaaS (platform as a service) components of Azure such as Cloud Services and Websites, I frequently need to help customers with solutions that require IaaS (infrastructure as a service...
  • Blog Post: Use JMS and Azure Event Hubs with Eclipse

    This post will show how to use Eclipse to build a web application that uses JMS to send AMQP 1.0 messages to Azure Event Hubs. Background I have been working on a project that leverages Azure Event Hubs, Azure Stream Analytics, and other related technologies to demonstrate a highly scalable IOT platform...
  • Blog Post: Using the Azure SDK for Java with Eclipse and Maven

    This post will show how to leverage various Azure SDKs for Java using Eclipse and Maven.  In just a few short steps, you will have a Java application that leverages Azure services. Background I have been working with a customer and trying to do demos for them, but I have been doing them all in Visual...
  • Blog Post: Deploy Azure Roles Joined to a VNet Using Eclipse

    This post will show how to deploy an Azure worker role running Apache Tomcat using Eclipse, where the worker role is joined to a VNet. Background I have been working with a customer to deploy existing Java applications to Azure.  One of their main requirements is to be able to communicate with on...
  • Blog Post: Install a New Active Directory forest on an Azure Virtual Network

    This post will show how to install a new Active Directory forest on an Azure Virtual Network.  We will use this domain controller and virtual network in subsequent posts. DISCLAIMER: This post does not contain definitive guidance on the correct way to create a domain controller in Azure.  For...
  • Blog Post: Creating an Eclipse Development Environment for Azure

    This post focuses on how to create a virtual machine with the tools necessary to deploy Java code to an Azure worker role using Eclipse and Tomcat. Background The wonderful part of my job as an Architect for the Azure Center of Excellence at Microsoft is that it opened my eyes to all the wonderful technologies...
  • Blog Post: Making SharePoint Apps Scale with Azure Redis Cache

    This post will show how to create custom classes for a SharePoint 2013 app that enable the use of Azure Redis Cache. Background Often times there are web application design constraints that require use of session state. From Scott Guthrie’s book: It's often not practical in a real-world...
  • Blog Post: I Love Orchard CMS, And You Should Too

    This post will show some of the features of Orchard that I have recently fallen in love with. Background I have been playing with several CMS solutions in Azure Websites.  For instance, I recently built a site for my son’s high school football team using DNN .  Lately I have been tinkering...
  • Blog Post: High Trust SharePoint Apps on Non-Microsoft Platforms

    This post will discuss some options for building high-trust apps for SharePoint when the app is not running on a Microsoft platform.  Background Let me start this post by saying I don’t have code to announce or a solution to provide.  I am merely pointing out that building both low-trust and...
  • Blog Post: How I Built a Branded, Responsive Web Site in a Day

    This post will show how I used DNN (formerly DotNetNuke) to build a highly customized, responsive web site in just over 1 day. My Requirements The first requirement was not to become the sole person working on this web site.  I am happy to do stuff like modify branding, do some light coding, and...
  • Blog Post: Deploying an Azure Web Site Using Git and Continuous Integration

    This post will show how to deploy an Azure Web Site using Git and Continuous Integration.  By the time I typed that long title, I’ve told you pretty much the whole story.  Background I attended the Global Windows Azure Bootcamp today and had a blast going through labs and watching demos. ...
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