Stuart Leeks

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  • Blog Post: Persisting Azure PowerShell logins

    With the pre-1.0 Azure PowerShell cmdlets, my Azure login credentials were cached. Since making the switch to the 1.x release I’ve found that I need to execute Login-AzureRmAccount each new PowerShell session. This has been bugging me for a while and today I finally foudnm the time to figure out a way...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Hump Completion to PowerShell

    It can be fun when ideas from different areas combine! I’ve spent quite a lot of time recently working with Azure Resource Manager templates, and the associated PowerShell cmdlets. There are a lot of these cmdlets and the team has done a great job of giving them logical and descriptive names. The result...
  • Blog Post: Easily checking Azure Resource Manager deployment status from bash with the Azure CLI

    If you’re working with Azure Resource Manager templates on OSX/Linux then there’s a strong probability that you’re using the Azure CLI to deploy them. The CLI works on Windows as well, but if you prefer a PowerShell version of this post then see http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stuartleeks/archive/2015/11/25...
  • Blog Post: Easily checking Azure Resource Manager deployment status from PowerShell

    If you’re working with Azure Resource Manager templates on Windows then there’s a strong possibility that you’re using the Azure PowerShell cmdlets to deploy them. Note that if you’re on OSX/Linux you can use the Azure CLI . Oh, and it works on Windows as well! For an Azure CLI version of this post see...
  • Blog Post: Configuration with Environment Variables – With Visual Studio Docker Tools

    I posted recently about using environment variables to configuration . I like to use this approach with Docker, too! Visual Studio has some great tool support (in preview) for working with Docker. With the release of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 , there is now a preview of Windows Server Containers...
  • Blog Post: Posh-AzureCli: Command completion for Azure Cross Platform Command Line in PowerShell

      tl;dr This post discusses adding tab completion to Azure xplat CLI . If you just want to install it, see the notes below . UPDATE 17th December 2015 – Install from PowerShell Gallery Background If you’re working with Azure then you can perform operations via the web portal , use the PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Azure API Management: Backing Up and Restoring Configuration

    UPDATE: If you are wanting to work with API Management (including backing up and restoring configuration) then see the PowerShell cmdlets here: https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/mt619282.aspx This post shows an approach to backing up and restoring the configuration for an Azure API...
  • Blog Post: New role and magazine articles

    Just a quick update to say that I changed roles at the end of January... I'm now a Technical Evangelist for Azure. In other news, the first two articles in my series on Azure API Management for justazure.com are now live: Part 1: An Introduction Part 2: Safeguarding Your API More to...
  • Blog Post: Importing Windows Azure Cloud Services into Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDC Man)

    This is the third article in what has somehow turned into a mini-series. Previous posts are: Using Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDC Man) with Windows Azure Virtual Machines Importing Windows Azure Virtual Machines into Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDC Man) The first post showed how to manually...
  • Blog Post: Importing Windows Azure Virtual Machines into Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDC Man)

    UPDATE: See here for an updated version for RDC Man 2.7 that adds support for PaaS instances. After my last post I started thinking about the fact that you could use PowerShell to retrieve the server name and port information. From there it was a short step to automatically creating a configuration...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET Identity and Windows Azure Table Storage

    In case you haven’t heard, ASP.NET Identity is the new kid on the block for handling user identity, and replaces ASP.NET Membership, Simple Membership and Universal Membership. It is built on top of OWIN which positions it well for the future of ASP.NET. If you’re not familiar with ASP.NET...
  • Blog Post: Using Remote Desktop Connection Manager (RDC Man) with Windows Azure Virtual Machines

    UPDATE: I've posted a follow-up with a PowerShell script to automate this :-) UPDATE2: See here for an updated version for RDC Man 2.7 that adds support for PaaS instances. If you find yourself using Remote Desktop to a number of machines then it is well worth checking out Remote Desktop Connection...
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