Windows event log custom source tips

Good-old Windows event logs are a great location to write events for automation tools and scripts. It may not be flashy, but it provides key functionality for service engineering teams: It's easy to register custom sources for your applications. It has configurable log size and rollover options so you don't need to worry about handling … Continue reading Windows event log custom source tips

PowerShell script module starter kit

Background PowerShell functions are an essential tool for extending the PowerShell ecosystem with your own custom code. Modules are great because they allow you to package a collection of functions into a container for easier distribution and usage. One of the hurdles for starting to write your own modules is finding a good file or … Continue reading PowerShell script module starter kit

Azure WebJobs: Scheduling and Scaling

Why Azure WebJobs? Azure WebJobs are a great resource included in Azure App Service plans. They provide a way for you to run binaries or scripts that perform scheduled or event-triggered job processing for work that isn't suited to be done during a normal web request. Have a monthly cleanup task for your website? Sending a big … Continue reading Azure WebJobs: Scheduling and Scaling

How to configure Azure Web Application settings via PowerShell

Application Settings .NET developers should be familiar with the classic web.config file used for storing web site options, application settings, and connection strings. When you deploy a .NET Web Application to Azure this file can still be used, however a new additional settings layer in Azure is provided. Azure Web Applications have access to an additional key/value … Continue reading How to configure Azure Web Application settings via PowerShell

Book review: Production-Ready Microservices by Susan J. Fowler

Recently, I picked up Susan J. Fowler's book, Production-Ready Microservices. It was a quick read and it provided an excellent outline for implementing standards across a microservice ecosystem in large organizations. I would definitely recommend it for software engineers or site reliability engineers (SRE's) who work with microservices. Production-Ready Microservices starts with a brief explanation of why large organizations … Continue reading Book review: Production-Ready Microservices by Susan J. Fowler

How to automate Azure App Service deployment slots for dev/staging environments

About Deployment Slots Azure web app service has a fantastic feature called "Deployment Slots", available on standard or premium mode pricing tiers. This feature allows you to spin up multiple slots (full instances) of your web application for test/development and staging uses. What's great about using deployment slots? First - you can test changes to your … Continue reading How to automate Azure App Service deployment slots for dev/staging environments

Azure PowerShell cmdlets and connectivity basics

Background I will be writing about some Azure features and related automation in upcoming blog posts. This post can be a quick reference for anyone unfamiliar with how to get up and running with Azure PowerShell. That includes installing and updating the cmdlets, and how to connect to your Azure resources via PowerShell. In order … Continue reading Azure PowerShell cmdlets and connectivity basics