Infrastructure




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Introduction We’re finally here, and luckily for me, Microsoft has published an updated version of the  Azure Stack – Technical Preview 2.  I was unhappy with the performance of my original configuration (relying far too heavily on iSCSI), so I blew away my first (successful) deployment and reconfigured my server […]

Deploying the Azure Stack Technical Preview 2 – Part 1





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Upgrading from Dynamics CRM 2011 to Dynamics CRM 2016 Microsoft Canberra  29/4 As Dynamics CRM 2011 rapidly approaches end of life, many organisations are looking at potential upgrade paths.  Dynamics  CRM 2016, the most recent version, was released in December 2015 and represents significant benefit over previous editions.  This presentation […]

CRM 2016 – Notes From Presentation




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Introduction Recently I created an architecture which saw K2 Smartform Runtime components deployed and configured in a separate Active Directory forest from the relevant K2 Blackpearl server.  This architecture aligns with the security and enterprise architecture principals for one of my Government clients. All of the client’s environments are all […]

Installing K2 Blackpearl Smartforms Runtime in a separate Active Directory ...


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Introduction Last year there was talk of Microsoft releasing the underpinnings of their Microsoft Azure platform for use i on-premises environments.  Naturally, I was curious!  Now, I don’t know much about this up front.  Unfortunately the package doesn’t provide much more enlightenment.  Fortunately, there’s some very handy information online: “Azure […]

A look at the Azure Stack POC (Part 1)



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Microsoft Canberra 09/12/2015   Note: These are unedited shorthand notes taken from a presentation about the new features coming with Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 which launched recently (CRM Online) and will launch soon (On Premise).  Provided As-is.   Presenters: Mike Hopwood, Duncan Haskins – CRM Specialists Personal business assistant – […]

Dynamics CRM 2016 – Notes from Presentation


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Introduction As APIs and web services become more and more prevalent, particularly in the Enterprise, there is an increasing need to look at ways to secure the more important interfaces, particularly if they enable access to sensitive data. Recently, I’ve been investigating ways to secure ASP.NET Web APIs using Active […]

Securing a Web API with ADFS 3.0 and JWT tokens


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Introduction In this post, we’ll look at configuring a Windows Failover Cluster and then install an MSMQ role onto the cluster.  If you’re looking for how to configure MassTransit 2.x against an existing clustered MSMQ role, you might want to skip ahead to Part 3 (coming soon). Disclaimer: I’ve personally […]

High Availability: MassTransit 2.x with Clustered MSMQ – Part 2



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So this article isn’t going to be for everyone, however I suspect it will be somewhat appealing for anyone who is looking at Windows Server 2012 R2’s Failover Clustering capability.  Introduction I’m going to write this in a series of posts, as I think there’s also some merit in looking […]

High Availability: MassTransit 2.x with Clustered MSMQ – Part 1



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Tonight I finally got around to installing the recently released Windows Server Technical Preview 2, which was published around the time of the annual BuildConf in the US. So I ran up a Hyper-V image and hit the standard product selection screen.  I was greeted, as it has been rumoured, […]

First look: Windows Server Technical Preview 2 and ADFS vNext