Getting Azure AD access token via REST Call

Part of Azure experiment, one of my colleagues started playing with Azure API Management last week. He was interested with what I introduced about the service, including API gateway, API publishing portal to readable policies to manipulate inbound request before back-end hit. He also loved to work with API call via REST because API is a flexible way of touching Azure resources through pure HTTP request, without installing any specific library.

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Building a mixed cloud model for SharePoint – Part 2

In previous article, you created a SharePoint 2016 virtual machine by given built-in template. You were also introduced about Azure AD DS and joined the virtual machine to your Azure AD DS. Everything you have done so far by only PowerShell. Of course, you can create all resources via Azure Portal. However, such a way takes time and hard to control and organize parameters.

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Connect to Azure AD using Microsoft Account with PowerShell

Microsoft Account is considered not an internal account given to Microsoft employee. Microsoft account is associated to external services such as Live Mail, Skype, Xbox or so on. When connecting to Azure AD with Microsoft Account (e.g. LiveID) , you might be get started with Connect-AzureAD  to get the tenant ID. Below screen is what you might get.

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Notes on changing Azure VM size

One of the characteristics of cloud computing is agility. Agility means how rapidly you can provision cloud resources and how quickly you can change to meet a scale need. In the context of infrastructure provisioning, you sometimes choose a wrong VM size for your application. Another case when the changing need exists is to scale down the infrastructure when you want to release resources. Saying your e-commerce only needs to be boosted during a specific marketing campaign. After the campaign ends, you need to change the size back to origin to save cost.

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A quick review of 2017

2017 to me was another year of personal and professional growth, and surely an exciting year. From exploring my personal preferences to acquiring new skills so stepping out of my comfort zone, this was another year of learning.

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A little more about hardened Azure VM deployment

One of my Azure security related articles provided step-by-step guidance on how to use Azure Automation with Desired State Configuration (DSC) to deploy security policy on multiple Azure VMs. Instead of clear explanation, the article was just written in a format of step-by-step. Hence, I’ve received some requests to elaborate more about this article so it is fully useful to readers. If you haven’t had a chance to read the article, here you go.

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