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Automate SSL certificates updates with App Services and Azure Key Vault

Storing credentials, SSL certificates, connection strings and other secrets in Azure Key Vault is recommended for every software project in the (Azure) cloud. This is easy to do when using certificates, such as for a website hosted in Azure App Services. Learn how to configure a SSL certificate once and then have it automatically updated when you update it in the Key Vault, called automatic rotation. See a step-by-step description here.

Send text and files (multipart/form-data) to an Azure Logic App and to SharePoint Online

Using an Azure Logic app is often a quick fix for small computing tasks. So my scenario is as follows: I want to use a form on a website to offer text fields and file upload. The submit button is intended to send the data to a Logic App. The Logic App receives the data and writes it to a SharePoint Online list and sends a notification if necessary. See the implementation here.

Learn more about the Governance Toolkit 365 as an applied cloud story

The Governance Toolkit 365 (GT365) is a software-as-a-service solution that offers insights into a Microsoft 365 tenant and is part of the Microsoft Applied Cloud Stories initiative (#AppliedCloudStories). GT365 reads cloud data, stores the data and offers IT administrators monitoring and reporting functions to get a tenant overview at a glance, for example as a newsletter, in Power BI, as API or as a Bot that can be integrated in Microsoft Teams. The GT365 workloads are fully processed in Microsoft Azure using serverless computing. Here are some architectural insights on how to avoid throttling and how to use fan-out functions.

How to setup the MFA App Authenticator app on a new device for a specific Azure AD

Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) reduces the risk of compromise by 99.9%. Therefore, it is a good idea to use it for every user in an organization. This article provides step-by-step instructions for setting up MFA with the Microsoft Authenticator app on a smartphone. If you have MFA enabled and you switch to a new device, follow the steps here.

Join us at the Global Microsoft 365 Developer Bootcamp in Vienna!

We are excited to kick off the Global Microsoft 365 Developer Bootcamp in Vienna, Austria on November 27, 2019!

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Instantly install your essential software with Chocolatey

When installing a new computer, it takes some time to download and install the essential software. This is what Chocolatey is for. Chocolatey is a cost free package manager for Windows using NuGet infrastructure and PowerShell to quickly installing applications and tools that you need. I am using choco since a long time, now I wanted to show my current packaged software for my new computer. See the script here.

What is the difference in Azure AD between Enterprise applications and App registrations?

Azure Active Directory acts as a central identity service and manages all apps in a tenant. When it comes to app management, Administrators often are confused why there are two (or currently three) application management modules existing in the Azure portal. See the explanation here.

Update a SPN in AAD with the Azure PowerShell Az module

Yesterday, I wrote how to Update your Azure CLI with Choco. Today, I needed to renew an existing Service Principal Name in an AAD. A SPN stands for Service Principal Name which is used for automation authentication. Meanwhile, the PowerShell az module got some updates (v1.0.0). So, here´s the full step-by-step instruction for renewing a SPN with az ad sp credential.