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Force a content refresh of an Azure static website using Azure CDN

Static website hosting in Azure Storage is really cool and quick method for simple deployment scenarios. Azure CDN edge nodes provide the cache and distribution layer with custom domains, rules, and further configuration options for such a static website. But what to do if you update the static website and it doesn't deliver the new content? How can you force an update? See the solution here.

How to filter entries with Null value in Azure Table Storage Explorer

Azure storage accounts are a great and inexpensive way to store lots of data. I am using Azure Table storage to store large amounts of structured data for various tools. I needed to filter all rows that have a specific field that shows Null. While this sounds simple, it is a bit tricky. Here's how.

Identify guest users and their status with Graph

Working with Microsoft Azure and Microsoft 365, Azure Active Directory as an identity and management system becomes more and more important. Like Active Directory, Azure AD grows throughout time with guest accounts, cloud accounts and synchronized accounts. From a governance and lifecycle point of view - and also for security reasons - it is therefore important to clean up Azure AD from time to time. The cleanup process supports a healthy lifecycle management. In this article we describe how to quickly identify guest users in your own Azure AD with on-board resources.

Export email messages from Exchange Online to a CSV file with Graph PowerShell

I had to export email messages to a CSV file from a specific folder in my Outlook mailbox. Nothing special, just a quick export. I noticed that Outlook allows messages to be exported, but the date of the message is missing in the export file! Really? So here is a workaround to quickly export email messages using Graph PowerShell.

Optimize SQL queries using subqueries for lookups in Azure SQL Databases

I like to work with Azure SQL Databases and use data from the cloud without any administrative effort. When working with apps, App Insights helps to detect anomalies, and to analyze bottle necks. Although SQL Azure can scale very well, we discovered performance issues in some legacy apps. Read here how we solved that by optimizing TSQL data queries.

Tips for PowerApps-Add required user permissions for PowerApps using Dataverse

When users shall have access to a PowerApp that is using Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service - CDS), they also need to have the permissions to access the data entity (nowadays called table). So, if your users get an ugly "unknown error occurred" when accessing the PowerApp, hereĀ“s the solution to assign the required security role and permissions.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 7-Resolve issues with the SharePoint Connector

Using SharePoint Online (SPO) and Azure Logic Apps helps to automate processes. For a project, we have created some workflows with Azure Logic Apps that monitor changes to an SPO list or document library for approvals and other document workflows. We have found that the SPO connector does not always send all data in a reproducible manner: sometimes some fields were sent and sometimes not. We struggled with this behavior and found an unexpected workaround.

When to use what Azure monitoring service

The well-known Scott Hanselman has been producing the recurring Azure Friday series for a long time. Last Friday, Scott interviewed Azure Barry (Barry Luijbregts) about "What to use for monitoring your applications in Azure". Barry did a great overview about the main monitoring services. See the recording and a kind of summary transcript here.

Azure Logic Apps Toolbox 6-Work with items in Apply to each

Automation of small tasks is helpful for many recurring processes. Unless you regularly use Power Automate (Flow) or Azure Logic Apps, it is often not that easy to remember the correct syntax for accessing items in a loop. Here is the quick help.

Working with Azure AD schema extensions in Graph PowerShell

Schema extensions enable to store extended custom data directly to objects in Azure AD. This article describes how to access data we defined and added in Introducing user schema extensions in Delegate365 with the Microsoft Graph PowerShell module.

Use multiple Node.js versions on your computer (and develop a SPFx webpart)

As developer, it often makes sense to have multiple versions of a framework installed on a single computer. For example, when developing SPFx applications with Node,js v10.x and developing web applications using Angular and Node.js v14.x you need both versions. Thankfully, with Node Version Manager, we can.