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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.

The quick way to work with SharePoint Lists and permissions

SharePoint (or Microsoft) lists provide a good storage for not too extensive structured data. Sometimes administrators want to restrict access to certain items or lines. This approach shows how you, as an administrator, can do this without using item permissions, but with simpler and easier-to-manage views and permissions.

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.

Renew the Cloud Hub Teams app permissions

The Cloud Hub Teams app is a business application that provides data from your Microsoft 365 tenant, the Message Center and the Incident Center, as well as the status and history of global Azure services. Since Microsoft recently announced the discontinuation of the Microsoft Service Communications API, all organizations using the Cloud Hub Teams app have to renew their app permissions once in order to be able to use the successor API functions. See how it works here.

Ways to work with Power BI licenses

I recently wanted to share a Microsoft Power BI report with other users who only have the "Power BI (Free)" license. Well, with a "Power BI Pro" license, a report can be shared with other users. But I noticed that there are stumbling blocks when it comes to licensing. Here are my findings.