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Fun with Azure Key Vault Services
I was able to spend a little time recently with a new Azure service, the Key Vault service, for some work I was doing. It’s a pretty valuable and not too difficult service that solves an age old problem – where can I securely keep secrets for my applications in Windows Azure. Actually because...
1 May 2015
How to Fix the OpenId Access Denied When User Won’t Grant Rights at Login
Okay, so the title may not be the clearest thing ever here today, but it’s tough to do in just a few words, so let me explain the scenario a little more fully. Suppose you create an ASP.NET application and you configure it to be secured by Azure Active Directory. When you do that you have to configure...
10 Apr 2015
Using Roles in Azure Applications
I was spending some time today (finally) looking at how to get what I really consider the baseline functionality of claims – apps, users and roles – all working together with one of my Azure AD apps. Azure has been pushing out pieces of an RBAC-based infrastructure for a few months now, and...
9 Mar 2015
How To Delete An App You Consented to in Azure AD
In many ways this is a companion piece to the post I just published on solving an issue with multi-tenant applications in Azure AD: "The Account Needs to be Added as an External User in the Tenant with Azure AD Apps". This is actually a question I see come up fairly frequently, and one that...
22 Feb 2015
The Account Needs to be Added as an External User in the Tenant with Azure AD Apps
This is an error I see pop up in various discussions forums every now and then and tracking it down can be somewhat difficult. I had this happen recently in a scenario that I think probably is or will be one of the more common scenarios so I figured I'd write it up here. In my case I had an application...
22 Feb 2015
Another Cool Way to Remotely Debug Azure Web Sites
When I was working on a project last week I was having some problems getting the debugging experience working correctly between Visual Studio 2013 and my code which was running in an Azure web site. Fortunately a really smart guy that works here, Petr, gave me a set of instructions to get debugging started...
6 Jan 2015
OAuth, o365 APIs and Azure Service Management APIs – Using Them All Together
I’ve been spending some time lately fooling around the o365 API’s. Frankly, it has been a hugely frustrating experience; I’ve never seen so many documentation gaps and examples and sample code that didn’t work, to flat out wouldn’t compile in a long time. So, once I finally...
8 Dec 2014
SQL Azure Connection String Settings for Visual Studio Projects Deployed to Azure Web Sites
I recently spent HOURS looking for a silly little SQL Azure connection string in my Visual Studio project. When I created the project I configured it to be deployed to an Azure web site and I also connected it with a SQL Azure server where I'm storing the data. Unfortunately I had entered an old...
21 Nov 2014
Developing and Deploying Multiple SharePoint 2013 Apps to a Single Azure Web Site
Today’s topic is one that came about after I heard some folks kind of unhappy about using Azure web sites as a platform for SharePoint 2013 provider-hosted apps. The unhappiness as was really just about the fact that you only get 10 Azure web sites for free and some folks were thinking that this...
13 Aug 2014
CloudTopia: Connecting o365, Apps, Azure and Cortana – Part 6
In Part 5 of this series we looked at all of the different ways in which CloudTopia is integrated with Office 365 through our custom Web API REST controller. We’re going to wrap up this series with a little sizzle, and look at the custom Windows Phone app we wrote to work with CloudTopia using...
11 Aug 2014
CloudTopia: Connecting o365, Apps, Azure and Cortana – Part 5
In Part 4 of this series we looked at the integration with various Azure services in the CloudTopia app. In this part we are going to explore all of the integration that was done with Office 365 and how we did it. Here's some quick links to the whole series: Intro Open Graph ...
11 Aug 2014
CloudTopia: Connecting o365, Apps, Azure and Cortana – Part 4
In Part 3 of this series we looked at the plumbing required to add support for Web API 2.x to your SharePoint Apps, as well as some of the integration needed to have it work with SharePoint and CSOM. In Part 4 we’re going to look at the integration with various Azure services in the CloudTopia...
11 Aug 2014
CloudTopia: Connecting o365, Apps, Azure and Cortana – Part 3
In Part 2 of this series we looked at some of the details of working with Yammer Open Graph items in the CloudTopia app. In Part 3 we’re going to talk about adding and using Web API 2.1 functionality to a standard out of the box SharePoint App, and then look at what we do with that in CloudTopia...
11 Aug 2014
CloudTopia: Connecting o365, Apps, Azure and Cortana – Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, I introduced you to the CloudTopia app. In Part 2 we’re going to look at some of the work we did with Open Graph items in CloudTopia. Here's some quick links to the whole series: Intro Open Graph Web API Azure Integration Office 365 Integration...
11 Aug 2014
CloudTopia: Connecting o365, Apps, Azure and Cortana – Part 1
This is going to be a multi-part series to dissect and tear apart an application I tweeted about using the #yammerofjuly hashtag. This is an application I developed a couple of months ago as a means of illustrating some of the different complexities and options when building applications that span several...
11 Aug 2014
Azure Development Tips for Debugging and Connection Strings
I just wanted to pass on a couple of tips for Azure development that I've recently found to be helpful. The first is around connection strings. When you use a connection string, you typically store it in the project properties. The labs usually demonstrate reading the connection strings with something...
19 Sep 2010
Creating a Yammer-Centric Security Setup for SharePoint 2013
Okay, I’m going to preface everything in this post by saying what I’m going to be describing is not what you would consider the most secure SharePoint web application in the world. If you are working with sensitive content then this is probably (but not absolutely) NOT the best solution for...
27 Oct 2013
Integrating SharePoint 2013 with Azure Active Directory – Part 1 Configuration
NOTE: I updated this 10/9/2013 because some of the Url references I had below had changed between when I did it (when AAD was in preview) and now (RTM). The Azure Active Directory (AAD) team has made the first release of their product. Along the way they’ve added functionality that allows you...
10 May 2013
Adding Support for Multiple SharePoint 2010 Farms and the CASI Kit in Your WCF
Someone raised an interesting question the other day about the ability of a WCF application, that's configured as described in Eric White's blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericwhite/archive/2010/06/18/establishing-trust-between-a-wcf-web-service-and-the-sharepoint-2010-security-token-service.aspx...
20 Mar 2011
Debugging SharePoint Apps That Are Hosted In Windows Azure Web Sites
Today, I'm going to be the lazy human I'm so frequently accused of being by my somewhat faithful dog Shasta, and bring together two posts written by two other folks into one uber "ain't it cool how this all works together post" by me. Here are the two concepts we're combining...
25 Nov 2013
Server Collection Cannot Be Empty Error When Using Azure AppFabric Caching in Winforms Application
I had a problem that unfortunately I've seen a few people run across when using the AppFabric caching feature of Windows Azure. This is the release version of the caching mechanism formerly known as Velocity. When you have a problem with the caching factory that it uses, most frequently the error...
27 Oct 2011
Using Claims with WCF Data Services Part 2
In Part 1 ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/07/28/using-claims-with-wcf-data-services-part-1.aspx ) I described how you can use the WCF Data Services lesser known feature called a ServiceOperation to create a traditional middleware style REST endpoint, with custom code behind it in which...
30 Jul 2011
Federated SAML Authentication with SharePoint 2010 and Azure Access Control Service Part 2
In the first post in this series ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/05/05/federated-saml-authentication-with-sharepoint-2010-and-azure-access-control-service-part-1.aspx ) I described how to configure SharePoint to establish a trust directly with the Azure Access Control (ACS) service...
6 May 2011
The Azure Custom Claim Provider for SharePoint Project Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, I briefly outlined the goals for this project, which at a high level is to use Windows Azure table storage as a data store for a SharePoint custom claims provider. The claims provider is going to use the CASI Kit to retrieve the data it needs from Windows Azure in order to provide...
14 Feb 2012
CASI Kit Part 6 - Integrating SQL Azure with SharePoint 2010 and Windows Azure
This post is most useful when used as a companion to my five-part series on the CASI (Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration) Kit. · Part 1 : an introductory overview of the entire framework and solution and described what the series is going to try and cover. · Part 2 : the guidance...
12 Dec 2010
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