azure-mask

For those that do Azure presentations / screen recordings you know that you often find yourself scrubbing out your sensitive and personal information such as subscription keys, email addresses, keys and connection strings. What if you could have this magically done for you?

Well let me introduce to you a handy Chrome extension called Azure Mask that will mask GUIDs (such as Subscription IDs), email addresses, keys, and connection strings with a blur. The intention of the extension is to make it easier to do screen recordings without revealing sensitive, personal, account information that may show up on screen.

NOTE: This extension will only run and apply against Azure portal URLs.

Features

  • Blurs GUIDs (such as Subscription IDs)
  • Blurs your account email
  • Hides the "Report a Bug" button (if found)
  • Toggle the mask on/off and store this state
  • Apply the mask (if enabled) after Document Object Model (DOM) mutations

Installing the Extension

As mentioned on the Azure Mask GitHub repository readme, you can install this extension in Chrome from either a package or from source. Let’s take a look at how we can install from source.

  1. Download or clone the repository: git clone git@github.com:clarkio/azure-mask.git
  2. Open up Chrome and bring up the extensions settings by typing in the address bar: chrome://extensions/
  3. Check the “Develop mode” option and click on Load unpacked extension button:image
  4. Navigate to where you cloned this repository and then choose path: /azure-mask/src
  5. Follow the prompts and then the extension will be available in Chrome:sshot-116

Using Azure Mask

After installing the Azure Mask extension in Chrome, navigate to your Azure portal and after signing in you will see all your Azure secrets magically blurred:

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If you want to turn off this extension, click on the Azure Mask extension button in Chrome to bring up the options:

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Enjoy!

References

Azure-Mask on GitHub

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Microsoft Tech Summit

September 13, 2017

MicrosoftTechSummit2017

Microsoft is hosting their Tech Summit conference in Toronto from December 13-14, 2017.  You can build your skills with the latest in cloud technologies at a free, technical learning event for IT professional and developers.

This is a great event to build your cloud skills, connect with experts and get inspired. What’s great is that you can customize your learning – there is something for everyone.

Click here to register.

Reference

Microsoft Tech Summit 2017-18

I came across an excellent blog post from the Azure App Service Team BlogFAQ: App Service Domain (preview) and Custom Domains. Lots of great of questions and answers relating to Azure DNS and your custom domains.

If you have any questions or have run into issues with your custom domain and Azure this is a great resource, so check it out!

Reference

Azure App Service Team Blog

Microsoft Azure Events

August 8, 2017

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Microsoft Azure is huge and sometimes it can be a bit daunting to try to keep up to date with service changes, new products, region availability, etc. There are many options when it comes to staying current, but one of them I really like is by attending Microsoft Azure events…either locally or online.

Microsoft Azure Events site is a listing of Azure events happening in your area. You can filter events by Event Type, Country, and by a specific Azure Service.

If you missed an event then you can find recorded webinars that are available online.

You also have the option to checkout local Meetup events hosted by the community in your area which are also another great resource.

Enjoy your summer and have fun catching up on everything Azure.

Cheers!

Resources

Microsoft Azure Events site

Recorded Webinars

Community Meetup events

This post will guide you on how to build an Angular 4 app using Visual Studio Team Services and then deploy it to an Azure App Service instance.

So let’s review what we’ll need before we begin:

  1. You will be required to have an active Visual Studio Team Services account. If you don’t have one you can signup for free here.
  2. You will also need to have an active Azure subscription. If you don’t have one you can signup for a free trial here.

Now that we have met the requirements, let’s get started.

Create a new build definition

We will start by signing into your Visual Studio Team Services account and then navigating to the Build & Release tab from the top navigation links to create a build. From here we will click on the New button to define a new build definition.

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Next you will choose a template to use for your build. There are a lot of build templates so take a look at what’s available and choose what is most appropriate for your needs. If you don’t see what you want, you can always choose the empty template which is what I’m going to do now and then add the necessary build tasks that make sense for you.

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After selecting the empty template you will want to name your build definition, connect your source code repository (Github, Visual Studio Team Services, other) and then start adding build tasks:

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Click on the Get sources link on the left side to wire up your source code for the build. In this demo I’m connecting to my personal Github repository:

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Now that we have our source code wired up, you’re ready to start defining your build tasks.

Defining your build process tasks

Now that we have our build definition configured to our source repository, it’s time to start adding build process tasks. To do this we click on the Add Task button from the left which will then present a listing of available build tasks (some of which are in preview):

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In this post I want to build an Angular app, so I will need to use an npm build task. Using the search box I will type in npm and the listing will then filter out to only show me any npm build tasks. At this time there is one, so I will click on it and then the Add button to add it to my build process:

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This will be the configuration for our npm install task:

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Next we will need to add another npm build task for running the Angular CLI build command ng build. This will be the configuration for our npm run task:

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At this point our build is installing all necessary npm packages and then running an npm command to build the Angular app. Once the app is built, I like to archive the build artifacts in a ZIP file. This will be our configuration for our archive files build task:

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Finally we will deploy our app to an Azure App Service instance. To do this you will want to have your Azure App Service already pre-configured. You can checkout this post for details on creating an Azure App Service.

This will be our configuration for our Azure App Service Deployment build task. There are 3 settings you need to set:

  1. Select you Azure subscription
  2. Select your App Service name
  3. Select the package or folder you wish to deploy

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Here is a review of the build tasks we created above:

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Queue a new build

Once we have our build process defined we can kick off a new build by clicking on the Queue button on the top toolbar:

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This will being up the queue build modal where you can define the agent queue to use, the branch to build or a specific commit along with defining build variables, etc. I will select the Hosted agent queue and my master branch. I will then click on the Queue button to initiate the build:

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For more information on the differences between the hosted agents, checkout this link for further details.

You should now notice that your build is now queued:

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Viewing your build process

You can click on your build at anytime and see detailed output for what is happening during the build process along with view and/or download detailed log files:

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Voila, our build is now finished:

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Visual Studio Team Services build can also be configured to send out an email when builds succeed and/or fail:

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Now that I have a successful build, lets browse and take a look at our deployed Angular app: http://blog-angular-deployment.azurewebsites.net/ .

Wrap up

I hope this post helps your build and deploy your Angular apps to Azure. As you can see it’s very straight forward to setup and requires no build infrastructure on your end to make it happen.

Enjoy!

References

Azure free trial

Visual Studio Team Services

Build and release tasks

Hosted agents

Angular

Angular CLI

The following are a few tips for managing your Azure subscription. Start by navigating to the Subscription blade and then click on a Subscription you wish to manage:

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From here you have a clear overview of your Subscription ID and the current spending with a breakdown by resource.

Renaming your subscription

To rename your Subscription, in my case I want to change it from “BizSpark-$70” to “MSDN-Professional-$70” as that is a new MSDN subscription I purchased and changing the name properly reflects that subscription and the Azure credits associated with it.

To rename the Subscription, click on the Subscription name:

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You can now enter in a new Subscription name and when you’re done click on the Save button. The subscription name change can take up to 10 minutes to be reflected on the Azure portal.

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After the subscription has successfully been renamed, you’ll receive an alert:

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Configuring email invoices

The Azure portal recently allowed you to opt in and configure email invoices. This means instead of receiving an email each month that your invoice is ready which required you to login to the Azure portal, now you can have the invoice emailed to you instead, which is awesome!

If you haven’t already setup email invoices, from the Azure Subscription blade, click on Invoices:

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From the Invoices blade, you can now click on the Invoices button and then from here you can opt-in and configure it:

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If you already opted in, you can review your current configuration and also configure the list of recipients (maybe you want the invoice sent to your accounting department also). When done, click the Done button at the bottom:

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Enjoy!

Resources

Azure Portal

Azure Functions Updates

April 30, 2017

New Release of Azure Functions

A new release of Azure Functions is now available, version 1.0.10917. The main things in this release are:

  • Application Insights integration (Preview)
  • Native TypeScript support (preview)
  • Improvements to binding extensibility for binding authors
  • JavaScript transpiler API/extension model
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements

New Experience for Azure Functions

The Azure Functions portal was also completely re-vamped with a new UI experience. Some of the improvements are:

  • A dedicated browse blade for Function Apps.
  • A tree view that allows viewing and managing multiple Function Apps
  • Filters on subscription and app name, as well as an option to scope the view to just one app
  • One-click access to all App Service platform features
  • A convenient way to manage features that have already been configured
  • Overall UI enhancements to be more consistent with the rest of the Azure portal

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You can read more about the portal changes in the announcement blog.

Enjoy!

References

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/appserviceteam/2017/05/01/april-2017-app-service-update/

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