Posts written by Jimmy Rudley
A colleague of mine sent me a message asking if I ever had an issue deploying an Azure® web app that routed through a hub-and-spoke topology. Trying to think back through the hundreds of deploys I have done, nothing came to me regarding any difficulties. Digging more into the problem with him, he explained that the web app could hit any virtual machine in the hub, but nothing in the spokes. This symptom sounded like a routing issue, with some oddities sprinkled on top.
One of the Azure multi-region topologies I have seen included an Azure Traffic Manager with Azure App Service Web Apps in each region. Some customers are cost conscious and would rather have a static web page display after a region failure with some generic message that there is a problem and it is being looked into. With the introduction of Azure Front Door, there are many capabilities that will not only enhance our live site, but will also serve as a cost-effective failover to a static website in a storage account.
When deploying Sitecore in to an Azure App Service, you have two options for setting up your search method. The first is method is to use the Azure search, which is integrated into the PaaS Deploy. The other method, and my personal favorite, is to deploy Apache® Solr Cloud.
Businesses today are becoming more multi-cloud than ever. When it comes to Sitecore deployments, being able to have fast page response times in China is becoming more critical. My goal is to create a secure site-to-site vpn tunnel between Azure and Alibaba. Once the tunnel is setup, I can then test out remote publishing target deployments.
Microsoft® Azure® recently went GA with their Azure Kubernetes Service, but following the Microsoft documentation for setting up an HTTPS ingress controller could make you go in circles. Let me share what I have found out Microsoft's recent changes in their HTTPS ingress controller document.
Azure provided the functionality to host static websites from an Azure Storage Account, but it did not support setting a default document. This functionality is in preview and should hit public preview this month. Let's take a look on how to test out this great feature.
Azure provides backup and restore functionality when using a Standard or Premium App Service plan. That leaves web apps using a Basic App Service plan without a backup solution. In a perfect world, you would have everything in source control and deploy to get back up and running, but we do not live in a perfect world. Let's examine the Azure App Service KUDU API to learn how to build our own backup and restore solution.
As more web application workloads move to the cloud, organizations need to be concerned about attacks from the internet. External threats are scanning public IP ranges to find known vulnerabilities and exploit businesses. Let's take a look at the Azure Application Gateway (WAF), and see how it can be a part of our toolset for protecting our web applications.
Azure SQL is Microsoft's answer to Platform as a Service for SQL Server. It extracts a lot of the day to day administrative tasks of managing an installation. Let’s take a look how a consumer of Azure SQL can export data to restore to a local on-premise installation.
With Azure App Service, backing up your web app is available depending which App Service plan is choosen. With the introduction of larger applications moving to the cloud, certain files or folders do not need backed up. This is not something an end user can do in the Azure portal, so let's investigate how we can accomplish filtering of files or folders during the backup process.
You may have found the extensions tab when browsing in an Azure Web App. Selecting extensions to add to an application is as easy as just pointing and clicking. Moving outside of the portal to an ARM template, things get a little bit tricky because documentation is lacking.
If you are using Microsoft® Azure® Blob Storage and have a heavy workload, here's something you can do to improve performance that the majority of people are not doing - pay attention to the name you use for an Azure storage account.
Sitecore has the option of making use of TempDB in Sql Server to speed up your session state operations. What catches people off guard is the fact that tempdb is recreated at service restart of SQL Server. This becomes a problem when you have to recreate the table structure and user permissions inside tempdb.
Using the Azure diagnostic extension lets you capture a good set of metrics to help trend and diagnose your virtual machine. What a lot of people don't know is that you can configure it to capture custom log files.
I previously made a blog post on how to manually setup Sitecore running in a Docker container. I would like to take it one more step and build a Docker image using an automated install of Sitecore during the build process. We can then build Sitecore development enviornments on demand using our Docker Sitecore image.
At SUGCON 2015, Rackspace and Hedgehog presented about how using Docker will shape the way we work with Sitecore, an ASP.Net web content management system. With the release of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4, we are now able to run Sitecore in a Docker container.
Virtual Machine Scale Sets, which was recently released in preview from Microsoft, lets you manage a set of virtual machines as one.