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This week at MVP summit, I showed some of my colleagues a trick that I use to manage identity hell. I have several accounts that I use to access VSTS and the Azure Portal: my own Microsoft Account (MSA), several org accounts and customer org accounts. Sometimes I want to open a release from my 10th Magnitude VSTS account so that I can grab some tasks to put into CustomerX VSTS release. The ...
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Azure SQL is a great service - you get your databases into the cloud without having to manage all that nasty server stuff. However, one of the problems with Azure SQL is that you have to authenticate using SQL authentication - a username and password. However, you can also authenticate via Azure Active Directory (AAD) tokens. This is analogous to integrated login using Windows Authentication - ...
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VSTS supports service hooks like Slack, AppVeyor, Bamboo and a host of other ALM tools. You can also create your own hooks using a simple WebHooks API. There's an example here. However, one thing that is missing from the sample is any kind of authentication. Why care? Well, simply put - without authentication, anyone could trigger events to your event sink. That may or may not be a big deal, but I ...
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If you've read my blog before, you'll probably know that I am huge fan of Docker and containers. When was the last time you installed software onto bare metal? Other than your laptop, chances are you haven't for a long time. Virtualization has transformed how we think about resources in the datacenter, greatly increasing the density and utilization of resources. The next evolution in density is ...