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Fix: Error Deploying Azure ARM Template from Visual Studio Project

Azure ARM Templates allow for workloads and environments to be easily scripted using Infrastructure as Code (IaC) with a declarative approach. It’s the best way to automate the deployment and update of resources running in Microsoft Azure. The ARM Template authoring tools in Visual Studio help greatly in authoring and testing ARM Template Deployments directly […]

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Easily Manage Azure Web App Connection Strings using PowerShell

The Application Settings of an Azure Web App are really powerful. They allow you to easily configure App Settings (key/value pairs) and database Connection Strings for an application directly within Azure. These values stored in the Azure Web App Application Settings will override any App Settings or Connection String values deployed within an ASP.NET applications […]

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Can an Azure Resource Manager policy be overridden?

Azure Resource Manager (ARM) policies are a powerful governance capability that allows administrators to accomplish many things, such as: Define a ‘service catalog’ (which services may be created) Control the Azure regions in which resources may be deployed Enforce the use of ARM tags on resources etc. The use cases for ARM policies is limited […]

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Rethinking Paradigms in Networking: Firewalls in the Public Cloud

If you have ever implemented a firewall in a traditional network, almost certainly it had at least two network interfaces. One was on an untrusted side, perhaps directly on the Internet, and the other was on a trusted side. The goal, of course, is to keep unwanted traffic from reaching the trusted network. There are […]

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Azure Marketplace Free Trials and Subscription Spending Limits

If you have tried to deploy an ‘Free Trial’ Azure Marketplace image within an MSDN subscription you probably have seen this error: They key text of the deployment error is: “We could not find a credit card on file for your azure subscription. Please make sure your azure subscription has a credit card. The Azure Marketplace FAQ gives […]

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