Using Terraform to Provision Microservices with Azure API Management Backed by Azure Functions

So I’ve talked about the fact that the Azure Function resource in the AzureRM provider does not support the exporting of the Key necessary to integrate Azure Functions with Azure API Management. However, I have recently employed a work around, whereby you are able to export the Azure Function Key using the Resource Group Template … Continue reading Using Terraform to Provision Microservices with Azure API Management Backed by Azure Functions

Azure API Management Backend Management with PowerShell

If you are using API Management you Might have noticed that there is no Azure Portal Access to view the Backends that are created automatically when you import you API from wherever. You might have also noticed it takes a ridiculously long time to provision and API Management resource. Therefore, destroying it completely and re-creating … Continue reading Azure API Management Backend Management with PowerShell

Terraform + Azure DevOps Environment Variable Piping Tips

When establishing good security processes around your software release pipeline it’s important to ensure that secrets are handled with care. As a best practice, I always ensure secrets that need to be used in a CI / CD pipeline are stored in Key Vault and imported into an Azure DevOps Variable Group. This allows the … Continue reading Terraform + Azure DevOps Environment Variable Piping Tips

Azure Serverless Architecture Automation with Terraform Explained

Here is a higher level view of the architecture and all the things that Terraform is provisioning. Based on my previous post, we know that certain things still require manual intervention but Terraform can provision a lot of stuff: Resource Group Event Grid Topics (but no Topics Subscriptions due to Function Access Key limitation) CosmosDB … Continue reading Azure Serverless Architecture Automation with Terraform Explained

Challenges using Terraform with Azure Serverless Architecture

We’ve been exercising the AzureRM and AzureAD Terraform providers with a healthcare client who wants to go serverless with a new product they are building. We’ve been able to automate a significant portion of the infrastructure with relative ease, however, there are limitations to both the Terraform providers and the operational models of Azure Functions … Continue reading Challenges using Terraform with Azure Serverless Architecture

Configuring AzureAD provider in Terraform to manage App Registrations

Automating the provisioning of Application Registrations (i.e. App Registrations) can be a very useful way of organizing your application’s Infrastructure as Code. Keeping track of all these disparate app registrations, who they belong to, what they are for, can be very tedious and challenging. It can get messy very quickly as well and a wary … Continue reading Configuring AzureAD provider in Terraform to manage App Registrations

Xamarin UI Test Automation Android Setup

I guess my expectations are a bit high that when I install Visual Studio 2019 to include cross-platform mobile development (Xamarin.Forms) it would properly configure itself. It turns out that when you try and get UI Test Automation working with Xamarin.Forms that is just not the case. Let’s peel this onion. Missing ANDROID_HOME environment variable. … Continue reading Xamarin UI Test Automation Android Setup

Plex Server Setup – Part II: Making a Filesystem

After the clean install of ubuntu, I only had a 4GB OS partition setup for me. This partition lived on a single physical volume (PV), volume group (VG) and logical volume (LV). These are important concepts to understand Linux filesystem structures. The first step in expanding my storage is to create a separate logical volume … Continue reading Plex Server Setup – Part II: Making a Filesystem

Plex Server Setup – Part I: Resizing OS Volume

Full disclosure, as someone who’s spent most of his career designing and building software, I don’t often get the opportunity to tackle good old fashioned system administration tasks, especially on Linux. However, since my introduction to PLEX –an open source home media server—I’ve had more opportunities. I’ve recently acquired a new server that I plan … Continue reading Plex Server Setup – Part I: Resizing OS Volume

Building a SmartThings Automation

I’ve been digging into the SmartThings Automation platform a bit. Admittedly, I’m fumbling around a bit. 😊 According to the definitions in the documentation, I think I want to build a WebHook automation. As per the documentation, one should consider an “when the end-user configures the Automation to monitor an open/close sensor, the Automation subscribes … Continue reading Building a SmartThings Automation