gRPC support on Azure App Service

Azure App Service

gRPC announcement Microsoft announced today that gRPC is now available and supported on Azure App Service for Linux workloads. This was made possible by recent platform upgrades to the HTTP reverse proxy layer to leverage YARP and Kestrel. This is an important announcement as it removes the native support limitation in Azure App Service which … Read more

Azure database services overview

Introduction The current post attempts to present an overview of the Azure database services, as of late May 2022. Azure database services mainly cover the conventional database administration side of things (with SQL and NoSQL databases) but can conceptually expand to cover a full range of Analytics and Data Engineering and Analysis services (for example … Read more

Free Microsoft certification exam vouchers

Microsoft free exam vouchers

Free Microsoft certification exam vouchers In the framework of a new Microsoft fiscal year skilling initiative, Microsoft is offering free exam vouchers to be used in Microsoft certification exams by CEE MPN partners. Any company in the CEE region which is a member of the Microsoft Partner Network (MPN) can apply. The requirements of this … Read more

Internet Explorer 11 retirement

Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 retirement announcement As per Microsoft MC378271 announcement, the Internet Explorer (IE) 11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, on certain versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over the following months, and … Read more

Introducing Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Introduction Linux Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS was released by Canonical on April 21st, 2022. The 22.04 Long Term Service (LTS) release (code named Jammy Jellyfish) is the most mature and feature rich release to date and includes various noteworthy additions and new features. Canonical releases its LTS and interim Ubuntu versions as per the following … Read more

Windows DCOM hardening

security and privacy

Introduction The Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) Remote Protocol is a protocol for exposing application objects by way of remote procedure calls (RPCs). The protocol consists of a set of extensions layered on Microsoft Remote Procedure Call Protocol Extensions as specified in [MS-RPCE]. The DCOM Remote Protocol is also referred to as Object RPC or … Read more

Citrix 1Y0-341 exam preparation notes

Citrix Certified Professional Networking

Citrix 1Y0-341 exam overview The Citrix 1Y0-341 exam is a 69 question exam written in English. The exam consists of multiple choice items only. Passing the exam grants you with the Citrix Certified Professional in Networking (CCP-N) certification. The official Citrix 1Y0-341 exam study guide is available for free download from https://training.citrix.com/public/Exam+Prep+Guides/341/1Y0-341_Exam_Preparation_Guide_v01.pdf Audience The 1Y0-341 … Read more

Azure container services overview

Azure Container Services

Introduction The current post presents an overview of the Azure container services, as of early May 2022. Generally speaking, containers are an evolution to virtualization solutions and fall under the Azure Compute Services category. Given the dynamic nature of public clouds, this list will most likely change soon in the near future but nevertheless acts … Read more

Software toolkit for cloud engineers

software toolkit for cloud engineers

Introduction If you are a Cloud engineer or possess a similar technical Cloud related role, you need to ensure that you can automate your daily tasks and better manage your workload. This post serves as a compilation of a software toolkit which I regard to include the most frequently used and most useful software applications … Read more

Cloud digital credential systems

cloud digital credential systems

Introduction Claiming and publishing your cloud and IT certificates and badges to partners, colleagues and potential employers is key in establishing just the right rapport and in establishing credibility as a Cloud professional. Hopefully there are various online cloud digital credential systems which allow you to effectively request, issue, publish and manage your cloud certificates … Read more

The Microsoft Inside Track

The Microsoft Inside Track

Introduction When implementing IT solutions which are complex and require proper in-depth planning, it is crucial to perform technical assessments and creating an inventory of the “as-is” situation as well as assess the organization’s operational and business requirements alongside the technical requirements. Implementing an IT solution, especially when this involves some sort of migration, requires … Read more

Microsoft 365 pre-migration checklist

Microsoft 365

Introduction When planning to migrate an organization with existing on-premises infrastructure to the Microsoft 365 Cloud, you need to create a thorough plan before the migration. This article discusses a Microsoft 365 pre-migration checklist which is provided as a template by Microsoft. Microsoft 365 pre-migration checklist Carry out the following tasks to prepare for migrating … Read more

New Azure region in China

Azure region overview

New Azure region in China On March 1st, 2022, a new Azure region in North China was established by Microsoft. This new data center adds the fifth Azure region to the China market and doubles the capacity of Microsoft’s intelligent cloud portfolio in China. Announced in 2012, and officially launched in March 2014 with two … Read more