Error IDX21323 – RequireNonce is ‘[PII is hidden by default. Set the ‘ShowPII’ flag in IdentityModelEventSource.cs to true to reveal it.]

Error IDX21323 – RequireNonce is ‘[PII is hidden by default. Set the ‘ShowPII’ flag in IdentityModelEventSource.cs to true to reveal it.] One of the best features of Azure is the ability to authenticate with Azure Active Directory. This is easy to implement and therefore a very nice way to implement authentication without the hassle of…

Adding a reusable block to the WordPress Site

  A great way to add content to a WordPress site is to use reusable blocks. A block as its name suggests is a unit of code representing a paragraph and image a widget or a video or any combination of the above. These blocks can be made reusable such that you could customise them…

SEO – Expire Headers for WordPress site hosted on IIS

One of the most important things you can do to improve your Google search index ranking is to improve the load time of your website. What this means is to make sure that the site loads quickly. This is something you want to do not only for Google search. Waiting for a slow site to…

Create an Azure SFTP Site

Microsoft Azure has become a cloud platform of choice for everyone at this point. One of its biggest advantages has been the ability to integrate seamlessly with existing enterprise solutions and on-premise systems. However, when it comes to file storage AWS has always had a leg up because of its S3 storage. Microsoft blob storage is definitely a contender now that we…

Upgrading the version of PHP in IIS

WordPress is a one of the most commonly used technologies to host a website and blog. WordPress in turn uses PHP to render the content and therefore it is critical to make sure the version of PHP being used is the latest one. Like most software they release fixes and performance improvements with every release….

Error on WebAPI after deployment to Azure App Services

Encountered this below error today while deploying a WebApI to Azure App Services. Initially it wasn’t very clear what the error was about so we checked the bin folder for the below assembly but couldn’t find it. Since the API was working locally the answer had to be a configuration change from Dev to Prod…

Resetting WordPress Admin password

I recently forgot my blog admin password and thought I was in a heap of trouble until I came across this link. https://codex.wordpress.org/Resetting_Your_Password It explains how to update the MD5 hash value that is saved in the MYSQL database which serves as the backend for the wordpress site. The only criteria being you should remember…

What is a good design for a website?

When the trailers for the Aliens movie came out the one thing that caught my attention was how little the look of the alien has changed over time. It is still as menacing and scary as it was when we first saw it. The got me thinking about what is so special about this design…

Adding additional Network interfaces in Azure

In this post we cover how to add an additional NIC card to our Azure VM. Most real world production environments have multiple NIC (Network cards) and quite a few applications depends on using dedicated NICs for scalability or even High Availability. In a previous post we covered how to add a VM to a…

Monitoring Billing in Azure by Resource Group

In our previous post we explored how to organize resources deployed in Azure. In this post we explore how to understand the impact of the resources that were deployed. If you navigate to the Azure portal and click on the Resource group’s link on the top left a list of deployed resource groups will be…

Creating a Resource Group in Azure

A resource group is a nice little feature that helps Azure Administrators stay organized when managing a large scale deployment. In its simplest sense it behaves like folders on your hard disk, it helps related resources stay together and be addresses by a common name. If a developer is working for multiple projects he might…

Configuring Network security Groups in Azure

In this post we cover how to configure the Network security group that was created by default when we set up the VM previously. The Network Security group is just a fancy way of saying Firewall. The NSG allows the user to configure which ports are open or closed within the Virtual network that was…