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Max Melcher

2 minute read

Installing VSCode with Chocolatey in 18 seconds

I had to reset my Surface and reinstall every tool. That would be a very time consuming job - but it is 2019 - and can be automated very efficiently.
In this post, I show you how and what I install on every new PC I get with Chocolatey - with Azure in mind.

Max Melcher

6 minute read

I took the AZ-200 beta exam last year and the exam did not make it out of beta. It was replaced with the AZ-203 exam. I am pretty sure that I did not meet the 70% threshold to be automatically credited with the AZ-203 certification. I had to learn for the AZ-201 certification anyways. Update (18.01.2019): I did pass AZ-200, but it was not enough to get credited for AZ-203.

Max Melcher

6 minute read

Yesterday I noticed, that my blog did not have the very best urls for my posts than I could have - my last post had the url /post/2018-12-29-Recapping-2018/ and actually I thought it would (and should!) produce something like this: /2018/12/Recapping-2018-90-days-at-Microsoft/ After changing the urls to the correct schema (more in a bit) I noticed that the yearly (e.g. /2018) or monthly (e.g. /2018/12) links do not work at all.

In this post, I show you how I fixed those problems.

Max Melcher

4 minute read

Azure Policy to black list installed applications - Photo by Adam Griffith on Unsplash

Azure Policies are the new silver bullet for all things governance: Last week (November 10, 2018) a new policy was introduced that can audit installed applications inside virtual machines (see intro post).

I wanted to know wether it is possible to detect software that should not be installed. Imagine you want to discover all servers where a specific version is installed that ran out of support. Or maybe a software that has not been approved yet. There are many of those scenarios.

Max Melcher

4 minute read

Penny Pinching: Migrating App Service to Azure Storage Website Hosting - Photo by Katie Harp - Pinterest Manager on Unsplash

I am a very big fan of Azure App Service - the flexibility and power you get from this service always amazes me. But recently Static website hosting in Azure Storage was announced and because of the static nature of this blog it would be an ideal fit! So lets see how the migration goes, right? In this lengthy post I show you how I migrated from Azure App Service to Azure Storage Static Website Hosting, from Deployment to Custom Domain.

Max Melcher

4 minute read

Azure Governance: Govern the Azure Marketplace with Azure Policy. Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash

The Azure Marketplace easily enables us to add new types of VMs to any Azure environment. Sometimes those VMs can have additional charges that were not approved. Sometimes those VMs come from a 3rd party source that was not approved. Unfortunately the Azure Marketplace can only be disabled or enabled for EA (Enterprise Agreement) customers according to the Marketplace FAQ, by now. This situation is far from ideal from a governance perspective.

In this post I will show you how to use the Azure Policy service to audit or even deny the creation of those VMs.