Intro I recently hit upon an annoying problem when using VS Code and wanted to share with you how I worked around it. The Problem I was trying to run some powershell commands against Azure Active Directory using the AzureAD Powershell module to query and correlate some identities and this was the first time I had done so for a long time. It was also the first time I had done so from the powershell integrated terminal in VS code.

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Intro A quick post just to get me back into the routine, and to cover off an issue that I encountered recently, and how to resolve it. The problem I hadn’t done anything in Azure at home for a while and tonight I wanted to manage some VMs of mine from AZ Powershell. First things first, connect my powershell session to my Azure account - easy right? Connect-AzAccount -UseDeviceAuthentication Click on the Device Login link: Enter the onetime code in the browser: Click on the account you wish to be signed in as: Click to Continue And then you see: And you go back to your powershell session and see: Notice anything wrong?

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Intro This post is definitely not technical and probably for myself as much as anyone else. If it helps other ME sufferers or sufferers of other invisible illnesses, or if it helps non-sufferers understand it, then it’s worth sharing. DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, these are just my observations of my illness, and my recollection of medical studies I’ve read in my desire to understand and deal with the illness.

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Introduction In my last post, I talked about the background to my recent job search, and the start of the process in terms of interview preparation - taking time to really get to know yourself! With that done, you are now in a better position to begin to think about how you put your best self forward in CV’s, job applications and interviews. Identify and document your key achievements This is an area I struggled with initially - I was used to writing a CV as, effectively, a list of achievements, but very technically focused e.

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In a break from my usual type of post, this post will be largely non-technical - I know, this is a tech blog, but bear with me! This was was inspired by a message from Nick Colyer, co-founder over at Skylines Academy in a post on the Azure Study Group (Skylines Academy) on Facebook where I’d mentioned doing interview prep alongside studying for the AZ-900 (Azure Fundamentals) exam - “if you’re interested, it would be great to have a blog on skylines around interview process and prep to share with fellow students.

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In my last post, I mentioned that I’d hit a little snag when I was migrating my live site over to my new architecture. When I built my test site it always used a subdomain (beta.cirriustech.co.uk) so I never had any issue with DNS. However, when I migrated my live site over, I had built it with a subdomain for testing (prod.cirriustech.co.uk) whilst the live site on WebApp/Grav still used the naked domain (cirriustech.

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New site now live!

Much later than planned, I’ve completed the cutover to my new Hugo static site in production, as written about in my last post. A number of factors delayed it. Mostly private, which I won’t go into here, but also some technical ones too that I put aside for a while due to the above. Having now resolved them (more on that in an upcoming blog post), the site is now live, with the only other changes from those listed in the previous post being as follows:

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Say Hello World to Hugo!

In my recent posts, I spent a lot of time talking about Hugo and Static Websites in Azure. I’ve now finished converting the content from this existing blog over to Hugo, underpinned by: Azure Static Websites Azure Storage Azure DevOps Azure Functions Cloudflare CDN It’s now available to preview at https://beta.cirriustech.co.uk - go give it a try! I’ll likely be moving the root domain over to the new site within the next week.

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A few weeks ago I commented on a request from Jack Tracey for speakers at the Open Mic Night of the August 2019 Sussex Azure User Group - with the idea being to share your stories of mistakes you’ve made that have led to P1 incidents. I flippantly said I had plenty of stories but wouldn’t be able to travel down to Brighton for the meetup - and Jack asked if I could record something or do something remotely on the night.

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My Background I am a lifelong technology enthusiast, having worked in Financial Services IT for more than 20 years, across multiple disciplines including: Unisys MCP-based mainframe platforms (A17/A19/HMP NX 6800/Libra 180/Libra 6xx/Libra 890) EMC Symmetrix storage arrays (DMX 3/4 and most recently VMAX) including experience of SRDF(S), SRDF(A), BCV Windows Server (2000 through 2012) Various Linux/Unix OSes (HP-UX/RHEL/Centos) including experience of GFS/GFS2 SAN storage clustering Virtual Tape Server technology (B&L/Crossroads/ETI Net SPHiNX, TSM) Automation/Scripting (PowerShell, NT Batch, DOS, Bash, OPAL) Security (Privileged Access Management, Encryption, Password Management) Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (Design/Implementation/Operations) I’ve been involved in and led major projects including mainframe infrastructure/network/storage design and implementation, mainframe integration with Windows Server and Linux/Unix, transatlantic datacentre migration (swing) and local data centre migration (lift and shift).

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Cirrius Tech | Serious About Tech

This is the personal blog of Graham Gold, covering all aspects of tech that interest me both personally and professionally. To see more about me visit my About Me page.

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