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Handling Application Settings in your DevOps Deployment Pipeline

By Mike Bentzen / September 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Handling Application Settings in your DevOps Deployment Pipeline

Today we’ll look at handling application settings in build and deployment pipelines. An application normally has several settings that are stored outside of main application codebase. Database Connection strings, external SaaS API Keys, credentials are examples of settings and other environment specific settings will be stored in appsettings.json for a DotNetCore app, web.xml for a […]

Protecting content with CloudFront and the AWSSDK for .NET apps

By Mike Bentzen / September 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Protecting content with CloudFront and the AWSSDK for .NET apps

Amazon CloudFront is a Global Content Distribution Network. Essentially, this is a global caching system that delivers your website and app content really fast and low latency to your end users. This is one of my favourite AWS services because you can increase the responsiveness, resiliency and scalability with minimal effort or cost – without […]

Tuning apache2 with apache2buddy

By Kyle Hartigan / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Tuning apache2 with apache2buddy

Apache and Nginx are two of the most popular web servers in the open source community. between them, they are responsible for serving over half of the traffic on the internet. Both services have Pros and Cons that need to be taken into account when working out which solution to implement. This article explains how […]

Configuring Amazon WorkSpaces Registration Code Automatically

By Rian Brooks-Kane / February 23, 2018 / Comments Off on Configuring Amazon WorkSpaces Registration Code Automatically

Here at Idea 11 we work with our customers to deploy Amazon WorkSpaces. A lot of WorkSpaces. In an enterprise, one annoying aspect of the client is the Registration Code. This code is used to tell the WorkSpace client where to connect. Now obviously just telling the end users to enter this code isn’t the most […]

Securely Deliver Applications with Amazon AppStream 2.0

By Ben Houghton / January 31, 2018 / Comments Off on Securely Deliver Applications with Amazon AppStream 2.0

What is Amazon AppStream 2.0? Appstream 2.0 is Amazon Web Services’ latest fully managed service that allows anyone to securely stream windows applications directly to a compatible HTML5 web browser. Previously only available in limited regions world-wide, it’s now available for deployment in Sydney. What problems does AppStream solve? You’re a software vendor: You’re a […]

How to set up AWS Cognito with federation to Office365

By Mike Bentzen / January 16, 2018 / Comments Off on How to set up AWS Cognito with federation to Office365

AWS Cognito is a fantastic product that handles everything to do with your app’s users, so you don’t have to. You don’t have to think about authentication, user profiles, user management, or ensuring that passwords are handled properly. AWS Cognito also handles federation with other systems. I was asked a question recently; I’ve used the […]

Comprehending insights and what matters to your customers

By Mike Bentzen / December 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Comprehending insights and what matters to your customers

It’s been an exciting time with a whole stack of new features coming out of the 2017 Amazon re:Invent conference. Today I thought I’d focus on one of the newly released Machine Learning services, which really excites me – Amazon Comprehend.  It’s a powerful tool to help facilitate your decisions and understanding. The AWS Website […]

Spinning a web with a Data Spider

By Mike Bentzen / October 17, 2017 / 0 Comments

Organisations constantly produce information and data at a rate like never before. This data can unlock secrets in your business which in turn can help you make intelligent decisions. But how? Previously, it’s been very difficult because of the availability of compute and storage constraints. Big Data is a large volume of structured and unstructured […]

Why AWS Workspaces is the future of VDI

By James Kahn / October 9, 2017 / 0 Comments

I don’t want to bury the lede here – I think AWS Workspaces is the future of hosted desktop platforms. I’m going to share why. I spent an earlier part of my career designing, building, managing and fixing Citrix environments. Some of these were small, some of them large. Back then, Citrix was the right […]

Load Balancing Exchange ActiveSync with Client Certificates

By Idea 11 Consulting / November 4, 2015 / 0 Comments

We were setting up a NetScaler to load balance the Exchange 2013 CAS protocols a few weeks ago and we had an interesting dilemma.  The client had mandated the use of Certificate-Based Authentication (CBA) when accessing Exchange ActiveSync from mobile devices and wanted to leverage their NetScaler appliances to provide high availability for their Exchange […]

Upgrading to Windows 10

By Idea 11 Consulting / July 30, 2015 / 0 Comments

With the release of Windows 10 hitting – it is time to show you how easy the upgrade process is! Let’s get started!

What Does the End of Mainstream Support for Exchange Server 2010 Mean for You?

By Idea 11 Consulting / January 15, 2015 / 0 Comments

What does the end of mainstream support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 mean for your organization?

AHBL Shutdown Causes Spam False Positives and Email Delivery Problems

By Idea 11 Consulting / January 7, 2015 / 0 Comments

The shutdown of the AHBL service has caused spam false positives and email delivery issues for email systems that are configured to use the service.

Fixing Chef Manage after upgrade to Chef Server 12

By James Kahn / December 8, 2014 / 0 Comments

Chef is a popular open source configuration management and automation tool. It’s one of the tools we use here at Idea 11 to manage servers. After we upgraded Enterprise Chef Server from version 11 to 12, the management web interface didn’t function even though we followed the official upgrade instructions. When hitting the management interface URL, all we […]

Using PowerShell to Launch an Amazon Web Services EC2 Windows Instance

By Idea 11 Consulting / December 4, 2014 / 0 Comments

Now that we’ve looked at how to get started with the AWS PowerShell tools lets take a look at a simple scenario of launching an EC2 instance to run a basic web server. The steps involved are: Create an Amazon EC2 key pair Create a Security Group (ie, a firewall rules) Find a suitable Amazon […]

Getting Started with AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell

By Idea 11 Consulting / December 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

Admins who run Windows on their desktop or laptop computer can use the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell to perform their Amazon Web Services administration. Installing the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell The pre-requisites for the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell are minimal. Windows XP or later, with PowerShell 2.0 or later, is the requirement, […]

PowerShell Script to Install the Amazon Web Services Tools for Windows PowerShell

By Idea 11 Consulting / December 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

This PowerShell script has been written to streamline the process of downloading and installing the Amazon Web Services Tools for Windows PowerShell to a Windows computer. The general workflow of the script is: Validate the download path exists, and create if necessary Download the file from AWS using Invoke-WebRequest Run the MSI using code sample […]

How to Create a PowerShell Profile

By Idea 11 Consulting / December 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

Here at Idea 11 we’re big fans of PowerShell. We use it every day to support our customers and develop scripts and tools to help with our services and support. When you spend as much time in PowerShell as we do it is useful to create a PowerShell profile. A PowerShell profile is simply a […]

Amazon Web Services Migration

By Idea 11 Consulting / October 22, 2014 / 0 Comments

The introduction of ‘pay for what you use’ and ‘pay as you go’ consumption models in cloud infrastructure are a dramatic departure from the traditional capital budgeting process that has underpinned decades of previous IT projects. Many business and IT managers are currently evaluating a cloud project and in weighing up the benefits on offer […]

Dropbox Password Leak Highlights the Importance of Multi-Factor Authentication

By Idea 11 Consulting / October 15, 2014 / 0 Comments

The news that up to 7 million Dropbox usernames and passwords may have been compromised is a good opportunity for businesses to review their use of multi-factor authentication for the online services that they rely on. At this stage the Dropbox leak appears to be a result of re-use of passwords on multiple sites, not […]

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