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Internal budgeting for agile software development

By James Kahn / November 1, 2021

You’re planning on building software at your organisation, and you’re not a software company. Whether it’s an app, API, data or DevOps, you want the best result and the best software – fast too, if possible – so you’ll deliver using a form of agile. Scope is flexible, and time is…

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You can’t innovate while your house is on fire

By James Kahn / August 16, 2021

Email *dings* then *dings* again. Slack notifications come flying in. Your phone rings – there’s a problem. Sounds like it’s going to be a bad day. We’ve all had days like that. They’re a part of modern business life. But if too many days are like that – worse, if every…

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Products vs Projects – On software development in the enterprise

By James Kahn / August 9, 2021

When it comes to software, the pendulum is swinging back towards “build” in the build vs buy decision. Enterprise and government organisations alike that aren’t software companies are building software. They’re traditional organisations that are great at their core business, but that core business isn’t building software. It makes sense for…

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AWS Summit Online Australia & New Zealand: Recap

By Rian Brooks-Kane / May 21, 2020

While we were getting ready for AWS Summit 2020, the world changed dramatically for everyone and unfortunately resulted in the cancellation of all mass events, including the AWS Summit.

A month later, AWS announced that the AWS Summit will be streamed online as a virtual conference. If you were unable to attend the online summit, we’ve got you covered.

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Handling Application Settings in your DevOps Deployment Pipeline

By Mike Bentzen / September 28, 2018

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…

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Protecting content with CloudFront and the AWSSDK for .NET apps

By Mike Bentzen / September 28, 2018

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…

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Tuning apache2 with apache2buddy

By Kyle Hartigan / June 25, 2018

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.…

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Configuring Amazon WorkSpaces Registration Code Automatically

By Rian Brooks-Kane / February 23, 2018

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…

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Securely Deliver Applications with Amazon AppStream 2.0

By Ben Houghton / January 31, 2018

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…

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How to set up AWS Cognito with federation to Office365

By Mike Bentzen / January 16, 2018

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…

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Comprehending insights and what matters to your customers

By Mike Bentzen / December 4, 2017

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…

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Spinning a web with a Data Spider

By Mike Bentzen / October 17, 2017

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…

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Why AWS Workspaces is the future of VDI

By James Kahn / October 9, 2017

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,…

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Load Balancing Exchange ActiveSync with Client Certificates

By Idea 11 Consulting / November 4, 2015

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…

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Upgrading to Windows 10

By Idea 11 Consulting / July 30, 2015

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

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

By Idea 11 Consulting / January 15, 2015

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

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AHBL Shutdown Causes Spam False Positives and Email Delivery Problems

By Idea 11 Consulting / January 7, 2015

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.

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Fixing Chef Manage after upgrade to Chef Server 12

By James Kahn / December 8, 2014

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…

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Using PowerShell to Launch an Amazon Web Services EC2 Windows Instance

By Idea 11 Consulting / December 4, 2014

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)…

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Getting Started with AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell

By Idea 11 Consulting / December 3, 2014

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…

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