Category: Microsoft

Cloud Resource Naming Convention (Azure)

In any organisation it is important to get a standard naming convention in place for most things, but especially with cloud based resources.

As many types of cloud resources require globally unique names (due to platform DNS resolution), it’s important to have a strategy that will give you a good chance of achieving global uniqueness, but also as helpful as possible to human beings, as well as codefiable in DevOps CD pipelines.

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‘*** Execution Timeout Expired’ with SqlPackage.exe on Azure DevOps Release Pipeline Fix

‘*** Execution Timeout Expired’ with SqlPackage.exe on Azure DevOps Release Pipeline Fix

A while ago I was having an issue deploying a SQL Data Tools project using the Azure DevOps pipelines. It worked fine when there was no data in the database, but once there was some data to preserve in the release the DACPAC deployment started to timeout with the following error when running SqlPackage.

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Resource Tag management in Microsoft Azure

Adding tags to resources in Azure is generally a good idea. This helps administrators manage billing, knowing what things are and when they can be safely decommissioned etc..

I have includes here some guidance and useful scripts for adding tags and managing tags on resources and resource groups.

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How to get Azure Data Factory connecting to your data on a VNet (or internal network)

Azure Data Factory (ADF) is a great tool as part of your cloud based ETL tool set. However not all your data is necessarily accessible from the public internet. These instruction go through the steps required to allow ADF access to your internal or VNet data-sets.

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How to connect to an AD Domain Secured SQL Server from a non-domain PC

The following are instructions for setting up a connection to an Active Directory (AD) Domain secured SQL Server using either SQL Server Management Studio or Visual Studio. This is especially applicable when not using a domain attached PC.

Step-by-step guide

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