Web.config Transforms for Identity Model

I have been recently tasked with a project that requires ADFS and Azure. I quickly discovered as I started building out my production, staging, and development environments that I needed to use web.config transforms to handle my different environments. In the past, I would just create separate copies of the web.config, but that is not…

Monitoring Azure in Operations Manager 2012 using the Azure SQL management pack (#SCOM, #SYSCTR, #Azure)

This is the second part of the series introduced at: https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2013/07/01/monitoring-and-windows-azure-scom-sysctr-azure.aspx. The focus of this blog post is to provide information on what is included within this management pack, how to create a SQL database in Azure and how to monitor SQL in Azure with Operations Manager, and what see in the Operations Manager console…

ReSearch This updates for July 2013

What a great month for ReSearch This and the Operations Manager community! Big updates this month include: The ReSearch This contest was announced this month, information on how to win a Surface RT or a signed copy of the Unleashed book are available here! Inside Podcast Networks podcast #36 (July 17th episode, available on iTunes)…

Cloud Solutions Provider

Converting from Federated Users (ADFS Authenticated) To Standard Users and Password Sync

  I recently assisted a client converting from using Federated Users that authenticate using ADFS to Standard User with DirSync and Password Sync.  This Post is very helpful, http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/17857.aad-sync-how-to-switch-from-single-sign-on-to-password-sync.aspx What we found that converting the domain using the Convert-MSOLDomainToStandard –DomainName <federated domain name> -SkipUserConversion $false -PasswordFile c:userpasswords.txt Command from the link above did not convert…

Maintaining Related Data with Entity Framework

Maintaining Related Data with Entity Framework Info from asp.net/mvc tutorial Overview Unfortunately out-of-the-box strongly typed MVC views do not expose relationship properties (navigation properties using the virtual keyword) for a given class. Needless to say, the problem here is the inability to relate entities. The solution, in a nut-shell is this: Provided you have configured your…

Implementing Entity Keywords

​Implementing Entity Keywords Use this feature in your application when you want to enhance searchability of your entities by allowing users to tag them with existing keywords or create their own. Configuring your domain classes, view model, and adding the relationship It is implicit that your entities and keywords are associated to each other in a many-to-many relationship. Here’s what your domain…