Building a Tag Index with Jekyll and Liquid

Jekyll and Liquid provide a powerful yet easy-to-use set of tools for creating websites through both the plugins provided by Jekyll and the template markup provided by Liquid. While an integral part of Jekyll, Liquid is a stand-alone project widely implemented in other projects, including many other static site generators. The Jekyll page and post…

Using GitHub Actions to Manage Certbot (Let’s Encrypt) Certificates

GitHub Actions is an excellent source for all things automation. For personal accounts, there’s a limited free offering that allows you to run automation jobs. I use GH actions to update my websites. I don’t think I would have written this if no existing solution worked with GitHub Actions. But after a search, I did…

Azure Migrations - Part 4
Database Migration Assistant Assessment

Azure offers a lot of options for moving SQL databases from SQL Server to Azure. Knowing which choice is the best choice for your database can sometimes be challenging. Microsoft provides a tool, the Database Migration Assistant, that assesses your database to show you if it is compatible or not. And what changes you may…
Windows 11

Windows 11 — Initial Reactions and Thoughts

Windows 11 made a big splash with the announcement of the new version of the OS that was supposed to never have another version again. In any case, as part of the Windows Insider Program (WIP), I got my hands on the latest preview version of the OS, installed it, and poked around in it…

Non-Technical Priorities for App Migrations into Azure

Migrations to another environment can be trivial for some applications, but it’s a complex array of different parts that all work together for most of them. Migrating such applications is a complex task of analysis and decision-making oriented around many different factors. Most application migrations to Azure begin with prework that performs business analysis on…

Different Paths for Migrating Apps to Azure

There are multiple ways to host applications on Azure, each with its pro’s and cons. In this webinar, we’ll look at three different possibilities between Azure App Services, Azure infrastructures, and lastly at containers, then weight the pros and cons of each of these when moving into Azure.

Microservices On Azure: Containers, Serverless, and Everything Else

Microservices provide a great way to build scalable, manageable, and available applications across vast regions. Especially for newer suites, choosing the right technology to support microservices has its advantages and tradeoffs to make things simpler or more flexible. In this webinar, you will learn how the different technologies impact microservices to help you make better-informed…

Azure Migrations - Part 3
App Services Migration Assistant Assessment Report

Azure App Services is a popular choice for migrating apps to Azure because it gets users out of the business of managing servers. But with App Services, some limitations might mean reconfiguring or refactoring an application. The Migration Assistant utility can provide a quick report that shows you things you need to consider before moving…

Making the Most of Microservices

Microservices offer a way to create hyper scale applications that can meet the demands of even the most challenging workloads. But with microservices, come with their own sets of challenges that have to be solved. In this webinar, we look at these challenges: state, configuration management, service discovery, interservice communication, security, and scaling data. With…

Azure Migrations - Part 2
Starting an Assessment with Discovery

The first critical step in migrating anything to Azure is an assessment of what we want to move. The assessment starts with a discovery wherein various aspects of a workload are teased out to expose what composes and supports the workload. These include business drivers, governance drivers, security, and the actual workload itself. In this…

Azure Migrations - Part 1
Learning Azure

This is the first video in a multi-part series on Azure migrations by Wintellect Architect and Azure MVP Blaize Stewart. In part 1, we will look at an overview of what an Azure migration looks like, including learning, assessing, planning, and executing a migration into Azure. We will then review topics that will help you…

Building and Managing Containers with Azure

Building and managing containers are a large part of any container deployment. The entire process requires multiple steps and different tools to complete. Azure provides several different ways to manage automation and container images for deployment to container platforms. In this session, you’ll get a glimpse of three different ways to do this with Azure…