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    With the introduction of the Sitecore 8.2, Sitecore also introduced some Sitecore web deployment packages (WDP), which are used by the Sitecore-Azure-Quickstart-Templates for the deployment of Sitecore. When using ARM templates to provision the Sitecore Infrastructure and deploy the Sitecore application, this works fabulously. But when there is a requirement to use the VSTS Azure […]

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    A few years ago I already blogged on updating the default hashing algorithm that Sitecore used. It’s ancient, unsafe and it’s for a change! Luckily, with the introduction of msdeploy packages and the Sitecore on Azure templates, this becomes easy, without having to (manually) change the password after the hashing upgrade and manually changing the […]

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    I faced this error quite a few times now and I always forget what the root cause of this error was. To keep me away from debugging and reflecting code again I wrote this blogpost 😉When the claim http://schemas.xmlsoap.org/ws/2005/05/identity/claims/nameidentifier is not present, Sitecore will throw this exception, although a successful login may happen! This blogpost […]

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    First of all: hands down to Sitecore when they created the nuget feed a while back: it’s really, really convenient to be able to use a nuget feed for all those Sitecore packages, including their dependencies. But we had some issues with the way Sitecore versions it’s packages, the fact that we use multiple versions […]

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    On October 9th I presented for the 3rd time at the Sitecore Symposium. After a security session, our session with Robbie the Robot, I chose to give some insights into our delivery pipeline for Sitecore on Azure. In this session, I will share my road to this presentation. This time, I had to hold my […]

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    On October 9th I presented for the 3rd time at the Sitecore Symposium. In my previous blogpost I described shared how I felt during the creation of this presentation and on the day itself. In this series of blogposts I’ll describe every subject I discussed during my presentation, which will, in the end, enable you […]

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    Note: Although this blogpost series is focused towards deploying Sitecore with the speed of light, all the information in this blogpost regular web applications and app service deployments Deploying multiple web deployment packages to multiple app services may take some time. Where parallel jobs in the Build are possible, this is not possbile (yet) in […]

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    A common problem on Azure web apps when scaling up or swapping slots is “stuttering”. At the moment an instance is added to the pool (scale out) or your swap is swapped (reload the app on the slot), your application is “cold , which means that your application on that instance needs to be reloaded. […]

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    Although this blog focuses primarily on Sitecore, this blogpost is applicable for any application which is hosted on an Windows Azure App Service. The file system,which is used by Azure App Services, always points to D:\home, but it is in fact a link to a (slow) performing share. Sitecore can greatly benefit from enabling a […]

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    Using deployment slots in Azure App Services is a best practice to deploy Sitecore your application with zero downtime. However, there are some drawbacks, for example when slot specific settings are being used. This blogpost describes how to come around these issues. When using a blue-green deployment zero downtime deployments can be realized for Sitecore. However, […]

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    There are situations where not all custom facets have been loaded into your session, or where you want to explicitly check for updates on a custom facet in xConnect, for example when external systems might have been making changes to this facet. This blogpost explains how to use the trackerContactID to query xconnect, which can […]

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    In the out of the box configuration for Sitecore on Azure, application insights has been enabled by default. However, this configuration is optimally configured. In normal situations, it’s very valuable to have insights in your infrastructure: what connections provide a lot of errors, latency or other issues. This blogpost explains on how to get these […]

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    Recently I discovered the possibility of adding notes to specific point s in time on the application insights classic metrics. This is a very interesting way of marking specific, important events in your application lifecycle, for example, deployments. It turns out, that an Azure DevOps extension exists to mark application deployments, This might be a […]

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    In my previous blogpost I described how to create annotations within an application. This blogpost explains how this was integrated in Sitecore and how it could have helped in analyzing our severe performance problems source can be found here Last week, we were facing severe performance issues on our content delivery server on Azure. The CPU […]

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