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Elasticsearch gotchas and tips – part 2

by Richard Kerslake

It has been some time since my last post giving tips on the hardware and software requirements for installing and running Elasticsearch on Azure. This post is a further series of gotchas and tips that I’ve picked up on during my journey using Elasticsearch. It is split into 3 broad categories covering various configuration items, […]


Have you signed up for the Azure Weekly newsletter?

by Howard van Rooijen

I’ve been a long time subscriber to DevOps Weekly and more recently to Hadoop Weekly; they are great services that offer a condensed, useful summary of interesting information about their subject areas, combined with items about new tools as well as user events. While reading through Hadoop Weekly last week, I wondered if anyone had created […]


Azure Weekly Newsletter

by Matthew Adams

Endjin have just released the new Azure Weekly newsletter – a weekly dose of all the news that you may have missed, tips, how-tos and useful resource in one handy newsletter. You can sign up here.


Troubleshooting Twilio with New Relic

by Richard Kerslake

Recruitment Genius asked endjin to develop an automated, telephony-based candidate interviewing system, using Twilio and Microsoft Azure. After it went live, Recruitment Genius started receiving a number of support calls from users who were having trouble logging into the system. Troubleshooting involved a series of laborious steps to manually tally Twilio logs with logs from the rest […]


Restrict access to Azure Websites by whitelisting

by Mike Larah

By utilising the IP and Domain Restrictions feature in IIS (available since IIS7), it possible to lock down your Azure Website to only allow access to IP addresses and domains that you have specified in a whitelist. To allow a single IPv4 address, add the following node to your web.config: To allow access from a […]


Gotchas when installing an Elasticsearch cluster on Azure

by Richard Kerslake

Elasticsearch is an open source distributed search server, based on Lucene. It provides full-text search via a RESTful interface and JSON documents. It is ideally suited for running on cloud platforms like Azure. This is not a step-by-step guide to using Elasticsearch and running it on Azure. I’m assuming you already have some basic knowledge […]


One of the great features of using cloud based infrastructure platform is being able to increase or decrease resources (compute / storage / bandwidth) on demand. Last week I wanted to scale up our TeamCity server as our demands on it have increased in the last few months, making the change via the Azure Management […]


If you host ALM infrastructure in Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service, configuring email notifications can be a bit of a problem as you need a SMTP relay and there isn’t one available in the Windows Azure Fabric (to combat spammers), however, if you also use Office 365, you can use their public SMTP relay. […]


Downloading Windows Azure Subscription Files

by Pascal Arnould

If you use Azure Management Studio, you can quickly setup your connections by importing your publish settings […]


When you run your cloud services in Azure, it is possible to change your configuration settings (app settings, number of instances, etc.) whilst your service is running – either via the Azure portal or the service management API. However, you may want to test how your application responds to these config changes whilst running locally […]