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Web

Basic Web Performance Strategies

This is a continuation of my series on site performance. If your organization is struggling with alignment on “site speed,” consider reading Speed first. Rhombic Networks In an uncomfortably hot conference room, not so far away, there is a technical team brainstorming strategies for improving their web performance. Their existing on-premise servers seem to handle […]

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Web

Speed

Oh, that unicorn so many teams chase. Everyone and their mom has told you site speed matters. Your boss told you page speed is the single most important metric and anything reducing page load takes priority over other features. In fact, the monitor in front of the CMO’s office shows a grim red line indicating […]

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Sitecore

Sitecore 9 Certificates – Where do I update all those thumbprints?

While it’s a quick change, there are a number of places thumbprints will need to be updated across a scaled environment. Hopefully, this list helps keep your forehead from making contact with your keyboard today.

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Sitecore

Sitecore Development Azure VM Setup – A Scripted Approach

In this episode, we will be using Azure PowerShell, Chocolatey, the Sitecore Installation Framework to set up a virtual machine. This post is not an end-to-end tutorial but points out some of the main concepts needed to get there. A full implementation can be found in my Azure Virtual Machine for Sitecore Development repository on […]

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Tutorials

Create an Azure VM with ports actually working via Azure PowerShell

Ever spun up an Azure virtual machine just to realize it doesn’t have the right ports open? Then, after 30 minutes of rolling your face on the keyboard, updating, restarting, and punching your monitor, it still doesn’t work? Just do it with Azure PowerShell.

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Tutorials

Get a list of Azure Resources and their Sizes

You are probably here because you have painstakingly clicked on every single Azure resource in the portal to view it’s size. Using Azure PowerShell, your pain is finally over! To pull a list of all the VM’s and their respective sizes:

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Travel

A Week in Peru

Scratch one off the bucket list! I’ve always been entranced by those majestic photos of Machu Picchu, so I decided to plan a trip and take my own. Read on to learn about the adventure as well as some tips from a first-hand experience.

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Sitecore

Quick Self-Signed Certs Sitecore 9.x

When you download and install Sitecore XP1, you need to install all of the certificates first. If you need to do this often like I do, this can be quite tedious.  Stealing some code from the Single-Developer.ps1, this simple foreach wrapper is a huge time saver.

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Sitecore

Querying Sitecore

Often times we run into situations where we need to pull information from Sitecore.  Two of my favorite tools to do this are Sitecore Rocks and Sitecore PowerShell Extensions (SPE). For those of you who are unfamiliar with these tools, Sitecore Rocks is a Visual Studio extension that makes developing and interacting with Sitecore easy.  SPE […]

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Sitecore

Sitecore Workflow – Multiple Users Approving an Item

Today we are going to create a workflow that allows multiple users to approve an item. What we won’t cover in this post is how to setup security on fields and workflow commands.  For that, I recommend John’s post on Security Access Rights.