Greenhouse IoT Project – Part 3 – I screwed up!

Greenhouse IoT Project – Part 3 – I screwed up!

This could have been the last part of the blog series. But it wasn’t. Thankfully! Just one of those “one step forward, three steps back” kind of things that occasionally happen! I did a lot of config in the previous part. Was it all for nothing? The thing is, I had my Home Assistant running as a Docker container. And it did work for the most part… besides it does not support add-ons when run as a container. And of…

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Microsoft has it’s own style. You can also use it!

Microsoft has it’s own style. You can also use it!

Every company on this earth has it’s own brand, their own style and their own voice. So goes with Microsoft as well. They also have a significant amount of guidelines and an extensive word list and term collection – all available for you to learn and use from! Use the official Writing Style Guide from Microsoft today! Are you using the term folder correctly? Or directory? But, isn’t that the same thing? Not if you ask Microsoft. This is a…

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Greenhouse IoT Project – Part 2 – Connecting

Greenhouse IoT Project – Part 2 – Connecting

We already have the power! We now need to get my ESP32 micro contoller online and able to connect to the Wi-Fi. There are some components and gotchas along the way of connecting things up. Let me show you… Prepare the infrastructure My plan is to use my installation of Home Assistant in this project. This runs in a docker container, on a Linux VM, running on my local Proxmox host. Since I’ve got a dedicated VLAN for my IoT-devices…

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Hack Azure Virtual Desktop to use OneDrive in Remote App Sessions

Hack Azure Virtual Desktop to use OneDrive in Remote App Sessions

I’m not sure if it’s my elite hacker skillz, or just my wish for better user experiences that drives me to find ways to wash out the lines between your own computer and desktops running in the cloud. Either way, I found this method online that I want to share with you. I will share what my challenge was, how I solved it and what it feels like for the users. The challenge: The thing that always has bugged me…

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When Microsoft Secure Score killed Azure File Share

When Microsoft Secure Score killed Azure File Share

Let me tell you a little story about a useful tool called Microsoft Secure Score and how one of it’s recommendations led to a crisis by killing off authentication for a Azure File Share… The Story A customer had been using Azure File Share for quite some time as a replacement for a little local NAS. All was good and well. All of the files lived happily in the cloud and no hardware to worry about. All is good! The…

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Greenhouse IoT Project – Part 1 – Power!

Greenhouse IoT Project – Part 1 – Power!

My plan is to make this greenhouse totaly independent with it’s own power. “With great power, comes great responsibility” someone said… And great power comes from the sun, in this case. The introduction to this project can be found here: Greenhouse IoT Project – an app in Teams The setup In order to have some power for this setup I wanted to try out solar power. Sourced some new parts, and some used. Got the solar regulator for cheap second…

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Greenhouse IoT Project – an app in Teams

Greenhouse IoT Project – an app in Teams

Looking for a use-case for IoT, or maybe Apps in Teams? Or both? Me too! About three years ago I made a little greenhouse in my garden. And for a long time I have wanted to have controll over temperatures inside, so I’ve finally made myself this little Greenhouse IoT project to tacle: Inside of this greenhouse there are a lot of things growing, including Tomatoes, cucumbers and some herbs: The purpose of a greenhouse is to have a steady…

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Download Azure VHDs without your computer!

Download Azure VHDs without your computer!

But how? On my mobile device? No! In a container, using Docker, Linux, Tmux and AzCopy. Come on, I’ll show you how I do it! The problem Downloading VHDs from Azure can take a lot of time. Especially if they are several hundred gigabytes (or Terabytes!) in size. VHD stands for Virtual Hard Drive, and is essentially a hard disk for virtual machines in the cloud. Why you need to download them may vary, but legal reasons may be one….

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Create teams and channels in bulk

Create teams and channels in bulk

Thanks to the magic of PowerShell and JSON, we can add teams and channels in bulk! Had to do a project lately with a lot of teams and channels that needed to be created in a way that minimizes errors and potential screw-ups. Since I’m all for automating these kinds of tasks, I created this project that I want to share with you! You do need some prerequisites: Create the JSON-file First, you need a source for what structure you…

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Shared channels in Teams – How can you set it up?

Shared channels in Teams – How can you set it up?

Since the dawn of Teams we have had individual Teams, and we have had channels. Some years ago, private channels arrived letting us create channels in Teams that could be seen only for those team members that had been given specific access to it. The drawback here was it could only be visible to existing member members and therefore somewhat limiting it’s use. That meant if you had to share the private channel with a member outside of that team,…

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