Adding Open AI to an existing solution with Semantic Kernel

For those of you who are reading my posts from time to time, you probably know one of my side projects is a URL minifier solution. It’s one of those services which I’ve created to learn about specific Azure services. I’m still making improvements to it and sometimes adding new features to it altogether. With the focus on AI and large language models in just about everything nowadays, it is time for me to add it to the URL minifier too. Read more →

Running Home Assistant with Zigbee2MQTT on Synology NAS in containers

For those of you who are following me on Twitter, you might have seen my Philips Hue bridge was acting up in the past couple of months. Major bandwith usage, automations not being triggered at the appropriate times, and even the internet connectivity wasn’t working anymore. The bridge is also about 14 years old, so it might have been its time to shut down. A relative cheap solution would be to buy a new Philips Hue bridge and set that up. Read more →

Using deploymentScripts to do additional IaC work

Most people who are professionally working with any of the cloud providers use some kind of infrastructure-as-code solution. For Microsoft Azure, I’m mostly working with ARM- or Bicep templates to describe the resources necessary. While I’ve written ARM templates for years now, I’m enjoying creating Bicep templates a bit more due to the tooling it offers. There is at least one downside to using these solutions, and that’s the fact most operations are happening on the Azure control plane. Read more →

Merging ARM Templates using PowerShell

For a project I’m working on we have a massive ARM template and I had to add some stuff, deployment scripts, to it. While I still have enough love for ARM templates to work with it, creating & deploying big deployment scripts with isn’t a great experience. However, with Bicep I can create (and debug) the script in a proper PowerShell file and load it in the Bicep template using the loadTextContent function. Read more →

Create a Service Principal to create and manage other Service Principals

When you need to work with service principals in your Azure environment, you are probably creating them via some script using the az ad sp command. This works quite well, but these are created with your account. The account you used to log in with the Azure CLI. The same goes when using PowerShell, it’s always running in the context you used to log in. Most of the time your personal or environment administrator account. Read more →