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Forcing Classic in Dynamics 365 With the roll-out of the Unified Interface Microsoft Dynamics 365 has hidden the classic layout. By appending ?forceclassic=1 to the end of the URL you can gain access to the older style CRM. The Unified Interface is great but it's been broken apart into Hubs. This may be confusing for users who are...
Getting Started with Landoop's Kafka on Docker for Windows Here's a quick guide to running Kafka on Windows with Docker. I'll show you how to pull Landoop's Kafka image from Docker Hub, run it, and how you can get started with Kafka. We'll also be building a .NET Core C# console app for this demonstration. I learned most of this from...
Mounting Volumes in Docker with Visual Studio This technique is ideal for local development within Visual Studio. You can easily mount local files into a docker container by modifying the MSBuild commands of the project. Project File's MSBuild Commands This code came from a .NET Core 3.1 project. Docker Volume Mounting The docker -v or --volume flag is used to designate a volume mount...
Setting up TeamSpeak 3 with Docker on DigitalOcean Setting up TeamSpeak 3 on DigitalOcean with Docker is incredibly easy. This provides a cheap ($5/month) dedicated server for gamers. There are some amazing benefits to using DigitalOcean such as the ability to quickly create a droplet and use of their floating IP addresses. The default TeamSpeak 3 license will allow...
.NET: Unit Testing Azure Service Bus Unit testing an Azure Service Bus consumer is fairly easy. In this tutorial, I will use .NET6, Moq (v4), and Fluent Assertions. The difficult part is constructing the ServiceBusMessageReceived because it has only internal constructors and no interface. However, there is a factory service that can create these objects. GitHub I've included unit testing in this...
Customize PowerShell in Windows Terminal The all-new Windows Terminal is truly amazing and packed with many features. It is also fully customizable! I highly recommend configuring Windows Terminal to have a customized background and to install Oh My Posh. Setting a Custom Background If you go to the settings under Windows Terminal it will open a "settings.json" file that is editable. Settings Vim I'm a...

SSH Tunneling

SSH Tunneling When you need to access a server/client behind a firewall that doesn't allow port forwarding you can use SSH tunneling to bypass that if an SSH server is running. Pivoting is a sneaky technique that hackers use to access computers, servers, and services behind firewalls. These examples will use OpenSSH. I think most examples don't explain this well...
Ubiquiti Edgerouter Lite
Upgrading Firmware on a Ubiquiti Edgerouter Lite with SSH The Ubiquiti Edgerouter Lite provides the ability to create a virtual LAN (vLAN) for $129 dollars. This is a quality VPN solution that was highly recommend from someone who owns a data center. Seriously... well worth the money. Upgrading my router from firmware version 1.2 was difficult because there is a bug...
Connecting Kafka Tool to Azure Event Hubs I find connecting the Kafka Tool or any tool to Kafka at times to be a cumbersome process. It seems like each service has some nuance for either security, ports, or connecting that makes it tricky or confusing. I'll show you how to easily connect your Kafka Tool to Azure Event Hubs so...
Simulating Lag with Docker Containers I was building a Grafana dashboard with Docker Compose that would monitor a local service. I wasn't able to figure out if my calculations for the graph were correct because the latency was so low being that it was running in Docker Compose locally. I needed a way to proxy traffic to the service that...
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