Articles by Jeff Woltz

AWS S3 Bucket Name Validation Regex

Amazon Web Services enforces a strict naming convention for buckets used for storing files. Amazon’s requirements for bucket names include:  A Bucket’s name can be between 6 and 63 characters long, containing lowercase characters, numbers, periods, and dashes Each label must start with a lowercase letter or number Bucket names cannot contain underscores, end with a dash, have consecutive periods,…

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Bootstrapping Windows Servers with AWS EC2

When working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances, bootstrapping refers to using scripts provided at launch to configure new EC2 instances (servers). Concerning Windows servers, there are several considerations when determining the best method of bootstrapping. Bootstrap scripts can be applied directly from the management console, but we will be looking at a programmatic method of using bootstrapping scripts…

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Using Event Receivers for SharePoint Workflows

One of the more interesting challenges contractors for public sector clients have is working with older versions of software. On a recent project involving an integration of a solution I’d written using Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2016 and SharePoint 2010, I found myself struggling with an issue around capturing a digital signature.   As a straight SharePoint development project, this can…

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File Placement in Custom SharePoint Site

So you want to customize your SharePoint site with custom CSS and JavaScript, like Bootstrap or Angular, but you don’t know where to put the files? You’re in the right place for the answers you seek. There are three places you can put your files: the Master Page Gallery, the Site Assets folder, or the Style Library. The place you choose…

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Installing the Domain Controller (Part 2)

Microsoft improved many features in Windows Server 2012 R2 compared to Windows 2008. Once you install Windows Server 2012, you will notice these new changes just by looking at the new management interface which provides administrators the ability to centralize the system. In this post, I will continue with my 3-part series in this second post: Installing the Domain Controller.  …

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Improving Vendor-Provided Visio Stencils that are Less than Great

As an IT professional, I’ve had occasion to use Microsoft Visio perhaps two or three thousand times. Given that it has been the de facto standard in creating visual representations of complex architectures and other technological concepts for close to two decades, it’s likely you’ve encountered the tool yourself. Generally speaking, it’s all well and good to open the application,…

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AWS Certification – Solutions Architect Training Insights

Amazon Web Services offers certification testing for IT professionals interested in advancing their careers in the Amazon realm. In September 2015, I completed the certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. It is by far one of the most difficult certification exams I have ever taken. The exam is designed to measure your “technical expertise in desinging…

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How to Install Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (Part 1)

If you would like to become a System Administrator, you want to become familiar with any Operation Systems that manage your organization. The Windows Server 2012 R2 is one of the most common servers (provided by Microsoft) one should know. When you first time install any of the software or OS, you may be frustrated with all of the steps but I am here…

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