GUIDs part 1: What the GUID?

Most developers have seen a GUID or two. A GUID (Globally Unique Identifier) is used extensively in computing to uniquely identify all sorts of things. You might also see them referred to as UUIDs - don’t worry they’re the same thing. This specification defines a Uniform Resource Name namespace for UUIDs (Universally Unique IDentifier), also known as GUIDs (Globally Unique IDentifier). — RFC 4122: A Universally Unique IDentifier (UUID) URN Namespace [Read More]
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Migrating an Azure VM to a different region

Microsoft just launched Azure cloud services in Australia, given the proximity to New Zealand where the majority of our customers are based it made sense to migrate Solve’s various azure hosted services there. The majority of the services run on hosted platforms such as Azure Websites which were super simple to migrate, however there were a few legacy systems running on VMs which needed to be migrated. Even though you can’t do it from the online interface it, it’s actually pretty simple. [Read More]
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Setting up a Jekyll workflow on windows

Static site generators are in at the moment, and for good reason. They remove a whole bunch of complexity from deploying and maintaining a site by creating a static representation of it, which you just upload to a web server. For sites that are read heavy but get updated quite infrequently (like a blog, or marketing site) a static site is ideal. Personally I love GitHub pages, it provides first class support for Jekyll which builds all your markdown content, templates, and other site assets into a static website. [Read More]

Setting up an elasticsearch cluster in azure

One of the best things about Azure is that you can set up most of your favourite software on it regardless of its roots. In this blog post we’ll investigate how to set up an elasticsearch cluster on Windows Azure. Elasticsearch is a powerful open source search engine that makes data easy to explore. To be honest, it’s unfortunate it has search in its name because it’s capable of so much more. [Read More]
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