Showing posts from February, 2016

Azure Active Directory Domain Services Limitations

I work with Azure Active Directory (AAD) and enabled the Domain Services (AAD DS) feature to manage all my virtual machines and user-accounts. Domain Services is basically a Windows Domain Controller (in fact there are two of them), which provides Domain Join, LDAP and Authentication for your cloud hosted network and machines.
As a result, all users in the AAD can login to the Windows machines by using their AAD-Account.
From the documentation ( Your domain controller as a service “Lift-and-shift” apps to Azure more easily than everUse LDAP, Active Directory domain join, NTLM, and Kerberos authenticationRely on a managed, highly-available serviceGet started in minutes, pay as you goDevelop and test with no identity worriesManage Azure virtual machines effectively using Group Policy I use the following setup, often referred as "cloud-only organizations"

Known Limitations While still in the preview phase, I would …

Fixing empty files with grunt-typescript

I recently faced the problem of an empty app.js file while working with gulp and the typescript compiler, which was wrapped using the grunt-typescript module.

Synopsis: Almost every third or fourth call, the concatenated app.js was empty at the time where other gulp-tasks where running. The dependencies where all fine, and the gulp-output showed that the typescript-Task has successfully completed before the dependent task was started. However, the file was empty a the moment the dependent task tried to do anything with it.

As you can see, the build:ts and even the build-task has completed without errors.

Solution: After hours of work (debugging grunt-plugins is a pain), I found a solution which helped to actually wait for the particular file to exist or has its contents written to it.

Its a simple task, which I have added to the chain of tasks immediately before the task which actually needs the missing file to exist
var fs = require("fs") // Load the filesystem …