Upfront Activities before creating Virtual Machines in Microsoft Azure

Having a virtual machine created via the Azure portal without any preparation, and looking at the resources found after creation, I had the impression that some kind of preparation is required before creating a virtual machine in Azure. These three things I consider to be very helpful to be completed …

Minimum required Elements for Microsoft Azure VMs

Being surprised about then number of elements after creating a virtual machine which supports backup, failover, and antimalware protection (in total five resource groups and twenty-four resources, six of them hidden, see “Resources found after Creation of a Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure“), I created my own list of minimum …

Resources found after Creation of a Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure

After creating the Azure virtual machine having the features backup, recovery, and antimalware protection by just clicking in the portal, plus doing a site failover test and site failover, I ended up with an unexpected high number of resources. Note: This post is part of a series of postings describing …

Overview of Notes and Observations when Creating a Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure

Creating a virtual machine in Microsoft Azure via the portal can be done very quickly. Do a few clicks, let Azure do the magic in the background, and a few minutes later, the VM is ready for use. To get a better understanding about what it really means to create …

REST API to retrieve WordPress View Counters

My post “Counting Post Views in WordPress without PlugIn” shows a way on how to count post views in WordPress. To see them, one have to either login to WordPress and have a look at the posts overview, or connect to the WordPress database and run SQL queries. The posts …

Block suspicious Post View Requests in WordPress

After adding a post view counter to my blog (see “Counting Post Views in WordPress without PlugIn” for details), I noticed some strange view counts on one of the posts. From one day to another, the counter of this specific post jumped from about 200 to more than 12,500. And …

“Error establishing a database connection” when installing WordPress on Windows 10 using WampServer

When I noticed some (not successful) hacking attempts on this blog, I tried to install WordPress locally on a Windows 10 machine (and finally did). wpbeginner, like usually, offers a nice tutorial about how to install it including all other required applications (Web server, database, PHP runtime). Following this tutorial, …

(Re-) Size of Azure Virtual Machine Disks

When you create a virtual machine in Azure based on an existing image, you cannot define the size of the operation system disk. Unfortunately, you even can’t see what the disk size will be when you create the VM. I also was not able to find a table giving this …

Counting Post Views in WordPress without PlugIn

No, this is not the first post on how to count WordPress post views without a plugin. At the time of writing, I entered this post’s title in quotation marks at Google and there were about 4.5 million results. So I am really curious on how many views I will …

Extended Customization of the WordPress Comment Form

Preparing this blog to become GDPR compliant, I wanted to customize the comment form to only ask for the comment itself, plus having a checkbox that the author agrees with the storage and handling of the data. In the background, the author’s IP address should not be stored any more. …