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May 12, 2019

Azure Service Fabric warnings about mismatched processor architecture

While developing an application that will be hosted on Azure Service Fabric and adding a .NET Standard library or project, Visual Studio might display a warning like this one:

Warning MSB3270 There was a mismatch between the processor architecture of the project being built “MSIL” and the processor architecture of the reference “C:\[…]”, “AMD64”. This mismatch may cause runtime failures. Please consider changing the targeted processor architecture of your project through the Configuration Manager so as to align the processor architectures between your project and references, or take a dependency on references with a processor architecture [...]
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April 25, 2018

Microsoft new OS for IoT devices: Azure Sphere OS

A few days ago Microsoft introduced its new operating system designed for IoT devices: Azure Sphere OS. The new operating system aims at providing a secure-by-default platform to build IoT services and thus avoiding the pitfalls that made such devices so prone even to unsophisticated attacks that rogue organizations use them to build botnets or to compromise users’ privacy.

The new OS

Azure Sphere is just a part of a broader solution to provide a secure platform for IoT that also includes custom microcontrollers that implement Microsoft 7 rules for IoT security and a security service that runs on Azure to verify the status of each device and report any error or [...]

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March 7, 2018

Detecting unusual CPU load in Powershell

We recently had a problem on a server since one of its services was randomly experiencing spikes in CPU load that required restarting the service. Such event was happening once in a while and only required a restart. While we were tracking the problem down, we needed a temporary solution that didn’t require us to manually restart the service. Luckily Powershell came to the rescue with a simple script:

$interval = 30 #seconds $counterSample = Get-Counter '\Processor(_Total)\% Processor Time' -SampleInterval $interval $avgLoad = $counterSample.CounterSamples.CookedValue Write-Output "Average CPU load : $avgLoad"

The tricky thing is that we didn’t want to measure [...]

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