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Installing .NET Tools on Air Gapped Systems

In today’s digital age, the vast majority of our tasks rely heavily on internet connectivity. However, there are scenarios, more common than one might think, where systems are intentionally kept offline for security or other reasons. These air-gapped or isolated systems, like Azure VMs in a restricted VNET, pose unique challenges, especially when it comes to software installation. One such challenge is installing .NET tools, a task that’s straightforward with an internet connection but can become a complex endeavor without one. In this blog, we’ll delve deep into the intricacies of using the dotnet command line reference to seamlessly install .NET tools on machines that don’t have the luxury of internet access. Whether you’re a seasoned developer or just starting out, this guide aims to simplify the seemingly daunting process and equip you with the knowledge to conquer the offline world of .NET installations. Before diving into the nitty-gritty of offline installations, it’s essentia

Capture User’s Last Successful Login with Portal Web API

Hey Power Pages developers! Are you sitting there scratching your head wondering why the Authentication/LoginTrackingEanbled site setting isn’t working? Unfortunately it has been deprecated 😭😭😭😭. This saddened me a lot because I utilize the Last Successful Login date field on the Contact table for a lot of reporting and automation using Power Automate. In this article I will demonstrate how you can use the Portal WebAPI with a little Javascript/Liquid to populate that field. Before we dive in, here are a few other options you might consider: Power Automate: Use a Flow to capture the data, a good example of how to implement can be found here: Last Successful Login on Contact record by Prasad Motupalli . The one thing this was missing for me though was security which could be a concern with the http trigger not requiring authentication. I want to be sure that the person updating the data is an authenticated user. Application Insights: You can track additional details su