Author Archives: Aaron Saikovski

About Aaron Saikovski

Aaron Saikovski is a Microsoft certified technology specialist, consultant, developer, trainer and cloud solution architect with over 20+ years commercial information technology experience. He has consulted and worked with an incredibly diverse number of both local and international clients across the banking and financial services, utilities, oil and mining, telecommunications, logistics, construction/property, pharmaceutical, transport/airline and FMCG sectors. He has also consulted on a variety of projects to both Federal and State governments in high-profile portfolios such as Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Defence, Taxation Office, Department of Education and Training, Department of Employment & Workplace Relations and the Department of Health. Aaron’s skills revolve around the Microsoft platform stack with a core skillset based on the SharePoint platform. He has been involved in some of the largest SharePoint deployments in the world and was a member of the Global SharePoint Ranger team within Microsoft Corporation and was actively involved with the SharePoint Customer Advisory Team (SPCAT) to provide guidance and best practices to the largest Microsoft enterprise global customers. He was also an active MSDN article reviewer and contributor during his time at Microsoft. He has very broad and deep experience with architecting, developing and deploying complex customer solutions leveraging the Microsoft Office365 and Azure cloud platforms. Some of the key cloud customers he has been involved with are Qantas, Caltex, and Fujitsu/Westpac to name a few. He assists customers with their journey to the cloud and provides guidance and best practices to assist in identifying workloads that are suitable candidates to be migrated or redeveloped. These include IaaS, SaaS and PaaS solutions that solve a particular business requirement while providing the best technical outcome for the customer. Aaron is a regular presenter at such events as SharePoint Saturday (, Microsoft TechEd and is a regular presenter at user groups and conferences. He presents on a wide and varied range of topics that encompass the complete end to end Microsoft solution stack such as Windows 8 App development through to deploying Azure IaaS solutions with PowerShell. Aaron has an active social media profile. He was the founding member of OzMoss (, a very active and prominent online SharePoint community and he can be followed on Twitter at @RuskyDuck72. He blogs regularly at Aaron is also an active affiliate member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( Outside of work Aaron is a very active volunteer for DoggieRescue ( where he volunteers his time to maintain and improve their IT systems to keep them running as optimally and efficiently as possible. ** OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN VIEWS AND NOT THOSE OF MY EMPLOYER **

Isolating Azure Storage Accounts for greater Virtual Machine resiliency

In my day to day role as an Azure Solution Architect I get involved in some pretty substantial and very complex deployments for customers which requires a lot of planning and design work. One thing I have found, especially in … Continue reading

Posted in Microsoft Azure, Storage, storage accounts, VMs | Leave a comment

This blog is moving to a new home..

Its been a long while but I am moving this blog to something more permanent. I am moving it to Lots of good stuff coming I promise 🙂

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

How to flush the Azure Redis Cache with PowerShell

Recently I was working with a customer and they wanted an easy want to flush their Azure based Redis cache of all key/value pairs. One developer suggested iterating over each of the collection elements and removing the iterated item, another … Continue reading

Posted in Microsoft Azure, PowerShell, Redis Cache | Leave a comment

AWS EC2 Windows Instance – Get instance details

When provisioning an AWS EC2 fleet either manually or via a launch configuration it is very useful to be able to determine if the instance(s) are both operational and the Elastic load balancer is correctly redirecting HTTP requests and spreading … Continue reading

Posted in Amazon Web Services, AWS, EC2 | Leave a comment

CyberPuzzles…a look back at 1997

Back in 1997-1998 I was a pretty decent Java Developer especially since the language was only a year or so old. I had a very rare privilege to be able to work on some very cutting edge code for some … Continue reading

Posted in Applet, Java, Retro Code | Leave a comment

I passed – AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level exam!

I sat and passed my first of many AWS exams today and am very stoked with the results. Keep an eye on my blog for LOTS of AWS related posts coming soon.

Posted in Amazon Web Services, AWS, Cloud | Leave a comment

IaaS IOPs Test – Azure Vs. AWS

I was curious recently about comparing disk IOPs between AWS and Microsoft Azure for IaaS Virtual Machines and the one thing that really surprised me was how much control and configurability you had when tuning and configuring disks. I decided to … Continue reading

Posted in AWS, Microsoft Azure | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Changing pace in my career

Recently I have joined a new organisation (Yes I have left Microsoft late last year). I joined Readify as a Lead SharePoint Consultant and delivered on all things SharePointy. I recently got offered a new role in the same company … Continue reading

Posted in Personal, Technical PreSales | Leave a comment

Patching Office Web Apps to Service Pack 1.

Here are some steps to patch your Office Web Apps servers to the very recently released Service Pack 1 build. I have tested these at a few clients. Let me know if you have any problems or questions. Firstly read … Continue reading

Posted in OWA, Service Pack 1, SharePoint 2013 | Leave a comment

Create a Folder and set the ProgID programmatically using the SharePoint 2013 CSOM

Following up from my post: Here is how to create a folder and set the ProgID on that folder in a library using the CSOM. Setting the ProgID using the normal API isn’t supported as its read-only but luckily … Continue reading

Posted in CSOM, JavaScript, Office 365, SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online | Leave a comment