Microsoft Azure and Laravel 5.1 from Scratch

While most people use AWS, I like to use Azure and there’s just not a lot of information relating Azure and Laravel, so figured this might be useful for others. This assumes a level of comfort with Linux and Azure.

  • Login:
  • Click on Virtual machines (classic) and search for Ubuntu. My preference has always been Ubuntu server 14.04 LTS, select this.
  • Select deployment model: Resource Manager and click Create.
  • Give your VM some basic information: Name, User name, Authentication Type (SSH public key is my preference). Create a new resource group, I always use the same name as the VM and Location. I usually do the A1 Standard size.
  • Click ok to choose the defauls under Settings.
  • Click OK on summary and your VM will start deploying, this will take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
  • Once running, click the VM, Public Ip address/DNS name label, All Settings, Configuration, and give it a DNS name. I do this to not have to deal with IP addresses and use actual names.

At this point, I created a CustomScript Extension using this and and This will install everything you need. The script is below. To run the script through the CLI you need to use this command: azure vm extension set -c "./public_config.json" <yourresourcegroup> <yourvm> CustomScriptForLinux Microsoft.OSTCExtensions 1.4
If you want to run the script manually, just SSH into your VM and go through every step below starting at "sudo apt-get -y".

  • SSH into your machine.
  • Instal composer: curl -sS | php
  • Move composer globally: sudo mv composer.phar /usr/local/bin/composer
  • Install Laravel: sudo composer create-project laravel/laravel /var/www/laravel 5.1.*
    • sudo mkdir laravel/app/storage
    • sudo chown -R www-data.www-data /var/www/laravel
    • sudo chmod -R 755 /var/www/laravel
    • sudo chmod -R 777 /var/www/laravel/app/storage
  • Create VirtualHost and use sample below: vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/
  • Enable your site config: sudo a2ensite
  • Reload Apache: sudo service apache2 reload
  • Disable default site: sudo a2dissite 0000-default
  • Reload Apache: sudo service apache2 reload
  • Open VM firewall: sudo iptables -A INPUT -p tcp –dport 80 -j ACCEPT
  • Restart VM: sudo shutdown -r now
  • In Azure Portal Network Security Group find "inbound security rules" and add a rule for port 80.
  • Go to your Welcome!

Azure LAMP install script:
# set up a silent install of MySQL

export DEBIAN_FRONTEND=noninteractive
echo mysql-server-5.6 mysql-server/root_password password $dbpass | debconf-set-selections
echo mysql-server-5.6 mysql-server/root_password_again password $dbpass | debconf-set-selections

# install the LAMP stack
sudo apt-get -y install apache2 mysql-server php5 php5-mysql php5-curl

#install extensions
#installing json extension
sudo apt-get install php5-json
#installing unzip extension
sudo apt-get install unzip
#installing curl extension
sudo apt-get install curl
#installing openssl extension
sudo apt-get install openssl
#installing mcrypt extension
sudo apt-get install php5-mcrypt
#enable mcrypt extension
sudo php5enmod mcrypt
#installing git
sudo apt-get install -y git-core
#enable mod rewrite extension
sudo a2enmod rewrite

# write some PHP
echo \<center\>\<h1\>My Demo App\</h1\>\<br/\>\</center\> > /var/www/html/phpinfo.php
echo \<\?php phpinfo\(\)\; \?\> >> /var/www/html/phpinfo.php

# restart Apache
sudo apachectl restart
<VirtualHost *:80>
        DocumentRoot /var/www/laravel/public

        <Directory />
                Options FollowSymLinks
                AllowOverride None
        <Directory /var/www/laravel>
                AllowOverride All

        ErrorLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/error.log
        LogLevel warn
        CustomLog ${APACHE_LOG_DIR}/access.log combined

For posterity.

This is case sensative.
public_config.json:{"fileUris":["/scripts/"]’>/scripts/"]’>/scripts/"]’>https://<yourstorage>/scripts/"], "commandToExecute":"sh" }

Find UCCE agents and their assigned attributes and level

Maybe I should have checked CUIC to see if there was something, but I don’t remember something like this available. All I wanted was to see all my agents their attributes and levels.

SELECT [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Agent].EnterpriseName
  FROM [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Agent_Attribute]
JOIN [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Agent] ON [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Agent_Attribute].[SkillTargetID] = [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Agent].[SkillTargetID]
JOIN [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Attribute] ON [lab_awdb].[dbo].[Attribute].AttributeID = lab_awdb.dbo.Agent_Attribute.AttributeID


X-Lite change the caller ID/Display Number

I had not used X-Lite for over a year and decided to load it up and realized that there’s an upgrade and older version of the software are no longer valid. So I upgraded and noticed that my Flowroute settings didn’t migrate correctly. I went to Flowroute got my credentials and moved them over, but noticed that my caller ID was not the caller ID I wanted. After playing around with it a bit I realized that I had to set my User ID to the caller ID I wanted displayed and moved my username/auth to “"Authorization name”. Now it’s working like it used to.



Using git to push and pull repositories.

I’ve been trying to get more proficient with git and figured the only way to do that is to get my hands dirty and write some simple app(s) and push them to a production server. There are my notes, mainly for me to help me remember how this stuff works.

The very first time you do a git init to initialize your repository.

git init

You do this every time you want to add new changes to your reposiotry.

git add .

To see the status of things which are going to be added, removed.

git status

Once you’re happy with what you want to commit, leave your future self a little love note.

git commit –m “Doing something”

You only do this the first time to setup your remote repository destination.

git remote add origin

Then you do this every time you want to push your commit.

git push –u origin master

Now, let’s say I want to pull my repository to a new host e.g. production. If you’re using Laravel make sure you’re setting up your environment name in your vhost file first.

sudo git clone locaton/in/my/server

Laravel specific commands.

chown -R :www-data app/storage

chmod –R 777 app/storage

‘composer install’

php artisan cache:clear

Now, once you’ve cloned your repository you need to updated it every time you want to pull down any new commits.

sudo git pull origin master

composer update

php artisan cache:clear


Finesse Error: The device associated with that extension or dial number is invalid.

This is the first time I’ve used an 8945 phone as an agent phone and while the documentation states it’s supported, I kept getting the above error which made no sense to me as everything looked right. Checked out the jtapi logs and this is what it said:

16:48:24:420 PG1A-jgw1 Trace: MsgAddCallObserver:  Addr: 7778 Remote Addr: 0 InvID: 8380 CallDeliveryMode ID: 0.
16:48:24:420 PG1A-jgw1 Trace: Adding Call Observer to: 7778.
16:48:24:420 PG1A-jgw1 Trace: Address Name: 7778IP Addressing Mode:IP_ADDRESSING_MODE_IPV4.
16:48:24:420 PG1A-jgw1 Trace: AddCallObserver address validation failed – Address Name: 7778, error code: 154.
16:48:24:420 PG1A-jgw1 Trace:   MsgAddCallObserverResponse:  Addr: 7778 Succeeded: 0 InvID: 8380 Cause: 154.

Which then let me to this link. The problem was something I’ve never had to set in the UCM before. Join And Direct Transfer Policy.


Once that was changed the the phone recycled, everything worked. Go figure.


Add Connection Profiles to Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client

I enjoy the new VPN client, it’s small and fast, however I hated that you can’t save profiles in the drop down list like you could in the traditional VPN client.


This has been bothering for a long time and kept finding conflicting information on if this was possible or not. Finally got it to work.


This is for version 3.1x and Windows 7 let me know if this works for your version and OS.

  • Create a preferences.xml file in C:\ProgramData\Cisco\Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client\Profile\
  • Use this format

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<AnyConnectProfile xmlns="">



  • Save the file.
  • Restart the connectivity client.
  • Enjoy


EDIT 01/18/2017: This also works with Cisco AnyConnect 4.x!

Connecting to AWS MySQL Server

I thought I had setup my connection setting correctly, but kept coming up with this error specially because of the SSH tunnel:

Long Message:
Communications link failure

The last packet sent successfully to the server was 0 milliseconds ago. The driver has not received any packets from the server.

   Type: com.mysql.jdbc.exceptions.jdbc4.CommunicationsException
   SQL State: 08S01

Turns out I had to set my Database Server to localhost and not to the address of the EC2 instance.

MySQL Connection Settings

Excel macros multiple columns to a single column and delete a repetitive range of columns.

When I’m not fighting the war on bad call centers I try to assist my better half with some of her work.  Lately this has involved a lot of spreadsheets and data manipulation, which is something I enjoy as it’s a bit different than what I do day-to-day. The latest issue was turning a dataset from rows to columns. Transpose, you say? I wouldn’t be posting this if it would have been that easy.  The dataset looked like this:

A 7 2 9
B 3 4 5
A 9 9 2
C 3 2 3
C 1 3 9
B 1 2 2

The good thing is that the data had the same number or rows for every entity, in my case 10 rows belonged to each entity.  The bad news is that transposing got me from 10 rows to 10 columns.  The first thing I did was sort the rows by entity to group all entity rows together and did a transpose. 


Next, I went to Google for some help and came up with the following macro:

Sub ManyColumnsTo1()
Dim LR As Long, index1 As Long, index2 As Long, x As Long, y As Long, z As Long, maxCol As Long
x = 2
y = 10
z = 1
maxCol = 50
‘ First entry
    For index1 = x To y
        LR = Cells(Rows.Count, index1).End(xlUp).Row
        Range(Cells(1, index1), Cells(LR, index1)).Copy
        Cells(Rows.Count, z).End(xlUp).Offset(1).PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteValues
    Next index1
‘ All others
For index2 = x To maxCol
    x = x + 10
    y = y + 10
    z = z + 10
    For index1 = x To y
        LR = Cells(Rows.Count, index1).End(xlUp).Row
        Range(Cells(1, index1), Cells(LR, index1)).Copy
        Cells(Rows.Count, z).End(xlUp).Offset(1).PasteSpecial Paste:=xlPasteValues
    Next index1
Next index2
On Error Resume Next
Columns("A").SpecialCells(xlCellTypeBlanks).Delete shift:=xlShiftUp
On Error GoTo 0
End Sub

This macro will copy a range of columns into one column.  The code will copy y columns, starting with column x into column z.  The for loop will then cycle through maxCol to ensure you get every column in your dataset. Which then gives us the following.

A  B  C
9  1  1
2  2  3
2  2  9

Ultimately, this is what I wanted, but I had a lot of unnecessary columns in the middle which we needed to get rid of.  Enter a column delete macro:

Sub DeleteColumn()
    Dim startCol As Long, endCol As Long, maxCol As Long
    startCol = 1
    endCol = 10
    maxCol = 50
    For i = startCol To maxCol
        ActiveSheet.Range(Cells(1, startCol + 1), Cells(10, endCol)).EntireColumn.Delete
        startCol = startCol + 1
        endCol = endCol + 1
    Next i
End Sub

This macro will delete a range of columns.  The deletion will start with startCol through endCol for maxCol.

Which gives us the following.


One more transpose and some cleanup and we’re good to go.  Hope this helps others.