Sitecore Wildcard Pages with Item Buckets & Azure Search

I've used the Wildcard Page concept within Sitecore in a couple of solutions for clients in the past and have always enjoyed the clever piece of design that they are each time I've done so. I recently proposed using a Wildcard page solution in our Sitecore 8.2 Azure PaaS solution using Azure Search and decided to share some of my initial thoughts and learnings here. What is a Wildcard page?Essentially a Wildcard page is a special page within your solution which is often denoted by having the item name "*" or a specific page template. The idea being that…

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Sitecore on Azure PaaS File I/O errors

During the move to Azure PaaS there have been a few instances where we've noticed a series of errors being logged about file I/O issues which often result in instances dying within a PaaS "load balancer". The error will look something like this: Sitecore on Azure PaaS File I/O errors "Too many changes at once in directory:D:\home\site\wwwroot\" Each time I've had to trawl through the Azure Kudo powershell file system view looking for where on earth some files are being written to so I thought I'd share a couple of (seemingly obvious upon reflection)…

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