Welcome to Antti K. Koskela’s personal professional blog!

Antti K. Koskela is a Finnish Software Developer / Generally Geeky Person working as a Cloud Solutions Architect for Etteplan, living as a hermit in the beautiful Finnish countryside. Koskila.net is his personal professional (i.e. professional, but definitely personal) website.

Okay, let’s drop the third person speech. You can read more about me and stuff I do from here: https://www.koskila.net/antti-koskela/

In addition to this being my personal home page (nowadays, I guess that means a catalogue and links to my other stuff online in different channels, right?), I’m blogging about all kinds of exciting and/or tricky topics.

See a few of my latest blog articles below:

  • How to fix a 403.18 in a virtual application?
    Another day, another issue – this time with an on-premises environment with a ridiculously complicated architecture and an absolute ton of pipelines. There are plenty of ways to fix this particular issue (because there are plenty of reasons), and after ferocious googling (and very brief binging just to see if Microsoft had found something Google hadn’t), the trail ran cold and I felt like nobody had run into the same issue before. This is probably not true – just that the documentation wasn’t there. So,…Continue reading How to fix a 403.18 in a virtual application?
  • GitHub Action fails with “The GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable was not set”
    Another day, another thing I’m trying to do on GitHub (and at least partially failing), another blog post! This time, I was configuring a build and ran into trouble. This article describes one possible fix to an issue where an error along the lines of “The GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable was not set” is thrown. As a backstory: I have a long history with Azure DevOps, and have maintained a kind of a love-hate -relationship (that maybe gravitates slightly more on the rosy side of things)…Continue reading GitHub Action fails with “The GITHUB_TOKEN environment variable was not set”
  • How to download audio files from Vidyard
    Today, I’m documenting a simple way to download audio files from Vidyard. This approach only works for files that aren’t password-protected or behind authentication – I don’t think you can use it easily for nefarious stuff, but just in case you’re trying to commit some kind of IP theft (intellectual property), please don’t. And definitely do not ask for instructions in the comments -section :) Anyway – why did I take up this task myself? What did I want to achieve, in order to need……Continue reading How to download audio files from Vidyard

What’s koskila.net about?

The tagline for my blogging efforts has been Solutions are worthless unless shared for quite a while already. That’s to say, since I’ve gotten a lot of help from the community whenever I’ve had issues getting something to work, I like to give something back. This blog is my way of doing that.

Blogging has been a great, lightweight way to sort my thoughts and document weird fixes and findings along the way. And boy, has there been a lot of them! Microsoft’s stack always keeps surprising me – mostly in a positive way, but there’s an occasional bump along the way too.

These are some of the topics I often write about: Azure Active Directory errors, Azure PowerShell errors, terrifying examples about how to open a modal dialog in SharePoint using JavaScript, all kinds of weird new Microsoft Azure -related tidbits of information, a bunch of Visual Studio -related (and other) tips and tricks, and of course the blog’s namesake – SharePoint Problems.

A lot of people seem to struggle with the same issues, as the blog nowadays has some 70 000 visitors monthly. May you find my thoughtful workarounds as useful as I have!

In addition to more technical posts, sometimes I might post about my sessions at different community events, or experiences as an expat living in a foreign country (in 2017, that country was the USA, in 2018 & 2019 Canada). Right before the pandemic, I moved back to Finland to live in the middle of a forest.

Speaking Gigs

Back in the olden days, when the world was not on fire, I used to travel to different events. Now it’s all digital, which is… Not quite the same.

You can also see a list of all my sessions and session materials.

Antti K. Koskela's session at SharePoint Saturday New England - thanks for the photo Kanwal Khipple !
My session at SharePoint Saturday New England – thanks for the photo, https://twitter.com/kkhipple !

No upcoming engagements. Would love to meet y’all again, after we’ve got a vaccine or something.

Want to learn more? Check out the about me -page, page/post archivethe list of my blog posts (latest first) or contact me! :)