Keep track of IoT Edge Updates

Summary Azure IoT Edge, like every other software, needs to be updated to keep track of a) new features, b) remove bugs, but also c) install security fixes. But where do you find information about the latest versions and patches? Azure IoT Edge Releases Major releases are currently named with “1.1 LTS” and “1.2”. The version history can be found on the Microsoft Docs page Azure IoT Edge versions and release notes.

Add a new branch from upstream repository

Summary I’ve forked Marlin to adjust the configuration and persist it in my own repository. Now Marlin released version 2.1. Naturally, I wanted to use 2.1 as well. But the new branch was not available on my fork :-( I have branch 2.0.x in my repo and cloned locally I want branch 2.1.x from the Marlin repository cloned locally and pushed to my fork Add new branch from original repository Get the status quo Let’s see what we have in a local clone of my repo:

IoT Edge Filter Solution

Description This sample shows how to use custom code in a module to use message routing from another module (a simulated temperature sensor in this case), analyse the incoming messages and send them to a local blob storage module. You can find the full source code on my GitHub repository: ReneHezser/Edge-Filter-Blob-Solution. Details The solution contains of three containers (IoT edge modules). The Simulated Temperature and Blob Storage on IoT Edge are 1P modules from Microsoft, whereas the FilterModule has been adjusted to upload certain messages to a local blob storage.

Access service within IoT Edge on Windows (EFLOW)

Introduction The recommended way to run Azure IoT Edge on Windows (EFLOW) is by installing IoT Edge in a Hyper-V VM. But how are you going to access for example a Blob Storage module from the host? a custom Webservice? The VM has an IP that might change every time the VM is starting. [03/04/2022 14:26:17] Successfully created virtual machine [03/04/2022 14:26:17] Virtual machine hostname: MY-EFLOW [03/04/2022 14:26:20] Querying IP and MAC addresses from virtual machine (MY-EFLOW) - Virtual machine MAC: 00:00:00:00:00:53 - Virtual machine IP : 172.

Device Streams with Azure IoT Edge

Introduction Device Streams is a feature to access IoT devices via IoT Hub. The IoT Hub acts as a proxy and no direct ingoing connection needs to be established. Disclaimer: Azure IoT Hub currently supports device streams as a preview feature. Using Device Streams on IoT Edge devices To be able to use device streams on an IoT Edge device (which is hosting Docker containers), there are two options: Install the device client in addition to IoT Edge deploy a module which contains the device client The sample I have created is using IoT Edge 1.

Create SAS Token from within an IoT Edge module

Description IoT Edge 1.2 brings a (currently in preview) MQTT broker, that can be used by local modules or external applications. A SAS token will be needed for authentication. If you want to use the broker from within an IoT Edge module, you can generate the SAS token by calling the workload API. The current SDK does not offer this functionality, as the MQTT broker is still in preview. The sample I’ve created uses the SecurityDaemonClient class from the event-grid-iot-edge SDK as reference and is written in C#.

Simulated Temperature IoT Edge Module

Me: Yeah! Another Simulated Temperature Sensor solution. You: Hold on. Why do you create another one again? Me: Well, mine is more flexible than the existing ones. You: OK. Show me Me: "SendData": true, "SendInterval": 500, "InstanceCount": 10 You: 🥺 Me: This module gives you the flexibility to have multiple sensors sending from one module. This can be configured by the InstanceCount. The existing solution allows you to set the send interval in seconds only.

docker-compose vs. CPU limit

That was a painfull learning today 🙁 Best is to blog about it now, so hopefully somebody reads this before (or during) troubleshooting a similar issue. What happened? My home server was running crazy and did not server any requests. Oh well, it decided to reply my ping but not really allowing a SSH session. So I needed to drag a TV downstairs to connect it via analog cable (fortunately I still found one), connect a keyboard and see that a process mono-sgen was eating all CPU 🙁 But what does it belong to?

Renew AWS SessionToken and store values in Azure KeyVault

Why do you need this? Using temporary session tokens sounds like a good way to e.g. import data from S3 in Azure Data Factory, like it is described here Copy data from Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) – Azure Data Factory | Microsoft Docs. Azure Data Factory can use secrets stored in Azure KeyVault for authentication (see here Store credentials in Azure Key Vault – Azure Data Factory | Microsoft Docs).

Count provisioned devices by DPS

This post shows a way to find out how many IoT (Edge) devices have been provisioned by a specific enrolment group within the last x minutes. The solution could be much simpler if I just wanted to know how many devices are registering themselves. In this case the build in metrics are enough to get that information.IoT Hub Metrics The use case required a more sophisticated solution that is able to reflect the tenants, identified by tags.

Azure IoT Edge on constraint devices

In this post I would like to show some tweaks you can (and might need to) apply to influence the behavior of your IoT Edge device, when it comes to message retention on devices that are limited in resources. The setup of this scenario is not uncommon, as it uses a module to retrieve telemetry from machines, parses them in another module and sends the messages to an IoT Hub.

Azure IoT Edge not starting

Sometimes a permission denied is a permission denied 🙁 [INFO] - Starting Azure IoT Edge Security Daemon<br>[INFO] - Version - 1.0.10~rc1<br>[INFO] - Using config file: /etc/iotedge/config.yaml<br>[INFO] - Configuring /var/lib/iotedge as the home directory.<br>[INFO] - Configuring certificates…<br>[INFO] - Transparent gateway certificates not found, operating in quick start mode…<br>[INFO] - Finished configuring provisioning environment variables and certificates.<br>[INFO] - Initializing hsm…<br>[INFO] - Finished initializing hsm.<br>[INFO] - Provisioning edge device…<br>[INFO] - Starting provisioning edge device via manual mode using a device connection string…<br>[INFO] - Manually provisioning device "iotedgedevice" in hub "iothub.

Properties for IoT Messages in Azure Stream Analytics

In this post I want to show how to use properties that are added to messages that IoT devices are sending to Azure IoT Hub in Stream Analytics. And while talking about properties, let’s even use message enrichment 🙂Stream Analytics Architecture Sample Message The green properties will be added by the Message enrichment feature of IoT Hub, as the data is not most likely not known on the IoT device or does not need to be transferred with each message.

IoT-Edge-HddMonitoring

With Azure IoT Edge you can deploy modules (also known as Docker Containers) to a server. I’ve created a sample solution on GitHub that deploys a module which monitors the temperature of the harddisk that the server is running on. https://github.com/ReneHezser/IoT-Edge-HddMonitoring The repository can be a starting point for further customization.

VisionAI DevKit won’t deploy a module

Today my VisionAI DevKit was not deploying a module. In the logs (sudo journalctl -u iotedge -f) I could see the deployment was received: Successfully pulled image machinelearndfd8df7d.azurecr.io/mobilenetimagenet:3<br>Creating module VisionSampleImagenet…<br>Could not create module VisionSampleImagenet<br>caused by: No such image: machinelearndfd8df7d.azurecr.io/mobilenetimagenet:3 Strange. During troubleshooting I started docker images and saw a lot of older images and versions. After deleting a log of them with docker image rm xyz the deployment succeeded and the module started.