Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Over the past couple of months, Chris and I have been working with Microsoft on a whitepaper focusing on helping customers get ready for a migration to Azure. This paper focuses on the many different areas that are critical to the success of a project. These include...

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

The question of "Where to start with Microsoft Azure Certification?" is a common one. Navigating the gauntlet of certification paths and exams can seem a bit daunting at first. This article is specially written to help ease the pain involved, so you can save time...

Build5Nines.com Ranked Top Microsoft Azure Blog to Follow in 2020

Build5Nines.com Ranked Top Microsoft Azure Blog to Follow in 2020

Early last year, Build5Nines.com (formerly BuildAzure.com) was ranked, via Feedspot, as the #1 Top Microsoft Azure blog to follow in 2019 by the community. In 2020, Feedspot has ranked Build5Nines.com (formerly BuildAzure.com) as the #1 Top Microsoft Azure blog to...

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

The first ever Microsoft Linux Conference named WSLConf is being held on March 10 - 11, 2020 in Redmond, WA, and it's free to attend. With great news for the conference, and possibly bad news for you, the first ever WSLConf is SOLD OUT! That is for in-person General...

Build5Nines 2019 Year in Review

Build5Nines 2019 Year in Review

There was a lot more growth to BuildAzure.com (ahem... I mean Build5Nines.com) in 2019. It's been a couple years since I wrote up a "year in review" post, so I thought I'd do it again this year. Here's a short summary of the top 25 posts on Build5Nines.com, in...

Certification

Top FREE Microsoft Certification Hands-on Labs

Top FREE Microsoft Certification Hands-on Labs

It's important to use plenty of great study materials when studying for that next Microsoft certification exam. There are many great paid resources available on the video course front. You can always read the official Microsoft documentation too. However, if you need...

 

 

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

 

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

Microsoft Azure Certification: Where to Start?

The question of "Where to start with Microsoft Azure Certification?" is a common one. Navigating the gauntlet of certification paths and exams can seem a bit daunting at first. This article is specially written to help ease the pain involved, so you can save time...

 

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Free Azure Certification Exam Self Assessment Tools

Studying for certification exams can be a time consuming task. This can especially be true if you're not entirely certain what to study. Chris Pietschmann and Dan Patrick have collaborated to combine their own insights as Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT) to create a...

Internet of Things

Top 5 IoT Messaging Protocols

Top 5 IoT Messaging Protocols

Internet of Things (IoT) solutions employ some kind of messaging protocol for each individual IoT device to communicate in the system. These messaging protocols are used to transmit device telemetry (or messages) from the IoT devices to the IoT Messaging Hub (or...

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

It's simple to provision an Azure IoT Hub service instance using the Azure Portal. However, there are time when you need a more DevOps style approach by scripting it. The Azure Powershell Az.IotHub module can be used to manage commands for managing Azure IoT Hub...

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer (Exam AZ-220) Specialty Certification

The AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification exam tests and validates your expertise as an Azure Internet of Things (IoT) Developer. Passing this exam will earn you the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification. If you are an IoT...

DevOps

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

Azure CLI 2.0: Create Azure IoT Hub

It's really easy to provision an instance of Azure IoT Hub using the Azure Portal. However, there are times when you need to automate the task. You can use the Azure CLI to create new instances of Azure IoT Hub when you need to automate the task. This can help with...

Azure PowerShell Az: List and Set Azure Subscription

Azure PowerShell Az: List and Set Azure Subscription

Using the Azure PowerShell Az commands to select and list the Azure Subscriptions to run commands against are important tasks when scripting and automating Azure. There are just a few key commands that can be used to perform these tasks. These commands are simple to...

Azure CLI 2.0: List and Set Azure Subscription

Azure CLI 2.0: List and Set Azure Subscription

To list and set the Azure Subscription to run Azure CLI commands against is an important step in command-line scripting. To do this, there are a couple important commands used to list the Azure Subscriptions your login has access to, view which subscription the CLI is...

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Rumors and Predictions: What’s coming?

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Rumors and Predictions: What’s coming?

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, Florida is only a few short weeks away. The excitement for Microsoft's largest annual conference is heating up, and rumors / expectations are starting to fly around the Internet. With such an exciting time of...

Architect

Microsoft for Startups: Free Azure and Other Benefits

Microsoft for Startups: Free Azure and Other Benefits

Awhile back Microsoft had the BizSpark program that offered free Microsoft software for startups. A couple of my own startups were able to get free licenses for Microsoft software and Azure services credits to help get bootstrapped. While BizSpark is no longer around,...

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Book of News

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Book of News

Microsoft has tons of news and updates they've announced at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando, Florida this week. Ignite is Microsoft's biggest tech event of the year with over 26,000 professionals in attendance. With the huge amount of news being released at and...

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Rumors and Predictions: What’s coming?

Microsoft Ignite 2019 Rumors and Predictions: What’s coming?

The Microsoft Ignite 2019 conference in Orlando, Florida is only a few short weeks away. The excitement for Microsoft's largest annual conference is heating up, and rumors / expectations are starting to fly around the Internet. With such an exciting time of...

Azure Icon Update Coming (New Icon Images)

Azure Icon Update Coming (New Icon Images)

Microsoft updates or refreshed the icon images for their software and services every so often to keep them looking fresh and current with modern icon styling. I was recently tipped off by a tweet from Kasun Rajapakse that the Azure Preview Portal (at...

Developer

Microsoft for Startups: Free Azure and Other Benefits

Microsoft for Startups: Free Azure and Other Benefits

Awhile back Microsoft had the BizSpark program that offered free Microsoft software for startups. A couple of my own startups were able to get free licenses for Microsoft software and Azure services credits to help get bootstrapped. While BizSpark is no longer around,...

Linux Lift and Shift Hands-on Lab – Microsoft Cloud Workshop

Linux Lift and Shift Hands-on Lab – Microsoft Cloud Workshop

In this hands-on lab, you will migrate an on-premises based help desk application called OsTicket, to Azure. This will be a two-phase project to lift-and-shift the application into Azure IaaS and then migrate it to Azure PaaS. The application is Linux based using...

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Over the past couple of months, Chris and I have been working with Microsoft on a whitepaper focusing on helping customers get ready for a migration to Azure. This paper focuses on the many different areas that are critical to the success of a project. These include...

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

The first ever Microsoft Linux Conference named WSLConf is being held on March 10 - 11, 2020 in Redmond, WA, and it's free to attend. With great news for the conference, and possibly bad news for you, the first ever WSLConf is SOLD OUT! That is for in-person General...

 

IT Pro

Microsoft for Startups: Free Azure and Other Benefits

Microsoft for Startups: Free Azure and Other Benefits

Awhile back Microsoft had the BizSpark program that offered free Microsoft software for startups. A couple of my own startups were able to get free licenses for Microsoft software and Azure services credits to help get bootstrapped. While BizSpark is no longer around,...

 

Linux Lift and Shift Hands-on Lab – Microsoft Cloud Workshop

Linux Lift and Shift Hands-on Lab – Microsoft Cloud Workshop

In this hands-on lab, you will migrate an on-premises based help desk application called OsTicket, to Azure. This will be a two-phase project to lift-and-shift the application into Azure IaaS and then migrate it to Azure PaaS. The application is Linux based using...

 

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

Over the past couple of months, Chris and I have been working with Microsoft on a whitepaper focusing on helping customers get ready for a migration to Azure. This paper focuses on the many different areas that are critical to the success of a project. These include...

 

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

Microsoft Linux Conference WSLConf is SOLD OUT for General Admission

The first ever Microsoft Linux Conference named WSLConf is being held on March 10 - 11, 2020 in Redmond, WA, and it's free to attend. With great news for the conference, and possibly bad news for you, the first ever WSLConf is SOLD OUT! That is for in-person General...

 

Hardware

Microsoft HoloLens 2 Hardware Specs vs HoloLens 1

Microsoft HoloLens 2 Hardware Specs vs HoloLens 1

A while back I wrote up a summary of the hardware specifications for the first generation HoloLens. Here's a short write up of the hardware specifications for the HoloLens 2 (the second generation HoloLens hardware). The biggest difference in the new device is a...

 

Microsoft xCloud: Azure Powered Game Streaming

Microsoft xCloud: Azure Powered Game Streaming

Microsoft is building a game streaming network to unlock console quality gaming on any device. Microsoft has realized that not all gamers are going to buy an Xbox. Instead of focusing on building games that can only be played on the Xbox game console, Microsoft is...

 

 

Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

Azure IoT Developer Kit Ready for Pre-Order

The new Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Kit board is pretty amazing! It is Arduino compatible and includes many sensors, buttons, and an OLED display all built-in. You can use this board to start prototyping Internet of Things (IoT) solutions without the need to do any...

 

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

One of the long time frustrations with Raspberry Pi development is that you needed a physical device and hardware (sensors, buttons, etc) to fully develop and test your Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Many haven't really seen this as an issue since deploying code...

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