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Azure Bicep Roadmap Q4’20 into 2021

Azure Bicep Roadmap Q4’20 into 2021

Microsoft recently released the first preview of the Azure Bicep project which provides a new, more intuitive language for building out infrastructure as code deployments in Microsoft Azure. The v0.1 release includes support for a number of great features, including...

Getting Started with GitHub CLI

Getting Started with GitHub CLI

The all-new GitHub CLI has shipped! This now brings the power of GitHub to your terminal, on Windows, macOS, and Linux. GitHub is giving us the following capabilities: Run your entire GitHub workflow from the terminal, from issues through releasesCall the GitHub API...

Get Started with Azure DevOps Permissions On The CLI

Get Started with Azure DevOps Permissions On The CLI

Azure DevOps offers a rich set of fine-grained permissions. Unfortunately, the user interface only shows a few of them. When granting permissions through the user interface, it is hard to understand what permissions actually take effect, and how to limit the set to...

Migrate to Azure DevTest Labs

Migrate to Azure DevTest Labs

Earlier this year I wrote a few new articles for the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). One of the docs I was excited about is about Azure DevTest Labs. In this article, we assume the role of the amazing fake company Contoso and look at migrating to using Azure as...

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Surface Duo First Impressions

Surface Duo First Impressions

The first-ever Microsoft Android phone arrived yesterday, and I have to say I'm impressed with the device. It's been about 72 hours since I received it so I thought I would give you my first impressions. Surface Duo Pros Great unboxing experience Microsoft did a...

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CompTIA Linux+ XK0-004 Certification Exam

CompTIA Linux+ XK0-004 Certification Exam

In the modern world of IT, Linux has been growing in popularity and use. This is especially something we are seeing in the cloud, where even Microsoft has admitted that there are more Linux server running in Microsoft Azure than Window servers. You could even...

 

 

 

 

Microsoft MCSA / MCSE Certifications Get Extended

Microsoft MCSA / MCSE Certifications Get Extended

In a response to the quarantine and lockdown restrictions due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Microsoft has announced they are delaying retiring the MCSA, MCSE, and MCSD certifications and exams. These certifications are now going to be retired January 31,...

 

 

 

Azure Cloud Shell Tips and Tricks

Azure Cloud Shell Tips and Tricks

The Azure Cloud Shell offers the ability to manage cloud resources, virtual machines, run scripts and other tasks directly from within the browser or Azure Mobile app. There are a few command-line tools for automating tasks and scripting things with Microsoft Azure....

 

Azure Web App: Application Settings

Azure Web App: Application Settings

All web applications have some kind of configurations that are set on the server. The method of storing and accessing these settings varies on different web application platforms. In ASP.NET they are normally stored within <appSettings> element of the web.config...

 

Install Azure CLI on Windows with Winget

Install Azure CLI on Windows with Winget

The Azure CLI is the command-line tool for working with Microsoft Azure resources, and grants you access to the CLI through both the Windows Command Prompt (CMD) or PowerShell command-line. You could download and install the Azure CLI using an MSI installer, but if...

 

Raspberry Pi 4 Available in 2, 4, and 8 GB Options

Raspberry Pi 4 Available in 2, 4, and 8 GB Options

The Raspberry Pi is a popular single board computer with many different uses from Internet of Things (IoT) to learning about computer science and many other uses in between. Since the original release in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has had many updates over the years with...

Azure Bicep Roadmap Q4’20 into 2021

Azure Bicep Roadmap Q4’20 into 2021

Microsoft recently released the first preview of the Azure Bicep project which provides a new, more intuitive language for building out infrastructure as code deployments in Microsoft Azure. The v0.1 release includes support for a number of great features, including...

Getting Started with GitHub CLI

Getting Started with GitHub CLI

The all-new GitHub CLI has shipped! This now brings the power of GitHub to your terminal, on Windows, macOS, and Linux. GitHub is giving us the following capabilities: Run your entire GitHub workflow from the terminal, from issues through releasesCall the GitHub API...

Get Started with Azure DevOps Permissions On The CLI

Get Started with Azure DevOps Permissions On The CLI

Azure DevOps offers a rich set of fine-grained permissions. Unfortunately, the user interface only shows a few of them. When granting permissions through the user interface, it is hard to understand what permissions actually take effect, and how to limit the set to...

Migrate to Azure DevTest Labs

Migrate to Azure DevTest Labs

Earlier this year I wrote a few new articles for the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF). One of the docs I was excited about is about Azure DevTest Labs. In this article, we assume the role of the amazing fake company Contoso and look at migrating to using Azure as...

Policy-Based Routing on Unifi USG PRO 4

Policy-Based Routing on Unifi USG PRO 4

As an Azure MVP, I spent a lot of time teaching and giving webinars on the topic of moving to the cloud. A few months ago, I started to experience issues with my internet service provider (ISP), where I would lose connection, and this was very painful during large...

Azure Cosmos DB Free Tier Now Available

Azure Cosmos DB Free Tier Now Available

Microsoft has announced that a FREE pricing tier of Azure Cosmos DB (NoSQL, cloud-scale database engine) is now available. This new free tier is offering the ability to create a new Azure Cosmos DB Account with 400 RU/s and 5 GB storage for free for the lifetime of...

Azure Web App: Connection Strings

Azure Web App: Connection Strings

Just as all Azure Web Apps need configuration values, most applications also need to have database Connection String values configured. With Azure Web Apps the Connection Strings are stored/retrieved in a very similar fashion as Azure Web App Application Settings....

Azure Web App: Application Settings

Azure Web App: Application Settings

All web applications have some kind of configurations that are set on the server. The method of storing and accessing these settings varies on different web application platforms. In ASP.NET they are normally stored within <appSettings> element of the web.config...

Sysinternals ProcDump for Linux

Sysinternals ProcDump for Linux

Sysinternals are very widely used tools from Microsoft in the Windows world, and now the ProcDump utility has been ported over to Linux as an Open Source project from Microsoft. ProcDump is a command-line (CLI) utility for monitoring an application for CPU spikes and...

 

 

Easy to Use VPN with OpenVPN in Azure

Easy to Use VPN with OpenVPN in Azure

Security and Privacy are key in todays digital first world. Setting up a VPN with OpenVPN in Microsoft Azure offers a fairly simple method to add an additional option to increase your security and privacy online. This is true for both personal and enterprise purposes....

 

Azure Regions Interactive Map

Azure Regions Interactive Map

This Microsoft Azure Regions Interactive Map shows the locations of each of the Microsoft Azure cloud regions plotted on a map. The map code is built using the Azure Maps Web SDK Disclaimer: This is an unofficial map of Azure Regions and is not endorsed by or...

 

Sysinternals ProcDump for Linux

Sysinternals ProcDump for Linux

Sysinternals are very widely used tools from Microsoft in the Windows world, and now the ProcDump utility has been ported over to Linux as an Open Source project from Microsoft. ProcDump is a command-line (CLI) utility for monitoring an application for CPU spikes and...

 

Add New Root User to Ubuntu Linux Server using Bash

Add New Root User to Ubuntu Linux Server using Bash

When installing Ubuntu, or any Linux distro, a root user will be created. However, there are many times when you need to create additional users with root or sudo privileges. Thankfully, Linux makes this fairly simple to do using the adduser and usermod commands for...

Surface Duo First Impressions

Surface Duo First Impressions

The first-ever Microsoft Android phone arrived yesterday, and I have to say I'm impressed with the device. It's been about 72 hours since I received it so I thought I would give you my first impressions. Surface Duo Pros Great unboxing experience Microsoft did a...

 

 

Surface Duo Hardware First Look

Surface Duo Hardware First Look

The first Android phone ever to be released by Microsoft is almost upon us and it is a bold design. Let's take a look at what it gives you in terms of the unique hardware Microsoft has brought to market with the Microsoft Surface Duo. Source: Microsoft Surface Duo...

 

Raspberry Pi 4 Available in 2, 4, and 8 GB Options

Raspberry Pi 4 Available in 2, 4, and 8 GB Options

The Raspberry Pi is a popular single board computer with many different uses from Internet of Things (IoT) to learning about computer science and many other uses in between. Since the original release in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has had many updates over the years with...

 

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