Architecture

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...

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...

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...

Remotely Connect Azure ExpressRoute via Satellite

Remotely Connect Azure ExpressRoute via Satellite

Azure ExpressRoute is a feature of Microsoft Azure that enables you to setup a direct, private connection from your datacenter to the Microsoft Azure backbone. Microsoft has announced a new capability that will enable Satellite connectivity into Azure ExpressRoute to...

Azure Portal App for Windows in Preview

Azure Portal App for Windows in Preview

If you’ve been waiting for an Azure Portal Desktop App, then you’ll be happy to learn that Microsoft now has an Azure Portal App for Windows in Preview. It’s unclear when this first became available, but a quick search reveals it’s been available for a few months now. This Azure Portal App allows you to install a desktop experience for the Azure Portal on a Windows machine. It seems to be framing in the Azure Portal website into a desktop app window, but it does feel more native than the browser experience. Plus, it provides all the same features of the Azure Portal; including the Azure Cloud Shell experience!

Detect and Handle a Twitter Outage

Detect and Handle a Twitter Outage

As I'm writing this Twitter is down, and it's actually been down for at least 20 minutes now. It's hard to tell exactly how long this Twitter outage will last. Since this doesn't actually happen all that often, I thought I'd profile the site behavior to gather some...

Cloud Design Patterns Infographic

Cloud Design Patterns Infographic

Cloud Design Patterns offer prescriptive guidance to designing and architecting solutions in the cloud. Microsoft patterns and practices has this infographic available to help you visualize the cloud design patterns for reference. This infographic depicts the most...

Microsoft Cloud Workshops: Free Microsoft Azure Hands-on Lab Guides

Microsoft Cloud Workshops: Free Microsoft Azure Hands-on Lab Guides

The Microsoft Cloud Workshop (MCW) program maintains a number of Workshops that are used to train Microsoft's own Cloud Solution Architects, as well as Microsoft Partners all over the world, how to use Microsoft Azure services. Currently there are a total of 36...

Azure Icon Downloader Chrome Extension

Azure Icon Downloader Chrome Extension

I've written previously about the zip download of the Azure Icons available from Microsoft. That download has .png, .svg, and some other formats of many different Icons for various products and services within Microsoft Azure. However, with the rate to change in the...

Featured Articles

Top 11 Azure IoT Announcements from Build 2020

Top 11 Azure IoT Announcements from Build 2020

Microsoft made a ton of announcements at and around the Microsoft Build 2020 conference. Included in all the announcements was a tone of news surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) space and what innovations Microsoft is bringing to Microsoft Azure and Windows for...

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Windows Gets Package Manager with winget CLI Utility

Windows Gets Package Manager with winget CLI Utility

Microsoft released the new Windows Package Manager (winget) as an open source, community driven package manager for installing, updating, configuring, and removing software application packages on any Windows 10 machine. There are other package managers used in the...

Azure Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020

Azure Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020

Microsoft made a lot of announcements with their Microsoft Build 2020 event that kicked off today. The event included TONS of updates and announcements across the entire stack of Microsoft products with a centered focus towards a Developer audience; since #MSBuild is...

Certification

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...

AZ-900 Exam: Azure IoT Product Overview from Tim Warner

AZ-900 Exam: Azure IoT Product Overview from Tim Warner

For some time now, Tim Warner, a fellow Microsoft MVP, has been posting short videos that methodically go over all the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals certification exam objectives and skill areas. This is a pretty great free series of training/study content geared towards...

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,...

Internet of Things

Top 11 Azure IoT Announcements from Build 2020

Top 11 Azure IoT Announcements from Build 2020

Microsoft made a ton of announcements at and around the Microsoft Build 2020 conference. Included in all the announcements was a tone of news surrounding the Internet of Things (IoT) space and what innovations Microsoft is bringing to Microsoft Azure and Windows for...

Azure Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020

Azure Announcements from Microsoft Build 2020

Microsoft made a lot of announcements with their Microsoft Build 2020 event that kicked off today. The event included TONS of updates and announcements across the entire stack of Microsoft products with a centered focus towards a Developer audience; since #MSBuild is...

Administrator’s Introduction to Azure IoT

Administrator’s Introduction to Azure IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT) industry has continued to grow and become more pervasive in people's everyday lives these last few years. There are MANY useful applications for IoT devices and solutions in both the consumer and industrial space. Some of the solutions...

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