Architecture

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...

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 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 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

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...

Certification

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

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...

PowerShell: Create Azure IoT Hub

Azure IoT Hub and DPS to only support TLS 1.2 on July 1, 2020

Microsoft has announced they are moving Azure IoT Hub and Device Provisioning Service (DPS) to use Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 as the encryption mechanism of choice. As a result, TLS 1.0 and 1.1 will be deprecated July 1, 2020, and TLS 1.0 / 1.1 will no longer...

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...

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The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

Advance your career through cloud certification

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