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Apply Tags to all of your Azure Resources

Apply Tags to all of your Azure Resources

Today I'm doing an Azure Migration and consolidation for a client and they wanted to tag everything within the existing Resource Group where is it deployed before we started moving things around to other Resource Groups and Subscriptions. Two important notes: ...

Azure DevOps Saves Our Eyes!

Azure DevOps Saves Our Eyes!

With one simple tweet, Buck Hodges of Microsoft gave us what we have all been waiting for: less eye strain.  Microsoft pushed changes to Azure DevOps, late today which introduced themes to the portal.  Now you can change to a black background which many...

Nested VMs in Azure with one click?  You must be crazy…

Nested VMs in Azure with one click? You must be crazy…

When I first heard that you could run nested VMs with Azure, I ran over to my laptop to deploy one of those shiny new Version 3 VMs! Once my Host was provisioned, I got right to work.  Quickly adding the Hyper-V role and after a quick reboot, I started downloading...

Introducing the Azure Cloud Shell

Introducing the Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell has been out for some time now, as an embedded Bash and PowerShell command-line shell / terminal within the Azure Portal. It really great to be able to use Azure command-line tools (Azure CLI & Azure PowerShell) from absolutely anywhere;...

Azure Portal goes Native on iOS and Android

Azure Portal goes Native on iOS and Android

Since the beginning of Microsoft Azure with the initial General Availability in February 2010, then Azure Portal has always been a Web Application. It's gone through a couple of different HTML5 / Javascript versions, including a Silverlight version back in the early...

Azure Cloud Shell with Azure CLI inside Azure Portal

Azure Cloud Shell with Azure CLI inside Azure Portal

Here's a short introduction to the Azure Cloud Shell; a new feature recently released into the Microsoft Azure Portal as part of the many announcements that Microsoft made at the Build 2017 conference. I also show off the Azure CLI 1.0 and 2.0 support in the Bash...

CosmosDB: The New DocumentDB NoSQL Database in Microsoft Azure

CosmosDB: The New DocumentDB NoSQL Database in Microsoft Azure

DocumentDB has been around for awhile now in Microsoft Azure. It's a Document based, NoSQL database in the cloud. There's been tons of advancements to the service over time, including MongoDB API support so you can use it in place of MongoDB for existing code bases....

Manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal

Manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal

Here's a short video I recorded that goes over how to manage Azure Resource Policies in the Azure Portal. Before the "how to" showing the Portal, I do give a brief explanation of what Azure Resource Policies are used for and why you would use them. I then go through...

Introduction to the Azure Portal

Introduction to the Azure Portal

Here's a short video I recorded that goes over how to access the Azure Portal (the Current Azure Management Portal). I cover an overview of the dynamics and mechanics of the Azure Portal and how to use it. I also show a few different ways of how to customize the Azure...

New Azure Preview Portal Grants Early Access to Features

New Azure Preview Portal Grants Early Access to Features

With the "current" Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com) in full force and Microsoft deprecating services / features within the "classic" Azure Portal, they have now made available a NEW Preview Portal. The NEW Preview Portal allows you to access Azure Portal...

Why is the Azure Portal a Web App?

Why is the Azure Portal a Web App?

There have been a few incarnations of the Microsoft Azure Management Portal over the years. The current state is a fairly easy to use Web Application that is built as a Single Page Application (SPA). But, why is the Azure Portal a Web App instead of a Universal...

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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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