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...

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Microsoft's adoption of Linux today is something that appeared to never be possible only a few years ago. It was not even twenty years ago when Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft at the time) stated that "Linux is a cancer." Now, fast forward to today and Linux is the #1...

Docker development VM in Azure

Docker development VM in Azure

Ever wish you had a Docker dev workstation in Azure? About two months ago, we introduced the Azure Kung Fu VM, and judging by the views of that article many of you gave it a try. Today, I wanted to share a different version of that VM running Docker Desktop. You can...

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Did you know that you can have significant savings on Dev/Test environments in Azure? I'm working with the Azure Dev/Test team on a project right now, and I didn't realize exactly how much you can save. They have an offer for Dev/Test where you only pay for the price...

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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...

 

 

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,...

 

 

 

Jumpstart: Open the Network Connections Tab in Windows

Jumpstart: Open the Network Connections Tab in Windows

TLDR: Start-->Run-->ncpa.cpl Have you ever lost 6 minutes of your life trying to find a network adapter in Windows? Yeah, me too.  Windows really started to mess with everyone's mind back in Windows 8 when they moved stuff around with that horrible metro UI. ...

 

Azure CLI: Create and Manage Service Principals

Azure CLI: Create and Manage Service Principals

When an application needs to authenticate with Azure AD you can't really just give it a username and password. To authenticate and authorize an application or service with the ability to connect to Azure services and other resources you need to create a Service...

 

Azure Kung Fu Toolkit

Azure Kung Fu Toolkit

Welcome to Az Kung Fu, grasshopper! Scripting is the only way to ensure that your environments are the same every time and remove the risk of human error. We write scripts all the time using the Azure CLI, but it feels like we always having to figure out the same...

 

 

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...

Azure + AI Conference – Apr 2020 in Orlando, FL – Chris Pietschmann Speaking on Azure IoT

Azure + AI Conference – Apr 2020 in Orlando, FL – Chris Pietschmann Speaking on Azure IoT

This year at the Microsoft Azure + AI Conference co-produced by Microsoft and DEVintersection, Chris Pietschmann (the founder of BuildAzure.com) will be presenting. The topics of his sessions at the conference will center around Microsoft Azure and the Internet of Things (IoT) with topics including Azure Sphere and Real-time IoT Stream Processing in Azure.

This edition of the Azure + AI Conference is being held November 18th through 21st, 2019 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also, in partnerships with the Azure + AI conference,  we are pleased to announce that you can register for the conference with the discount code “BUILDAZURE” to receive a $50 discount.

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...

Free GitHub Satellite Virtual 2020 Event May 6

Free GitHub Satellite Virtual 2020 Event May 6

GitHub's virtual event GitHub Satellite Virtual 2020 is coming up on May 6, 2020! This is a FREE virtual event featuring developers working together on the world's software, announcements from GitHub team, and inspiring performances by artists who code! Add GitHub...

GitHub CLI (gh) Cheat Sheet

GitHub CLI (gh) Cheat Sheet

When working with GitHub Repositories, the Github.com website provides an excellent interface for working with Issues, Pull Requests, and Repositories. Of course, when committing file changes and merging branches, you still use the git CLI. However, this requires...

Git Cheat Sheet

Git Cheat Sheet

When working with any command-line tool, like Git, it can be easy to forget some of the commands you don't use very often. This is true for those new to using Git source control from the command-line, and it can be true for those with experience using Git as well. For...

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!

Free GitHub Satellite Virtual 2020 Event May 6

Free GitHub Satellite Virtual 2020 Event May 6

GitHub's virtual event GitHub Satellite Virtual 2020 is coming up on May 6, 2020! This is a FREE virtual event featuring developers working together on the world's software, announcements from GitHub team, and inspiring performances by artists who code! Add GitHub...

Visual Studio Online is now Visual Studio Codespaces

Visual Studio Online is now Visual Studio Codespaces

Microsoft's web-based development environment, Visual Studio Online, has been rebranded to Visual Studio Codespaces. This is a web-based development environment (IDE) based on the popular Visual Studio Code IDE. It offers a familiar feel and workspace for writing and...

 

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...

 

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Should Microsoft acquire Canonical / Ubuntu?

Microsoft's adoption of Linux today is something that appeared to never be possible only a few years ago. It was not even twenty years ago when Steve Ballmer (CEO of Microsoft at the time) stated that "Linux is a cancer." Now, fast forward to today and Linux is the #1...

 

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Saving Money with Azure Dev/Test Subscriptions

Did you know that you can have significant savings on Dev/Test environments in Azure? I'm working with the Azure Dev/Test team on a project right now, and I didn't realize exactly how much you can save. They have an offer for Dev/Test where you only pay for the price...

 

 

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...

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