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...

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...

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...

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...

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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,...

 

 

 

Windows Server and SQL Server Certifications are Gone

Windows Server and SQL Server Certifications are Gone

Embedded within Microsoft's announcement of retiring ALL of the MCSE, MCSD, and MCSA certifications (and their associated exams) is the fact that certifications for Windows Server and SQL Server products are gone. As the older technology-based certifications are being...

 

 

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 Kung Fu VM – Master Tools for Azure Administrators

Az Kung Fu VM – Master Tools for Azure Administrators

Have you ever spent hours building a machine to use as an admin workstation for Azure? What about installing the Windows Subsystem for Linux? Well, have we have something for you! It's always a pain to get going with a good VM to use for admin tasks with Azure. With...

 

Azure CLI: Manage Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS)

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...

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...

GitHub Mobile App Released

GitHub Mobile App Released

GitHub keeps on innovating in the source control management and collaboration space. There have been great new features like GitHub Actions recently, as well as GitHub's announcement of acquiring npm. One of the latest things to come out of GitHub is the release of...

Azure CLI Kung-Fu Tips and Tricks

Azure CLI Kung-Fu Tips and Tricks

The last week has been a blur because I didn’t sleep.  I spent days helping a client restore every single VM that had running in Azure (about 250).  Why?  They got a ransomware virus and their entire network was trashed. One of the things that saved...

Azure CLI: Manage Azure IoT Hub Device Provisioning Service (DPS)

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...

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...

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...

GitHub Mobile App Released

GitHub Mobile App Released

GitHub keeps on innovating in the source control management and collaboration space. There have been great new features like GitHub Actions recently, as well as GitHub's announcement of acquiring npm. One of the latest things to come out of GitHub is the release of...

 

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...

 

 

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 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...

 

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

Raspberry Pi Device Simulator for Azure IoT

One of the long time frustrations with Raspberry Pi development is that you needed a physical device and hardware (sensors, buttons, etc) to fully develop and test your Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. Many haven't really seen this as an issue since deploying code...

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