Category: Microsoft

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Simple Hybrid Integration With BizTalk 2016, Azure Service Bus Queues

With any new development or training, we often find ourselves wanting to try something new and need a simple example to get us going. In this post, I’ll demonstrate BizTalk 2016 using a simple hybrid integration scenario with Azure. This simple hybrid demonstration will use BizTalk to pick up a file, securely send it to
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How to Create a Scheduled Background WebJob in Azure

In the past you might have created a scheduled WebJob using a CORN expression. While that is still possible for non-.NET environments, if you want to run a .NET based WebJob you would need to use an Azure Scheduler. If you have an existing WebJob with a CORN expression and a publish settings file with
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How to Automate Azure Resource Groups Deployment

This blog shows you how to automate the creation and removal of Azure Resource Groups based on Azure AD Group membership in a Demo Azure subscription. To help you, I developed the following PowerShell script, which is deployed as a Runbook in an Azure Automation account and scheduled to run once a day. As new users
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Why DevOps: Problems the Practice Helps Solve in your Business

Most people in the IT industry have heard of DevOps, yet many are confused on what it really means. In this post, we’ll discuss why DevOps is necessary to improve your IT department and your business. Why DevOps? You might have heard the following statements about DevOps: DevOps is a close collaboration between Development team and Operations. DevOps is using Automation.
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Harnessing your BI Powers

Technology has allowed us to have data at our fingertips and we all know that knowledge is power. Let’s harness our power for good! The definition of Business Intelligence (BI) is to support better business decisions. BI should  empower people to make better choices and gain insights into problems so they can be solved easier, faster, and better or discover new opportunities.

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SharePoint Virtual Summit Wrap Up

SharePoint Virtual Summit Wrap Up

Microsoft announced in May 2016 its renewed commitment to a maturing SharePoint product – Microsoft would modernize SharePoint for an increasingly mobile and cloud-based user base. At the SharePoint Virtual Summit this year on May 16, Microsoft revived that commitment, delivering on some of their promises from last year as well as making new ones. Let’s review highlights
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Azure ARM Group Membership Recursively – Part 1

I recently ran into a scenario where we needed to get all members of an Azure ARM group recursively.  The problem I ran into was using this inside of Azure Automation with service principal names.  The solution was to convert it over to AzureRmAD command.

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Azure Integration Part III: Azure Storage Offerings

When developing your integration solutions in Azure, there is no doubt that there will be discussions on which storage offerings you will want to use.  Depending on the requirements, there will be an offering in Microsoft Azure that will be available. In Part 3, we will focus on some of these different storage options that are available for any solution integrating with Microsoft Azure.

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Azure – Move Your Resources and Save Cash

We have an easy way for you to move storage type and Azure VM location. Use this PowerShell code to clone a VM, saving you money.

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Azure Data Lake Store – Service-to-Service Authentication

In this blog post, I explain how to set up service-to-service authentication while working with Azure Data Lake Store and Data Lake Analytics.

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