Application Insights Planned Maintenance – 07/15 – Initial Notice

We will only perform maintenance in one region at a time, and will keep the blog updated with expected start times for each region. Region in Progress: None. Upcoming Region: Maintenance in Stockholm will begin at 17:00 UTC, 26 July 2016. Maintenance in Sydney will begin at 19:30 UTC, 26 July 2016. Maintenance in Zurich will begin at…


[Post Incident Review Report] SQL Server Integration Services license expiration

Summary On Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 4:51 PM UTC customers reported errors while attempting to import or export data. After investigation, it was discovered that the SQL license for SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) had expired, affecting the data import/export framework (DIXF). Microsoft engineers updated the SQL licenses, restoring functionality on Tuesday, July 19,…


These Imagine Cup finalists design with humanity in mind

In just a few days, five of the 35 teams competing at the Imagine Cup World Finals will showcase what they’ve been working on since they first entered the competition. Five of these teams—AMANDA, HealthX, Home Guardians, Night’s Watch and Tower Up—are using a variety of technology to prevent, relieve or solve challenges that afflict…


Meet this year’s Imagine Cup World Finalist competition judges

You’re acquainted with this year’s Imagine Cup World Finalists, so now let’s meet the individuals who will judge the teams and decide who wins first, second and third place in the Games, Innovation and World Citizenship competitions. Four judges preside over each category, and each is passionate about what the global competition epitomizes. Our 12…


Evolving the Visual Studio Test Platform – Part 1

Three releases (VS 2015 Update 3, Visual Studio “15” Preview 3, MSTest V2) featuring Test Platform components in as many months indicate a path best traced by starting from the present. The Test Platform Presently, Visual Studio has an open and extensible test platform with tests being written using various test frameworks and run using…


Free Microsoft E-books download – Get them while they are hot!

Eric put up his annual Microsoft Press e-book giveaway. There are some great quick starts for Office Applications that IT departments can leverage as training guides for the enterprise, as well as the following title which I found very useful as a quick read and reference, “Building Cloud Apps with Microsoft Azure: Best practices for…


(Cross-Post) Abandon with Reason

Thanks to Sean Feldman for writing this original post here! In some cases, when a message should be abandoned, Azure Service Bus offers BrokeredMessage.Abandon() API. The message is abandoned immediately; delivery count is increased, and message re-appears on the broker. In case MaxDeliverCount is exceeded, the message is moved to the designated dead letter queue….


MAPILogonEx causes crash if Version Info is not specified on the module

I wanted to create a simple Extended MAPI application that would call MAPIInitialize() followed by MAPILogonEx().  Seems simple right?  I do it all the time.  However, this time, for whatever reason, every time I called MAPILogonEx() my process crashed.  No matter what flags I chose, or how I called either MAPIInitialize() or MAPILogonEx(), it would…


Lab 17: iDNA – Time Travel Trace

Prerequisites iDNA/TTT is described here Microsoft has an automated Support Diagnostic You will need to get the iDNA.UI.exe via Microsoft via a support case Setup Install and Configure CSharpGuitarBugs on an IIS server as described in Lab 1 Copy the TTT_x86_x64_External.zip to the IIS server Lab 17-1 Capturing an iDNA trace 1. Copy TTT_x86_x64_External.zip to…


A Peek into F# 4.1

Later this year, we’re going to ship a new version of Microsoft’s tools for F#. This will include support for F# 4.1, featuring important incremental improvements to the language that have been developed in conjunction with F# users and contributors. Our tools will also include a cross-platform, open-source F# 4.1 compiler toolchain for .NET Framework…