Episode 8: IT IQ Series – Predictive analytics: the “cheat-sheet” for more effective teaching?

Summary: By detecting learning difficulties before it’s too late, predictive analytics can help teachers gain a far deeper understanding of their students–and how to solve their issues. Can technology help teachers get the best out of their students? With Australia’s education system struggling to compete globally, many teachers face growing pressure to do more, with…


Getting Started with DevOps and Continuous Delivery of Value

In this post, Application Development Manager Wesam Darwish highlights some important information to help customers learn and adopt DevOps. DevOps: a buzz word, or an exciting transformation journey? As organizations strive to deliver value to their end users faster, improve quality and availability, optimize costs, and deliver innovation with digital-era velocity; they face numerous challenges….


SQL Server on Linux: Quick Performance Monitoring

I have been asked several times about how to get a Performance Monitor like view on Linux.   There are lots of Linux tools available (top, iotop, Grafana, and SQL Sentry just scratch the surface of available options) to monitor the Linux system.  Allow me to share one such example to capture and monitor a system….


Windows Server Performance Tuning Guidelines

Windows Server Performance Tuning Guidelines   OS Documents Windows 2016 Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2016 https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-server/administration/performance-tuning/ Windows 2012 R2 Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51960Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 R2https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51960Performance Tuning https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/hardware/dn529133 Windows 2012 Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2012 http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/0/B/00BE76AF-D340-4759-8ECD-C80BC53B6231/performance-tuning-guidelines-windows-server-2012.docx Windows 2008 R2 Performance Tuning Guidelines…


Assigning Work Items to a Group in Visual Studio Team Services

In this post, Sr. Application Development Managers Mark Meadows and Everett Yang demonstrate how to extend VSTS Project Templates to allow Group assignments to Work Items. ISSUE Recently a customer asked about whether they can assign work items to a group of users, instead of a single user. By default, Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS)…


Activate Microsoft Free $200 Credit – You gateway to Azure cloud

How do I activate the cloud? Step 1: Go to https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/offers/ms-azr-0044p/. Step 2: Sign in to your microsoft account (if you don’t have one, create here – you can use gmail or your own domain as well) Step 3: Fill up the form as shown. Make sure you put the correct country. If not you will…


Activate Free Azure Cloud Credits – Visual Studio Dev Essentials

In today’s article, we talk about Visual Studio(VS). VS is not only a tool(well, it was once a tool), now it’s a complete suite of things. As the suite goes, Visual Studio Dev Essentials. These are the essentials of what a dev need to get started – the cloud, the tool and how to do…


Debugging Beyond Visual Studio – WinDbg

In this post, Sr. App Dev Managers Al Mata, Candice Lai, and Syed Mehdi gives a walkthrough of WinDbg. You’re likely a developer and have used a code editor to debug and analyze your application failures. Few developers know or understand the “old school” way of troubleshooting to uncover additional details; enter the WinDbg debugger….


How ACR Build Id’s are generated

As you use ACR Build, for OS & Framework patching, native container builds, or validating a docker build without having the docker client installed, you may be wondering, what is the format for those alpha-numeric Build id’s. aa12 The short answer is it’s based on the region the build was executed upon, and a base…


DevOps and Appification

In the following post, Premier Developer Consultant Ron Vincent explains how adopting DevOps principles can help organizations be more productive and aid in maintaining many apps. These days the typical enterprise organization has dozens and even hundreds of apps that it creates and maintains. In this article we’ll discuss how we can apply DevOps principles…