vswhere Available

After feedback on the VSSetup PowerShell module to query Visual Studio 2017 and related products, I’m pleased to say that a native, single-file executable is available on GitHub: vswhere. The VSSetup PowerShell module is also available on GitHub and provides a number of benefits for PowerShell scripts, but build tools and CMake and deployment scripts…


Developing and Deploying a Service Fabric Voting App to Azure

While preparing for a partner meeting on Service Fabric, I went through two labs, Part I by the Service Fabric team and Part II by my colleague Max Knor, and created a working Voting app on Windows. If you are interested to learn how to develop a Service Fabric app, I highly recommend that you…


How to delegate the Power BI Administrator Role via to the Office Administrator Portal

In October we added the ability to make it easier to administer Power BI with the Power BI Service Administrator Role. https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/making-it-easier-to-administer-power-bi/  The documentation showed how to add this via PowerShell; today i was  asked for a pictorial walk through of adding a User to the Power BI Role via Office Administrator Portal which can…


Issue with Update tile in Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Operations platform update 4 release on LCS

We recently announced the availability of Platform update 4 through Lifecycle Services. Since the release, we have discovered issues with the Servicing workflow for the Platform update 4 environment. The Updates tile, in the Environment details view, should only show updates that are applicable to your environment. However, for customers who have deployed a Platform…


Create an End-to-end IOT Scenario with Azure Services

IOT or Internet of things is taking over the world and we are encountering more and more of it in our daily lives. But when we come to think of it what does the word IOT actually mean? What are these IOT solutions and how do we start building them? To answer these questions, lets first…


Guest post: Cyprein Marie – Developing Windows 10 Language Apps

As a teacher of French and German in a large Bristol secondary school, I’ve had a burning desire to give students the tools they need for their language revision. This is what led me to learn programming for Windows recently. What a journey! C# and XAML are no longer foreign languages to me.


Azure and Linux deploying via Azure Resource Manager

  The Azure platform SLA applies to virtual machines running the Linux OS only when one of the endorsed distributions is used. All Linux distributions that are provided in the Azure image gallery are endorsed distributions with the required configuration   See: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/virtual-machines-linux-endorsed-distros?toc=%2fazure%2fvirtual-machines%2flinux%2ftoc.json Azure Endorsed Linux Distributions Images on Azure Marketplace – https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com Azure MarketPlace…


Big Data on Azure with No Limits Data, Analytics and Managed Clusters

HDInsight   Reliable with an industry leading SLA Enterprise-grade security and monitoring Productive platform for developers and scientists Cost effective cloud scale Integration with leading ISV applications Easy for administrators to manage   Resources & Hands on Labs for teaching https://github.com/MSFTImagine/computerscience/tree/master/Workshop/7.%20HDInsight Cluster Types available on Azure Hadoop Governed by the Apache Software Foundation Core services:…


Creating a local PFX copy of App Service Certificate

Introduction Last year, we introduced ‘App Service Certificate’, a certificate lifecycle management offering. Azure portal provides a user-friendly experience for creating App Service Certificates and using them with App Service Apps. You can read more about this service here. While the portal provides first class experience for deploying App Service Certificate through Key Vault to…


SQL Diagnostics Project Part 2 – Custom SQL Nexus Imports

Several years ago, I wrote a blog post as to how you can collect your own custom SQL data from a SQL: Server instance (usually one from a customer) using the PSSDiag utility from Codeplex. At the end of the blog post, I mention that I was going to get around to each showing you…