Azure Virtual Machine Images

Not everyone is aware of the Azure virtual machine images available in the Azure Marketplace so this is just a short post to highlight this great resource. These images are a convenient way to spin up new virtual machines and try out products and services.  For most of the products pre-loaded on the VMs, the…

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Assisted Login Using the OAuth Deviceprofile Flow

Have you ever tried to deal with logging in on an input-constrained device, and thought it wasn’t as easy as you wanted it to be? (Hence the term “constrained”…) There could be any number of devices where it is either a hassle to enter long passwords, or no option at all for that matter. This…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Language Understanding (LUIS)

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. Language Understanding (LUIS) is a new offering of Cognitive Services and allows for the development of applications that extract a user’s intent from their natural language.  There are three key concepts…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Update Management (Preview)

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. The Azure Update Management Service is part of every Azure Subscription. It allows you to manage updates and patches for your virtual machines. You can schedule your updates, assess the status of available…

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Accessing The Power BI APIs in a Federated Azure AD Setup

Or the alternative title – combining ADFS w/SAML and Azure AD w/OAuth in the same authentication request just because it is possible 🙂 A few days ago I was asked to look into how the Power BI APIs could work in a kiosk-like use case with regards to the auth part. (People don’t usually consult…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Security Center

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. The Azure Security Center (ASC) provides security management and threat detection for both cloud and on-prem environments.  The intent of ASC is to provide a unified mechanism for managing security policies and cloud…

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Controlling Azure Costs with proper tagging and the billing APIs

Hi, At the time of writing this blog post, it is hard to be entirely satisfied with the existing Azure cost control solutions such as Cloudyn or the Microsoft Azure Consumption Insights Power BI app, should you envision a very granular way of analyzing costs. Indeed, both Cloudyn and the Power BI app help to…


Azure Content Spotlight – More cloud growth in store for 2018

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. 2017 has been an exciting year for Azure!  From innovations in big data and IoT to additional data centers to a strong presence in open source communities, Microsoft’s commitment to providing the best…

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Azure Content Spotlight – Azure Logic Apps On-premises Data Gateway

Welcome to another Azure Content Spotlight! These articles are used to highlight items in Azure that could be more visible to the Azure community. This weeks Content Spotlight is about the on-premises Data Gateway for Azure Logic Apps. With the on-premises Data Gateway you can connect your Azure Logic App to on-premises APIs. The Gateway acts as a…

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Accessing Azure Resources Protected With SAS Tokens Using Tokens Issued by Azure AD

I know, the title is a mouthful, but I wasn’t able to whittle it down without losing context. (Sure, I could have gone the clickbait route I suppose.) Let me setup the scenario for you 🙂 Let’s say you have an IoT lab like described in my previous post: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/azuredev/2017/12/13/controlling-your-iot-home-with-azure-functions-runtime/ The Hue devices let you…

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