Sending email from an Azure App Service using an O365 SMTP server

Office 365
Office 365

One of the surprises I had when I moved many of my sites from a domain hoster to an Azure Web App was that the platform only provided web services and that I had lost my SMTP services.  That meant I was not able to send or receive emails from my private domains.  I rushed…

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Using Cloud Explorer with a Sovereign Cloud

German Cloud Black Forest
German Cloud Black Forest

I was reading this article where it discusses some of the different kinds of Clouds that Azure supports.  For example: Public Cloud China Cloud German Cloud US Government Cloud There may be more, but I was working on setting up my Cloud Explorer in Visual Studio 2015 with a subscription I have in the German…

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How to access KUDU using your Publishing Profile

KUDU Azure App Service
KUDU Azure App Service

If for some reason your Microsoft or Organizational credentials are not working when accessing KUDU, which I discuss here.  You can use your Publishing Profile userName and userPWD to connect.  You may get prompted with a page similar to that shown in Figure 1. Figure 1, cannot access KUDU Login to the Azure Portal here,…

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Cannot publish to Soveriegn Cloud

Azure German Cloud Black Forest
Azure German Cloud Black Forest

I was reading this article where it discusses some of the different kinds of Clouds that Azure supports.  For example: Public Cloud China Cloud German Cloud US Government Cloud There may be more, but I was working on publishing an Azure App Service to the German Cloud and I was not finding my subscription in…

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Enable System.Net tracing on Azure App Service

Microsoft .NET
Microsoft .NET

It is becoming a common scenario that customers of Azure App Services Web Apps are making requests to services hosted on other Azure IaaS or PaaS platforms, services not hosted on the Azure platform (on premises) and which use the System.Net class.  For example, making a request from your code that uses either of the…

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Using Postman to call Azure REST APIs

Azure REST API
Azure REST API

I had a need to call an Azure REST API and thought I would document that here.  Here are the steps required: Get the Postman app Get your Bearer Token for authentication Configure Postman for calling the Azure Rest API Get the Postman app In this instance I used Chrome and installed the app.  Once…

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Create and deploy an ASP.NET Core Web API to Azure Windows

ASP.NET Core
ASP.NET Core

There are a number of things I want to accomplish with this and a few future articles: How to deploy an ASP.NET Core Web API to an Azure App Services Web App How to deploy an ASP.NET Core Web API to an Azure VM In some future articles I will reference this article for these…

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Capture and Analyze Brain Waves using Azure, Part 2

Analyze Brain Waves
Analyze Brain Waves

I wrote this article for the December 2016 MSDN Magazine, it is part two of a two part series.  Part one was published last month, November 2016, and can be accessed here. Part one of the article covers: The configuration of Emotiv SDK The configuration of the Azure IoT Hub Part two of the article…

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1000 must have utterances for your chatbot using LUIS

computer.ai
computer.ai

My #chatbot is intended only to be pleasant, not to be philosophical or answer complicated political or social questions.  As companies create #chatbot to serve a purpose, they should also maintain a level of fun and make sure the #chatbot has at least a limited personality.  Utterances are questions which can be or have been…

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Top 10 must have Phrase List Features for your chatbot or any bot LUIS

computer.ai
computer.ai

If you haven’t already read my other posts on creating my #chatbot, then check them out: Create a Bot using an Azure App Service Bot Service Most common chatbot questions and how to answer them Publishing a chatbot using Bot Services and LUIS How I tested / debugged my chatbot that I created using the…

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How my chatbot remained statefull using Azure Bot Services

ladybug.ai
ladybug.ai

One of the challenges I had, well maybe not a challenge, but it took some hours to think it through, with making my #chatbots #chatbot personality was coding in the ability to recall the last question, last #LUIS Intent or #LUIS Entity so that I could reference it for making better decisions on how to…

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C# Bot Builder Samples on GitHub

A good way to get ideas and some coding best practice is to look at some examples, there are many of them using C# hosted on GitHub here. I wanted to walk through what they are so I can for myself find or discover some new ideas and best practices for this, as I am…

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Publishing a chatbot using Bot Services and LUIS

luis cognitive services
luis cognitive services

I wrote an article about how to build a #Bot using the Bot Service in Azure here and another article about how to answer the 10 most common #chatbot questions here.  These are questions that all #chatbots need to answer, that is a very short baseline of what a chatbot needs to respond to. Create a…

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How I tested debugged my chatbot that I created using the Bot Services on Azure

ladybug.ai
ladybug.ai

Well, the fact that you do not need to use Visual Studio or to install the Bot Framework to get a #chatbot or a generic #Bot up and running still applies.  See my other posts: Create a Bot using an Azure App Service Bot Service Most common chatbot questions and how to answer them Publishing…

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Most common chatbot questions and how to answer them

ladybug.ai
ladybug.ai

If you haven’t heard about #chatbots #chatbot then consider yourself lucky to have found this page because you are about to learn about them.  They will soon be everywhere and are actually very helpful for answering a majority of questions.  The problem I want to resolve is the baseline, in that there needs to be…

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