Using SQLPackage to import or export SQL Server and Azure SQL DB

Purpose: Explain how to easily and quickly use SQLPackage to import or export your SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. Locating the SQLPackage.exe: The SQLPackage.exe is part of the DacFramework which installed with SSMS or with SQL Server Data Tools Or you can download only the DacFramework if you do not have already the management…


Ready Player One: Bringing a 1990s 2D game to the HoloLens – Nibbles remastered

Now I’m not a HoloLens team member – but recently I’ve been using the device to develop and test an old 1990s classic game “Nibbles” in 2D. A while ago, I remastered the QBasic sample game “Nibbles”, known to many by the name of snake.  This is not a full rewrite, but it utilises some of our latest…


Pinnable Taskpane in Outlook 2016

Have your add-in users been asking you for the ability to leave the add-in taskpane open in their mailbox as they switch between messages? At Ignite this year, we announced the addition of a new feature for Outlook add-ins, the Pinnable Taskpane. Today we are excited to announce this feature is now officially available in…


Career tips at Microsoft

I have always been hesitated to write this post but since I’ve been fortunately enough to have great career mentors and I recently got to a new career stage, I’d like to share some of the career tips that benefited me over the years: Before you get to senior level, there’s only one tip: Get things Done, well,…


Announcing Dynamics 365 for Operations – Warehousing

We’re very happy to announce that Dynamics 365 for Operations – Warehousing has been made available on Windows Store and Google Play store. This app empowers warehouse workers in your organization to complete tasks in a warehouse by using mobile devices. It enables material handling, receiving, picking, putting, cycle counting, and production processes with your…


Add-in Commands in OWA and Outlook on the Mac

Add-ins are a great way to increase usage of your apps by making them accessible directly within Outlook. We previously announced add-in commands availability in Outlook desktop. Add-in commands have simplified the user interaction with add-ins while also making their presence more visible and engaging. We are pleased to announce the add-in commands feature is…


generating self-signed certificates with keyvault

Thankfully it is very easy to import pre-existing self-signed certificates into KeyVault.  But… what if you don’t have a pre-existing self-signed certificate? It is possible to have KeyVault generate the new self-signed certificate for you inside of your KeyVault.  One and done.  No import. No messy certificate residue left behind at your admin console. The trick to getting KeyVault…


Install SQL Server onto an Azure VM using PowerShell DSC

The Azure marketplace has quite a few prebuilt virtual machines with SQL Server already in them from versions SQL Server 2008R2 to SQL Server 2016. You can also use the BYOL versions to provide your own SQL Server license if you prefer. However, you may still wish to have more control over the installation process…