Contributing to Azure Quickstart Templates for Azure Government

The Azure Quickstart Templates are community contributed ARM templates to help people get started with and accelerate the deployment of common scenarios in Azure.  Unfortunately, many of the templates don’t work in Azure Government.  Since these templates are contributed by the community, the original contributors may not even know that they need to update their…

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Custom Autoscale for ARM Virtual Machines in Azure Government

Scenario: “I want to automatically scale Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Virtual Machines in Azure Government.  I do not want to use Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS).” The video below walks through the following code sample, which addresses the scenario above: https://github.com/devkeydet/AzureAutomationAutoScaleVirtualMachines My sample is an adaptation of the Custom Auto Scaling for Azure ARM Virtual…

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Install Windows Updates on an Azure VM using Azure Automation

Scenario: “I want to use Azure Automation to install Windows Updates on my Azure VM.  All the examples I have come across were written with Azure Service Management (ASM) based PowerShell scripts.  Are there any examples of doing this with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) VMs?” I looked around at other examples of how to do…

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Manual failover of Azure File storage

UPDATE (10/13/2016): Added video Customer scenario: “I have a deployment architecture in Azure which requires web servers (but can be anything) communicate with a remote file share.  I want to use Azure File storage.  I also need to maintain a geographically redundant environment in another Azure region.  I am required to demonstrate end to end…

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Using postman with Azure AD

UPDATE (27JUN2017): I’ve been ping’d a few times about updating this post since it uses the old portal UI.  It seems many people land here through their favorite search engine.  John Gallant has an updated post here that should server the same purpose: http://blog.jongallant.com/2017/03/azure-active-directory-access-tokens-postman/ Postman (https://www.getpostman.com/) is a popular tool for testing out a web…

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Using an ERD tool to create CRM entities

I get asked this now and then: “I want to use Erwin [or Visio or Visual Studio or…] to graphically design the CRM entity model, then have the actual CRM entities generated off of the tool I used to design the entities.” While I am not aware of a direct way to do this with…

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Batch updating fields with crmsvcutil generated code

Scenario: “I love early bound code because of compile time checking, LINQ query enablement, etc.  I want to batch update a bunch of records, but OrganizationServiceContext.SaveChanges() executes under the hood as one web service call per entity.  How do I batch update?  Also, how do I make sure that only the fields I change are…

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Using LINQPad with the CRM Online OData service

I’ve been a longtime fan of LINQPad (www.linqpad.net) as a general purpose tool for executing LINQ queries with various LINQ enabled technologies as well as a general purpose scratchpad for testing out .NET code without having to fire up Visual Studio.  I’ve already blogged about how to use LINQPad to work with the CRM Online…

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Setting up a Microsoft Cloud trial

CRM Online based solutions often run across the broader Microsoft Cloud, not just CRM Online alone.  As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.  So here’s a picture that hits home this point at a high level. To help people get started trying this environment out, I’ve created a video that walks you…

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Debug CRM Online Plugins

Debugging plugins in CRM Online just got a lot better with the latest version of the plugin registration tool that ships with CRM 2015.  In the video below, I walk you through how to debug CRM Online plugins using Visual Studio. @devkeydet

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