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Visual Studio Release Management, DSC, and Azure VMs

This post will show how to use Visual Studio Release Management with Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) to configure multiple deployment environments and deploy an application.  If you just want to see the big payoff, scroll all the way down to the section “The Big Payoff”. Background I am presenting a series of workshops… Read more

The API Economy: Consuming Our Web API from a Single Page App

This post shows how to consume a Web API secured with Azure Active Directory using ADAL.js. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 – An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2 – Using OpenID Connect… Read more

A Sample SharePoint App That Calls A Custom Web API

This post will show how to create a Web API that calls other services on behalf of the current user. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 – An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services Part 2… Read more

Using OpenID Connect with SharePoint Apps

This post will show how to authenticate a user using OpenID Connect in a SharePoint provider hosted app without prompting the user for additional credentials.  Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD. Part 1 – An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That… Read more

An Architecture for SharePoint Apps That Call Other Services

This post will show an architecture for a SharePoint provider hosted app that calls other services such as the O365 API for Exchange, Azure AD Graph API, PowerBI API, or a custom Web API. Background This post is part of a series on building a SharePoint app that communicate with services protected by Azure AD…. Read more

Indexing Azure SQL Database with Azure Search

This post will show how to index a table in an Azure SQL Database using Azure Search. Background I am always trying to learn more about Azure, about things that are possible.  One thing I just learned today that I had to share was the ability to use Azure Search against an Azure SQL Database. … Read more

Adventure Works for Azure SQL Database

This post will show how to create the Adventure Works sample in an Azure SQL Database using the new Azure portal. Background Every once in awhile, I will need a sample database to test something out.  Such was the case today, I wanted to use the Adventure Works database sample in Azure SQL Database.  However,… Read more

Device Simulator for Event Hubs

This post will show how to build a simulator to send messages to Azure Event Hubs. Background I have been doing a lot of work with Event Hubs stream processing lately, and I find that I need different types of device simulators.  I need one that sends a few messages, one that continuously sends a… Read more

Autoscaling Azure–Cloud Services

This post shows how to autoscale Azure Cloud Services using a Service Bus queue. Background My role as an Architect for Azure COE requires me to have many different types of discussions with customers who are designing highly scalable systems.  A common discussion point is “elastic scale”, the ability to automatically scale up or down… Read more

Making SharePoint Apps Scale with Azure Redis Cache

This post will show how to create custom classes for a SharePoint 2013 app that enable the use of Azure Redis Cache. Background Often times there are web application design constraints that require use of session state.  From Scott Guthrie’s book: It’s often not practical in a real-world cloud app to avoid storing some form… Read more