Exam Prep for 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

I recently took the 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam. Each Microsoft exam page has a Skills Measured section. This section clearly outlines the knowledge that will be measured on the exam. i.e. the exam questions are going to be about the following topics only.   As I went through the sections above, I…


Physical Data Center Security

I don’t spend a lot of time talking to customers about physical data center security. As a developer using mostly PaaS or IaaS compute platforms, I just assumed that that cloud provider had taken care of it. Helping customers with Data Security (Data at Rest, Data in Transit, Secure Compute), and Application Code security takes…


Cloud Computing + Modern DevOps == Productivity Gains

The Productivity Paradox…When new tools promise higher productivity, but fail to deliver. I came across this concept last weekend when I was reading Tim Harford’s “Fifty Inventions that shaped the Modern Economy”. He was talking about the Dynamo’s, and how their invention was supposed to revolutionize the industrial era. When the Dynamo was invented, factories…


Updating Windows Form UI elements from another thread

In a typical Windows Forms .NET application, the UI elements are created and updated by the main thread. This thread is also responsible for processing Windows messages. For this reason, it is recommended to keep message processing short and simple. Long running operations performed on this thread will cause incoming Windows messages to queue up….


Public previews for mySQL, POSTgreSQL DBs as a Service

Today we announced the public preview of mySQL and POSTgreSQL database as a Service. This is a fantastic step forward for smaller dev shops that today have to manage their own database servers. Having the DB available as a Service allows them to focus on developing features, than having to worry about managing and patching…


Exam prep for Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, 70-534

So you are thinking about taking the 534 exam, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. There are plenty of exam prep resources and courses out there from Udemy\Pluralsight courses, books, guides, etc. Doing a web search returned 227,000 search results for “Azure 70-534 certification”. With all these different resources, whats a good place to start?   Lets…


Windows as a Service

We’ve all heard it….but what does it mean. Lex and Chris do a great job of explaining that means and how the new Servicing model impacts your organization.  


SQL Migration Assistance

Often I get asked what the impact would be to upgrade to a new version of SQL. Microsoft does an amazing job, but short of scouring the release notes or deploying to the new version and running a full test, it was very difficult to come up with a good impact assessment. The SQL team…


Need to find a quick link to something in Azure?

Someone at MS had a really cool idea to create shortcuts to Azure documentation. Need to quickly find out more about a specific Azure offering without having to click around…just go to aka.ms/Azure/<the thing>   Here are a few examples.   https://aka.ms/Azure/4pillars https://aka.ms/Azure/ACL https://aka.ms/Azure/ACS https://aka.ms/Azure/AD …   For more examples take a look at the…


New Servicing models for Windows 7 and 8.1

Finally! Further simplifying servicing models for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 Windows has such a large user base that it hard to make changes to the Servicing model, but this was long overdue. Windows always released point fixes for customers so that they could pick and choose what updates they wanted. While this allowed users…