When using SharePoint, don’t use $

In the latest post on his blog, Senior Premier Developer Consultant Brian Gregor discusses an error when using Distributed Cache PowerShell cmdlets with a user account that includes a $ in the name. https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/briangre/2017/01/24/when-using-sharepoint-dont-use/

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Microsoft Graph – Consolidating multiple APIs into one

Paul King, Senior Application Development Manager, introduces Microsoft Graph API as the unifying endpoint for many APIs As Microsoft’s cloud services has evolved, so have the APIs used to reference them.  When Microsoft first offered cloud services like Exchange Online, SharePoint, OneDrive and others, and API to access that service was launched too.  There would…


Investing In Improvement

  In this post, Principal Application Development Manager, Larry Duff asks “How will you identify your normalized deviances and invest in improvement?” I’ve been following a recent blog about the Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy and was struck by a phrase in a recent entry, “normalization of deviance.” They were describing a piece of foam falling…


Congratulations Visual Studio on 20 amazing years! Join the VS2017 Launch Event

If you were developing code back in ‘97, perhaps you remember the mind blowing concept of Microsoft delivering a single IDE that could do it all.  Up to this point, developers were used to juggling debuggers, compilers, linkers, editors, and more to build integrated solutions.  It was a special time to experience development technology coming…


Power BI–A case study to end homelessness

Keith Anderson, Senior ADM, shares a practical example of how Power BI quickly transformed a project using simple, out-of-the-box features to integrate data and provide visualizations. I had the opportunity recently to work with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) on their yearly Youth Point-in-time (PIT) Count event.  Microsoft worked with them on a…


How Do I Open Ports with PowerShell?

This short but sweet post comes from Premier Developer consultant Tim Omta.  Be sure to head over to Tim’s blog for more scripts and how-tos. If you have a history with Windows, you’re probably used to using netsh to open ports on the Windows Firewall. We have a whole slew of PowerShell cmdlets to administer…

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The High Availability Conversation Part 1: Introduction

In this post, Senior Consultant, Bradley Ball discusses High Availability for SQL Server. In this latest blog post PSfD Consultant Bradley Ball begins the High Availability Conversation based off of a question on Twitter.  He answers the questions what do the Three Bears have to do with HA planning and the business users and IT management. …

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[Service Fabric] Securing an Azure Service Fabric cluster with Azure Active Directory via the Azure Portal

In this post, Senior Consultant, Larry Wall demonstrates how to secure Azure Service Fabric Cluster using Azure Active Directory via the Azure Portal. To make sure appropriate credit is given to a great article on this topic, I did take some of the information for the steps below from this article https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/service-fabric/service-fabric-cluster-creation-via-arm. The article found at…

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Transpose Data Based on Repeating Pattern in a Column in Power Query

Senior Application Development Manager, Robert Reilly, walks us through an approach to transpose data based on repeating patterns in Power Query. You may run into a scenario where you receive data in say a CSV that needs to be transposed (Row become Columns).  If you want to transpose a table it’s pretty straight forward in…


HoloLens – How to Create Mixed Reality?

Rick McGuire, Senior ADM, provides an introduction to mixed reality development with a test drive using HoloLens, Unity, and Visual Studio 2015. With the invention of HoloLens, it is now possible to superimpose a virtual 3D world onto our exiting reality. HoloLens lets you create holograms, virtual objects that appear in the in the same…