Where Did Application Insights Put my Performance Counter Data?

Premier Developer consultant Tim Omta recently shared this quick tip on his blog about where Application Insights performance counter data is stored after it’s pushed into Azure Diagnostics. I ran into an issue finding performance counter values I had pushed to Application Insights and wanted to note it to save others some time. You can…

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[Service Fabric] Auto-scaling your Service Fabric cluster–Part II

In the second post in his series on Auto-scaling a Service Fabric cluster, Premier Developer consultant Larry Wall highlights a new feature that allows you to tie auto-scaling to an Application Insights metric. In Part I of this article, I demonstrated how to set up auto-scaling on the Service Fabric clusters scale set based on…

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Application Insights Debug Snapshot issue “Unexpected error has occurred”

This post on the Debug Snapshot feature of Application Insights comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Adel Ghabboun. A couple of days ago, I encountered an ambiguous issue while trying to open the debug snapshot feature in Application Insights following Debug snapshots on exceptions in .NET apps. The error was “Unexpected error has occurred….

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Code Reviews and fishing

In a recent post from his blog, Premier Developer Consultant Jim Blizzard discussed the human side of code reviews… Years ago, before I joined Microsoft, a team at one of the companies I worked for decided to start doing code reviews. This was back before modern IDEs that would show you side by side code…

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PowerAppsPuzzle: @ vs # == Cryptic Error

In today’s post, Premier Developer consultant Brian Gregor is back with another installment in his PowerAppsPuzzle series! Hey folks!  We are back with another PowerAppsPuzzle this week. This time we are trying to track down the source of a very cryptic error message. I am working on a solution for a PowerApp that integrates with…

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Controlling the Number of Outgoing Connections From HttpClient (.NET Core or Full Framework)

Here’s a quick tip from Premier Developer consultant Tim Omta about configuring the outgoing connection limit on .NET Core.  The entirety of the article appears here, but don’t forget to check out Tim’s blog directly for other helpful posts! Although there are references to this all over the web for full framework, I had trouble…

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Alternative way to protect your Application Insights “Instrumentation Key” in JavaScript

This post on Application Insights and protecting your instrumentation key comes to us from Premier Developer consultant Adel Ghabboun. Application Insights instrumentation key can be used in both Server and client side. Using the instrumentation key in the server side is secured and no one can see it. The opposite happens on the client side…

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First Look Into Blockchain

There’s been a ton of buzz about Blockchain lately (Bitcoin anyone?) so what better time to highlight this video from Premier Developer consultant Razi Rais on understanding Blockchain technology. Since last year, I have been spending time with customers understanding how blockchain can help them improve/replace existing processes. It’s relatively a new technology but evolving…

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Amazon Alexa Skills authenticated by Azure Active Directory and backed by ASP.NET Core 2.0 Web API hosted on Azure

This post is provided by Premier Field Engineer, Nathan Vanderby, who walks us through how to write an Alexa skill using .NET core and AAD.  Lasted updated, June 2018. Amazon’s Echo devices and Alexa assistant need no introduction. In this post I lay out how you can write an Alexa skill and use a .NET…


TFS 2017 – Sometimes we must look back before we can move forward! – Part 1

This is the first of a series of posts is provided by Senior Application Development Manager (ADM), Chuck Goodspeed, focusing on the challenges encountered in migrating/evolving TFS 2005/2008/2010 installations a full decade forward into TFS 2017 and/or VSTS. Experiences and situations encountered at multiple customer installations provide real-life NOT “out-of-the-box experiences”, [! OOB} which can…