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…


ASP.Net Session Swapping – Why it happens and what can be done about it?

In this post, Senior Application Development Manager, Sanket Bakshi explains details behind the sometimes perplexing issue of Session Swapping and how to avoid it. Kernel Cache is a powerful and well-known feature introduced in IIS 7 and found in all later versions.  It’s the highly performant server level cache that very efficiently delivers frequently used…


Integrating Visual Studio Team Services with Microsoft Teams

In this post, Senior Application Development Manager, Mike Bolser demonstrates how to integrate Microsoft Teams and Visual Studio Team Services. Microsoft Teams the new chat-based workspace in Office365 offers several services to enable work group collaboration. One way of enabling work group collaboration for developers is through a built-in integration with Visual Studio Team Services….


Bots on Azure – Not as Complex as it Sounds

This post is provided by Dan Simmons, a Technical Delivery Manager within our team here at Premier Support for Developers. I was having a discussion with a colleague about how customers will help you better understand them.  I had asked if they had thought about putting a bot on their webpage to help them with…