VSTS Private Agents with ARM

This post is provided by App Dev Managers, Mariusz Kolodziej and Francis Lacroix who discuss how to automagically deploy a VSTS Private Agent with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and some PowerShell. My customers love to use VSTS to enable their DevOps capabilities, but in some cases they are not able to use the Hosted Agents…


Azure Stack Getting started resources

This post is provided by Senior App Dev Manager, Guru Satish Piduru with helpful getting started information for Azure Stack. Azure Stack brings the power of Azure, to your datacenter, transforming your datacenter resources into cloud services for maximum agility, all under the control of IT. For developers, Azure Stack provides a unified app development…


Azure Enterprise Agreement changes, transfers, and consolidation

This post is provided by Senior App Dev Manager, Bryan Towne to provide insight into to consolidation options for Azure deployments as you grow into or out of your current Enterprise Agreement. Within the time that you consume Azure services there will come a point in which you will probably need to transition from your…


A Smart Way to Host Your Training Labs

In this post, Application Development Manager, Wesam Darwish walks us through how to leverage Azure DevTest – a cost effective, consistent, and streamlined way for quickly deploying a virtual training lab in your environment. At Microsoft Premier Support for Developers, we provide a variety of training options and a wide range of knowledge transfer sessions…


Experiments with HoloLens, Bot Framework, LUIS and Speech Recognition

In this post, Senior Application Development Manager, Davide Zordan, walks us through a POC using HoloLens, Bot Framework, LUIS and Speech Recognition. Recently I had the opportunity to use a HoloLens device for some personal training and building some simple demos. One of the scenarios that I find very intriguing is the possibility of integrating…


Deploy Azure Quickstarts to Azure Government

In this post, Application Development Manager, Marcus Fernandez, covers using existing Azure templates with the Azure Government cloud. Some great resources have been developed by the ALM Rangers, MVPs, and Microsoft Product Groups around Azure Quickstarts. Great place to get started should you need a pre-baked infrastructure. The old saying don’t reinvent the wheel. The…


Exam prep for Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, 70-534

In this post, App Dev Manager, Omer Amin talks about preparing for the Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions Exam. 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. Search returned 227,000 search results for “Azure…


A higher level of Premier Support for Developers – Premier Mission Critical

In this post, Sr. Application Development Manager, Wyn Lewis-Bevan spotlights Premier Mission Critical Support. So, you have a multi-million-dollar revenue generator that uses Microsoft supported technologies, either on Premise, in the Azure cloud, or both. Because it generates a significant portion of your company’s revenue and is therefore a mission critical application, you want to…


TFS automation – User management

In this post, Sr. Application Development Manager, Nandu Muralidharan introduces the TFS API set to help automate administrative tasks associated with managing users in Team Foundation Server. He also shares a set of helper components that he authored to assist developers in this space.   You can check out Nandu’s blog here.  This is part 1…


Hardening your web server’s SSL /TLS ciphers

In this post, Senior Application Development Manager, Anand Shukla shares some tips to harden your web server’s SSL/TLS ciphers. I recently worked with a customer who had security requirements to disable the weak RC 4 ciphers from their Windows 2008 and Windows 2003 servers.  The process is little different for Windows 2008 R2 servers and…