Best way to host Microsoft R Server in Azure

Today I was asked whether it was better to run Microsoft R Server on a Virtual Machine / Azure Container Instance or DevTest Labs. The requirement was for a 6 core 32Gb RAM for a developer image. My initial thought was to have a R Server created from the gallery and then use DevTest extension…

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Relational Database to Cosmos DB

A customer fired off a few questions to me today regarding their move from on-premises SQL Server to Cosmos DB. I thought I would share those questions and answers. How can we handle relational DBMS? Cosmos DB is not a relational database. You cannot just take your relational database and expect it to run in…

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Azure Service Fabric Application Insights working sample

This simple post is going to walk through the very basics of getting trace events to appear in Application Insights from Azure Service Fabric using EventFlow. First, let’s discuss the options and the advantages and disadvantages of each. A sample application can be found here: – https://github.com/ross-p-smith/service-fabric-hot-telemetry Configure each service in the Service Fabric Application to…

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Add Azure Active Directory B2B users to your Visual Studio Team Services

I often go on site with customers and do some work for them inside their VSTS. I am going to document a way for those companies that are using AAD and VSTS together to add me into their Azure Active Directory so that I can use my company email address and bring in my MSDN…

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Retrieving Distinct Count of the PageViews in Application Insights using parseurl

Had a query from a partner today about how they could get a report from Application Insights to tell them how many times a particular App Service had been called. The sticking point was to group all of the hits to a particular instance irrespective of the full url that was being retrieved. We built…

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dotnet restore unable to resolve .NET Framework libraries

I was at a hack at the start of the month and we were attempting to create a CI pipeline for the solution. The solution was made up of a dotnet core (1.0.0-preview2-003121) Web API project that references some .Net Framework 4.5.2 class libraries. When I compiled this in VSTS it was unable to restore the…

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Unable to locate Nuget on a Hosted Build

I was working for a customer as they were having an issue after importing their code into Visual Studio Online hosted build. The build error they received was Application\Codebase\.nuget\NuGet.targets(83,9): Error : Unable to locate ‘C:\a\3eb8c622\Customer\Application\Codebase\.nuget\NuGet.exe’ The real reason for this is that when you import code into Team Foundation Server it doesn’t check in .exe’s…

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Cloud Roadmap

Ever wanted to know what the Azure team are up to and what services have been deprecated? This is now my go to guide. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/roadmap/

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Windows 10 Calculator

Wow – we have finally updated calc.exe – how long has that been? and and How cool is it that 12 stone is 0.02 Elephants

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Adding Nokia JBL PowerUp to Windows 10

I have a Nokia charging station in my office that also doubles as a nice speaker whilst I am working. Here is the spec. http://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/accessory/md-100w/specifications/, now I have always struggled to pair it to Windows before as it always failed, so here are my steps so that someone else doesn’t have the same problem. Make…

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