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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New cmd.exe features in Windows 10

So in Windows 10, cmd.exe has had some love finally! Open your command prompt and right click and go to Properties. By far my favourite is the Ctrl+V that finally works!!

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A Windows Service hybrid Console that installs itself

I have sent this previously to a few of my customers when I see them having issues around console applications and services and the whole installer issue. This is nothing new, I just thought it was time I wrote it down to help others. The normal symptoms I see are two projects; one for a…

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Setting an IP to address to be static and then dynamic in C#

Yesterday, I was with a colleague and we were discussing how to set an IP address to be static for a particular use case and then go back to being dynamic. We discussed netsh and PowerShell, but I just wanted to see if we could achieve it in C# code. So, just in case anybody…

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