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Visit the Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap site to stay up to date on Azure Cloud based offerings

Visit the Microsoft Cloud Platform Roadmap site to stay up to date on Azure Cloud based offerings

Lately a client of mine has been heavily invested in Azure Logic Apps technologies and with the ever changing landscape of Azure, they were asking how they can keep up and with Microsoft’s shifting it’s priorities to cloud based offering and solutions, it’s been really hard to stay attuned with all of the cloud technologies they are releasing on a daily basis. The Azure blog along with Microsoft newsletters are a great mechanism to get some information but not a completely up to…

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Build an Azure SharePoint farm with PowerShell

Build an Azure SharePoint farm with PowerShell

This post has been updated from a previous post. If you want to build your own SharePoint 2016 in Azure, you may have noticed that SharePoint 2016 is not available in the marketplace, and you can only select the SharePoint Server 2016 trial. Instead, we can use Azure PowerShell to create our SharePoint 2016 farm. There are few benefits to using a script: Customize the farm your own way rather than using templates from the market place; and Re-use the…

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Azure Logic Apps Designer doesn’t load in the Azure Portal

Azure Logic Apps Designer doesn’t load in the Azure Portal

Seems like there is a problem with the Azure Logic Apps Designer in some versions of Internet Explorer (I use IE 11) where it just gets paused and stuck in a loop without ever loading the Azure Logic Apps Designer.  You get an endless loading screen where it is stuck and doesn’t load as such: For now, I have just switched to using Google Chrome while Microsoft works on fixing this issue.  Seems to work nicely in that browser. Hope…

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Join me in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa for the first ever aOS Canadian tour!

Join me in Quebec, Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa for the first ever aOS Canadian tour!

​Based on the long standing European aOS Community conference tours, the first annual Canadian aOS community tour is happening this Februrary! The aOS Canadian Tour 2017 is a conference taking place in four different Canadian cities, over the span of five days. Starting February 6th we will tour from Quebec City, to Montreal, Ottawa all the way down to Toronto with some of the most influential speakers from Europe and Canada. We are aiming at delivering over 60 sessions to…

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Azure Logic Apps vs. Microsoft Flow

Azure Logic Apps vs. Microsoft Flow

I’ve been getting asked by some of my clients and attendees at some of my presentations on the difference between Microsoft Flow and Microsoft Azure Logic Apps. Both are integration tools that have configurable workflow actions which makes it easy to build your workflow processes to integrate with all of your enterprise applications. There are some differences though. Below is a quick summary I’ve put together on this based on the information published by Microsoft on Choosing between Flow, Logic…

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Azure functions Challenge

Azure functions Challenge

Azure Functions is a PAAS service for running pieces of code (including functions 🙂 in the cloud. You can write just the code you need for the problem at hand, without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to run it. Azure Functions can use your development language of choice. You only pay for the time your code runs. Microsoft today announced Azure Functions Challenge. You can test your coding skills and learn how to build solutions using Azure…

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Azure Analysis Services – Preview

Azure Analysis Services – Preview

The public preview of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services has now been released.  Azure Analysis Services is an enterprise grade OLAP engine and BI modeling platform, offered as a fully managed platform-as-a-service (PaaS). One of the coolest feature of Microsoft Azure Analysis Services is Self-Service BI tools. For any BI project most of the heavy lifting is done by the BI SME and business users (power users) consumes the data in some form of dashboard since business users do not have…

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Azure Site Recovery support for Windows Server 2016

Azure Site Recovery support for Windows Server 2016

When Microsoft announced Windows Server 2016 at the Ignite 2016 in Atlanta there were questions around Azure Site Recovery supporting this OS. The Azure team announced that Azure site recovery now support Windows server 2016. Before I go into details, let me take a step back and give quick overview of Azure site recovery. Azure Site Recovery is a service that can replicates, fails over, and recover your workloads. This can guarantee highest uptime in case of disaster. There are…

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Azure Advisor – Public Preview

Azure Advisor – Public Preview

Microsoft has just announced public preview of Azure Advisor. Azure advisor is a personalized recommendation engine that provides proactive best practices guidance which will help you configure your Azure resources using those best practices. The idea behind Azure Advisor is pretty neat. It analyzes your workload configuration together with your usage telemetry and based on that it detects the risks and potential issues for your workload. Azure Advisor also recommend solutions that will help you overcome the issues. To get…

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Speaking on running Azure Containers and Azure VMs this month

Speaking on running Azure Containers and Azure VMs this month

I will be giving 2 sessions at the Ottawa SharePoint User Group on the following 2 topics: Best practices and cost effective methods with PowerShell automation in setting up Azure Virtual Machines (for SharePoint farms) Scripts needed for setting up Azure Docker Containers to run WordPress Hope to see you there!