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Windows 10 Core and Azure IoT Hub

I recently had the opportunity to follow an IoT Lab following the instructions provided in the Nightlight workshop, as found here: http://thinglabs.io/worksho... No need to say, I jumped on the opportunity to learn about Windows 10 Core and have some fun with direct Azure integration with live Power BI reporting in the backend. You will need the Azure IoT kit in order to go through this lab: https://www.adafruit.com/pr... – it costs a bit over $100; money well spent! In the ......

Managing Multiple SQL Servers

If you deal with SQL Server on a regular basis, or if you are a DBA dealing with production databases, you are most likely using a monitoring tool to gather performance statistics and receive alerts. However when it comes to performing real-time analysis, such as finding out which databases are low in log space, querying all your error logs to search for a specific event, or even to find out which databases contain a specific stored procedure or column name, it can get a bit tricky. Most DBAs will ......

Accessing SharePoint Online Data Directly From SQL Server and REST

If you have ever worked with SharePoint, either on premises or online, and ever needed to fetch records or manage Lists programmatically, you know how hard of a task this can be. Learning the SharePoint API presents a significant learning curve even for senior developers. In this post, you will see how you can interact with SharePoint Online using simple SQL statements or simple REST commands, and how you can tap into SharePoint directly from within SQL Server (such as triggers, views, and functions). ......

Accessing No-SQL data from SQL Server 2016 and R Services

In this post, I will show how to easily extend SQL Server 2016 R Services to consume No-SQL data in real-time, such as Azure Tables. This example could easily be modified to access other No-SQL services such as Couchbase for example. As you may know, SQL Server 2016 (currently in Release Candidate 1) now offers the ability to call an R service for statistical analysis using an SQL statement. What is interesting is that you can execute an R script (that contains the statistical computation) directly ......

Developers, Get Ready for Windows 10

The wave of Windows 10 development has already started. With many cool features, and the Universal Windows Platform (with APIs that are guaranteed to be present on all devices running Windows 10), you can start your engines and kick the tires! Here are a few resources you may find useful: Visual Studio 2015 Download: https://www.visualstudio.co... Here is an overview of what’s new with Windows 10 for developers: https://dev.windows.com/en-... ......

Backing up Azure Blobs

As customers adopt the Microsoft Azure platform, the need to backup Azure Blobs is becoming increasingly important. That’s because Azure Blobs are used by both the Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) components of Microsoft Azure. In fact, Azure Blobs are also becoming more popular with local software applications that need a central location to store configuration information and application logs. Since Blobs are a form of data, there is a need to back them up. Until ......

Azure Roadshow for IT Pros in Florida

Hi – this is HUGE!!! Microsoft (Blain Barton) is planning a roadshow in Florida starting in March 2013 until June 2013. We will visit many cities (twice), so if you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time! Space is running short already! I will be one of the presenters at most of the locations, along with Adnan Cartwright, MVP, (http://www.fisg.us/). We will talk IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) in Microsoft Azure, so don’t miss out! Here are some key links for you: http://aka.ms/blainbarton http://aka.ms/msproducts ......

Monitoring Alerts For Azure Virtual Machine

When hosting a service in the cloud, you may need to monitor and send alerts when specific conditions take place, such as when your service is not running. In this blog post, I will show you how to create a simple alert in Microsoft Azure that sends an email when no activity is taking place on a virtual machine. As a pre-requisite, you will need a Microsoft Azure account, and a Virtual Machine up and running. To create an alert, select Management Services from the left bar (using the current portal). ......

Copy Files From You Local Computer To An Azure VM and Back

Do you need to copy files from your local workstation to Azure Virtual Machines? No need to use FTP, or send files on cloud drives or blobs. The only thing you need to do is to access your local drives from your cloud VM and pull the files over. You can also use the same approach to pull files from your cloud VM locally. Here is how it’s done. First, logon to Microsoft Azure and browse to your Virtual Machine from the portal. From there, select your Virtual Machine and click on the Connect button ......

To SaaS or not to SaaS

Many companies servicing specific industries have technology assets that could be transformed into a Software as a Service (SaaS) offering. Your business may have a unique, proprietary technology that your industry could use. So packaging your intellectual property into a SaaS offering may make sense; you could essentially rent your ‘savoir faire’ to your industry, or even to multiple industries depending on how generic the technology is. For example, if you know how to process insurance claims effectively ......

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