In this post I’ll provide a brief overview of IFTTT and Zapier and Microsoft’s contribution to the user-friendly, user-powered workflow services tool, Microsoft Flow.
Because I’m already planning my next trip, this edition of Short Takes focuses on Windows phone market share, Microsoft’s Edge problem, PowerShell coming to Linux and macOS, Xbox One highs and lows, and the next Apple Watch.
Microsoft PowerShell on Linux and macOS—yes, it’s now open source. If you think the world’s gone mad, you might be right. For die-hard Linux-heads, it’s never going to replace Bash, Perl or Python. But for Microsoft-centric dev/ops types, it promises to be a wonderful widget in the toolbag. Especially as more workloads move to “the cloud.”
Microsoft has announced that they will be sunsetting Azure RemoteApp and is recommending users switch to a product made by Citrix.
Microsoft has launched a preview for a new set of NVIDIA-powered virtual machines in Azure that can be used for compute-intensive and graphic-intensive workloads. See the specs, pricing and availability.
Always Encrypted is a feature of SQL Server 2016 that Microsoft released in Azure SQL Database in June 2016. Russell describes what Always Encrypted technology is and how it works with Azure SQL Database.
Google is continuing to expand its infastracutre to better compete with Amazon and Microsoft; Gartner is starting to recognize the company’s new initiatives and has listed them as a visionary.
Aidan walks through how to use the built-in tools for troubleshooting faulty virtual machines in Azure: diagnose tools, activity logs, resource health, boot diagnostics, reset password, redeploy, and support request.
In today’s Ask the Admin, I’ll look at why you might need to back up data stored in the cloud and two options for backing up Office 365.
In late July and into August 2016, Microsoft is releasing new IaaS features and making improvements for Microsoft Azure that will interest IT pros. Aidan summarizes some of the most interesting ones.
Aidan explains a bit of the history of how System Center Advisor (SCA) has evolved into Azure Log Analytics (OMS). Microsoft is rapidly adding solutions to Log Analytics (OMS) so it can eventually replace SCOM.
Delta is experencing a global outage of its computer system becuase of a power outage at its headquarters which raises the question as to why they don’t have a backup facility located in another part of the country.
Russell shows how to create your first Azure SQL Database, configure a firewall and connect to the database using Visual Studio.