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  • Blog Post: Is SQL Server Agent missing from Azure SQL Database?

    Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server and Azure professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes. Despite Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Connecting Azure App Service to VNet using Point to Site VPN using PowerShell

    It is possible to connect Azure App Services that are on Standard and Premium plans to a virtual network using a point to site VPN. Unfortunately although it is reasonably straightforward in the portal there isn’t much documentation around on how to do this using PowerShell. In response to a forum...
  • Blog Post: Azure Automation – Schedule the shutdown of Azure VMs with PowerShell

    If you are running Virtual Machines on Microsoft Azure and want to save some cash (or make your MSDN allowance last longer) it is possible to use Azure Automation to schedule the shutdown (and start-up) of Virtual Machines. This is great if you are carrying out testing on Azure and like me often forget...
  • Blog Post: Azure Site Recovery now works with larger than 127GB OS Drive

    We use Azure Site Recovery for both protecting customer VMs and as a migration tool when moving VMs to Microsoft Azure. There have been a number of hoops to jump through to ensure a VM can replicate. On of which is we have come across a few, customer VMs with operating system disks larger than 127GB...
  • Blog Post: Azure PowerShell error: The subscription is not entitled to use the resource

    This is an error I’ve seen quite a few times. Every time I see the error it takes me a while to remember what the issue is, hopefully this post will help me remember one of the causes. I had successfully authenticated to my Azure Subscription using Add-AzureAccount and  ran the following to create...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ignite: The beginning of the end for Windows Server?

    When I visit conferences such as Microsoft Ignite I often choose sessions because of the speakers. However I also ensure I attend a number of sessions covering new and updated technology, the things I see as game changers. The technologies I focused on were Azure, in particular Azure Active Directory...
  • Blog Post: First Steps with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

    I’ve worked with System Center Operation Manager (SCOM) in the past to manage on premise infrastructure. Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a relatively new offering that is focused on monitoring hybrid cloud environments. I like to think of it of a cloud version of SCOM, although it...
  • Blog Post: Azure DevTest Labs – First impressions

    I’ve written a couple of blog posts in the past about scheduling Azure VMs to turn off at a certain time of day. I use this functionality to ensure I don’t use all of my MSDN credit while carrying out testing on Azure. Microsoft have recently announced a new solution that will help address...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Point to Site VPN connection to an Azure Resource Manager Virtual Network

    I have been helping out on the MSDN forums and came across a post where a user was struggling to create a Point to Site (P2S) VPN connection to an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Virtual Network – https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/azure/en-US/567b968e-aa50-4ee4-b554-af09c54a40e0/routing-in...
  • Blog Post: What should I study? Which Exam should I take?

    In the TechNet UK office we have an open email address for people to ask us all manner of questions and even sometimes complain about us or praise us… but mostly we like it when people tell us what they want from us, that way we know our audience is getting what they want. In this case information...
  • Blog Post: Helping applications learn with Azure Machine Learning

    Gavin Payne is a principal architect for Coeo, a SQL Server and Azure professional services company, and a Microsoft Certified Architect and Microsoft Certified Master. His role is to guide and lead organisations through data platform transformation and cloud adoption programmes. Analytics technologies...
  • Blog Post: The UK IT Camp Roadshow is on its way to Cardiff and Birmingham

    In December we travel to Cardiff and Birmingham to deliver the next phase in our IT Innovation series of IT Camps. We have four UK IT Camp events in December. 1 st December – Radisson Blu hotel Cardiff – Azure (Cloud Infrastructure) 2 nd December – Radisson Blu hotel Cardiff...
  • Blog Post: DevOps – a word or a Brave New World?

    DevOps – A Journey into Open Source Tools Once a year the team of Evangelists I work with gather together and spend two days engaged in a variety of different pursuits. This year we made our way to the Microsoft Research Labs in Cambridge. Whenever I make the journey to this lab I do so with...
  • Blog Post: UK IT Camps are back.

    After our Summer break the UK IT Pro team are back with a bang. Next week we are running our first two IT Camps 3 rd November Manchester City Centre 4 th November Leeds City Centre These two camps focus on Microsoft Azure but we have a whole list of exciting things coming up between now and...
  • Blog Post: Azure SQL Data Warehouse: Don’t do this...

    I am always one of the first to try new stuff when it comes out and so it was great for Microsoft to give me job doing this some 99 months ago. One of the latest things I signed up for was the Azure SQL Data Warehouse (ADW), and then setup a demo ADW so I could test it against Power BI. The good news...
  • Blog Post: Data, no use at all without a catalog

    About a decade a go I went on a Microsoft BI boot camp which was also attended by Microsoft staff specifically Matthew Stephen and Rob Gray who inspired me to work towards joining Microsoft myself. Two years later I got in and haven’t looked back and I still track Matt on LinkedIn, so I was very...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Network Benchmark

    Vadym Fedorov is a Solutions Architect at SoftServe , a leading global software application development and consulting company, and a regular blogger on the SoftServe United blog . Vadym has 12 years experience in enterprise application development, as well as 2 years’ experience in Cloud and operations...
  • Blog Post: Cortana - Remembering the Future

    If you have ever watched the Star Trek First Contact film the crew allude to the fact that then star ship Enterprise is named after the first space shuttle, when actually it’s the other way around the first space shuttle was so named because over 2 million star trek fans lobbied NASA to call it...
  • Blog Post: How Windows 10 will change your workplace

    Bold claim indeed. But let us just examine what will be arriving in a couple of days, when Microsoft releases Windows 10 into the wild world outside the rarefied existence of the Windows Insider Programme. Windows 10 has been in Preview with over 5 million insiders for many months and each ‘flight’...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data Services for (near) Real Time Scenarios

    Light years takes about 8 and half minutes to get from the surface sun to the earth and it can actually take a photon 20,000 years to get form the core of the sun to the surface. On earth that means that if the sun stops shining we wont know about it until eight and a half minutes after and begs the...
  • Blog Post: Bring your data to life

    Charlotte asked me to write up something on bringing your ideas to life, and that got me thinking: what is life anyway? Many things don’t look very ‘alive’, because we barely notice them moving or changing over time - coral or lichen for instance. Other life forms move so fast we can...
  • Blog Post: Azure Data Services for Predictive Analytics

    In my last post I hopefully explained that business intelligence works very well on Azure and with new services like the Azure Data Warehouse and Power BI (Not strictly part of Azure but a Microsoft online service). However while BI is good at showing some trends and how a limited number of factors affect...
  • Blog Post: Azure RemoteApp – the Final Part (3) ….. at last

    And Finally….. Not my final post but the final part in my Azure RemoteApp series. First, many apologies for the delay, the day job is getting hectic. I have been evangelizing, demonstrating and using Azure RemoteApp for almost a year now and like most Azure services this one has developed and...
  • Blog Post: Staying in the Pink

    Like a lot of older phrases the original use of “In the Pink” 1 has been lost but is associated with being on top form and in good condition. When I apply this term to data I tend to associate with a good friend of mine Allan Mitchell who is one of the MVP’s behind SQL Bits with a penchant...
  • Blog Post: Learn at Work with the TechDays Online Azure Special

    As part of Learning at Work Week this week, we have and will be continuing to share lots of great learning resources to help you be successful with your learning. To continue this we want to highlight a great free online event coming up which you may be interested in attending to help you get trained...