Leverage Azure Policies to flag issues for review with the audit status, and then leverage PowerShell scripts to identify and manage unattached disks in Azure Storage.
The recent annoucment that Azure Functions now has preview support for PowerShell was big news for me, and should be for a lot of others looking to automate standard azure deployment and operational tasks.
Resource tagging in Azure is a critical function. In this article I will cover what tags are, the core benefits of tagging, and some general suggestions on how to approach tagging.
This article will provide an overview for the foundation of an azure cloud governance strategy to support your organization’s goals for cost management, security, and overall management of the cloud platform.
Nintex recently announced registration for their 2nd Annual InspreX Conference. This year it will take place in New Orleans from February 13th-15th.
I was able to attend the 2015 version in Las Vegas earlier this year with two of my team members. The conference was very well run and it easily exceeded all of our expectations. With the current size and scope of the Microsoft Ignite Conference, it is a nice alternative for all things Nintex. We especially found it easier to move around and have meaningful conversations with people since the audience was smaller and more focused.
The early bird registration rate is a real bargain at $695 (through October 31st). With over 50 breakout sessions and dedicated areas for interactive demos there will be plenty of opportunities to network, learn, and share. It is highly recommended for anyone working with Nintex on a regular basis!
As companies continue to move to the cloud we are constantly finding new and better way to meeting requirements and deliver rock solid solutions. Over the last year there is one area where my team has found some great capabilities that I believe are currently under utilized by SharePoint and Office 365 developers, and that is Azure Table Storage. For those that are not familiar with it, Azure Table storage is a service within the Azure Storage group that stores structured NoSQL data. It is incredibly fast, inexpensive, and NoSQL gives you the capability to store content with flexible datasets. We have started to rely on this for both internal products as well as client consulting engagements. Thanks to the technical leadership and innovation from Jake Dan Attis we have started to find a number of creative uses for the service, some of those solutions I’ll be blogging about over the next few months.
In the meantime, here is a good primer for Azure Storage:
Along with some great links for working with Azure Table Storage:
- Get started with Azure Table storage using .NET: Great overview of Azure Table Storage as well as a run through on how to interact with it in .NET
- Table Service Concepts: Technical breakdown of the service
- Storage Services REST API: API for the overarching Storage Services including authentication
- Table Service REST API: API for table services and interacting with tables and entities
- Using Azure PowerShell with Azure Storage: PowerShell reference for interacting with Azure Storage
- Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer: An essential client tool for interacting with your storage accounts and objects. Using this you can browse, create objects, or query entities
Just hours away from this year’s Microsoft Ignite Conference and I am nearly ready for the week. I expect it to be a busy week filled with lots of new and exciting announcements, likely more than in the past few years. There is a lot going on at Microsoft with the release of SharePoint 2016, major advanced in Office 365 and related development tools and approaches.
This marks my sixth SharePoint/Ignite conference going back to 2008 in Seattle. The changes to the product and ecosystem in that time is simply amazing, but the development of the overall community has been something special so attending these events gives me the chance to reconnect with a lot of long time friends, colleagues, and collaborators.
This year I have will have my hands full helping to promote some new exciting solutions with B&R Business Solutions as well as partner solutions from Beezy and Nintex. You can find me each day working the Beezy booth (2044) where I will also be delivering a number of sessions and participating in some panels, information is below.
Hope to see many of you there!