Saturday, June 20, 2020

Fast track your DevOps process using Azure DevOps Labs!

Simplify and speed up the DevOps process with Azure DevOps services. The following labs will help you to get started with Azure DevOps services to automate software delivery and meet business needs.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Azure DevOps vs Github - migration recommendations

The following is a summary of migration recommendations for common Azure DevOps capabilities. When you are able to migrate will depend on your requirements and feature usage. The migration tooling and guidance we are creating will provide more details, but in the meantime, please work with your GitHub and Microsoft account representatives for assistance.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Hello Developers! AZ-204 is here

Hi folks,

New version of AZ-203, AZ-204 is here from 24 Feb, 2020.You will be able to take AZ-203 exam until it retires on May 31, 2020.

Skills measured
AZ-204 (new)
  • Develop Azure Infrastructure as a Service compute solution (10-15%)
  • Develop Azure Platform as a Service compute solution (20-25%)
  • Develop for Azure storage (15-20%)
  • Implement Azure security (10-15%)
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize solutions (10-15%)
  • Connect to and consume Azure and third-party services (20-25%)

  • Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)
  • Develop for Azure storage (10-15%)
  • Implement Azure security (15-20%)
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (10-15%)
  • Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (25-30%)

What’s in AZ-204
Audience Profile
Candidates for this exam are cloud developers who participate in all phases of development from requirements definition and design, to development and deployment, and maintenance. They partner with cloud DBAs, cloud administrators, and clients to implement solutions.
Candidates should be proficient in Azure SDKs, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, and monitoring.
Candidates must have 1-2 years professional development experience and experience with Microsoft Azure. They must be able to program in an Azure Supported Language.

Skills Measured

NOTE: The bullets that appear below each of the skills measured are intended to illustrate how we are assessing that skill. This list is not definitive or exhaustive.

NOTE: In most cases, exams do NOT cover preview features, and some features will only be added to an exam when they are GA (General Availability).

Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)

Implement IaaS solutions

·      provision VMs
·      create ARM templates
·      create container images for solutions
·      publish an image to the Azure Container Registry
·      run containers by using Azure Container Instance

Create Azure App Service Web Apps

·      create an Azure App Service Web App
·      enable diagnostics logging
·      deploy code to a web app
·      configure web app settings
·      implement autoscaling rules (schedule, operational/system metrics)

Implement Azure functions

·      implement input and output bindings for a function
·      implement function triggers by using data operations, timers, and webhooks
·      implement Azure Durable Functions

Develop for Azure storage (10-15%)

Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage

·      select the appropriate API for your solution
·      implement partitioning schemes
·      interact with data using the appropriate SDK
·      set the appropriate consistency level for operations
·      create Cosmos DB containers

Develop solutions that use blob storage

·      move items in Blob storage between storage accounts or containers
·      set and retrieve properties and metadata
·      interact with data using the appropriate SDK
·      implement data archiving and retention

Implement Azure security (15-20%)

Implement user authentication and authorization

·      implement OAuth2 authentication
·      create and implement shared access signatures
·      register apps and use Azure Active Directory to authenticate users

Implement secure cloud solutions

·      secure app configuration data by using the App Configuration and KeyVault API
·      manage keys, secrets, and certificates by using the KeyVault API
·      implement Managed Identities for Azure resources

Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (10-15%)

Integrate caching and content delivery within solutions

·      develop code to implement CDN’s in solutions

·      configure cache and expiration policies
·      store and retrieve data in Azure Redis cache

Instrument solutions to support monitoring and logging

·      configure instrumentation in an app or service by using Application Insights
·      analyze and troubleshoot solutions by using Azure Monitor
·      implement Application Insights Web Test and Alerts
·      implement code that handles transient faults

Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (25- 30%)

Develop an App Service Logic App

·      create a Logic App
·      create a custom connector for Logic Apps
·      create a custom template for Logic Apps

Implement API management

·      create an APIM instance
·      configure authentication for APIs
·      define policies for APIs

Develop event-based solutions

Note: Creating event models is in scope

·      implement solutions that use Azure Event Grid
·      implement solutions that use Azure Notification Hubs
·      implement solutions that use Azure Event Hub

Develop message-based solutions

·      implement solutions that use Azure Service Bus
·      implement solutions that use Azure Queue Storage queues

Monday, November 25, 2019

Run ASP.NET CORE App in Development Mode

Getting the following message and need to run ASP.NET Core app in Dev Mode...

Development Mode
Swapping to the Development environment displays detailed information about the error that occurred.
The Development environment shouldn't be enabled for deployed applications. It can result in displaying sensitive information from exceptions to end users. For local debugging, enable the Development environment by setting the ASPNETCORE_ENVIRONMENT environment variable to Development and restarting the app.

1. Go to IIS server / your website root
2. Open Web.Config file
3. Add the following environment variable...

 4. Save and reload page

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Migrate Work item from one Azure DevOps/TFS project to another

If you are struggling with migrating work items from one project to another, this free tool is for you at GitHub.

Some of the key migration features include:
  • Work item links
  • Attachments
  • Git commit links
  • Work item history
  • Tagging of the source items that have been migrated

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Microsoft Secure Development Lifecyle

The Microsoft SDL introduces security and privacy considerations throughout all phases of the development process, helping developers build highly secure software, address security compliance requirements, and reduce development costs. The guidance, best practices, tools, and processes in the Microsoft SDL are practices we use internally to build more secure products and services. Since first shared in 2008, we’ve updated the practices as a result of our growing experience with new scenarios, like the cloud, Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI).


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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Azure Blogs - Articles from 2-Sept-2019 to 8-Sept-2019

AI + Machine Learning
Covering: Azure Batch AI, Azure Bot Service, Microsoft Genomics, Machine Learning services, Machine Learning Studio, Cognitive Services, Bing APIs, Computer Vision API, Content moderator, Custom Services, Emotion API, Face API, Language Understanding (LUIS), Linguistic Analysis API, QnA Maker API, Speaker Recognition API, Text Analytics API, Translator Speech API, Translator Text API, Web Language Model API

Covering: Azure Databricks, HDInsight, Data Factory, Stream Analytics, Data Lake Analytics, Event Hubs, Power BI, Azure Analysis Services, Apache Spark for HDInsight, Apache Storm for HDInsight, R Server for HDInsight, Data Catalog

Covering: Virtual Machines, Functions, Batch, Service Fabric, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, Cloud Services, Linux Virtual Machines, SAP HANA on Azure Large Instances

Covering: Container Registry, Container Instances, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), Web App for Containers

Covering: Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, SQL Data Warehouse, Redis Cache, SQL Server Stretch Database, SQL Server on virtual machines, Table storage, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database for MySQL

Developer Tools
Covering: Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, SDKs, Developer tool integrations, CLIs, Blockchain Workbench

Covering: Azure DevOps, Azure DevTest Labs, DevOps tool integrations, Azure Lab Services

Covering: Azure Active Directory, Multi-factor Authentication, Azure Active Directory Domain Services, Azure Active Directory B2C
No Links Available

Covering: Service Bus, Logic Apps, Event Grid, API Management, Blockchain

Internet Of Things
Covering: IoT Hub, IoT Suite, IoT Edge, IoT Central, IoT solution accelerators, Time Series Insights, Azure Maps, Azure Sphere

Management and Governance
Covering: Backup, Site Recovery, App Insights, Azure Advisor, Sceduler, Automation, Log Analytics, Azure Monitor, Security & Compliance, Protection & Recovery, Automation & Control, Insight & Analytics, Azure Service Health, Microsoft Azure portal, Azure Resource Manager, Cloud Shell, the Azure Resource Graph, Azure Policy, Cost Management, Azure Blueprints

Covering: Media services, Encoding, Live and On-Demand Streaming, Azure Media Player, Content Protection, Media Analytics, Video Indexer

Covering: Azure Database Migration Service, Azure Migrate, Data Box
No Links Available

Covering: App Service (Mobile), Notification Hubs, Mobile apps, API apps, Visual Studio App Centre, Xamarin

Covering: Content Delivery Network, ExpressRoute, Azure DNS, Firewall, Virtual Network, Traffic Manager, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway, Network Watcher

Covering: Azure Information Protection, Key Vault, Security Center, Azure DDoS Protection, Azure Advanced Threat Protection
No Links Available

Covering: Storage, StorSimple, Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, Disk Storage, Managed Disks, Queue Storage, File Storage, Storage Explorer, Archive Storage

Covering: App Service (Web), API Management, Content Delivery Network, Azure Search, Web apps, Azure SignalR Service