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  • Tweet Microsoft recently released public preview of OMS and ITSM integration. Here is the link for that announcement: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msoms/2017/05/11/it-service-management-connector-public-preview Microsoft has built an ITSM connector in OMS. This new ITSM connector can connect to many ITSM solutions out there. The ITSM solutions it can connect to are: System Center Service Manager (SCSM) Cherwell ServiceNow Provance This new ITSM connector is bi-directional meaning work items can flow from the ITSM solution into OMS and OMS can create work items in the [...]
  • While running through the (very worthwhile) Azure Functions Challenge, I encountered an error that was new to me, and a quick method of working around/fixing it. After deploying Challenge 4, I received the following error when trying to open the Function: “We are not able to retrieve the keys for function … This can happen if the runtime is not able to load your function. Check other function errors.” It seems this is because I used the same app name [...]
  • Today, Thomas Roettinger Senior Program Manager in the Azure Stack Team announced the Technical Preview of the Microsoft Azure Stack Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager. System Center is a datacenter management tool used by many enterprises out there, Operations Manager allows you to monitor your complete datacenter environment based on Management Packs which included the logic and intelligence to monitor different solutions and products. With the release of the Azure Stack Management Pack, Microsoft enables you to monitor [...]
  • Tweet May is a busy month for me with the opportunity to speak at both OSCON – Open Source Convention (https://conferences.oreilly.com/oscon/oscon-tx) and MMS – Midwest Management Summit (https://mmsmoa.com)! OSCON is May 8th through the 11th in Austin Texas. MMS is May 15th through the 18th in Minnesota. At OSCON I will be presenting on “How to Motivate Technical Employees” with friend and fellow Microsoft MVP Samuel Erskine – @samerskine. This will be on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 4:15pm–4:55pm. This session [...]
  • One of the first steps many people take in their journey to Azure or Azure Stack is the migration of an existing workload, rather than building net new. Typically most people would recommend choosing a non-production-critical web-based application running within a VM or across multiple VMs. There are three usual ways people move this sort of workload: Lift and shift of IaaS to IaaS Re-platform of IaaS to PaaS Partial re-platform of IaaS to PaaS and IaaS With the workload [...]
  • One of the first steps many people take in their journey to Azure or Azure Stack is the migration of an existing workload, rather than building net new. Typically most people would recommend choosing a non-production-critical web-based application running within a VM or across multiple VMs. There are three usual ways people move this sort of workload: Lift and shift of IaaS to IaaS Re-platform of IaaS to PaaS Partial re-platform of IaaS to PaaS and IaaS With the workload [...]
  • Continuing on the MAS series, in this topic I am exploring some of the Infrastructure roles. This is off a TP3 Refresh deployment of MAS. Note Everything is with respect to a point in time. The point in time reference to this is TP3 Refresh timeline, though there may be changes later. Infrastructure Roles A picture is worth a thousand words. The following is a list of the infrastructure roles available when you deploy TP3 refresh. Click to see expanded/clear [...]
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    When choosing a platform to build an application for, developers need to consider a number of common factors – skillset in the market, end user reach of the platform, supportability, roadmap, and so on. This is one of the reasons why Windows Phone has had such a difficult time; development houses won’t choose to invest time into it because of limited user reach, uncertain roadmap and support, and the need to develop new skills. There’s just no incentive there to [...]
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    When choosing a platform to build an application for, developers need to consider a number of common factors – skillset in the market, end user reach of the platform, supportability, roadmap, and so on. This is one of the reasons why Windows Phone has had such a difficult time; development houses won’t choose to invest time into it because of limited user reach, uncertain roadmap and support, and the need to develop new skills. There’s just no incentive there to [...]
  • When you deploy a new Azure Function, one of the created elements is a Storage Account Connection, either to an existing storage account or to a new one. This is listed in the ‘Integrate’ section of the Function, and automatically sets the appropriate connection string behind the scenes when you select an existing connection, or create a new one. Out of the box however, this didn’t work correctly for me, throwing an error about the storage account being invalid. Normally [...]
  • When you deploy a new Azure Function, one of the created elements is a Storage Account Connection, either to an existing storage account or to a new one. This is listed in the ‘Integrate’ section of the Function, and automatically sets the appropriate connection string behind the scenes when you select an existing connection, or create a new one. Out of the box however, this didn’t work correctly for me, throwing an error about the storage account being invalid. Normally [...]