Teaching Drones to Aid Search and Rescue Efforts via Cognitive Services

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InDro Robotics, a drone operating outfit based in Salt Spring Island British Columbia, recently connected with our team at Microsoft to explore how they could better enable their drones for search and rescue efforts. The team joined forces to create a Proof of Concept to test the ability of automatic object detection to transform search…


DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

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Hello folks, A little while ago, Vancouver based start-up Roomsy and Microsoft collaborated in a Hackfest to explore how Azure Web App services and DevOps best practices could address their needs. Roomsy is a cloud-based Property Management System. It provides its customer a platform to manage their rental property, take reservations that are created through…

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PowerShell Basics: Detecting if a String Ends with a Certain Character

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Did you know you can detect if a string ends in a specific character, or if it starts in one in PowerShell? This can be doe easily with the use of regular expressions or more simply know as Regex. Consider the following examples: ‘something\’ -match ‘.+?\\$’ #returns true ‘something’ -match ‘.+?\\$’ #returns false ‘\something’ -match…


Understanding Azure Managed Disks

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Hello Folks, Lately I’ve had a lot of questions about this new item in the Azure portal. Namely managed disks that became generally available on February 8, 2017. Azure Managed Disks is a way to simplifies disk management for VMs by managing the storage accounts associated with the VM disks. You only need to specify…

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Step-By-Step: Securing a Xamarin app with Azure AD’s Multi-factor Authentication

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In a recent collaboration between PCL and Microsoft, the team came together to digitally transform a manual onboarding process for contractors at local jobsites. The current paper-based process, with its triplicate impact forms, meant high costs for PCL in both form printing and the manual input hours clocked by the PCL Human Resources team.  Plans…

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Step-By-Step: Getting Started with Azure Machine Learning

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) study and use is on the rise.  Tools to enable AI are becoming more readily available, simpler to use and easier to implement.  What’s more is that the definition of AI itself has been broken down into ingredients that, when later applied into a recipe (or process), can provide multiple desired outcomes.  One of the…

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Step-By-Step: Enabling Advanced Security Audit Policy via DS Access

Active directory, from a security perspective, is one of the more impactful services within an organization. Even small changes in Organization’s AD can cause a major business impact. Preventing any unauthorized access and unplanned changes in an AD environment should be top of mind for any system administrator. Should changes or unauthorized access happen within your AD environment, would you have enough…


Cloud4Good: Building an Inclusive Chat Bot for Athletes with Disabilities

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In the relatively new space of Conversations as a Platform, many organizations have begun to incorporate chat bots into the structure of their business as tools to drive sales and manage customer relations. But beyond these use cases, what else can bots do? For five days in February, a team composed of four Technical Evangelists,…

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Step-by-Step: Setup Multiple Public IPs on a VM in Azure

Hello Folks, I’m currently working with a customer who’s migrating some workloads to Azure.  Servers in Azure that will host their web sites will be hosting several sites per servers.  For this deployment, the customer needed to have multiple public IP addresses assigned to each server.  So, we started looking at what we could do….

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PowerShell Basics: How to Validate the Length of an Integer

Recently I fielded the following PowerShell question: “How do I make sure a variable, which is an int, is of a certain length?” Turns out it’s not too hard as the solution simply requires the use of a little regex. Consider the following example:   [int]$v6 = 849032 [int]$v2 = 23 $v6 -match ‘^\d{6}$’ $v2 -match ‘^\d{6}$’…