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 $v6 -match ‘^\d{6}$’ $v2 -match ‘^\d{6}$’…


Step-by-Step: Enable Network Monitoring in Azure.

Hello folks, When building network infrastructures in the cloud live VNets, ExpressRoute, Application Gateways, Load balancers, and more… You need tools and processes to monitor and troubleshoot any issues that may arise. We have just released two of those tools to the preview program. Network Watcher – Provides scenario-based monitoring including packet capture, next hop,…

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Step-By-Step: Setting up Active Directory in Windows Server 2016

There are interesting new features now made available in Windows Server 2016 such as time based group membership, privileged access management, and others. Most will be covered in future posts. This post will detail how to install active directory on Windows Server 2016. Before the AD install however it is important to understand what is the minimum requirement to…


PowerShell Basics: Listing the number of services each user has per server

Infrastructure audits can be fun right? While they can be tedious at best, most IT Professionals are prepared via the use of Operations Management Suite or other 3rd party software that can literally produce a report in minutes (depending on infrastructure size of course!) What about if you don’t have access to these tools? Fear not…

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Powershell Basics: Prompt To Copy File If It Does Not Exist

The PowerShell command Copy-Item will overwrite a file if it exists by default. This is unless that file is marked Read Only in which case you can use the -Force switch to overwrite the file. What if you want to only copy the file if it doesn’t exist? Here’s a quick PowerShell script that will complete…


Step-by-Step: Azure Storage Encryption at Rest

Hello Folks, Ever since I started covering Azure I always get asked about encryption. How do I keep data from prying eyes? How do I ensure that the data is ALWAYS encrypted? Encryption at rest was not an option before, but now it is…. Azure Storage Service Encryption (SSE) for Data at Rest allows you…

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Step-By-Step: Assigning a Reserved IP Address to an Azure VM

IP address assignments in Azure are dynamic by default and can possibly change when a VM is restarted. Azure VMs can also be assigned static IPs. So why would you need to assign a static IP addresses to an Azure VM? 1) Application requirements – sometime applications need to connect with fixed IP address. For example, if it’s a…


Step-By-Step: Displaying info regarding previous logons on Windows 10

The Consumer Electronics Show has always been a blur of innovative device launches from a multitude of manufactures. CES 2017 has been no different other than an increase of devices running Windows 10. This comes as no surprise as many device manufactures plan to highlight their designs by complementing them with the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update…

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