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

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…


Understanding Azure Managed Disks

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…


DevOps Basics: Harnessing Continuous Integration and Infrastructure As Code

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…


Harnessing Chatbots via Xamarin.Forms to Automate Disaster Recovery Resource Obtainment

Recently Microsoft partnered with Robust Choice Cloud Solutions to create an intelligent solution that would enable two-way mass communication with citizens affected by natural disasters. Robust Choice Cloud Solutions Inc., is a Canadian startup company formed out of the University of British Columbia’s entrepreneurship center in 2013. Robust Choice emerged from years of cutting-edge academic…


Augmenting Image Metadata with Cognitive Services

Hello Folks, This week, the team from Microsoft Canada has partnered with 4 startup teams at Communitech, an industry-led Waterloo Ontario based innovation centre that supports and fosters a community of nearly 1,000 tech companies, to incorporate Microsoft Cognitive Services into their offerings. While I am unfortunately unable to be there, I wanted to share…


Powershell Basics: Using Variables In ActiveDirectory Filters

When working with the ActiveDirectory PowerShell module, the -filter parameter is sometimes required to search for accounts or objects in Active Directory. Utilization of variables in those filters may also be required to return a needed value. As an example, running the following command from the remote Exchange management shell returns an object that includes…


PowerShell Basics: Retrieving Azure Key Vault Certificate

Microsoft’s Azure Key Vault manages cryptographic keys and certificates used by cloud applications and services. Some instances may require the use of said certificate stored in Azure Key Vault on a computer, or some hosted service. Use of PowerShell is the quickest way to accomplish this via the following steps: With the Azure PowerShell tools…


Step-By-Step: Intro to Managing Azure AD via PowerShell

As IT Professionals know, time is never on our side.  Hence the reason PowerShell is so important.  It provides a quicker way of completing tasks and can even provide some automation if harnessed correctly.  This Step-By-Step will detail how to get started in harnessing PowerShell to manage an Azure Active Directory instance and detail day…


PowerShell Basics: Azure AD Management Commands

Now that we’ve covered the basics in my previous post, Step-By-Step: Intro to Managing Azure AD via PowerShell, we’ll take a look at the commands available to further manage you Azure AD deployment. Some of the commands currently used for on-premises Active Directory Management will also work for Azure Active Directory or differ very little….