Build a chat bot in under 10 minutes using Node.js and the Microsoft Bot Framework

Chat bots are a great way to engage your customers with the ability to provide a truly personalised experience. They are easy to build and provide huge business impact and thanks to the extensive SDKs provided by Microsoft, you don’t have to use C#/.NET. As Microsoft continues to transform and embrace open source and support…

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Migrating Azure Virtual Machines from ASM to ARM

The Azure Preview Portal is generally available and Microsoft is recommending that all new deployments be based on the ARM model. What about your existing ASM deployments? Microsoft will in time provide an automated approach to migrate existing ASM deployments to ARM, however if you are ready to take the plunge here is a PowerShell…

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ExpressRoute for Office365 is coming!

One of the most common asks in the field is whether our Azure ExpressRoute service can be used with Office365. Whether its the piece of mind that you are connecting over a private network or a guarantee on bandwidth, ExpressRoute for Office365 does make sense. The good news is Microsoft has recently announced Azure ExpressRoute for Office365 to establish a private,…

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Using Chef to Manage Azure Virtual Machines - Part 1

You have probably heard of the term Infrastructure as Code. But what does it mean? In summary, Infrastructure as Code is a set of techniques and practices which help IT Pros remove the burden associated with the day to day build and management of modular infrastructure. It allows IT Pros to build and maintain their modern server…

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Creating a Multi-Site Cross Region fully meshed VNET to VNET to On-Premises connection

Azure's Multi-Site VNETs allow you to create a fully meshed network architecture that provides great flexibility. I can connect VNETs within region and even across regions. I can also include my on-premises site within the multi-site topology! Very cool!   Another nice gem is that all VNET to VNET traffic flows internally within Microsoft's data centers,…

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