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Monthly Azure Payment Option

Recently, Microsoft Azure released an update to the Azure Reservation model that might help with paying for Azure resources that will be used for long term. Read this post to find out how to setup monthly payments for your Azure Reservations.

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Moving Big data in and around Azure using Azure Data Factory.

There are numerous data storage options available on Azure, each one designed and developed for different modern data storage scenarios. These storage options could be in the form of database, data warehouse, data caches and data lakes. Usage of these depends on the application and the scale that they serve. Within databases, some applications might need relational database, some might need NOSQL, or a key-value storage, or in-memory database (for caching), or blob storage (for media and large files). Another criteria to keep in mind when selecting a database for your application is the required read-write throughput and latency. Azure has a wide array of fully-managed database services which frees up the development teams valuable time in managing, scaling and configuring these databases.

Whatever database you choose, you should also keep in mind how easy or difficult it is to move the data in and out of that database. You might have a situation in future where you need to move to a new database solution because of reasons like change in application architecture, scale, performance, or even cost. Microsoft Azure has a very powerful ETL tool called Azure Data Factory to easily move data in and around Azure at scale. It has over 80 native connectors which can serve both as source and sink.  In this blog, I would like to highlight a few features and concepts of Azure Data Factory which will serve as a quick start guide for anyone looking to do data movement and transformation on Azure.

Siddharth Bhola by Siddharth Bhola

ServiceNow to Azure DevOps: Working Together in Harmony

Microsoft has been on the forefront of integrating with ServiceNow, but what solutions exist for getting ServiceNow records into Azure DevOps? Check out this post to learn more about outbound REST Messages out of the ServiceNow platform in order to create work items within Azure DevOps.

Michael Dugan by Michael Dugan

Removing Licenses from Groups with PowerShell in Azure Active Directory

This PowerShell scripting process will allow an administrator to remove licenses from groups in Azure Active Directory. You can manually remove licenses through Azure AD or through admin.Microsoft, but automating the process would be easier to scale up.

Jack Stabile by Jack Stabile

Creating a UI with Power BI

Highlights tips and tricks to maximize the built-in features of Power BI to create an appealing UI and group data inside dashboards.

Trevor Suarez by Trevor Suarez

MD-100 Training Links and Resources

The Microsoft MD-100 is a test for Deploying, Managing, Configuring, and Maintaining Windows devices. The purpose of this post is to consolidate relevant information to help others pass this test.

Jack Bumgarner by Jack Bumgarner

Top 10 Ways to Secure your Azure Environment – Part 1 of 2

Recently I finished off a 10-part series on the top mistakes to avoid when getting started in Azure. I’d like to complement that content with a follow-up pair of posts focused specifically on security. My objective here is to provide a quick-reference checklist you can use to maximize security benefits from the beginning.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski