Protect Yourself Against Tech Support Scams

Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit has published this video explaining what is the tech support scam currently going on and how to protect yourself.  Make sure you share this one with your family and friends.

Azure December updates

Microsoft announced this week a bunch of updates and enhancements to a number of Azure service:

  • Premium Storage: New Premium high-performance Storage for Azure Virtual Machine workloads
  • RemoteApp: General Availability of Azure RemoteApp service
  • SQL Database: Enhancements to Azure SQL Databases
  • Media Services: General Availability of Live Channels for Media Streaming
  • Azure Search: Enhanced management experience, multi-language support and more
  • DocumentDB: Support for Bulk Add Documents and Query Syntax Highlighting
  • Site Recovery: General Availability of disaster recovery to Azure for branch offices and SMB customers
  • Azure Active Directory: General Availability of Azure Active Directory application proxy and password write back support

Get all the details on ScottGu's blog and Azure blog.

Richard Campbell Remixed 2.0

I finally found the samples I used for the Richard Campbell Remixed tune I did a while ago, they were hiding in an obscure folder on my server.  The first track was, well...somewhat crude so I updated it a little bit.

Visual Studio Talk Show: Révolution Open Source chez Microsoft

Nous discutons avec Pascal Laurin des annonces que Microsoft a fait lors de la conférence Connect(); qui s'est déroulée les 12 et 13 novembre 2014.  Entre autres: le Framework .NET qui devient Open Source et la nouvelle version Community de Visual Studio qui est gratuite.

Pascal Laurin est un développeur .NET et MVP C#. Depuis maintenant 12 ans il se passionne pour l'architecture logicielle, les bonnes pratiques de développement et l'agilité. Il est aussi coorganisateur du user group MSDEVMTL.

Azure November outage

On November 18 2014, Azure suffered a major outage across a majority of its data centers.  Jason Zander published a report on the Azure blog with some explanations.  Brian Harry also blogged about how Visual Studio Online was affected.

During the outage, the service status page was up providing accurate information and to my surprise, the new Ibiza portal was still up providing basic but accurate information.

Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online Event

If you're an IT Pro, don't miss the free Azure IaaS for IT Pros Online event that will take place Dec 1-4, 2014.  Yes, 4 days of free IT Pro focused Azure training. Register here

Day 1: Establish the Foundation: Core IaaS Infrastructure Technical Fundamentals
View from the CTO: Mark Russinovich, Chief Technology Officer - Azure
Azure IaaS Virtual Machines Inside Out
Optimize Your Windows Server Workloads on Azure
Inside IaaS Architecture Best Practices and Management 

Day 2: Dive Deep into Networking, Storage, and Disaster Recovery Scenarios
Designing Networking and Hybrid Connectivity Infrastructure
Dive Deep into Storage Using Azure Backup, Data Protection Manager, StorSimple, and InMage
Planning Disaster Recovery, Migration, and More
Ins and Outs of Azure Automation, PowerShell, and Desired State Configurator 

Day 3: Embrace Open Source Technologies to Accelerate and Scale Solutions
How to Deploy Linux and OSS on Azure
Leverage Existing Chef / Puppet Toolsets for Management
How to Implement Containerization with Docker to Increase Density and Performance of Virtual Machines
Lift and Shift Your Linux Solutions to Azure 

Day 4: Optimize Windows Workload Architecture and Administration Capabilities Within Azure
Identity Solutions: Leveraging Azure Active Directory / Active Directory Premium
Azure Websites: Manage Your Websites, Not Your VMs
Leveraging SQL Azure for Your Solutions to Increase Scale
Architecting SharePoint for the Cloud

MSDN subscribers save 20% on Xamarin

At Connect(); last week, Xamarin announced that MSDN subscribers now save 20% on Xamarin Business and Enterprise.

Lumia Windows Phone guide

Nokia released so many Windows Phones that it's hard to figure out where each one fits in.  Fortunately NeoWin published a guide listing all Lumia Windows Phones.  Handy :-)

Visual Studio Talk Show: Les applications universelles

Nous discutons avec Christian Hissibini des applications universelles avec la plateforme Microsoft. Apprenez comment vous pouvez construire une application pour Windows, Windows Phone et xBox en même temps, et partager le code, les contrôles utilisateur, les styles et autres éléments d'actif entre les projets dans Visual Studio. Cela réduit le temps et les frais associés à la construction et au maintien d'une application pour chaque type d'appareil.

Christian Hissibini est un passionné qui aime à mélanger la programmation et le design pour le Web et les plates-formes mobiles.  En 2014, Christian a reçu de Microsoft la reconnaissance MVP sur la plateforme Windows de développement.  Étudiant à l’université de Montréal, il est fortement impliqué dans la compétition Imagine Cup. Christian passe son temps libre à expérimenter avec les nouvelles technologies, à partager ses idées avec les autres et à construire des applications logicielles.

TechEd Europe 2014: Azure announcements

Microsoft announced a series of Azure updates and new features at TechEd Europe 2014.  As always, get all the details at ScottGu's blog.

  • Marketplace: Announcing Azure Marketplace and partnerships with key technology partners
  • Networking: Network Security Groups, Multi-NIC, Forced Tunneling, Source IP Affinity, and much more
  • Batch Computing: Public Preview of the new Azure Batch Computing Service
  • Automation: General Availability of the Azure Automation Service
  • Anti-malware: General Availability of Microsoft Anti-malware for Virtual Machines and Cloud Services
  • Virtual Machines: General Availability of many more VM extensions – PowerShell DSC, Octopus, VS Release Management

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