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I find that there’s still a lot of confusion in the community around where to find the most canonical and up to date documentation for Microsoft products. Fortunately for everyone other than Xamarin developers, the answer is straightforward now – just go to Microsoft Docs at, not to be confused with which took […]

I know the blog title is pretty clickbaity, and for that I sincerely apologise. This is a subject that’s pretty near and dear to my heart though, so I thought I’d dedicate a post to what options we have for protecting the contents of VMs from the fabric on which they run in Hyper-V, Azure, […]

Training is great, free training is even better… With the final month-ish countdown to Azure Stack multi-node systems being delivered on-premises underway, training materials and courses have begun to pop up online to help get people up to speed. One of the first is from Opsgility, offering a ten module Level 200 course in Implementing […]

Well Microsoft Inspire has kicked off in fine form, both with the announcement of the GA of the Azure Stack Development Kit (formerly One Node PoC), and with the announcement that Azure Stack multi-node systems from Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo are available for pre-order now, shipping in September.   Useful Links:   Azure Stack […]

While running through the (very worthwhile) Azure Functions Challenge, I encountered an error that was new to me, and a quick method of working around/fixing it. After deploying Challenge 4, I received the following error when trying to open the Function: “We are not able to retrieve the keys for function … This can happen […]

One of the first steps many people take in their journey to Azure or Azure Stack is the migration of an existing workload, rather than building net new. Typically most people would recommend choosing a non-production-critical web-based application running within a VM or across multiple VMs. There are three usual ways people move this sort […]

When choosing a platform to build an application for, developers need to consider a number of common factors – skillset in the market, end user reach of the platform, supportability, roadmap, and so on. This is one of the reasons why Windows Phone has had such a difficult time; development houses won’t choose to invest […]

When you deploy a new Azure Function, one of the created elements is a Storage Account Connection, either to an existing storage account or to a new one. This is listed in the ‘Integrate’ section of the Function, and automatically sets the appropriate connection string behind the scenes when you select an existing connection, or […]

Below are a few quick tips to be aware of with the advent of the TP3 Refresh. Once you have finished deployment, there is a new Portal Activation step This has caught a few people out so far, as ever the best tip is to make sure you read all of the documentation before deployment! […]

During my TP3 Refresh deployment, I ran into an issue with the POC installer, wherein it seemingly wouldn’t download the bits for me to install and I ended up having to download each .bin file manually to proceed. Charles Joy (@OrchestratorGuy) was kind enough to let me know via Twitter how to check the progress […]