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Updated dates for major Microsoft-focused tech conferences in H2/2020

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As in-person events have generally stopped happening since March, many in the community are now preparing for both digital-only events, and the more traditional in-person events later in 2020. I just received a few updates to these more prominent events, and wanted to list them out so that we can best support the efforts by… Read More »Updated dates for major Microsoft-focused tech conferences in H2/2020

Building a site-to-site VPN between Unifi network hardware and Azure

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At home, I run Ubiquity Networks’ Unifi hardware. I wrote briefly about this just recently here, and I also found out the Unifi hardware provides a neat way to generate a network topology map, such as this: In essence, I have the Unifi USG as a firewall, and 3 Unifi 8-port switches around the house… Read More »Building a site-to-site VPN between Unifi network hardware and Azure

Building a custom container-based API using Docker Desktop and Azure App Service

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Many times when I’ve worked with Microsoft partners and customers in projects the need arises when we need a custom API to be implemented. Perhaps the reason is that we need the versatility and freedom this provides, or simply because the developer feels this is the best approach for the given business problem. So, while… Read More »Building a custom container-based API using Docker Desktop and Azure App Service

How to run business logic code as background jobs in Microsoft Azure

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Microsoft Azure offers multiple ways to run, schedule and trigger business logic code in the background. Business logic is a fancy way to say you need to execute a series of tasks, based on a process. In this article, I aim to provide a convenient and prioritized list of options to choose from, with the… Read More »How to run business logic code as background jobs in Microsoft Azure

Interesting events and meetups in Finland for January and February

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As part of my work at Microsoft, I support and help local communities that revolve and evolve around technologies I have a passion for. This includes platforms such as Microsoft Azure, but also general topics such as serverless, AI and coding. While I’m ramping up on my role – and believe me, there’s plenty to… Read More »Interesting events and meetups in Finland for January and February

So, what’s up?

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Don’t worry. This is not one of those end-of-the-year/end-of-a-decade posts. I’ll do that next week. I’ve taken the habit to reflect, reminisce and gather up my thoughts a few times a year. I did that a few months ago in October, and before that in June. As I’ve perhaps mentioned, I’ve been on an extended… Read More »So, what’s up?

Building a monitoring solution for Office 365 service availability using Azure Logic Apps

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I spent some time in early December building an integration between Azure Log Analytics (and Azure Sentinel, obviously) and Office 365 Audit Logs. The latter exposes the logs through Office 365 Management Activity API, which is very handy, albeit slightly cumbersome to use. I wrote about that experience here. I noticed that there is also… Read More »Building a monitoring solution for Office 365 service availability using Azure Logic Apps

Building a monitoring solution for Power Platform events using PowerShell, C#, Azure Log Analytics, and Azure Sentinel

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I’m writing this from the beautiful and sunny city of Prague, where I’m attending the European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference. It’s a 4-day event, with hundreds of sessions, and some very insightful keynotes also. I’m delivering two sessions here, and one of those was on monitoring and managing Power Apps and Power Automate.… Read More »Building a monitoring solution for Power Platform events using PowerShell, C#, Azure Log Analytics, and Azure Sentinel

Building a simple backup solution for Hyper-V-based virtual machines using OneDrive for Business and PowerShell

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At home, I run several PCs – a few laptops, and one workstation which is a bit more performant, so that I can run Hyper-V and virtual machines on it. It’s also my server for Plex, the amazing multimedia system that effectively allows me to have my own private Netflix wherever I go. At the… Read More »Building a simple backup solution for Hyper-V-based virtual machines using OneDrive for Business and PowerShell

Building a secure remote access solution using Azure Bastion Host

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I wrote about my experiences and challenges when building a secure remote access solution for Azure-based virtual machines back in February 2019. It’s one of my more popular posts in this blog, and I guess it’s helpful for many because it travels through the options and provides justification for the choices. As that’s often one… Read More »Building a secure remote access solution using Azure Bastion Host

Understanding and getting started with Azure Sentinel

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Today, Microsoft announced that Azure Sentinel is now Generally Available (GA). What this means, is that Azure Sentinel can be used in production, the pricing has been revealed and it’s stable for enterprise-grade usage. In this post, I’ll have a look at what Azure Sentinel is, how to get started and what to keep an… Read More »Understanding and getting started with Azure Sentinel

Building a custom Twitter Analytics tool using .NET Core, Azure Storage, and Power BI

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This week has been very productive for me. I’ve been running and thinking, and in the mornings I’ve written about my thoughts. Today is no different! I’ve been a Twitter user for 10 years now – I joined in May 2009. At first, I was a passive user, but in recent years I’ve given it… Read More »Building a custom Twitter Analytics tool using .NET Core, Azure Storage, and Power BI