Sunday, 24 April 2016

Schedule PowerShell Scripts to Scale Azure Virtual Machines

Background

How can I schedule a script to scales my Azure Virtual Machine up or down at specific times?

This question was raised by a participant of the Global Azure Bootcamp who has some very heavy processing to do on an Azure Virtual Machine (VM) at a specific point in time and wants to upscale the VM each week at this point in time. Also, the user also wants another script to run some hours later to downscale the VM.

Introduction

The above problem can be solved using Microsoft Azure Automation, which provides a way for users to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently repeated tasks that are commonly performed in a cloud and enterprise environment.
It saves time and increases the reliability of regular administrative tasks and even schedules them to be automatically performed at regular intervals. You can automate processes using Runbooks or automate configuration management using Desired State Configuration.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

C# Corner Goodies!

Hello World!

You remember I was awarded C# Corner MVP on the beginning of this year? I blogged about it here.

Well well, I was expecting a trophy, but look what they sent!!




This is crazy ! They host our articles, promote them on Facebook, Twitter, Features them. Like this was not enough, they even send goodies. Shouldn't this be the other way round?


Thank you C# Corner!!





Monday, 18 April 2016

The TechNet Guru Awards! March 2016

Hi!

I've been contributing some more articles to the TechNet Wiki recently and this time I won the Gold Medal for the SQL Server General and Database Engine Technical Guru - March 2016.

The TechNet Guru Awards celebrate the technical articles on TechNet, contributed from valued wiki authors like YOU!
Each month, the contributions are scored by a panel of judges (5 per category, 2-3 in each are MS experts), and the winners of each category are showered with love and attention from all corners of TechNet.




Sunday, 17 April 2016

Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 in Mauritius

Hello World!

For those of you who don't know it yet, the Global Azure Bootcamp (GAB) is a yearly global community driven boot camp dedicated to Microsoft Azure. This year, it was held on the 16th of April 2016 at the Voila Hotel.




Collaborating with the MSP and MSCC team

As a Microsoft MVP and having been involved in the past Azure Boot camps and several Microsoft DevCamps in Mauritius, this year, I had the opportunity to lead the team in terms of content delivery and planning.



Since this is the fourth we were organizing GAB, and most of our expected audience already know about the basic services on Azure, we had to find a way to innovate and deliver valuable sessions.

After various discussions, we decided to do a deep-dive in one of the interesting topics around, which is Data + Analytics, It was also an opportunity for me to share all the knowledge I acquired in the BI field in the past years with the MSPs and the audience.

It was then full on hard work, Skype and face-to-face meetings with the local MSP team to find the best way to present the content. We decided to build all our sessions around a common case study which was used to demonstrate Big Data, SQL Server 2016, Machine Learning and Power BI.




Besides the MSPs, we also had the help of the Mauritius Software Craftsmanship Community (MSCC) and its founder Jochen Kirstatter who shared his years of experience engaging with the community with us and also helped with the all the logistics and registration purposes with the global GAB team.


How Data is changing the world and the way we do business

Speakers:

On GAB day, Jochen kicked-off the event with a welcome speech, then had the opportunity to do the keynote where I introduced GAB to all the guests before diving into the power of data analytics and how businesses in different sector of activities can use data to achieve more and better serve their customers. 

                                     

                                         


Following this, the powers of the Microsoft cloud platform in terms of the data analytics tools available to transform data into intelligent action was demonstrated. It was the main theme of the day.
Finally, Arnaud Meslier, the Technical Evangelist of Microsoft IOI, presented the Microsoft BizSpark programme and explained how companies can access Microsoft Azure.