Category: Events


Ignite 2017 Preview: Coming Azure Changes

Microsoft Ignite 2017 is less than a week away. Microsoft has already been busy making changes to Microsoft Azure ahead of time. While it’s unclear what all the announcements for Azure will be at Ignite 2017, it’s clear there are certain “smaller” changes / updates that will be announced / discussed. This article highlights a few Microsoft Azure service updates and Preview features that are publicly available today; that we will likely learn much more about at Ignite next week.

Web Apps for Windows or Linux

The Azure Web Apps for Linux service has been Generally Available (GA) for some time now. Initially it has a different provisioning wizard within the Azure Portal from the “Web Apps on Windows”. However, recently Microsoft updated the Azure Portal to include UI to choose either Windows or Linux when provisioning an Azure Web App. This helps to better streamline the UI/UX.

Web Apps for Containers

There a “new” Web Apps service within Azure App Service. The new Web Apps for Containers enables you to spin up a Web App on Linux using any Docker container. It allows you to specify the Image source for the container to pull from an Azure Container Registry service, Docker Hub, or any Private Registry.

The Web Apps for Containers is not a Preview feature. It’s actually a new Azure Portal UI wizard around the Azure Web Apps for Linux service that’s been Generally Available (GA) for some time now. The Web Apps for Linux make you pick a “built-in” Docker container template, then after provisioning you can setup your own Image source. The Web Apps for Containers enable you to specify your custom Docker container image source from the time of provisioning the service through the Azure Portal.

Azure Web Apps Analytics (Preview)

Azure Web Apps Analytics is a new Preview feature of OMS and Log Analytics. The “learn more” and “documentation” links displayed in the Azure Portal for it just link to the Log Analytics information for now. I presume we’ll see more specific documentation coming soon.

As the Azure Portal informations states, “The Azure Web Apps Analytics Solution provides insights into your Web Apps by collecting different metrics across all your Azure Web App resources.

It goes on to list the following bullet points as to what it will enable you to see for your Web Apps:

  • Top Web Apps with highest response time
  • Number of requests including successful and failed requests across your Web Apps
  • Top Web Apps with highest ingoing/outgoing traffic
  • Top Service Plans with high CPU/memory utilization

It’s a little unclear what the full difference it between what Application Insights offers and Azure Web Apps Analytics. However, we should see more documentation / information soon.

Azure Table Storage is Now Part of Azure Cosmos DB

Azure Table Storage is no longer a service of Azure Storage, but is now part of Cosmos DB. Here’s a short quote from the documentation on this:

“Standard Azure Table Storage is now part of Cosmos DB. Also available is Premium Tables for Azure Table storage, offering throughput-optimized tables, global distribution, and automatic secondary indexes.”

We all knew from the Build 2017 announcements that Azure Table Storage was going to be somehow migrated to or included in Azure Cosmos DB somehow. Microsoft just said they would announce further details on this later. Well, it appears that Ignite 2017 is when Microsoft will announce the full specifics of the Azure Table Storage to Cosmos DB migration / transition. However, we can see plenty of information within the Azure Documentation already that states much of the detail on how this will be done.

It seems that the “old” Azure Table Storage will be known as “Standard Table Storage” and the newer Cosmos DB Table API will be known as “Azure Cosmos DB Premium Table”. Here’s a screenshot from the documentation that lists out differences between these two Table Storage offerings / price points:

How did you find this information?

While I am a Microsoft MVP, that did NOT help me learn any of this information. I learned it through normal use and observation of Microsoft Azure through the Azure Portal and Documentation published by Microsoft. You can reference the screenshots and documentation link in the above information for the sources to these “Previews of what’s coming to Azure”.

Microsoft has a habit of publishing and releasing services and documentation in Microsoft Azure ahead of the release. If you are familiar with things and work with it a lot, then you’ll likely notice these changes too. Most times they are subtle, but other times they aren’t so much. For example, when Microsoft announced the renaming of DocumentDB to Cosmos DB and the associated service changes, they actually published everything in the Azure Portal a few hours in advance of the announcement. This is how I was able to blog about Cosmos DB before the announcement.

If you find any additional new features, service previews, and documentation I haven’t listed here, please post a comment to share it with us. It’s always fun to look at the new, shiny stuff as it’s published / released.


2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success

This past Saturday, Earth Day, April 22, 2017, was the day of the 5th annual Global Azure Bootcamp. There were over 250 event locations around the world! This was the biggest year so far by a large margin. It was amazing to see all the photos and comments shared Twitter and other social media. Here’s a short video about the Global Azure Bootcamp:

Also, here are some links about the Global Azure Bootcamp as well:

Here’s some social media buzz from the #GlobalAzure hashtag!


Congratulations to all organizers, attendees, and sponsors for such an amazing day! It’s also amazing to see people like Andres Nava who’ve given their first presentation EVER at #GlobalAzure 2017!

I can’t wait until next year!


Free Microsoft Tech Summit Events in 2017

The Microsoft Tech Summit provides Free, two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers with experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. These events are being hosted ALL over the world, and you don’t want to miss out on this amazing free training! It doesn’t matter if you already know your way around the Microsoft cloud, or are completely new and just getting started.  These events boast 70 technical training sessions and hands-on labs to help build up your cloud skills. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with Microsoft engineering experts, technology partners, and your industry peers who can all help you make the most out of the Microsoft cloud!

Find a city and Register for an event near you!

Which cities?

Here’s a list of the currently published Tech Summit events around the globe:

  • Amsterdam – March 23 – 24
  • Birmingham – March 27 – 28
  • Chicago – January 19 – 20
  • Copenhagen – March 30 – 31
  • Bangalore – March 16 – 17
  • Frankfurt – February 9 – 10
  • Johannesburg – February 6 – 7
  • Milan – March 20 – 21
  • Seoul – April 27 – 28
  • Singapore – March 13 – 14
  • Washington D.C. – March 6 – 7

The above cities and dates are just the Tech Summit events in 2017. There were already a number of  awesome events held in 2016 (last year) in Taipei, Prague, Toronto, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, and Tel Aviv!!

Daily Agenda

The daily agenda for the 2 day long Tech Summit events is packed full of Sessions and Networking opportunities! Here’s a breakout of the daily agenda both days.

Day 1 Conference Agenda

  • Breakfast – Registration and Continental Breakfast
  • Morning – Keynote & General Sessions
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
  • Reception – Ask the Experts Reception

Day 2 Conference Agenda

  • Breakfast – Continental Breakfast
  • Morning – General Sessions AND IT Pro & Developer Breakouts
  • Lunch & Networking
  • Afternoon – IT Pro & Developer Breakouts

Go Register Now!


Watch Microsoft Ignite 2016 Streaming Online – Keynotes, Sessions, and More!

microsoftigniteThe Microsoft Ignite 2016 conference is being held this week, Sept 26 – 30, in Atlanta, GA. The event has been sold out for quite some time, so if you missed out, don’t worry, you can watch the Keynotes, Sessions and More completely FREE online!

When is Ignite 2016?

The Microsoft Ignite Conference 2016 is Monday September 26 through Friday September 30, 2016.

Watch Online

To watch the Microsoft Ignite 2016 keynotes, sessions and other content, completely FREE, just navigate to the following URL to view the live stream during the event:

The online broadcast begins Monday, September 26 at 8:30 AM EDT.

Broadcast Schedule: Monday, Sept 26

8:30 AM EDT – Keynote Pre-show

The day is going to be kicked off with a look at the top IT trends with tech reporter Mary Jo Foley, MVP customer Naomi Moneypenny and analyst Andrew Snodgrass. There will also be a special engineering segment with Jeffrey Snover; the creator of PowerShell!

9:00 AM EDT – Microsoft Ignite Keynote

Technology continues to rapidly grow, offering us new ways of working and empowering digital transformation for all organizations. Key to our ability to harness technology is our ability to evolve with it, to harness new capabilities and learn new skills. Join Scott Guthrie, Executive Vice President, Microsoft; on Monday morning to start Microsoft Ignite. Scott will focus on how technology enables digital transformation and, along with guests, demonstrate new technologies. He will also discuss how IT is transforming and detail investments and programs to help enable this.

You can watch the keynote in person in the Phillips Arena, (please arrive in sufficient time to pass through security at the Arena). The keynote will be streamed live on and you can also join us to watch the live feed in Hall C1 of the Georgia World Congress Center at the Microsoft Ignite Studio stage where we will host the pre and post keynote webcast.

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10:30 AM EDT – Keynote Post-show

A panel reviews and discusses key moments from the keynote and they look ahead to the General Sessions.

11:00 AM EDT – General Sessions

All 8 General Sessions will be live streamed! Choose which one you want to see live, and then catch the remaining sessions on-demand later!

12:15 PM to 3:20 PM EDT – Microsoft Ignite Studio

Watch engaging and demo-rich presentations from Microsoft experts and engineers: Jeffrey Snover, Corey Saunders, Adam Harmetz, Mark Russinovitch and a special segment with Formula One’s IT team. We also take a look at our Technical Community and what it can do for you.

3:20 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote Pre-show

Join in for a special IT Pro segment followed by Bret Arsenault talking about security adoption from an MSIT perspective. Then, IDG’s Blair Hanley Frank joins in to discuss the most exciting tech trends in the industry.

4:00 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote

Satya Nadella will close the first day of Microsoft Ignite with a must-see presentation, focused on next generation innovations and investments that are fundamental to shaping IT in the foreseeable future. He will discuss emerging trends and how you can prepare to take advantage of them in your organization today.

5:00 PM EDT – Innovation Keynote Post-show

The day is wrapped up with a review of highlights by Alex Bradley, and Microsoft Ignite host, Julia White.


2016 Milwaukee Global Azure Bootcamp Summary

MkeGlobalAzureBootcamp2016This past Saturday, April 16th 2016, was Global Azure Bootcamp day. This was the 4th year for the Global Azure Bootcamp, and the first year an event location for it had been held in Milwaukee, WI. The Global Azure Bootcamp is a full day of learning about Microsoft Azure with event locations around the world. This year I helped co-organize the Milwaukee event, and I presented as well on Azure App Service. There were a number of local and global sponsors of this completely community driven event, along with all volunteer presenters. Read More


Microsoft Virtual Security Summit: March 29, 2016

The Microsoft Virtual Security Summit is a 3 hour long, virtual event packed with information on protecting your organization in a mobile-first, cloud-first world. Cybersecurity has become a priority IT concern due to the nearly weekly announcements of cyberattacks. Cybersecurity is extremely important for every organization. At this event you will learn about modern cyberattacks, and the tools you can use to keep your devices, platforms, and people safe. Read More


Cloud Platform University Online – Free Azure Training

CloudPlatformUniversityThere are plenty of resources available on how to implement and manage Microsoft Azure services; both for Developers and IT Pros. However, over the past few years there really haven’t been many resources to help learn how to affectively sell Microsoft Azure services. Whether you’re needing to make the case for your enterprise to adopt Microsoft Azure, or you work in Sales or Pre-Sales there is finally a resource to fit those training needs. The Microsoft Cloud Platform University Online (CPO) provides Free, Online, MOOC (massive open online course) courses targeted at Sales and Pre-Sales Technical roles. Read More


Global Azure Bootcamp – coming April 16, 2016

2016 Global Azure Bootcamp

2016 Global Azure Bootcamp

Another year means another Global Azure Bootcamp. The Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 is the fourth annual Azure Bootcamp. This is a global event that provides a single day, deep dive class helping thousands of people learn about building Cloud Computing Applications on the Microsoft Azure platform.

The 2016 Global Azure Bootcamp will be on April 16, 2016. Don’t forget to mark your calendars, so you too can get your Azure on! Read More