Category: PaaS

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Azure Service Fabric Powers Azure PaaS

Microsoft uses their own products to build and host their own products. This is done from the development platform level, all the way into the Microsoft Azure cloud. This concept of using your own products is called “Dogfooding”. (I have no idea where this term came from, but that’s what it means.) Dogfooding refers to the concept of “eating your own dog food”; meaning that you consume your own products and that helps you make your own products better. Microsoft does this a lot and in fact in the Microsoft Azure cloud, many services are built out “on top of” or using other services. Read More

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Create Azure SQL Database in the Azure Portal

Here’s a short video that shows you how to create an Azure SQL Database in the Azure Portal. It also explains how to connect to the database, and how the relationship between Azure SQL Databases and Azure SQL Servers works. Additionally, a few other features are overviewed such as Geo-Replication, Transparent Data Encryption and others.

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This is one of the first videos I’ve published to the Build Azure YouTube Channel where I’m starting to build out video content to accompany this site. Enjoy!

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Azure Web Apps only in Current Portal from February 1, 2017

azure-app-service-web-app_colorMicrosoft has been working for a couple years to add support to all existing Azure services, as well as a plethora of new services, within the Current Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com). One of the huge services that wasn’t available in the Current Azure Portal until recently is Azure AD; which is still in Preview within the Current Portal. However, Azure Web Apps have been supported in the Current Azure Portal for about 2 years or so at this point, and Microsoft is taking this new / current portal migration even further…

Starting February 1, 2017, Azure Web Apps will no longer be available in the “Classic” Azure Portal (http://manage.windowsazure.com). For most the duality of the Portals has been a bit frustrating, and it’s relieving to see that Microsoft is making the move to not just add support for services in the Current Portal, but also remove them from the “Classic” Portal.

This step is really a move towards an ARM (Azure Resource Manager) only world within the Microsoft Azure cloud. The “Classic” Azure Portal is built around the old Azure Service Manager (ASM) model. While the Current Azure Portal is built around the much newer, and feature rich ARM (Azure Resource Manager) model that brings features such as ARM Templates, RBAC (Role-Based Access Control), and is the set of APIs that all newer Azure Services only support.