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Introducing the Azure Cloud Shell

The Azure Cloud Shell has been out for some time now, as an embedded Bash and PowerShell command-line shell / terminal within the Azure Portal. It really great to be able to use Azure command-line tools (Azure CLI & Azure PowerShell) from absolutely anywhere; including a smartphone or tablet with the native Azure mobile app. Now, the Azure Cloud Shell has gotten it’s own website so you can use it all by itself! Read More


Azure Portal goes Native on iOS and Android

Since the beginning of Microsoft Azure with the initial General Availability in February 2010, then Azure Portal has always been a Web Application. It’s gone through a couple of different HTML5 / Javascript versions, including a Silverlight version back in the early days. One things has been constant the entire time, and that is that the Azure Portal has always been a Web Application. That is until now! The Azure Portal is now available as a native mobile application for your mobile devices.

Many people have asked over the years, “Why doesn’t Microsoft make a native app for the Azure Portal?” There was a time when I even thought it was logical that Microsoft would build a Windows Store app for the Azure Portal. However, then I gave up that idea and started rationalizing the benefits of a Web Application over going Native.

While the Azure Portal has always been usage from a mobile device, after all it is an HTML5 / Javascript web application, it’s been a little clunky and cumbersome to use on a small screen. To our delight, Microsoft has decided to practice what they are preaching about mobile development and build a native, mobile application experience for the Microsoft Azure Portal.

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70-398 Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise

It can be extremely important to affectively plan and manage devices within the Enterprise. The Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise (70-398) certification exam from Microsoft focuses on testing and validating your skills around Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

Certification Target Audience

The focus on the Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise (70-398) certification exam is centered around the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS). The exam is designed to target candidates who work at planning and designing cloud and hybrid identities and supporting identity infrastructure for managing devices.

Here’s a summary from Microsoft on “Who should take this exam?”:

This exam validates candidates’ knowledge of and skills in planning and designing cloud and hybrid identities and supporting identity infrastructure for managing devices. Candidates must be able to plan and design policies to protect content using Data Loss Protection (DLP) and for managing and securing mobile devices. They must also be able to plan for and design a platform that provides applications to devices using virtualization with Hyper-V and to perform application management using the Company Portal or Windows Store. Candidates should be able to demonstrate their skills around device designing and implementing device management, security, and integrated Azure features. Candidates who take this exam should already have experience with desktop/devices administration, Windows networking technologies, Active Directory, and Intune. Candidates can take this exam and meet the prerequisites by obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills through practical experience as a Device Support Technician or a Device System Administrator.

Skills Measured

Here is a high level list of the skills and objectives measured on the Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise (70-398) certification exam. The percentages next to each of the objectives represent the percentage of the exam questions that focus on that specific objective.

  • Design for cloud/hybrid identity (15-20%)
    • Plan for Azure Active Directory (AD) identities
    • Design for Active Directory synchronization with Azure AD Connect
  • Design for device access and protection (15-20%)
    • Plan for device enrollment
    • Plan for the Company Portal
    • Plan protection for data on devices
  • Design for data access and protection (15-20%)
    • Plan shared resources
    • Plan advanced audit policies
    • Plan for file and folder access
  • Design for remote access (15-20%)
    • Plan for remote connectivity
    • Plan for mobility options
  • Plan for apps (10-15%)
    • Manage RemoteApp
    • Plan app support and compatibility
  • Plan updates and recovery (15-20%)
    • Plan for system recovery
    • Plan file recovery
    • Plan device updates

When studying for this exam, you’ll certainly want to look at the official exam page from Microsoft for the full list of exam objectives covered. You’ll need to study each and every one of the objectives measured on the exam before attempting to take it.

Training Materials

There are a few training resources available for preparing for the Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise (70-398) certification exam. Below is a list of a few of these resources:

Free Video Course

Practice Test / Exam


Exam Ref 70-398: Planning for and Managing Devices in the Enterprise

Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-398–and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of planning and designing cloud and hybrid identities and supporting identity infrastructure for managing devices. Designed for experienced IT pros ready to advance their status, this Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level.


Free eBook: Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms

FreeEBookCreateMobileAppsXamarinFormsWritten by Charles Petzold, the “Creating Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms” book is a 1200 page deep dive for C# developers who want to write applications that target the 3 most popular mobile platforms: iOS, Android, and Windows! This free eBook has been made available by Microsoft Press and will definitely be a go-to guide on building Mobile Apps with Xamarin.Forms for any developer new to the Xamarin platform, or even for the more experienced looking for a deeper dive to learn more. Read More


Free eBook: Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development

FreeEBookMSPlatformToolsForMobileAppDevIt’s important for today’s decision makers to understand how to create a mobile app development strategy. This can be key to opening up new business opportunities. The “Microsoft Platform and Tools for Mobile App Development” Free eBook written by Cesar de la Torre and Simon Calvert provides answers to this problem area. This book covers topics on how Microsoft defines an end-to-end platform for the agile creation of mobile apps tagging any platform from iOS to Android to Windows, as well as providing an easy to consume set of services in both the cloud and on-premises. Microsoft also offers DevOps tooling to help improve application quality and to achieve faster time to market. Read More

Azure Weekly

Azure Weekly: May 30, 2016

The Azure Weekly series from BuildAzure.com brings a consolidated source for the weeks Azure news, blogs, and service updates. There is an incredible amount of things changing in the Microsoft Azure platform and ecosystem on a regular basis. The goal of this weekly list is to help keep up on all that keeps changing.

Service Updates

This is the list of Azure Service Updates announced by Microsoft for the week:

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PowerApps: Building Apps without Code

PowerApps-LogoMicrosoft PowerApps is a SaaS (Software as a Service) service offering allowing for intelligent business apps to be built extremely easily and fast that connect and integrate data across the cloud. The easy to use User Interface (UI) of PowerApps makes it possible for Business Users to start creating an App and share it with others without writing a single line of source code. Additionally, apps built with PowerApps will run on almost all operating systems; iPhone, Windows Phone, Windows 10, with Android support coming in the future. Read More