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Building a Simple Smart Restart Bot with Teams & Azure QnA Maker

You’re returning to work and you want to get your Smart Restart off the ground, but you are concerned about a flood of requests hitting your service desk. You want to create something that will provide immediate value but has a low time to implement. We had the same problem and started with a simple […]

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Azure Function python ModuleNotFoundError from Visual Studio Code

I was working on creating an Azure Function to download an image from Azure Blob Storage and return certain EXIF values. I had loaded some modules but for some reason they weren’t functioning properly in the Azure Function once deployed. I found out that I needed to update my requriements.txt file via pip (after much […]

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Changing Azure Account in Visual Studio Code

I was using an account in Visual Studio Code to access a certain set of subscriptions I was working against and deploying to. This was prior to getting my pipelines ready, as that was my eventual deployment destination. In the meantime, I needed to change the account and noticed there wasn’t any GUI way to […]

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Return JSON from Azure Functions with Python

I was working on an Azure Function for an open source wildlife IoT project and came across a lack of documentation in I had successfully returned HTTP content from my Azure function, but wasn’t sure how to get it to return JSON so I could interpret it elsewhere. In this case I’m storing latitute […]

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Migrating SQL Server to Azure: What Should You Migrate?

Once you have answered the question "Why should I migrate SQL Server to Azure?", you need to determine what you will migrate.  This post contains methods for inventorying your SQL Server estate and figuring out what to migrate.

Frank Gill by Frank Gill

Why Migrate SQL Server to Azure

When making the decision to move SQL Server workloads to Azure, there are a series of questions that need to be answered.

  • Why are you migrating to Azure?
  • What are you going to migrate to Azure?
  • Where will you migrate in Azure?
  • How will migrate to Azure?
  • When will you migrate to Azure?

The answer to the first of these questions is extremely important to answering the others.  In my experience, it is often neglected.

Frank Gill by Frank Gill

What is a Bastion Host?

Security is one of the many cornerstones of IT and a focus of what we do at Concurrency. When building in Azure, it is important to be able to connect to your resources securely. Bastion hosts are the common way to provide administrative access to private areas of your cloud network.

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Azure Backup for SQL Server 2019

How to backup your important data stored in SQL is something on the minds of many IT professionals. Recently, Azure announced a new feature for backing up SQL servers running in VMs on Azure.

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

New Additions to Azure Infrastructure as a Service - Microsoft Ignite 2019

Last week, the yearly Microsoft Ignite conference occurred in Orlando, Florida. At this conference, Microsoft brings together developers and IT Professionals to learn what is coming next with Microsoft’s product offerings. Let’s discuss some of the new developments in the IaaC world

Paul Harris by Paul Harris

Microsoft VSS Backup Retryable Error

I recently was involved with a case involving trying to track down the cause of Exchange VSS writers reporting a “retryable” error.

Paul Harris by Paul Harris