Understanding Azure App Services

Azure App Services are a cloud platform that allows you to build, deploy and scale applications such as web, mobile (push notifications, offline sync), APIs and Logic Apps. Applications can run on Windows and Linux, and can be written in languages such as .NET, .NET Core, Node.js, Python, Java, Docker and more. App Services are basically a platform as a service. Let’s deploy a web app on Azure App Services. … Continue reading Understanding Azure App Services

Introduction to Azure Logic Apps

Logic Apps is a service in Microsoft Azure for connecting different apps together, without having to write code. Simply, it is a workflow engine in the cloud. For example, if a customer opens a ticket in your support system and uploads a screen shot, with Logic Apps, on creating the ticket you could create a new record in SharePoint with the image, create a new record in your CRM system … Continue reading Introduction to Azure Logic Apps

Checking Dynamics 365 Service Status

To check the status of the Dynamics 365 service, as well as other Microsoft services, first log in to:¬†https://portal.office.com/ Expand Health, and select Service Health: On the right, you will see different services and any incidents or advisories. For example, below there is an advisory showing a Dynamics 365 service degradation with Yammer integration: You will also see if service is “healthy”: And any incidents:  

Azure Marketplace Introduction

The Azure Marketplace allows you to “discover, try and deploy” cloud software. To access the Azure Marketplace, go to:¬†https://azuremarketplace.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/. You will see some featured apps, as well as categories of apps: Selecting Apps you will see more categories and apps: You can also find consulting services available: To install, for example, an Ubuntu server, select the app and “Get it now”: Enter any required information: This will then take you … Continue reading Azure Marketplace Introduction

Azure Active Directory – Company Branding

In Azure Active Directory, you can configure the text and graphics your users see when they sign in. To do this, log into Azure Portal at https://portal.azure.com and select Company Branding: Select to configure, and you will see below, where you can configure: Sign-In page background image Banner logo User name hint Sign-in page text Sign-in page color Square Logo Square Logo dark theme If you want to show the … Continue reading Azure Active Directory – Company Branding

Console App to Interact with Azure Blobs

Azure blobs can be interacted with through Visual Studio. Here we will go through an example of interacting with a blob in a C# console app. First, create a new console app: This will create: We will add 2 NuGet packages: WindowsAzure.Storage Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Configuration Manager And: In the app.settings, add the key below, with the value of your storage account: <appSettings> <add key=”StorageConnectionString” value=”yourconnection” /> </appSettings> To get the value, go … Continue reading Console App to Interact with Azure Blobs

Creating an Azure Storage Account

Azure Storage Accounts are unique namespaces where you can store different forms of Azure data. There are 2 different types of storage accounts: General-purpose storage accounts. These include Tables, Queues, Files, Blobs, virtual machine disks. Blob storage accounts. This is specific to Blob storage. Blob storage exposes the Access Tier: Hot access tier, where the blob objects are frequently accessed, and data access is cheaper Cool access tier, where blob … Continue reading Creating an Azure Storage Account

Installing and Using Azure Storage Explorer

Azure Storage Explorer is an app that allows you to view storage resources such as blobs, tables, queues and files in different Azure storage. To install it, first go to storageexplorer.com to download the app and click to download: This will download. Run the file: Accept the terms and click Install: Click Next: Click Next: Click Next to launch the explorer: This will open below. Click Connect to Azure Storage: … Continue reading Installing and Using Azure Storage Explorer

Azure Functions Intro – Http Trigger

An Azure Function is an “event driven, compute-on-demand experience…with capabilities to implement code triggered by events occurring in Azure or third party service as well as on-premises systems.” A nice feature is you can create these functions in a serverless environment. To create an Azure function, go to portal.azure.com and search for Function. You will see Function App. This is a logical grouping of functions: Click Create: Provide a name … Continue reading Azure Functions Intro – Http Trigger

Azure Service Bus Messaging with Dynamics 365 Plugin

Dynamics 365 is able to post messages to cloud apps listening on the Azure Service Bus. Here we will go through setting this up and posting a message. First, log onto Azure Portal. Select New and search for and select Service Bus: Click Create: Provide the namespace information and click Create: Open the Service Bus and select Queues: Add a Queue: Enter a name and click Create:   Open the … Continue reading Azure Service Bus Messaging with Dynamics 365 Plugin