Recognize Your Customers with Face Recognition, Cloud AI, and Dynamics 365

Artificial Intelligence has been influencing how we live for some time. And now more than ever, the tech giants have been competing to win businesses and developers with their AI services. Microsoft is one of these, and through it’s Azure cloud it has been democratizing the power of various AI capabilities for businesses and developers to take advantage of. In previous posts I have blogged about using voice recognition technology … Continue reading Recognize Your Customers with Face Recognition, Cloud AI, and Dynamics 365

Creating an Azure Virtual Machine

Log into and select Virtual Machines. Click Add: And Create Virtual Machine: There are several machine images to choose from. We will select Windows Server: And then the build – Windows Server 2016 Datacenter: Click Create: Enter information such as the machine name, disk type (premium SSD or standard HHD), username and password: Select the compute type: And now the Settings: Select the inbound ports: We will select RDP: Note … Continue reading Creating an Azure Virtual Machine

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: 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: 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 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

Installing Azure CLI on Windows

Azure CLI is a command line interface (CLI) for managing resources in Azure. It can be accessed from within Azure in a browser, or by installing an app that runs in Windows, Linux and macOS. To install it on Windows, go to: and click Download: Open the downloaded file: Click Accept and Install: Click Finish: Now, open PowerShell and type az login: A browser will open, and you will see … Continue reading Installing Azure CLI on Windows

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