Hybrid Identity Solution with Azure AD and Azure AD B2C

  • August 26, 2016
I am going to retire the current stack of technologies used in this blog in favor of more recent technologies, mainly because I currently author this blog using Windows Live Writer which is outdated and has lost the love of community. I am also taking this opportunity to create a new technology stack that is much more modular and allows me to focus only on writing. I am also learning cool new stuff which might be useful to all of us.

Stop Wasting Your Time Use Auto Hot Key and Nimble Text

  • August 4, 2016
My long hiatus is over. I have completed my move to Sydney, AU and I have started working with Readify as a Consultant. Sydney is a beautiful city and is endowed with attractions that I am yet to explore. Time is precious and no one wants to do mundane stuff. Using productivity tools, we can get mundane stuff done fast so that we can spend more time doing finer things such as watching more cat videos.

Create IoT Hub with Messaging Configurations with Azure Quick Start Templates & How to Repay Knowledge Debt

  • June 23, 2016
Okay, this is a bit of self promotion but my ARM template to provision IoT Hub has been merged with the official Azure documentation branch recently. What this means is that now you can visit this link, click on Deploy to Azure button, supply some parameter values and have an IoT Hub provisioned in your subscription. If you want to view the script that is responsible for provisioning the infrastructure, you can view the script in the Azure Quick Start GitHub repository here.

Ditch Your DNS For Microsoft Azure DNS & Moving On

  • June 4, 2016
This is my last post as Associate Architect at Nagarro. I would be moving to a new location and a new position very soon and therefore, I won’t be posting much for about a month. I’ll have a lot more to say about the new organization that I would be joining once I get there, but for now, let me just say that everyone I’ve met at this new place has seemed smart and passionate.

Automate Your Life with Microsoft Flow

  • May 16, 2016
Microsoft recently launched its own variant of IFTTT named Microsoft Flow. Using Flow, you can create and deploy workflows that connect various apps and services. They are very similar to Azure Logic Apps and use the same grammar to define conditions (as we will soon see). Currently what sets both the services apart is the fact that Flow has a subset of functionalities of Azure Logic Apps available to it and comes with ready to use templates which are easy to deploy.

Integrating Azure Machine Learning With Azure Stream Analytics to Predict Customer Churn

  • May 10, 2016
I covered building IoT Analytics Architecture prototype authored by David Crook from Microsoft in one of my previous posts. David graciously provided some great feedback on the architecture model and asked me to explore yet another aspect of his architecture, that is to take intelligent decisions on the streams of incoming data based on Azure Machine Learning based predictive models. In this post, let’s see how we can integrate MAML with Stream Analytics and extend David’s IoT analytics architecture.

Analyze ELMAH Logs of Your Cloud Services on Your Desktop in Real-Time With Azure Files

  • May 4, 2016
Azure File storage is a lesser used and lesser known features of Azure storage. Azure File storage offers shared storage for applications using the standard SMB 2.1 or SMB 3.0 protocol. Microsoft Azure virtual machines, cloud services, and on-premises clients can share file data across application components via mounted shares or via File storage API. The most popular use cases of Azure File storage revolve around migrating existing applications to the cloud that use standard file system APIs such as WriteFile or ReadFile.

Building The Azure IoT Analytics Architecture Prototype

  • April 27, 2016
Recently I was going through some IoT (Internet of Things) videos on Channel9. David Crook did a small whiteboard session on IoT analytics architecture which I really liked. Your clients are going to, if not already, demand analytics in each and every IoT engagement that you might already be working on or will pursue in the future. It makes sense to have a prototype handy to lock down your architecture and to build client demonstrations.

Building Azure API Management Proxy for Azure Storage

  • March 21, 2016
Microsoft acquired Apiphany, backed it up with Azure compute and storage and has now made it available to users as API Management service. Azure API Management is a reliable, secure and scalable way to publish, consume and manage APIs running on the Microsoft Azure platform. Azure API Management provides all essential tools required for end-to-end management of APIs. It ensures optimal performance of the APIs, tracks and enforces usage, authentication, and more.

Hire a Cab Using Cortana and Azure Search

  • February 18, 2016
This project was my attempt at Azure Search for Search Contest! Although I got knocked out, but I learnt quite a bit about Azure Search and Universal Windows Platform by building this application. This application is a demonstration of how versatile Azure Search service is and how easily you can mash up this service with other cloud offerings and build something complex with little effort. Synopsis FindCab is a prototype that uses several Azure services viz.

Review of Jabra Speak 410 Speakerphone - A Not So Necessary Utility

  • January 25, 2016
I was lucky (and fast… and skilled…) enough to claim a Jabra Speak 410 Speakerphone as my AzureCon challenge bounty. There were some challenges related to shipping and all the prizes got dispatched pretty late, but Microsoft resolved the impediments and was very communicative throughout the shipping process and my unit arrived today so no rants from me on this. My only concern is that I had to pay a USD 40 duty on the import about which I am not sure whether I was liable to or whether it could have been avoided.

Inject Confidential Configuration Data From Azure Key Vault Into Your Application

  • January 23, 2016
In ASP.NET your site configuration data is normally stored within <appSettings> element of the web.config file. If you have used Azure Web Apps (this blog is running on one), you must be aware of the fact that the Microsoft Azure Web Apps Service allows for these application settings to be configured within the Azure Web App configurations in the cloud, and then subsequently accessed from application code as needed. You can supply these values through Azure Web App configurations.

Running Durable Workflows on Azure

  • January 8, 2016
This post took a while to see the daylight. I was working on my code submission for Azure Search for Search contest and there were tons of things to catch up on. However, if you are a Windows Workflows developer and are working out ways to host your workflows on Azure or want to transfer control of business logic to your clients using Workflows, I will make up for the delay.

Analyzing Sentiment of Your Emails with Azure Text Analytics Service

  • November 21, 2015
Azure Machine Learning allows data scientists to build and deploy predictive models. I am currently reading Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, which in my opinion is a great resource to get started with ML. If you are a developer and don’t really want to invest in learning ML, you can use Azure ML web services published by Microsoft and other publishers in the Cortana Analytics Gallery. There are several interesting APIs, such as speech, face recognition and computer vision, available that you can use in your applications.

Hands-on with Microsoft Azure Application Gateway

  • November 5, 2015
Cloud Architects tasked to lift and shift workloads frequently face some common challenges. Quite frequently they are handed over application dense servers containing applications which were never meant to scale (metal love) and limited budget and time. Not to forget the fact that the communication channel used by the applications was never secured because the applications were previously accessible only over local network (and maybe in house hacking was not a possibility or maybe internet was not invented till then 😄) and the marketing team sold the idea of a mobile workforce to the customer.
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Hi! I'm Rahul Rai, an author, a programmer and, a technophile. I'm a Consultant at Readify, Sydney, Australia.

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