Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sound of Azure

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Seen this?

https://www.soundofazure.com.au/home

Interesting way to sell cloud services!

Whatta you think? Clever or a waste of resources?

Azure Godzilla Virtual Machines

A while ago I wrote about how Azure was offering high performance  ‘D’ machines, now comes news of even better ‘G’ machines.

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As you can see from above table, it is no wonder they have been dubbed ‘Godzilla’ machines. 32 cores, 448 GB of RAM and 6,500GB of SSD storage! Staggering.

For a full update on these new options coming to an Azure tenant near you see the following blog post from Microsoft:

http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/20/azures-getting-bigger-faster-and-more-open/

OneDrive Windows Phone App updated

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Microsoft has updated the OneDrive app for Windows Phone now to include the ability to access both OneDrive and OneDrive for Business in a single place like they recently did with other platforms.

To configure this, firstly ensure you have the latest version of the OneDrive app from the Windows Store on your device. Then go to the list of apps and select OneDrive.

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If the app has been updated you should see Add OneDrive for Business as an option at the bottom as shown above. Select this.

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You’ll now be prompted to enter your Office 365 credentials and Sign in.

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You should see the account being added to your OneDrive app.

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When complete your OneDrive should appear in the list as shown above. Select Files (under this new item) to view your OneDrive for Business content.

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You should now see all your OneDrive for Business files in the app,

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just as you would see them in a browser.

Nice improvement that brings the Windows Phone app to par with apps on other platforms.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Azure datacenter locations

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If you want to know where Azure datacenters are located in the world take a look at this page:

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/

If you want to know which services are available in those centres take a look at:

http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/regions/#services

If you do a lot of Office 365 demos like I do, it makes sense to build a clean virtual workstation in a datacenter that is near the Office 365 datacenters. For me that is in Singapore which equates to Southeast Asia when running up an Azure virtual machine. That way you get the best experience possible between Office 365 and workstation, which is why this configuration is great for demos (apart from the fact that you can run them anywhere and on any machine that has Internet connectivity).

I’m sure there’ll be more regions soon, so stay tuned to those pages for all the details.

Brisbane workshop special surprise

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As I have mentioned previously here I am conducting a 2 day workshop in Brisbane on Office 365 (Friday 7th of November 2014) and Azure (Saturday 8th of November 2014). Places are still available for the workshop and you can get all the information about the event here:

http://blog.ciaops.com/2014/10/brisbane-office-365-and-azure-training.html

I am however happy to announce that as an added bonus for attendees of this workshop VMVault will be taking us through their NextDC B1 Datacentre. The tour lasts about an hour and you’ll get to see all the facilities of a modern data centre with expert tour guides on hand to answer all your questions.

This is a fantastic opportunity not to be missed and I thank Radek from VMVault for making this available to attendees.

Image courtesy of stockimages at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Next lock screen for Android by Microsoft Garage

Here’s something a bit different from Microsoft, a screen lock for Android phones. Who’d though eh? An indication of the fact that Microsoft is becoming more platform agnostic, which of course displeases pure Windows people (you can never please everyone right?). But hey, more software the better right? Certainly for Microsoft!

Problem is that I can’t get in here in Australia on my device. Hopefully down the track when they make it available outside the US where I believe it is limited to currently.

If you want it, see if you can download it from:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.next

and let me know what you think.

HERE maps for Android

In my experience the best nav app is Here from Nokia (yup, even better than Google Maps in my books). Going forward HERE isn’t part of the Nokia Microsoft bought, it is remaining a separate entity.

I use HERE maps on my Nokia Windows Phone 8.1 extensively (unsurprisingly) and was very pleased to discover that they are now offering HERE maps on Android devices for free! You can download it from this location:

http://here.com/beta/android/?lang=en-US

but don’t stop there, you can find plenty of additional apps (especially for Windows Phones) here:

http://here.com/download/?lang=en-US

So, if you are like me and you love all the HERE stuff then take a moment to ensure you have them all on your devices and sign up for a free HERE account to link them all together.