Tiago Costa blog

This blog was created for sharing knowledge for Microsoft Developers and Microsoft Certified Trainers about Office 365, Azure, SharePoint and .Net.

Workshop: I find your lack of Azure disturbing

On the 20th of July I will deliver a great workshop in Lisbon, Portugal about Microsoft Azure. This workshop is part of the Tuga IT Conference (http://tugait.pt/) and is targeted for all IT Professionals that want to start to design, create and/or migrate solutions for Microsoft Azure.

Here are all the details about the workshop:

“I find your lack of Azure disturbing”

More and more companies are implementing, designing and architecting solutions on Microsoft Azure. This full day workshop will provide you guidance and knowledge on some of the core Azure services. This workshop will be led by Tiago Costa, Microsoft Cloud architect and advisor for several customers across the world and two times author of Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) – 20532 and 20535. Be prepared for a demo dependent workshop, we will do our best to blow your mind!

Outline:

  • Introduction to Microsoft Azure
  • Azure AD
  • Virtual Networks
  • Virtual Machines
  • Azure Storage
  • Azure App Services
  • Architecture Best Practices

 

You can sign up for this workshop at: https://www.eventbrite.pt/e/bilhetes-i-find-you-lack-of-azure-disturbing-47095724580. Hope to see you there!!!  

 

You can also check other workshops from great speakers about Git, Cassandra and SQL Server at http://tugait.pt/workshops/

Course 20532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solution Authoring


This has been an amazing year so far! I’m very privileged to do what I love to do. This allows me to get up every day full of energy for one more long working day that sometimes involves flying around the world. 

In the beginning of the year I had the opportunity to share with you that I had authored, together with another three amazing professionals, the 20535A: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions course for Microsoft Learning. This was my first MOC Authoring project and I loved every bit of it. If this was not enough, I just helped on authoring the update of the 20532D: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions MOC course. This project was done with Sidney Andrews has the lead SME. What a great project too. I hope that you all love this update on this Microsoft Azure course and what better way for me to celebrate this? Yes!!!! I’m going to deliver this course next week!!! It will be 4 days of an amazing delivery in the beautiful city of Sofia the capital of Bulgaria.


Azure Storage File Share Backup

Keeping up with the changes in Microsoft Azure is one of the more challenging tasks I have in my professional life. I teach classes on Microsoft Azure all the time and I provide advising about Cloud to my customers, so it’s kind in my job description that I need to know all (in the real world most of…) the new services and new features that Microsoft releases. 

In the previous week we had some changes in the Azure Portal UI, but I also found out another great feature in the Azure Recovery Services. It’s now possible to backup your Azure Storage File Shares using the Azure Backup service in a very easy and quick way. When you add another Backup Item to you Azure Recovery Services Vault you can choose that it’s an Azure Service and up until now we only had the option for Virtual Machines, but now we also have Azure File Shares. At the time of writing this post it works with both Azure Storage Accounts V1 and V2. This allows you to create a backup solution for your Azure File Shares with zero infrastructure costs that allows you to do file-level restores.


Supposing that you already have a File Share in an Azure Storage account, if you want to backup that data using the Azure Backup service you just need to follow these steps:

  1. In the Recovery Services Vault overview blade, click on the + Backup option.
  2. In the Backup Goal blade select the following options and then click Backup.
    1. Where is your workload running?
      1. Select Azure
    2. What do you want to backup? 
      1. Select Azure FileShare
  3. In the Select Storage Account blade, select the Azure Storage Account that contains the file share and click OK.
    1. This will register the Storage Account with Recovery Services Vault. This operation might take a minute.
  4. In the File Share to backup blade, select the file shares you want to backup and click OK. You can select more than 1 file share.
  5. In the Backup Policy blade, select an existing backup policy or create a new one.
  6. In the Backup blade, just click Backup and your File Share backup will be created.

Hope all of you love this feature as much as I do! This is a great feature to improve Microsoft Azure Storage and backup services. Waiting for more great features in both services, like Azure Blob Storage or event real Azure SQL Database Backups.

If you still don’t have an Azure Storage Account and/or an Azure Backup Vault here is some links to help you with that:


New Microsoft Azure Exam: 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Microsoft is creating a new Microsoft Azure Exam - 70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions, in order to better align the objective domains to Architecting solutions in Microsoft Azure and not the details in implementing solutions in Azure like we have today in the 70-534 exam.

This new exam will also bring changes to the current certifications that use the now old 70-534 Exam. MCSA and MCSE will start using this in the next few weeks. If you have a current MCSA/MCSE or MCSD certification that used the 70-534, your certification will still be current. I also recommend you to check the new Microsoft Azure Certification that Microsoft is releasing. You can find more information's at:  https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/announcing-three-new-azure-exams


Microsoft is also creating a new MOC (Microsoft Official Course) that aligns with this new exam. It will be the 20535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions. According to the Born to Learn post it will be available in February 2018.


You can find more information in this Born to Learn article: https://borntolearn.mslearn.net/b/weblog/posts/microsoft-exam-70_2d00_535-to-replace-70_2d00_534_3a00_-architecting-microsoft-azure-solutions-on-november-30-_1320_-here_1920_s-what-you-should-know-

I will be Speaking at Collab 365 Global Conference 2017


Have you heard about the virtual Collab365 Global Conference 2017 that’s streaming online November 1st – 2nd?

Join me and 120 other speakers from around the world who will be bringing you the very latest content around SharePoint, Office 365, Flow, PowerApps, Azure, OneDrive for Business and of course the increasingly popular Microsoft Teams. The event is produced by the Collab365 Community and is entirely free to attend.

Places are limited to 5000 so be quick and register now.

During the conference I'd love you to watch my session which is called : 'Supercharge your applications with the Microsoft Graph API'.

When creating line of business applications we always need data from several sources. This is no different in a cloud world, but instead of creating different services, that are accessed in different ways, we can leverage the power of the Microsoft Graph API to get data from Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud services in a quick, easy and integrated way. In this session, we will check how easy is to get data using the Microsoft Graph API to your application, like for example files from OneDrive for Business or SharePoint, list data from SharePoint, schedule a new event in a user agenda, etc… This is a very demo depended session where, we will create an application integrated with data from Azure AD and Office 365.

If you join me, you will learn:

  • Microsoft Graph API
  • Integrate Microsoft Graph in your application
  • Get data from SharePoint, Azure AD and Office 365 using Microsoft Graph API
  • How to create state of the art application with the Microsoft Graph API

Topic(s):

  • Microsoft Graph

Audience:

  • Developers

Time (in UTC):

  • Thursday, November 2 2017 7:00PM

How to attend:

  1. Register here.
  2. At the time listed above go here to watch my session. (you can also add me to your own personal planner from the agenda)
  3. Be ready to take notes!