Sunday, April 26, 2015

Get yourself PowerShell 5.0 February 2015 Preview

PowerShell 5.0 February preview is available to download from here:
 February 2015 includes the following:
  • Updates to Windows PowerShell,
  • Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • Windows PowerShell ISE
Plus new CMDLETS
  • OneGet
  • PowerShellGet
  • Network Switch
Supported OSs:
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
  • Windows 8.1 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2012
February 2015 preview updates the November 2014 preview with a few more new features detailed
here (only two of them stable):
  • Develop DSC resources with classes in Windows PowerShell - Stable
  • Remove DSC documents delivered to a system - Stable
  • Support for inheritance with classes in Windows PowerShell - Experimental
  • DSC resource script debugging - Experimental
  • Support for new RefreshMode - Experimental
  • Partial configurations support mixed RefreshModes - Experimental
  • PSScriptAnalyzer: static code analysis of  Windows PowerShell artifacts - Experimental
Details to appear on my other blog:


Friday, April 24, 2015

Moving data to Azure DocumentDB

You may need to move data from various sources to DocumentDB and the Azure DocumentDB Migration Tool can be used if your source is in the following form:
  • CSV file or files
  • JSON file or files
  • SQL
  • MongoDB
  • DocumentDB
The file details are as follows:
Version 1.0   4/7/2015
File name:
DocumentDB Data Migration Tool.docx (1.6MB)

It does not appear to be supported on Windows 8.1 but supported on Window 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or SP2, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Vista SP2
The download contains both a GUI as well as a command line tool. The document contains valuable information of using the GUi with various databases.
For further details:


Thursday, April 23, 2015

Azure App Service is ready to roll

No matter what type of App, no matter what platform, you can use Microsoft Azure App Service to develop.
Image Source: Visual Studio Magazine
Microsoft is known for its relentless pursuit of its chalked-out path, be it Windows, be it Office and be it Cloud services. With Azure App Service which debuted today you can build cross-platform/cross-device apps from Microsoft Azure.

Azure App Service draws upon all the best of breed Microsoft technologies, Azure Web Sites, Azure Mobile Services and Azure BizTalk Services and you can build apps for Web, Mobile, Logic and Apps.

You can build web apps now which are automatically scaled based on need and are fully managed. You can use prebuilt tools from an exhaustive gallery and use versioning, authentication, performance monitoring etc.

Read more here: Protection Status