Azure

  • Azure Data Lake Authentication from Azure Data Factory

    rereTo set the scene for the title of this blog post lets firstly think about other services within Azure. You’ll probably already know that most services deployed require authentication via some form of connection string and generated key. These keys can be granted various levels of access and also recycled as required, for example an IoT Event Hub seen below (my favourite service to play with). Then we have other services like SQLDB that…

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  • Creating Azure Data Factory Custom Activities

    When creating an Azure Data Factory (ADF) solution you’ll quickly find that currently it’s connectors are pretty limited to just other Azure services and the T within ETL (Extract, Transform, Load) is completely missing altogether. In these situations where other functionality is required we need to rely on the extensibility of Custom Activities. A Custom Activity allows the use of .Net programming within your ADF pipeline.…

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  • Azure Stream Analytics Windowing Queries

    Warning, this is going to be a dry post. Beer or water required before you continue reading. For those that don’t already know Azure Stream Analytics is Microsoft’s cloud based service for the handling and manipulation of data feeds, predominantly in real-time. However the service has many applications with the ability to ingest a wide variety of data sources.  One such use case for the analysis of data using the service comes…

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  • Windows IoT UWP Tasks Tickers and Threading

    Upon entering the IoT revolution a few things immediately became apparent; We now had the ability to collect and handle more sensor data than we’d ever before possibly conceived. These sensors and there data will/are going to change the very way we live… Not convinced by this one? Talk to anybody that has a Fitbit attached to their wrist about how many steps they do each day! More relevant to this article. The procedural tools we…

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  • Azure Virual Machine CPU Cores Quota

    Did you know that by default your Azure subscription has a limit on the number of CPU cores you can consume for virtual machines? Until recently I didn’t. Maybe like you I’d only ever created one of two small virtual machines (VMs) within my MSDN subscription for testing and always ended up deleting them before coming close to the limit. Per Azure subscription the default quota for virtual machine CPU cores is 20. To clarify because…

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  • My Introduction to the SQL Server Community

    Once I was blind, but now I see! In the early part of 2015 (I think) a work colleague and friend suggested that on Thursday evening I attend the SQL Server Midlands User Group. The event was completely new to me, I’d never before ventured outside my professional comfort zone, or even had any appreciation that there was such a gathering about SQL Server locally. Anyway, I registered and got some more details. The event was currently ran…

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