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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 11/1)

Microsoft's Cloud Advocates help every technologist, from those in enterprises or startups, to succeed and do what they love: write, code, and learn. They engage developers and others in the software ecosystem to further technical education and proficiency within the Microsoft Cloud + AI platform. Cloud Advocates meet with developers around the world through talks, demos, and engagement in technical communities. Please check out the latest Cloud Advoacy content highlights below for the week of 11/1:



Cloud Advocate  


Topics & Technologies  

How to manage Azure VMs with Windows Admin Center 

Thomas Maurer (Twitter: @Thomas_Maurer) 

Windows Admin Center is a browser-based management tool to manage your servers, clusters, hyper-converged infrastructure, and Windows 10 PCs. You can deploy it anywhere you want. If you run on-prem, you can install it on a Windows Server running in your infrastructure, or you can also install Windows Admin Center on an Azure virtual machine (VM).  
In this post, Thomas addresses the scenarios where you have deployed Windows Admin Center on-premises, and you want to manage some Azure VMs. 

IT Ops, PowerShell, Windows Admin Center, Azure VPN Gateways, Azure VMs  

PowerShell Basics: How to Force a Full Password Sync in AzureAD Connect 

Anthony Bartolo (Twitter: @wireless_life) 

In this blog post, Anthony Bartolo explains how to force the sync of only passwords and not the entire contents of Active Directory. It appears the ask comes in light of troubleshooting Office 365 password sync issues. This post will focus on steps to address this via PowerShell. 

Windows Server, PowerShell, Office 365, Active Directory 

VS Code Can Do That - Frontend Masters 

Burke Holland (@Burke_Holland) 

Dive into VS Code and explore some of the neat tricks and powerful extensions that you can use to improve your speed and productivity while learning to work smarter, not harder. Examine the editor from top to bottom, covering editor fundamentals, tips, and tricks, as well as how to turn VS Code into a full-fledged integrated development environment to do things like refactor and debug code, work with databases, and work with git …all within the editor! 

VS Code 

Health checks for Kafka Streams application on Kubernetes 

Abhishek Gupta (Twitter: @Abhi_tweeter) 

With great power comes great responsibility! If you're using Interactive queries with a stateful Kafka Streams app, you need to be aware of the fact that local state stores are not in a queryable state, if your instance is rebalancing/restoring/shuffling its local state from changelog topics. 

You can use Kubernetes probes in your apps to handle this gracefully. 


Data + Analytics, Containers, Kubernetes 

Serverless Can Do That?! 

Simona Cotin (Twitter: @simona_cotin) 

Far from being the latest 'tech trend', serverless applications help your organization scale quickly and efficiently. They take the hassle out of of provisioning infrastructure, configuring web servers, debugging configuration, and managing security settings, allowing your team to focus on coding and testing. 
In this article, you'll learn how to build serverless APIs that scale seamlessly and automatically—all for the price of a coffee. 

Azure Cosmos DB, Azure Functions, Azure Event Grid, Azure Storage, Serverless 

Learn How YOU can build enterprise Vue.js applications with Nuxt 

Chris Noring (Twitter: @Chris_noring) 

This post shows how to use Nuxt, a framework on top of Vue.js. This promotes Static site generation which is great for SEO. SEO optimization has traditionally been one of the hardest problems to tackle since the creation of SPA Frameworks. 

Web, VueJS 

MLOps, Or DevOps for Machine Learning 

Damian Brady (Twitter: @damo_visa) 

MLOps is a new area that is going to be super important in the coming years. In this post, Damian explains what MLOps is and shares some key considerations when implementing it. 

AzureML, DevOps, AI/ML 

Azure Spring Boot Training Materials 

Julien Dubois 
(Twitter: @juliendubois) 

Julien developed a series of tutorials for a workshop on Azure Spring Boot, available on GitHub. Using these guides, Java developers will immediately get to coding on Spring Boot and will get a comprehensive overview of the platform and what it offers. 

Java, Azure Spring Boot 

GPU-Accelerated IoT Workloads at the Edge 

Paul DeCarlo (Twitter: @pjdecarlo) 

In this article, we will look at how to create GPU accelerated IoT Edge workloads targeting the NVIDIA Jetson line of IoT devices. Portions of this content are planned to be delivered during an interactive workshop session as part of Microsoft Ignite 2019.  
If you are unable to attend the conference in person, we will give you all of the details that you need to know to run this content on your own, or in a public workshop environment. 

IoT, Azure IoT Edge, SQL Server, Azure Cognitive Services (Custom Vision), Azure Machine Learning Service,  

The Making of the Azure Mystery Mansion 


Jen Looper (Twitter: @jenlooper)  

The Mystery Mansion is a collaborative effort between several CAs, PMs, and Marketing folks. We built a text-based game to help people discover Microsoft Learn while having fun gathering keys, solving puzzles, and earning the deeds to the spooky mansions. We launched just in time for Halloween! 

CI/CD, Azure Pipelines, PlayFab, Microsoft Learn, Game Development