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Cloud Advocate Content Highlights (Week of 9/20)

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 9/20:



Cloud Advocate 


Topics & Technologies 

Inventory Dashboards Using the Power of Azure Resource Graph 

Phoummala Schmitt 

(Twitter: @ExchangeGoddess) 

In this blog post, Phoummala shows readers how to use Azure Resource Graph explorer queries to create an inventory dashboard in Azure Portal. 


Azure Portal, Azure Resource Graph 

9 Advanced Tips for Production Machine Learning 


Ari Bornstein 

(Twitter: @pythiccoder) 

Incorporating a new state of the art machine learning model into a production application is a rewarding yet often frustrating experience. The following post provides tips for production Machine Learning, with examples using the Azure Machine Learning Service. 

Azure Data Explorer, Azure Event Hubs, Azure Storage, Azure Cognitive Services, Azure Machine Learning Service 

How to quickly test connectivity to your Azure Event Hubs for Kafka cluster, without writing any code 

Abhishek Gupta 

(Twitter: @Abhi_tweeter) 

In this post, Abhishek demonstrates how to quickly test connectivity to an Azure Event Hubs Kafka instance using only the Kafka CLI, without writing client code. 

Azure Event Hubs, Apache Kafka, Azure CLI 

Testing in .NET Core 

Chris Noring 

(Twitter: @Chris_noring) 

In this primer, Chris shows readers the ins-and-outs of testing in .NET Core, including how to create and run test projects, what the differences are between different testing types, and how to name and arrange tests. 

.NET Core, Serverless, VS Code 

How to enable “Ping” (ICMP echo) on an Azure VM 

Thomas Maurer 

(Twitter: @Thomas_Maurer) 

Microsoft Azure by default denies and blocks all public inbound traffic to an Azure virtual machine, and also includes ICMP traffic. This is a good thing since it improves security by reducing the attack surface. In certain cases you need to enable ping ICMP.  


In this blog post you learn how to enable ping (ICMP) on a public IP address of an Azure virtual machine (VM). 

Windows Server, Azure PowerShell, Azure Bastion, Azure VM 

Introducing NoSQL Azure Table Storage for NestJS 

Wassim Chegham 

(Twitter: @manekinekko) 

This guest post explains how to add Azure Table Storage to NestJS applications in only a few minutes with the new @nestjs/azure-database library! 


Azure Table Storage, NestJS, NoSQL data stores, Enterprise Databases 

A DevOps Process for Deploying R to Production 

David Smith 

(Twitter: @revodavid) 

In this talk, David shares his experience deploying R-based applications using Azure Pipelines and Azure Machine Learning Service. 

R, Azure Pipelines, Azure Machine Learning Service 

Dive Into Durable Entities with Azure Functions 

Jeremy Likness  

(Twitter: @jeremylikness) 

& Cecil Phillip 

(Twitter: @Cecil_Phillip) 

On .NET, Chris Gillum and Sebastian Burckhardt sit down with Jeremy Likness to give us the rundown on Durable Entities, talking about the differences compared to the actor model, invoking entities via HTTP, and more. 


Azure Functions, Serverless, Cloud Computing 

PowerShell Basics: How to Create an Azure AD App Registration 

Anthony Bartolo 

(Twitter: @wirelesslife) 

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) is Microsoft's fully managed multi-tenant identity and access capabilities for app service. More organizations are now harnessing the security capabilities of Azure AD into the apps they create for an additional layer of authentication. This post will cover how to register an app to Azure AD via PowerShell to take advantage of this. 

Azure AD, PowerShell 

Cloud Native Show - DevOps for .NET Core & Cloud Native Apps 

Shayne Boyer (Twitter: @spboyer) 

& Abel Wang 

(Twitter: @abelsquidhead) 

Abel and Shayne sit down to discuss the relationship between DevOps and cloud native applications to understand how they fit together. They demonstrate an application, the pipeline that builds it and talk about how it improves the overall experience and efficiency of the overall process. 


Cloud-Native, .NET Core, DevOps, Azure Functions, Azure Storage, Azure Front Door