Microsoft Recertification Redux

To be clear, Microsoft isn’t certifying folks on the Redux JS library, at least not yet. The title of this article refers to the literary term redux, loosely meaning “restored”.  If you are reading this you likely know that Microsoft overhauled their certification process. Duane OdumThis was the first time I had to recertify since those changes went into effect and a lot of folks were inquiring about the experience.  So, without further ado…

Microsoft provides an overview of the certifications available for individuals to prove their expertise. However, if your organization is a Microsoft Partner you are probably going to be asked to take exams based on your organizations existing competency needs.  If you really want to go down that rabbit hole feel free to do so by checking out the Competency Partners information but this posts intent is to provide an overview of my thoughts of my first recertification under the new criteria. Continue reading “Microsoft Recertification Redux”

Microsoft Flow

What is Flow?

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Microsoft Flow is tool that allows one to create and automate workflows across multiple applications. To create a flow, the user specifies what action should take place when a specific event occurs. The most common use of flow is to trigger notifications. For example, flow can be used to send someone a notification when an item is added to a list.

Flows can also be used to collect data. For instance, if the user wants to see what people are saying about a particular brand, they can create a trigger that will capture new tweets that mention the brand and put a copy of each tweet into a database for further analysis. Once a flow is built, it can be managed on the desktop or through an app on a mobile device. Additionally, Flow can be integrated with other various Microsoft services. The Microsoft Flow Admin Center allows an administrator to manage users, permissions and roles and ensure that employee-created flows comply with data loss prevention policies. Continue reading “Microsoft Flow”

Token Based Authentication in ASP.Net using JWTs Part 1

AJLately, I’ve been doing quite a bit of front-end development with the latest version of Angular and that requires token based authentication. So in this article let’s discuss how to create tokens in .Net.  I’ll go over setting up tokens in regular .Net, and in a later article, I’ll discuss how to setup tokens in .Net core.

All of the code can be obtained from Github Here.

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Office 365 Collaboration Confusion

A couple weeks ago, Microsoft held their annual Ignite conference and I would usually be blogging about all the cool new things coming to Office 365. This year has been a bit a different experience altogether, not for a lack of features announced from Microsoft though…there were plenty of awesome new features announced. We’ve spent the past couple weeks fielding questions on Office 365 from existing customers and folks looking to make the move or at least understand the options available.

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Setup Xamarin iOS to Login to Azure ADAL and Sharepoint Online

misc1This project takes a lot from this and makes changes for the new API (you must register your SharePoint application with Azure AD).  This document sets up Azure AD for Sharepoint Online.

When using the ADAL package on the Xamarin iPhone emulator, it requires quite a process to get up and running.  Installing ADAL requires the NuGet Package  “Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory”. Once that’s installed, you must create an authenticator service to assist with authenticating.

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Become a Microsoft Teams MVP

Duane OdumAre you an active member of the Microsoft Teams community who interested in being recognized for your contributions and commitment? Microsoft wants you to become a part of the MVP program.

Microsoft describes MVPs as “technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community…and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have a very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions to solve real world problems.”

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Happy Birthday, OneDrive: Collab 365 Live Show #14 Recap

JohnThis week’s Collab365 Live Show focused on Microsoft OneDrive, which is 10 years old this month🎈🎁! Microsoft product team members Stephen Rose and Jason Moore joined hosts Andy Talbot and Nick Brattoli, as well as special guest Hans Brendner, to discuss what’s new with OneDrive and what we can expect from the service in the future.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s file hosting/sharing service. You can sync multiple devices to the same OneDrive account, ensuring you have access to all of your documents, regardless of location or device.

Here are some of the key takeaways from this week’s Live Show:

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