Experts Live Europe – Past, Present and Future

I am excited: Experts Live Europe will open its doors again in 3 months. As part of the conference team I am super happy to welcome the European Microsoft community as well as many top speakers from around the globe again in the beautiful city of Prague for 3 exciting days. We bring experts, companies and ISV’s together to learn, exchange and share about everything Microsoft cloud, datacenter, workplace and security solutions. Curious what that means exactly? Read this post to learn more! Continue reading

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Integrate Azure DevOps with Teams

I use Azure DevOps a lot when it comes to customer projects, mainly for infrastructure as code deployments. Azure DevOps supports a variety of service hooks that allows to interact with various other services. Microsoft Teams is one of these services that can be used to inform your team about certain activities that are happening in Azure DevOps.

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ARM Templates – Create multiple Instances by using ‘copy’

When using ARM templates you often end up with many lines of code. There are some gems available that help you reducing your code to a minimum (which normally is still a lot). If you need to create multiple instances of resources, there is a function available that helps you to achieve this goal with very few code. By using a simple ‘copy’ one can create multiple instances of a specific resource. Continue reading

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Speaking at SPS Central Europe on August 31, 2019

Wait, what? Why is Marcel speaking at a SharePoint event? By accident? Is he planning a career change? Or is it just madness? In all honesty, I am a SharePoint consumer, nothing more, nothing less. And a very bad one I have to say. So I will not speak about any SharePoint topics. There are lots of smart speakers at the conference that will cover that. I was invited to speak about an IT Pro topic.

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CosmosDB Queries – Handling Arrays, Special Characters and Keywords

I recently worked for a customer where I had to build a custom application based on several Azure services. To store data, the application uses CosmosDB with the SQL API. The stored items/documents had a pretty simple structure using several arrays. However, when I started querying the data from an Azure Function, I struggled a bit with the syntax, especially when querying data from the arrays where some properties used special characters and keywords. Browsing the Internet for a while, I found some fragmented solutions., so I decided to write this post to consolidate everything into one single place. Continue reading

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This was Experts Live Switzerland 2019!

On June 20th we held our annual Microsoft community conference in Switzerland for the 3rd time. The goal of this conference/platform is to deliver a high quality event where people can learn about the latest Microsoft trends, make new connections and share their knowledge. To keep the community character and family-like atmosphere, our goal is to keep this event relatively small and make participation more exclusive. The feedback we received from speakers, sponsors and attendees was overwhelming. But see yourself.

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Azure Management Group IDs

Sometimes you need to target a management group id, e.g. when you import a policy definition and want to select a management group as the policy definition scope. I discovered that sometimes people struggle with this procedure when using the management group name or id.

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