Add Voice to Your Node.js Application with Amazon Polly

This week has certainly been an exciting one, especially in the cloud IT market! Amazon Web Services (AWS) just recently announced a really cool, new service called Amazon Polly! AWS Polly is a speech synthesis (text-to-speech) service, aimed at software developers and architects, that enables you to generate speech from …

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Change Allocation Method for Azure Network Interface

Update Azure Network Interfaces with PowerShell

Have you already provisioned a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine, with a dynamic private IP address? Do you want to change that dynamically provisioned IP address to a static IP address? If so, you’re in luck! This process is relatively easy using the Microsoft Azure PowerShell module. Install PowerShell 5.0 First, …

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Digital Ocean Droplet – Linux VPS Review

I’ve been using the Digital Ocean Virtual Private Server (VPS) host on and off for a few months now, and I must say, they are incredibly easy to use! First of all, their web UI is simple, easy to use, and dare I say, enjoyable to use. They have one, and …

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Azure PowerShell Extensions Updates

The Azure PowerShell Extensions module (AzureExt) for Windows PowerShell has seen another interesting update! Let’s take a look at some of the high-level changes: External dependencies have been completely removed The module now supports PowerShell ISE Snippets for Azure Resource Manager (ARM) Resources New command: Remove-AzureRmResourceGroupGui New command: Start-AzureRM Check …

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Microsoft MVP Renewal: Third Consecutive Year

This morning, I received the coveted, diamond-like e-mail that most people anticipate with fervor. For the third year in a row, I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP award for contributions to the community. I very much enjoy, and am passionate, about being involved in various IT communities, locally, nationally, …

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Azure Template Deployment with PowerShell :: MTUG Norway

On August 26th, 2015, I delivered a presentation on deploying Azure Resource Manager (ARM) JSON templates using the ARM PowerShell module for the Microsoft Technology User Group (MTUG) in Norway. This event was coordinated by Microsoft MVP Jan Egil Ring. You can view the 1.5 hour recording of the presentation …

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Azure RM: Resource Manager or Service Management?

Introduction If you’ve been working with the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform lately, you might be familiar with the terms “Service Management” and “Resource Manager” (Azure RM). These terms refer to two different REST APIs that enable access to Microsoft Azure cloud services. Cloud Services is an ambiguous term, because …

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Azure PowerShell 0.9.0 Released with Azure Resource Manager!

During the Microsoft //BUILD 2015 conference in San Francisco, California, they have released the newest version of the Microsoft Azure PowerShell module! The version is 0.9.0, and is dated April 2015. You can download the stand-alone Windows Installer (MSI) package from the GitHub releases page. Azure Resource Manager (ARM) The …

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PowerShell: Resizing Azure Virtual Machines

Background Did you know that you can scale virtual machines in Microsoft Azure? If you’ve been working with the cloud, you’ve most likely heard about that capability before, but did you know that you can automate this function using PowerShell? It’s true! You can streamline many different operations in Microsoft …

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