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25 May

Configure regional settings on Azure Virtual Machines

By default every Windows virtual machine that you deploy in Azure from the marketplace will be deployed using US regional settings. So the timezone, time format, currency, keyboard will all be in EN-US. I got a few requests lately from customers and others if it would be possible to automate the regional settings, sytem locales and input locales configuration. This blogpost will cover how to create an XML settings file that contains all of our regional settings and how to apply those regional settings to our Virtual Machines in Azure. To be able to achieve this we are going to need 2 things: an XML file containing our regional settings and a PowerShell script to apply the regional settings.

17 Jan

Azure API Management Consumption Tier

Microsoft has announced a new Azure API Management Consumption tier. This new tier aligns with serverless architecture principles that includes automated scaling, built-in high availability and requires no infrastructure to provision or manage. 

21 Nov

Real Time Twitter sentiment analysis with Azure Cognitive Services

I was recently playing with Azure Cognitive Services and wanted to test Sentiment Analysis of Twitter. In this blog post I will go through how to setup the different components and analyse the sentiment of Tweets that contain the Azure or AWS hashtag. We will then be able to compare the sentiment of Azure tweets versus AWS tweets and analyse if Azure is in a better spotlight than AWS, which country prefers AWS over Azure, get the most influential people, and many more things that would be hugely beneficial for any social media marketing team.