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Founded ThingXCloud Technologies Limited

October 21, 2020 Emerging Technologies No comments

It was always my dream to establish my own private limited company or startup just to continue my cloud consulting skills.

ThingXCloud Technologies Limited is now registered with the Irish Companies Registration Office as 678218.

I will be soon transforming my existing domain: www.thingx.cloud as my company website, moving my blogs to www.azurelad.com | www.nithinz.dev thereby ensuring separation of concerns between the company and personal blogging.

Soon this company will be taking over my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/thingxcloud

Few Microsoft Certification Exams are retiring – MCSA, MCSD, MCSE

February 27, 2020 Azure Certifications, Certification, MCP, MCPD, MCSA, MCSD, MCSE No comments

With the progress of new role based certification, Microsoft is officially retiring these older MCSA,MCSD and MCSE certification exams by June 30, 2020:

Below is the new Role Based certifications you can follow from now onwards:

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Certifications with exams scheduled to retire on June 30, 2020

  • MCSA: BI Reporting
  • MCSA: Dynamics 365 for Operations
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 BI Development
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Admin
  • MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Dev
  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014
  • MCSA: Universal Windows Platform
  • MCSA: Web Applications
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2016
  • MCSD: App Builder
  • MCSE: Business Applications
  • MCSE: Core Infrastructure
  • MCSE: Data Management & Analytics
  • MCSE: Productivity

Exams Retiring on June 30, 2020    (These exams retire at 11:59 PM Central Time on June 30, 2020)

  • 70-333: Deploying Enterprise Voice with Skype for Business 2015
  • 70-334: Core Solutions for Microsoft Skype for Business 2015
  • 70-339: Managing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016
  • 70-345: Designing and Deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2016
  • 70-457: Developing Mobile Apps
  • 70-410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • 70-411: Administering Windows Server 2012
  • 70-412: Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • 70-413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure
  • 70-414: Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure
  • 70-417: Upgrading Your Skills to MCSA Windows Server 2012
  • 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
  • 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
  • 70-464: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases
  • 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-466: Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-467: Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server
  • 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • 70-483: Programming in C#
  • 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications
  • 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
  • 70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack
  • 70-705: Designing and Providing Microsoft Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations
  • 70-740: Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-741: Networking with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-742: Identity with Windows Server 2016
  • 70-743: Upgrading Your skills to MCSA: Windows Server 2016
  • 70-744: Securing Windows Server 2016
  • 70-745: Implementing a Software-Defined Datacenter
  • 70-761: Querying Data with Transact-SQL
  • 70-762: Developing SQL Databases
  • 70-764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure
  • 70-765: Provisioning SQL Databases
  • 70-767: Implementing a Data Warehouse using SQL
  • 70-768: Developing SQL Data Models
  • 70-777: Implementing Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB Solutions
  • 70-778: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Power BI
  • 70-779: Analyzing and Visualizing Data with Microsoft Excel
  • MB2-716: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customization and Configuration
  • MB6-894: Development, Extensions and Deployment for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Finance
  • MB6-897: Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Retail
  • MB6-898: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Human Resources

Refer to more here

New Azure Solution Architect Expert Exams (AZ-303, AZ-304)

February 23, 2020 Azure Certifications, Azure Solution Architect Expert, Certification, Microsoft No comments

Microsoft has recently announced phasing out of AZ-300 & AZ-301 exams for Azure Solutions Architect Expert, and these exams would be replaced with AZ-303 & AZ-304, these exams will be simplified and included support for latest azure features.

AZ-303 Azure Architect Technologies:

Validates your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks:

  • Implement and monitor an Azure infrastructure (50-55%)
  • Implement management and security solutions (25-30%)
  • Implement solutions for apps (10-15%)
  • Implement and manage data platforms (10-15%)

AZ-304 Azure Architect Design :

Validates  your ability to accomplish the following technical tasks: 

  • Design monitoring (10-15%)
  • Design identity and security (25-30%)
  • Design data storage (15-20%)
  • Design business continuity (10-15%)
  • Design infrastructure (25-30%)

Stay tuned for more details these exam will be available on or around April 28, 2020. Learning paths also will be updated soon.

New Azure Exam – AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Azure (BETA)

February 21, 2020 Azure Certifications, Azure Developer Associate, Certification, Microsoft No comments

Microsoft Learning team has recently announced phasing out of AZ-203 currently active exam for Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate certification credential by May 31, 2020. Replacement exam AZ-204 will be active by May 31, 2020.

AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Azure (BETA) exam is currently available for developers to try it on and you should be taking the beta exam by March 27, 2020.

If you’re a cloud developer who participates in all phases of development, including requirements definition and design, development, deployment, and maintenance.

The exam measures proficiency in Azure SDKs, data storage options, data connections, APIs, app authentication and authorization, compute and container deployment, debugging, performance tuning, monitoring, and more.

Skills measured:

  • Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)
  • Develop for Azure storage (10-15%)
  • Implement Azure security (15-20%)
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (10-15%)
  • Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (25-30%)

To take beta exam follow the steps below:

  • Microsoft will offer first 300 people who take the AZ-204 beta exam on or before March 27, 2020, 80% off on price!
  • To  get discount, register now and, use the code AZ204WINTERSET.
  • ** Remember first come, first serve basis only.

Featured in Office 365 Developer Newsletter November 2019

November 5, 2019 Announcements, Microsoft, Office 365, Share Point No comments

As an Office 365 Developer and organizer of Office 365 developer events in local community, I have got an opportunity to be featured in November 2019 newsletter.

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.NET Framework 4.8–Released (Download Now)

April 19, 2019 .NET, .NET 4.8, .NET Framework, ASP.NET, Microsoft, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio 2019, VisualStudio, VS2017 No comments

Much awaited .NET Framework 4.8, newed improvements to .NET Framework has been released today.

The .NET Framework 4.8 includes an updated toolset as well as improvements in several areas:

  • [Runtime] JIT and NGEN Improvements
  • [BCL] Updated ZLib
  • [BCL] Reducing FIPS Impact on Cryptography
  • [WinForms] Accessibility Enhancements
  • [WCF] Service Behavior Enhancements
  • [WPF] High DPI Enhancements, UIAutomation Improvements

You can see the complete list of improvements in the .NET Framework 4.8 release notes. Reference sources have also been updated for .NET 4.8.

You can install .NET 4.8 from .NET Download site.  Alternatively, use the following direct links:

For .NET 4.8 Download :