Chris Pietschmann

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Milwaukee Azure Bootcamp - Apr 16, 2016

It's time for the 4th annual Global Azure Bootcamp, and this year it's coming to Milwaukee, WI on April 16, 2016. Whether you're already using Microsoft Azure, or are looking to learn and get started, then you'll likely be interested in this Free training event. It's a fully immersive, single day filled with presentations and hands on labs. Tables and Wifi will be provided, so do not forget to bring your laptops! Sign up to attend here This is a community events with local speakers presenting th... [More]

Announcing new Azure blog: BuildAzure.com

While studying for the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification I decided to blog a lot more on all things Azure. Also, instead of posting those posts here, I decided to create a completely new blog site dedicated just to "all things Azure" This new site is BuildAzure.com. I have also created the @BuildAzure twitter account associated with the new blog. I will still blog here, as I have for over 10 years so far. However, my posts relating to Microsoft Azure technologies and features will mo... [More]

Why I got the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect Certification

Over the last few months I spent a ton of time studying for and passing the 3 exams required to earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) Azure Solutions Architect certification. Microsoft has really built out an incredible, cloud platform that is Azure! And, this is fitting since it's the future of Microsoft's Enterprise business. This is the root of the reason why I decided to pursue and obtain the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification. Azure Solutions Architect is a uniq... [More]

How I passed the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam

I've been taking on some Microsoft certifications recently, and my latest success is passing the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions exam; earning me the Microsoft Specialist: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification. As with all Microsoft certification exams, this exam covers a huge amount of information and content. As a result of this, a variety of materials and sources need to be studied in order to get the level understanding and memorization necessary to pass the exa... [More]

SQL Azure: Calculate Database Usage Percentage of Max Size

Some times it can be useful to programmatically monitor your SQL Azure database usage statistics. Luckily, there is some short SQL code that can be run on the database to check how much disk space is currently used and what the currently allotted max database size is. The following script does just that. DECLARE @dbName nvarchar(255) = '{database_name}'; DECLARE @Max BIGINT = CONVERT(BIGINT, (SELECT DATABASEPROPERTYEX(@dbName , 'MaxSizeInBytes'))); DECLARE @Used BIGINT = ( SELECT ... [More]