Getting Started with Windows IoT

I recently bought a Windows IoT kit from Adafruit and started to play around with it last week.  IoT (Internet of Things) is one of those things that I don’t use during the day job and instead, I’m playing with completely on my own.

I should also note that this is my first foray into doing any work with hardware (apart from working with SDKs that would control switches).

If you are like me and this is completely new and foreign territory to you, start with the tutorials located here.

In setting everything up, I had some initial problems with using the WiFi connect and instead opted for a wired LAN connection so I could rule this out as a possible error.

I am currently running Visual Studio 2017, and even with the

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The Simplest Connection to Dynamics365

Whenever starting something new, you always want to find the quickest way to make something happen.

Think Hello World – I want Hello World (but not really Hello World) so I can start doing all that cool stuff.

I was searching the other day for some code on how to make an initial connection to Dynamics365 for the start of a new project.

Here were the objectives;

  1. I didn’t want to download someone else’s library on creating a connection.
  2. I wanted to learn how to connect to Dynamics365.

The first point is really important because although there are some really, really great libraries out there, it prevents the accomplishment of my second objective which was – I wanted to write the code, not consume someone else’s code.

The best way to learn how something really works is

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Setting up Dynamics365 for the First Time

I recently went down the path of purchasing a Microsoft Action Pack so immediately went to setting it up in my pre-existing Office365 Tenant and ran into a few gotchas that might save you some time.

Office365 Business Essentials and Enterprise Plan 1 Licensing

I currently have an Office365 Business Essentials plan but when creating my Dynamics tenant quick realized that my users that were licensed under my Business Essentials license cannot be readily imported into Dynamics365 due to SharePoint plan conflicts.

There is a path to upgrade users through the Office365 Admin, but that’s for another blog.

Setting up Dynamics365

When creating your tenant for Dynamics, it’s not solely about your licenses, but also about creating the actual tenant.  To do this, you need to first navigate down to the Settings section of your Office365

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Tips for a Successful Dynamics365 Data Migration

When moving data from either a homegrown application or even a pre-existing Dynamics365 system there are few tricks that can save you a great deal of time and take your project beyond simply completing the data migration and to instead making it a cornerstone in the success of your migration to Dynamics365.  I’ve done a number of data migrations ranging from the small (less than 25,000 records from one database) to the larger (greater than 1,000,000+ records from a variety of databases).

Whether you are using tools like Scribe or Kingsway or building your own application – you should always use the available SDKs and not go to the database.  In writing that I feel as though as this is slowly becoming a double-negative as you cannot access the database directly for cloud instances of Dynamics365.

Check

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What it is

Over the past few years, I’ve found myself drifting further from code and not developing as much as I’d really like to be.

Over the past few months I’ve been experimenting with LinkedIn as a blogging platform for technical articles and it really hasn’t felt it like it quite cuts it.  Coupled with this, I used to blog about anything technical that I was doing – Powershell, Lync, C#, SQL, etc – but then started to break it out by technology for better readability.  But that always left me with more to say and nowhere to say it.

So, I’m going back to a single technical blog, about everything and anything as I jump into everything going on around me.  In the coming months, I’m probably going to be focussing more on the Dynamics

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