Monthly Archives: March 2015


Azure Search Indexers – Index data without writing code

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The Microsoft Azure Search team recently released a new preview version which includes some interesting new features. I’ve briefly covered them in my previous Azure Search Services post but wanted to dive a bit deeper into the Indexers.

An indexer is basically a content crawler written for a specific data source eliminating the need for writing code responsible for extract data from your data source and feed this data within the index. The indexer runs within the Azure context and it’s therefore not required to create a service for hosting this process (billing details are not at available yet).

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Azure Search Service – New features

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If you are as interested in Azure Search as I am, you might already know that the Azure Search Service was made generally available earlier this this month. Additional details can be found here

This includes a Service level agreement stating that Microsoft will guarantee at least 99.9% availability for index query requests when an Azure Search Service Instance is configured with two or more replicas, and index update requests when an Azure Search Service Instance is configured with three or more replicas. Note that the free tier doesn’t have an SLA, which makes perfect sense.

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PowerShell DSC Series at Channel 9

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For everyone interesting in learning more about Desired State Configuration (DSC); channel9 recently published two interesting series covering beginner, intermediate, and advanced topics.

Both series are presented by Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Distinguished Engineer and inventor of PowerShell, and therefore guaranteed to be informative as well as entertaining.

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