What is your role and title? What are your responsibilities associated with your position?
I am an Integration Developer, and my key responsibilities consist of working with my team and alongside clients, making the transition and integration of their products and services smoother.
Can you provide some insights into your day-to-day activities and what a typical day in your role looks like?
Sure, merging a portion of my activities, what I could express as day-to-day would be: I start by checking for any issues in our clients’ production environments to ensure everything’s running smoothly, and then my main activities will be implementing cloud integration solutions with Azure Integration Services. Occasionally, I also help the team on on-premises projects using BizTalk Server.
Also, one of my big activities is going deep into Enterprise Integration features and crafting new ways to archive specific tasks. Do proof-of-concept in new features, explore existing or new services, test those solutions, and find alternatives, for example, creating Azure functions as an alternative to the Integration Account and testing inside Logic App flows to use those Azure functions.
I’m always on the hunt for new solutions to any problems we face, and in doing so, there’s a lot of documenting everything we do. This documentation is more than just busy work; it really helps by streamlining our processes and guides our team and community through troubleshooting. To ensure the importance of knowledge sharing, I actively produce informative content for our blog and YouTube Channel. This includes writing posts and creating videos that share our experiences, solutions, and insights with a broader audience.
I also contribute to enhancing our team’s productivity by creating tools tailored to address specific issues or streamline processes that are later shared with the community.
What motivates and inspires you to be an active member of the Aviators/Microsoft community?
What really drives me to engage with the Aviators/Microsoft community is my passion for tackling challenges and finding solutions. There’s something incredibly rewarding about cracking a tough problem and then being able to pass on that knowledge to others. I believe we’ve all had that moment of gratitude towards someone who’s taken the time to document and share a solution to the exact issue we were facing. That cycle of giving and receiving is what motivates me the most. It’s about contributing to a community that has been so important in my own learning and problem-solving journey, and I’m inspired to give back and assist others in the same way.
Looking back, what advice do you wish you would have been told earlier on that you would give to individuals looking to become involved in STEM/technology?
I could say something about always having a passion for new technologies and staying up to date with what you are pursuing. There would be nothing wrong with it, but those sound like already-at-hand phrases to be exchanged without considering each individual’s current state.
On a moment, and in a world where mental health is so important, let me share a simple tale that resonates with anyone at the crossroads of their career, whether they are new and confused about what to do, whether they’re just starting, or contemplating a shift in direction. It’s a gentle reminder that venturing into new territories can be daunting but immensely rewarding and that, at times, we may not even realize that our current paths could be detrimental to our well-being, professional growth, and personal relationships.
“There was once a man that went into the wilds of Africa, believing himself to be a hunter for many years. Despite his efforts, he found himself unable to catch any game. Overwhelmed by frustration and feeling lost, he sought the guidance of a Shaman from a nearby tribe.
Confessing to the Shaman, he said, “Hunting is what I live for, but I’m hitting a wall. There’s simply nothing out there for me to hunt, and I don’t know what to do.”
The Shaman, who had seen many seasons and had a kind of wisdom you don’t come across every day, simply put his arm on the hunter’s shoulder, looked him in the eyes and said, “Really? Nothing to hunt for? This land has fed us for generations. There is plenty of hunt out there and yet you cannot see it? Maybe the problem isn’t the land…allow me to ask you something very important, do you genuinely desire to be a hunter?”
This narrative goes much deeper than the act of hunting. It’s a reflection on our passions, how we confront our challenges, and the realization that our perspective might need a shift.
If our passions no longer ignite us, or if our efforts to chase them lead nowhere, it might be a sign to let go, not in defeat, but in liberation, because, in the end, I want everyone to be happy with the career path they have chosen, so that would be my advice, to read this simple tale, apply it to your current situation and ask yourself, “Do I really want to do keep doing what I am doing right now?” And if you find that your current path is not worth pursuing, if your mental health is not in shape, or if you are hitting a wall, then yes, it is time to take the step!
Imagine you had a magic wand that could create a feature in Logic Apps. What would this feature be and why?
In a world where AI is at such a fast pace, one feature that I would personally like to have on Logic Apps is prompted AI-generated Logic App flows. What that would mean is you give a prompt to the designer of what you pretend, and you would have a generated, most efficient flow for what you have described. Of course, you will still need to configure some things, but I think AI-generated flows could outline and cover many scenarios, making our processes faster and more efficient.
AI is here to stay, whether we like it or not; it just doesn’t go away, so we could take advantage of it to create better, faster, and more efficient products or stay behind while we see others do it.
What are some of the most important lessons you’ve learned throughout your career that surprised you?
One of the most surprising yet vital lessons from my career is the central role of relationships in keeping the ship sailing smoothly. Having positive communication and nurturing a positive work environment are crucial elements that empower a team to deliver top-notch results, remain driven, and maximize their daily potential. A car has four tires, and you need them all to get home safely.
Check out this customer success story on how Microsoft is helping to keep Slovenia’s lights on by improving and modernizing ELES’ operations. In 2012, ELES turned to Microsoft when they needed a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution. Today, ELES uses Azure Logic Apps to connect their ERP with other systems, improving collaboration between departments, streamline operations, and better manage their energy resources and infrastructure.
V1 Actions/Triggers of the SQL Connector for Logic Apps will be deprecated by the end of March 2024. In this article, learn how to use a PowerShell Script to identify the Logic Apps still using the deprecated SQL Connectors so that you can change them to the V2 equivalent.
ISE’s retirement date is August 31st, 2024, so make sure you migrate any Logic Apps running on ISE to Logic Apps Standard. Check out this guide video from our FastTrack team that walks you through the whole process!
Check out this recording from the February 2024 meetup for Houston Azure User Group where Azure customers dive into their journey from on-premises Biztalk to Azure Logic Apps hosted in an Integration Service Environment (ISE).
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1. SharePoint datasets and OneDrive
When I describe the SharePoint datasets in Microsoft Graph Data Connect to someone, I frequently get this question: do Sites and Sharing Permissions cover only SharePoint or do they include OneDrive? The short answer is that OneDrive is included, but there is much more to say here…
2. OneDrive is a type of SharePoint site
For most technical intents and purposes, a OneDrive in your Microsoft 365 tenant is a SharePoint site with a specific template and permissions. It is basically a SharePoint site collection for personal use that comes preconfigured with permissions for the owner and nobody else. After that, you can upload/create files and decide to keep them private or share with others from there.
This special type of site was initially called a “Personal Site”, later was referred to as a “My Site” or “MySite”, then a “OneDrive for Business” (commonly abbreviated to “ODfB” or simply “ODB”). These days, we usually just call it a OneDrive and you can figure out if we’re talking about the consumer or business variety based on context.
Along the way, the purpose has always been the same. To allow someone in a tenant to store information needed for your personal work, with the ability to share with others as necessary. As the name suggests, it’s your single drive in the cloud to store all your business-related personal files.
But keep in mind that, when you use the Microsoft Graph Data Connect to pull the Sites dataset, you get all types of sites in the tenant and that does include OneDrives.
3. How can you tell them apart?
In the Sites dataset, you can tell a site is a OneDrive by looking at the RootWeb.WebTemplate (which is “SPSPERS” for OneDrive) or the RootWeb.WebTemplateId (which is 21 for OneDrive). Note that these are properties of the Root Web for the site (more on this later).
For the other Microsoft Graph Data Connect for SharePoint datasets, you can use the SiteId property to join with the Sites dataset and find the Template or Template Id. This is a reliable method and the recommended one.
Some of the datasets might also have a URL property which can be used to identify a OneDrive. For the Sharing Permissions dataset, for instance, an ItemURL that starts with “personal/” indicates a permission for a OneDrive. You can read more about OneDrive URLs athttps://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/list-onedrive-urls.
Using the URL is probably OK for most tenants using OneDrive but might not work for other site types.
4. Root Web
It is good to clarify why the Template and TemplateId properties come from the RootWeb property and it’s not a property of the site itself.
For starters, it’s important to understand the main SharePoint entities:
There are many tenants.
Tenants have Sites, also known as Site Collections.
Sites (Site Collections) have Webs, also known as Subsites.
Webs (Subsites) have Lists, some of which are called libraries or document libraries.
Lists have List Items (document libraries have folders and documents)
As you can see, there is a hierarchy.
Every Site Collection has at least one Web and most have only one (the Root Web). The Site’s name and type (template) ends up being stored in the Root Web. Most templates don’t even have an option to add more webs (subsites). I would recommend keeping things simple and having only one web per site.
Note: You will sometimes hear people refer to Webs as Sites, which is a term normally used for Site Collections. Since most Site Collections have only one Web, that is typically not a big issue. That can get a little confusing at times, so you might want to stick to using the unambiguous terms “Site Collections” and “Webs” to be extra clear.
5. Web Templates
When you create a Site Collection and its corresponding Root Web, you must choose a Web Template. Each Web Template comes with a few default lists and libraries.
Some of these Web Templates (like Team Sites and Communication Sites) help you get started with a new Site. Others are not meant to be created by end users but are used for specific scenarios (like the Compliance Policy Center, the Search Center or the Tenant Admin Site). As we mentioned before, one of these templates is the Personal Site or OneDrive.
Here’s a list of some common Web Templates used by SharePoint Online:
Web Template Id
Classic Team Site
Tenant Admin Site
App Catalog Site
OneDrive (Personal Site)
My Site Host
Office 365 group-connected Team Site
Basic Search Center
Compliance Policy Center
Note: There are many more of these templates, not only the ones listed above. You can get a list of the templates available to you using the Get-SPOWebTemplate PowerShell cmdlet:
Name : BICenterSite#0
Title : Business Intelligence Center
Name : BLANKINTERNETCONTAINER#0
Title : Publishing Portal
Name : COMMUNITY#0
Title : Community Site
Name : COMMUNITYPORTAL#0
Title : Community Portal
Name : DEV#0
Title : Developer Site
Name : EHS#1
Title : Team Site – SharePoint Online configuration
Name : ENTERWIKI#0
Title : Enterprise Wiki
Name : OFFILE#1
Title : Records Center
Name : PRODUCTCATALOG#0
Title : Product Catalog
Name : PROJECTSITE#0
Title : Project Site
Name : SITEPAGEPUBLISHING#0
Title : Communication site
Name : SRCHCEN#0
Title : Enterprise Search Center
Name : SRCHCENTERLITE#0
Title : Basic Search Center
Name : STS#0
Title : Team site (classic experience)
Name : STS#3
Title : Team site (no Microsoft 365 group)
Name : visprus#0
Title : Visio Process Repository
6. They are all in there…
So, I hope it’s clear that the Microsoft Graph Data Connect for SharePoint datasets (like Sites, Sharing Permissions and Groups) include information for all types of sites in the tenant, regardless of the Template they use. You can use the Sites dataset to understand Team Sites, OneDrives, and Communication Sites. The Sharing Permissions dataset includes permissions for all these different types of sites.
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Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the world of work, creating new opportunities and challenges for businesses and workers alike. According to a recent report by Microsoft and PwC, AI could boost the UK economy by £232 billion by 2030, but it also requires a significant upskilling of the workforce to ensure that everyone can benefit from it.
If you are a technology student or a young professional who wants to develop AI skills and prepare for the future of work, here are some tips and resources that can help you: The Microsoft UK AI & Copilot Skills Challenge starts February 20, 2024 at 8:00 AM (8:00) GMT and ends on March 31, 2024 at 23:00 PM (11pm) GMT.
Learn the basics of AI and its applications. AI is a broad field that encompasses many subdomains, such as machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and more. To get started, you can take online courses, such as Microsoft Learn, edX, or Coursera, that cover the fundamentals of AI and how it can be used to solve real-world problems. You can also explore Learn AI Microsoft Resources learning paths and hands-on labs for various AI scenarios and communities.
Get hands-on experience with AI tools and platforms. To apply your AI knowledge and skills, you need to familiarize yourself with the tools and platforms that enable you to build, deploy, and manage AI solutions. For example, you can use Azure AI Studio, a cloud-based service that provides a comprehensive set of AI capabilities, such as cognitive services, machine learning, and conversational AI. You can also use Power Platform, a low-code/no-code platform that allows you to create AI-powered apps, workflows, and chatbots without writing code.
Join AI communities and events. One of the best ways to learn and grow your AI skills is to connect with other AI enthusiasts and experts, who can offer you guidance, feedback, and inspiration. You can join online or local AI communities, such as the Gobal AI Community, where you can network, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. You can also attend AI events, where you can hear from industry leaders, discover the latest trends, and showcase your work.
Keep up with the ethical and social implications of AI. As AI becomes more pervasive and powerful, it also raises important ethical and social questions, such as how to ensure fairness, accountability, transparency, and human dignity in AI systems. To be a responsible AI practitioner, you need to be aware of these issues and how to address them in your work. You can read books, articles, and reports, such as The Future Computed, AI Ethics, or Responsible AI, that explore the ethical and social dimensions of AI. You can also take courses, that teach you how to design and implement AI solutions that align with ethical principles and social values.
AI is a fast-growing and exciting field that offers many opportunities for technology students and professionals. By following these tips and resources, you can develop AI skills that will help you succeed in the future of work. Remember, AI is not only about technology, but also about people, society, and the world. So, be curious, be creative, and be ethical, and you will be ready to make a positive impact with AI.
Learn and develop essential AI and Copilot skills with the UK AI Skills Challenge
Get ahead with immersive and curated AI, Generative AI and Copilot training content across Microsoft products and services with four engaging themed challenges. Once you complete a challenge, you will receive a Microsoft UK AI & Copilot Skills Challenge badge of completion. For more info refer to the official rules.
As you progress through the challenges, you’ll have the chance to explore additional experiences tailored to your learning preferences and goals. Join the vibrant technical community in your local region, attend live sessions, build a powerful network, and build in-demand AI skills for today’s job market.
This challenge focused on understanding Generative AI and Large Language Models. Discover the fundamentals of generative AI and get started with Azure OpenAI Service. You’ll learn more about prompt engineering, generating code with Azure OpenAI Services, large language models, and prompt flow to develop large language model apps.
This challenge is tailored for IT Pro Administrators seeking to leverage Copilot for Microsoft 365 effectively in their work environments. The series of modules covers a range of topics from basic introductions to advanced management techniques, ensuring a comprehensive learning experience.
This challenge is tailored for developers who want to learn how to build apps for Microsoft Teams and get to know Microsoft Copilot Studio. It includes a series of modules that will give you practical experience and valuable knowledge about creating, launching, and improving apps on these platforms.
Machine learning is at the core of artificial intelligence, and many modern services depend on predictive machine learning models. Learn how to use Azure Machine Learning to create and publish models without writing code. You’ll also explore the various developer tools you can use to interact with the workspace.
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We are pleased to announce the security review for Microsoft Edge, version 122!
We have reviewed the new settings in Microsoft Edge version 122 and determined that there are no additional security settings that require enforcement. The Microsoft Edge version 117 security baseline continues to be our recommended configuration which can be downloaded from theMicrosoft Security Compliance Toolkit.
Microsoft Edge version 122 introduced 4 new computer settings and 4 new user settings. We have included a spreadsheet listing the new settings in the release to make it easier for you to find them.
As a friendly reminder, all available settings for Microsoft Edge are documentedhere, and all available settings for Microsoft Edge Update are documentedhere.