Starting VS Code Insider from Command Line

If you’re like me, you love living on the digital edge, and using the newest bits all over.

When you go from Visual Studio Code, and step into Visual Studio Code – Insiders however, you will quite fast experience that you no longer can simply type code .\ from the command line to start developing. This is because Microsoft is nice enough to ensure that you can co-run these two together, and the command would actually be code-insiders .\

To solve this, you simply have to copy two files and rename them to code.

Note! This will break the coexisted experience between VS Code and VS Code – Insiders.

Let’s step trough them

    1. Browse to the path where you have installed Visual Studio Code – Insider. Default path is C:\Program Files\Microsoft VS Code Insiders\bin.
    2. Copy code-insiders and code-insiders.cmd and paste them back in the same folder.
    3. Rename both copied files to simply code and code.cmd

That’s it. You can now start Visual Studio Code – Insiders from the command line just as you’re used to.

Get Insight to the Modern Workplace

One of Microsoft’s new campaigns for the Office 365 family is named Modern Workplace. In stead of focusing on technology and single products that only the toughest techies are able to understand, the value of using new technology is put into focus instead. After showing some of the slides and statements to my parents, even they understand what I’m doing at work.

Take a inspiring peek yourself, and have a merry Christmas 🙂

Online Proctored Microsoft Exams Available in Twenty One Countries in December 2014

In September 2014 Microsoft announced that U.S. users could take MCP and MTA exams online, either from home or their office.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that 21 additional countries now are applicable for this testing experience.

The 16 new countries are

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Egypt
  • Finland
  • Ireland
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • South Africa
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Thailand
  • United States
  • Uruguay

To read the whole post, and see how to sign up, check this Born To Learn blog post



New menu: Source to Knowledge

Added a new menu to day. The Source to Knowledge menu.

This is simply a collection of the most used websites when I look for level 100-300 training.

Microsoft Virtual Academy is a great place for a overall intro for new technology from Microsoft. It’s mostly 30-60 minutes video sessions covering stuff from the basics to more advanced topics.

Ignite Online has some great hands on interactive videos covering Office, Office 365, Exchange and Lync. A great way to be able to see the configuration panels, and get a quick overview of the capabilities in the products.

Born To Learn is a community that helps you on your way to certifications. It’s four main categories; Cilent, Developer, Database and Server Certification Study Groups gives you a way to communicate with others via forums, and has a reading list for most of the exams available.

Check them out your self, and get some more knowledge 🙂

Microsoft Cloud services and PowerShell

This is probably one of the most blogged topics, so this post is mostly a helper for myself; to document how to access the different Online and Cloud services from Microsoft via PowerShell.

Windows Azure Active Directory is easy

$MsolCredential = Get-Credential
Connect-MsolService -Credential $MsolCredential

Windows Azure has multiple ways of doing it, but for quick access just


Exchange Online is a bit longer

# Set credentials
$UserCredential = Get-Credential

# Configure Session
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection

# Import Session
Import-PSSession $Session

# Prefix trick when importing Session
Import-PSSession $Session -Prefix "EO"

# Turns for example Get-Mailbox into Get-EOMailbox. Could get handy
# Exit Session
Remove-PSSession $Session

SharePoint Online is no pain at all

Connect-SPOService -Url -credential

Lync Online is more like Exchange

$credential = Get-Credential

$session = New-CsOnlineSession -Credential $credential

Import-PSSession $session

Remove-PSSession $session