Azure, Azure IOTHub, Connected Field Service

Direct methods vs Cloud to Device messaging in Azure IOT Hub – When to use what?

Let’s see types of messages supported in Azure IOT Hub:

Cloud to Device messaging

Direct method

There are use cases for using each of these message types and one or the other isn’t  the solution for all problems.

Let’s see few of the differences between how these 2 methods work:

  • CDM uses One way messaging where as Direct method uses 2 way connection
  • Because of the above reason there is no easy feedback loop, there is a way to      leverage feedback endpoint in IOTHub but there is no way to relate feedback with message
  • CDM uses Hub to store the message and Hub is responsible of re-trying logic to send the message until expiration (configured at Hub level or can be configured for each device)
  • CDM Supports AMQP/ MQTT and HTTPS but Direct Methods don’t support HTTPS
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Azure, Azure IOTHub, Connected Field Service, Dynamics 365 Field Services, Logic Apps, Microsoft Dynamics 365

Get Device ConnectionString from IOTHub using LogicApp

As of today, there are 3 connectors to Azure IOT Hub:

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I recently had a requirement to get the Device Connectionstring from IOTHub using DeviceId and IOT Hub connectionstring.

The solution comprised of following 2 items:

  1.  Custom connector to get Device Connectionstring
    1. This is a Web api deployed on Azure which has a Post method, takes in DeviceId and IOTHub connectionstring and returns Device Connectionstring using Azure IOTHub sdk.
    2.  HTTP + Swagger action was used in Logic app to consume this.
  2.  Logic app wrapper which was consumed by other apps.

If you want to use the Connector, consume the following swagger file:

https://getdeviceidconnector.azurewebsites.net/swagger/docs/v1

 

Here’s the logic app definition:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/cc86kk3co6wdmuv/GetIOTHubDeviceConnectionString.txt?dl=0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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