Festive Tech Calendar – Cloud Advocate AMA
Nov25

Festive Tech Calendar – Cloud Advocate AMA

As part of this year’s Festive Tech Calendar event which is being run by Gregor Suttie and Richard Hooper, myself and a couple of my colleagues will be doing a fun Q&A or Ask Me Anything session. On the 16th December at 3pm UK time, 4pm Switzerland time and 10am Ottawa time, myself, Pierre Roman and Thomas Maurer will be answering your questions on Azure, Hybrid cloud, Windows Server or even… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Rebuilding my Laptop
Nov23

Rebuilding my Laptop

My laptop is well overdue a rebuild, a reinstall from scratch, starting new. I’ve been putting it off for a while now, as if you’ve ever done it, it can be a daunting prospect and lengthy one. However it needs done, it’s well over due. To help make the process go quicker and hopefully easier, I have started to compile a script I can run after the operating system is reinstalled that will… Continue Reading...

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Weekly Update #66 – Catching up with the news – YouTube
Nov20

Weekly Update #66 – Catching up with the news – YouTube

Join me as I catch up on the news within the Azure world and talk about how school kids in Scotland used technology to find a new colony of emperor penguins! Bastion VNet Peering Support – https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/bastion/vnet-peering?WT.mc_id=modinfra-0000-salean Public preview: Application Insight in UAE North –...

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Photoshop Tip – Select Subject in Photograph – YouTube
Nov18

Photoshop Tip – Select Subject in Photograph – YouTube

In this Photoshop tutorial, you will learn how to use the feature within Photoshop which is “Select Subject” The Select Subject feature is powered by Adobe Sensei and helps to find and identify prominent objects in an image with just one click. This tool is great for beginners and also a great time saver or starting point for advanced users. . . . My video graphics were created by the awesome Krist McKenna from Ratworks...

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Powertoys
Nov18

Powertoys

I’m late to the party in regards to PowerToys, but I wanted to share some of the thoughts around the awesome free tool that is available. What is PowerToys? PowerToys is a project inspired by a project back in the Windows 95 era providing the end user with some utilities to help be more efficient and help create individual workflows. Fancy Zones Fancy Zones is the part of PowerToys that I… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Weekly Update 65
Nov13

Weekly Update 65

I am officially on some annual leave from work, enjoying some much needed down time after a hectic few weeks. Am hoping for some good weather (which is a relative term in Scotland) so I can enjoy some walks and time outside. However, I don’t like to break my cadence of weekly updates, so let’s catch up with some Azure news. ๐Ÿ˜‰ During my update I mentioned the following things: New… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update #65 – Enjoying time off – YouTube
Nov13

Weekly Update #65 – Enjoying time off – YouTube

I am officially on some annual leave from work, enjoying some much needed down time after a hectic few weeks. Am hoping for some good weather (which is a relative term in Scotland) so I can enjoy some walks and time outside. However, I don’t like to break my cadence of weekly updates, so let’s catch up with some Azure news. ๐Ÿ˜‰ During my update I mentioned the following things: New recommendations from Azure Advisor are now...

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Are there any tools available to assess SQL IaaS? – YouTube
Nov11

Are there any tools available to assess SQL IaaS? – YouTube

I can often be heard talking about migrations and one migration path that is often forgotten about is the one where organizations already have resources within the Cloud but they are ready to make the next step on their journey and move from Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) style resources to Platform as a Service (PaaS) resources. In this video I cover off how you can move your SQL IaaS resource to a SQL PaaS offering. . . . My...

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My Presentation Setup
Nov09

My Presentation Setup

This year I have done over 30 presentations to user groups, conferences and recorded even more videos all from my home office. Last week I released a video sharing some of my tips for presenting remotely, which you can find below: However, I want to share what I see, what my setup looks like and how it works for me. Physical Layout The above pictures shows what my desk looks like when I… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update 64
Nov06

Weekly Update 64

This week I have been focussing on prioritising my workload and making sure I hit the deadlines I need to as I have some time off work booked for next week. Which has been refreshing, as for the last few weeks I have just been context switching and do a lot of things and not really achieving anything (or at least feeling that way), so I feel like this week I have accomplished quite a bit. … Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update #64 – Counting down to time off – YouTube
Nov06

Weekly Update #64 – Counting down to time off – YouTube

This week I am prioritising my workload in an effort to clear the decks before I have some time off next week. During my update I mentioned some pieces of Azure news: Azure Automation is now available in Switzerland North region – https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/azure-automation-in-switzerland-north-region/?WT.mc_id=modinfra-0000-salean Azure Security Centerโ€”News and updates for October 2020 –...

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How to present remotely – YouTube
Nov04

How to present remotely – YouTube

I’ve been publicly speaking for over three years now and over that time I’ve learnt through a lot of trial and error, and guidance from peers. In 2020 everything change and public speaking suddenly became remote and behind a webcam. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to over 30 different groups this year remotely and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve learnt along that journey. 0:00 Intro 0:35 Who am I...

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How to Present Remotely
Nov04

How to Present Remotely

I started my public speaking journey back in 2017 and have had the pleasure of speaking at many great events in person in the UK and abroad, I never imagined I’d enjoy public speaking the way I do. With the world as it is in 2020 everything changed and moved from in person events to virtual. I admit to being a bit naive in thinking that presenting virtually or remotely would be a similar… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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YouTube Time Sections
Nov02

YouTube Time Sections

Over the last year or so I’ve been building up my YouTube channel, learning new things and experimenting trying to figure out the best way to do things that are useful to my audience. A new feature that YouTube have launched this year is the time sections which is a great feature for longer videos, I kind of stumbled across it by accident and wanted to share some info on it as I’m finding it… Continue Reading...

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Glasgow Azure User Group #21 – YouTube
Nov01

Glasgow Azure User Group #21 – YouTube

This is a recording of the Glasgow Azure User Group that met, virtually, on the 28th October 2020. We had to sessions during the event, the first session was presented by Tricia Sinclair – Azure Boards: The Other Side of DevOps. The second session was presented by Barbara Forbes – Automating Azure: Make the portal work for you. Enjoy and please look out for more of our meetups – https://www.gaug.co.uk . . . 0:00...

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Weekly Update 63
Oct30

Weekly Update 63

This week I’ve been having fun with video, either recording it for future videos my my YouTube channel or as an interviewer for a video series that will launch on Channel9 later this year or playing with the intro to my weekly video. ๐Ÿ˜‰ During my update I talked about a couple of things, if you want to check them out in more detail here are some links: Public Preview: Azure Log Analytics… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Weekly Update #63 – Having fun with video – YouTube
Oct30

Weekly Update #63 – Having fun with video – YouTube

In this week’s update I talk about the Azure news that has happened this week and also the fun I am havingIn this week’s update I talk about the Azure news that has happened this week and also the fun I am having with video and recording video! Public Preview: Azure Log Analytics in Brazil Southeast and Norway East –...

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Azure Security Centre – Asset Inventory – YouTube
Oct28

Azure Security Centre – Asset Inventory – YouTube

In this “Azure at a Glance” video let’s take a look at what the Asset Inventory feature with Azure Security Centre can offer you. For more information check out the official documentation – https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/security-center/asset-inventory?WT.mc_id=modinfra-0000-salean My video graphics were created by the awesome Krist McKenna from Ratworks – http://www.ratworks.net/ Music by...

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Azure at a Glance
Oct28

Azure at a Glance

I have started to curate some videos on my YouTube channel where I share short videos showing off some of the features within Microsoft Azure. The hope is that not only will it keep me up to date with features but also help showcase some features that will help within your work environments. ๐Ÿ˜Š Please do check out my playlist of videos and if you haven’t already, please do subscribe to… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Microsoft Teams Meeting Recordings
Oct26

Microsoft Teams Meeting Recordings

We’ve all become use to having meetings virtually these days and if your calendar is anything like mine you often have days where meetings overlap and you can’t attend them all. Microsoft Teams can record meetings so you can catch up on those meetings you’ve missed when you have a chance. I’ve heard a few people say that viewing the recordings or sharing them can be a bit tricky to… Continue Reading...

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Weekly Update 62
Oct23

Weekly Update 62

This week has been a tough one for me, lots of things going wrong and needing redone, or last minute changes. Been tough for me, and I’m definately going to be logging off at the end of today and taking the weekend to look after myself and not focus on work or social media. During my update I talked about a couple of things, if you want to check them out in more detail here are some links:… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update #62 – Some weeks are harder than others – YouTube
Oct23

Weekly Update #62 – Some weeks are harder than others – YouTube

This week it’s been quiet on the Azure news front. However, the team announced that we are launching new Azure regions in Brazil and Austria. Which will be great additions. In other news: Log Analytics Linux Agent for Fall 2020 now available – https://azure.microsoft.com/updates/log-analytics-agent-for-linux-fall-2020-now-available/?WT.mc_id=modinfra-0000-salean Azure Site Recovery update rollup 51 – October 2020...

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Cloud Terminology Explained
Oct19

Cloud Terminology Explained

I was helping out at an Azure Fundamentals training day event and one question that came up a lot was could you provide some examples of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, so I thought I’d share my take on the answer to that questions. Infrastructure as a Service Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) refers to components such as compute, networking and storage. On prem IaaS would be your virtual machine… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Azure Migrate Dependencies Script

I am a big fan of Azure Migrate, and have written a couple of blog posts on the subject Getting Hands on with Azure Migrate Azure Migrate Dependencies To make the most of Azure Migrate’s functionality you need to install two agents on to each of your servers, the Microsoft Dependency Agent and the Microsoft Monitoring Agent. The Microsoft Monitoring Agent is a service that is used to watch… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 61
Oct16

Weekly Update 61

This week I have been working away on blog posts and planning for the upcoming video series I am working on as well. I’ve also doubled down on plans for the Glasgow Azure User Group, hoping to go out with a bang in terms of meetups this year. So please do sign up to join us on the 28th October and the 16th December. I am also having some issues with my back, which I think is a touch of… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update #61 – Sciatica – YouTube
Oct16

Weekly Update #61 – Sciatica – YouTube

This week in my update I talk about the latest Azure news, the community work I am doing with the Glasgow Azure User Group and also the issues I seem to be having with some sciatica! Timeline: 0:00 Azure News 1:23 My news roundup For more information on the Azure news that I mentioned here are some resources: Azure Blob storage point-in-time restore now generally available –...

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STEM – My career and working at Microsoft – YouTube
Oct14

STEM – My career and working at Microsoft – YouTube

0:00 – Introduction 0:20 – What does an IT department look like? 4:08 – Terminology: On Prem and Cloud 9:50 – My career 16:16 – My role as a Cloud Advocate 17:44 – Working at Microsoft 20:50 – Do you need a degree? If you’d like to arrange a virtual session where I answer questions from your pupils or class please reach out to me via – https://aka.ms/sarahlean/stem . . . . . . My...

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STEM Career Videos
Oct14

STEM Career Videos

Back in 2018 I became a STEM Ambassador which is a large network of volunteers from a wide variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs who offer up their time to try and inspire the next generation. Over the last two years I’ve loved going out to schools and talking to the young people and also judging competitions etc, however with the world in the… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Speaking at TechUG Glasgow, October 2020
Oct12

Speaking at TechUG Glasgow, October 2020

Technology User Group (TechUG)ย was the first event I ever spoke at and I’m pleased to say I’ve been invited to speak at the next event that is being hosted virtually later this week. I spoke at an earlier TechUG event that was hosted online and have to say the team did a great job of getting the community together and interacting. The event this month should have been in Glasgow, so it’s… Continue Reading...

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Weekly Update 60
Oct09

Weekly Update 60

This has been a busy week for me, I’ve been drafted in on a new project, or at least it’s new to me, it’s been running for a few weeks and deadlines are fast approaching as release of what we are working on is November, so I’ve been working hard to meet the deadlines that have been set so not to drag the project back. I’m also working on things for the last remaining meetups for the Glasgow…...

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Weekly Update #60 – Deadlines – YouTube
Oct09

Weekly Update #60 – Deadlines – YouTube

This week I am working on some tight deadlines for a project that will be launching in November so it’s been busy and stressful, but I am also working on things for the Glasgow Azure User Group, so be sure to check out what we have planned for October and December. During my update I mentioned the following news: Azure portal September 2020 update –...

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First Look at Azure Backup Centre – YouTube
Oct07

First Look at Azure Backup Centre – YouTube

Let’s take a first look at Azure Backup Centre, which was a product announced at Microsoft Ignite 2020. Azure Backup Centre – https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/backup/backup-center-overview?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9520-salean My video graphics were created by the awesome Krist McKenna from Ratworks – http://www.ratworks.net/ Music by https://www.bensound.com and https://youtube.com/ikson Connect with me here: –...

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My Microsoft Ignite 2020 Sessions
Oct07

My Microsoft Ignite 2020 Sessions

Last year I had the honor of speaking at Microsoft Ignite for the first time, it was also my first Ignite conference. ๐Ÿ˜€ This year with the world in the state that it is, Microsoft turned the Ignite conference into a virtual event, which was disappointing in terms of missing out on meeting up with old friends and making new friends in person, however with the event turning into a virtual… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update 59
Oct02

Weekly Update 59

This week has been another quick week, I’ve been busy trying to catch up on admin that I missed last week when I was focussing on Ignite and also I’ve been trying to catch up on creating some content. I had fun recording an Ignite recap podcast did an Ignite roundup meetup with the WinOps team and I’m also prepping for a talk at TechUG Glasgow later this month on Ignite news. ๐Ÿ˜€ So ever… Continue Reading...

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Weekly Update #59 – Getting back to normal – YouTube
Oct02

Weekly Update #59 – Getting back to normal – YouTube

This week has been another quick week, I’ve been busy trying to catch up on admin that I missed last week when I was focussing on Ignite and also I’ve been trying to catch up on creating some content. During my update I talked about a couple of things, if you want to check them out in more detail here are some links: New Azure Advisor operational recommendations –...

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First Look at Azure Automanage – YouTube
Sep30

First Look at Azure Automanage – YouTube

Let’s take a first look at Azure Automanage, which was a product announced at Microsoft Ignite 2020. Azure Automanage – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-governance-and-management/azure-automanage-for-virtual-machines-public-preview/ba-p/1671094?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9518-salean My video graphics were created by the awesome Krist McKenna from Ratworks – http://www.ratworks.net/ Music by...

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500 Subscribers!
Sep30

500 Subscribers!

Back in September 2019 I really started to create content on my YouTube channel both as a method of sharing knowledge as well as a way for me to get use to speaking to the camera. It’s been great fun creating content, learning how to handle Camtasia, Premiere Pro (check out my review of both products here), learning how to make thumbnails as well as all the video and audio fun that goes with… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Look back at the chat from a Microsoft Teams Meeting
Sep28

Look back at the chat from a Microsoft Teams Meeting

How often have you been in a Microsoft Teams meeting and seen a really useful link to somewhere shared in the chat, or some great piece of advice and then tried to find it later and had trouble? Yip, I’ve been there. Let me into a little secret, you can find the chat history from previous Microsoft Teams meetings really easily! If you open up teams and click on the Calendar button, it will… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 58
Sep25

Weekly Update 58

So this week has been absolutely crazy with everything that has happened with Microsoft Ignite. In my weekly update I give a round of some of the news that has stuck out to me this week and also give some insight into what it was like “backstage” at Ignite and what it looked like when I was interviewing my guests for the main livestream. During my update I talked about a couple of things, if… Continue Reading...

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Weekly Update 58 – Post Ignite – YouTube
Sep25

Weekly Update 58 – Post Ignite – YouTube

This week has been pretty full on with Microsoft Ignite, I recap some of the news from the week and also give you some insight into what it was like backstage while I was interviewing people live for the mainstream. Azure Automanage – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-governance-and-management/azure-automanage-for-virtual-machines-public-preview/ba-p/1671094?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9414-salean Windows Admin Centre in the...

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Microsoft Ignite 2020  – Day 3 recap – YouTube
Sep24

Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Day 3 recap – YouTube

Let’s take a look back at Day three of Microsoft Ignite 2020. News: Azure Hybrid benefit for Linux on Azure – https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/overview/linux-on-azure/?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9354-salean Microsoft Tunnel – https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2020/09/22/making-impact-starts-making-simple/?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9354-salean Microsoft Bookings updates –...

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Migration Journey from on-premises to Azure
Sep24

Migration Journey from on-premises to Azure

Migrating to Azure is something that a lot of companies are exploring and embarking on. And we are seeing a lot of things trigger those conversations. However, I always maintain that regardless of what is triggering your migration, or what industry you are in, or what size your organisation is the process for your migration project will be the same. Let’s talk about the different stages… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Day 2 recap – YouTube
Sep23

Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Day 2 recap – YouTube

Let’s take a look at Microsoft Ignite 2020 Day 2 and talk about some of the news and sessions. During my update I mentioned some news for more info check out the links below: New Teams Together mode scenes – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/microsoft-teams-blog/what-s-new-in-microsoft-teams-microsoft-ignite-2020/ba-p/1665600?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9353-salean Microsoft 365 Lighthouse –...

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What is an Azure Landing Zone?
Sep23

What is an Azure Landing Zone?

You’ve heard the term, but what does it mean? Azure Landing Zone If you’ve been working in the Microsoft Azure eco-system at all you’ll probably have stumbled across the phrase “Azure Landing Zone”, or even “Minimum Viable Product”. But what do either of them mean? The Azure Landing Zone is basically, in it’s simplest form a bunch of services within Azure that give you a place to...

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Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Day 1 recap – YouTube
Sep22

Microsoft Ignite 2020 – Day 1 recap – YouTube

Day 1 news recap Azure Automanage – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/azure-governance-and-management/azure-automanage-for-virtual-machines-public-preview/ba-p/1671094?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9326-salean Windows Admin Centre in the Azure Portal – https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/windows-admin-center-blog/announcing-windows-admin-center-in-the-azure-portal/ba-p/1696729?WT.mc_id=modinfra-9326-salean Azure Advisor Score...

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Import data from PDF to Excel – YouTube
Sep22

Import data from PDF to Excel – YouTube

Have you ever wanted to import a table of data from a PDF file into Excel so you can use that data? Well you now can with the newest feature within Excel. My video graphics were created by the awesome Krist McKenna from Ratworks – http://www.ratworks.net/ Music by https://www.bensound.com and https://youtube.com/ikson Connect with me here: – Subscribe: https://youtube.com/c/techielass – Instagram:...

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Azure Migrate sessions at Microsoft Ignite 2020
Sep22

Azure Migrate sessions at Microsoft Ignite 2020

As I’m sure you are all aware I am a massive fan of Azure Migrate and I enjoy talking about the migration journey that is possible due to it. Let’s take a look at what sessions are covering it and migrations during Microsoft Ignite 2020! I’ve listed the session below in either Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) or British Summer Time (BST). Digital Breakout: Be prepared for what’s next: kick… Continue Reading...

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Microsoft Teams Configure Meeting Presenters
Sep21

Microsoft Teams Configure Meeting Presenters

When you set up a Microsoft Teams meeting by default everyone invited to that meeting will be able to present. Which is find for a lot of meetings, however, when you are in larger meetings or even maybe in an education setting you would like to limit that to certain people. There are three ways to do this, when you set up the meeting, after you’ve set up the meeting or during the meeting…. Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Weekly Update #57 – All about the prep – YouTube
Sep18

Weekly Update #57 – All about the prep – YouTube

This week has again been all consumed with prep for Microsoft Ignite, it’s been awesome meeting and catching up with the people that I will be interviewing during the event and also preparing for the session that I will be delivering. If you want to catch the sessions I am involved in here are the details: – Real world Azure Architecture with Kristian Nese –...

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Weekly Update 57
Sep17

Weekly Update 57

This week has again been all consumed with prep for Microsoft Ignite, it’s been awesome meeting and catching up with the people that I will be interviewing during the event and also preparing for the session that I will be delivering. If you want to catch the sessions I am involved in here are the details: Real world Azure Architecture with Kristian Nese Azure Advanced Threat Protection… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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SCOTtish summit 2021

On February the 27th Scottish Summit 2021 will come to you as a virtual event. With over 250 sessions from all Microsoft technologies. You need to register for your FREE ticket and download the Scottish Summit App to see all the great sessions.