StreamYard – Don't Automatically Share Screen
Mar03

StreamYard – Don't Automatically Share Screen

In a previous blog post I talked about how I have started to use Streamyard for my recordings and live streaming. I’ve become a firm fan of StreamYard over the last few months. It’s great for doing interviews with others and for some straight forward streaming live shows. What I have notice though, is if you are streaming and half way through you start to share your screen, maybe you’ve… Continue Reading...

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Free Screen Recording Software
Mar01

Free Screen Recording Software

Recording your screen for documentation or demo purposes is something we’ve probably all had to do at some point, or wish we’d love to be able to do. Many have turned to Camtasia for their screen recording software. The one draw back to Camtasia is the cost, it’s prohibitive to a lot of people unfortunately despite it’s great capabilities. I talked my video creating and editing process in… Continue...

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Weekly Update 80
Feb26

Weekly Update 80

The weather has improved this week so I’ve taken advantage of it and got outside for this week’s update. I really like this little filming spot that I’ve found, it’s near my house and it’s lovely and calm. When Spring really kicks in I think it’s been even better with everything having awoken from it’s Winter sleep. 😊 In this week’s update I am talking about some of the Azure news...

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Azure Unblogged – Azure Migrate
Feb25

Azure Unblogged – Azure Migrate

In this new episode of Azure Unblogged I had the pleasure of sitting down with Bharath Sivaraman to talk about Azure Migrate. Azure Migrate is a product I’ve been using and talking about for many years now, I often say that it’s my favourite product within the the Azure range. During the interview Bharath and I talked about what Azure Migrate is and how it can help organisations. We also… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Windows Virtual Desktop Roadmap
Feb23

Windows Virtual Desktop Roadmap

As part of the IT Ops Talks: All things Hybrid event that my team and I created I had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Hickling to talk about Windows Virtual Desktop(WVD), how it’s been helping organisations during the pandemic and also how organisations can use it in a hybrid environment and what that would mean. We also got a chance to look at the WVD Roadmap, which has some cool… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Azure Data Factory – Key to migrate data in Azure Cloud
Feb22

Azure Data Factory – Key to migrate data in Azure Cloud

Originally posted on Serverless360.com In this blog, you will learn why the Azure Data Factory is a key to migrate data across different data stores by creating pipelines and activities. Blog Syndicated with Author’s Permission.

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Weekly Update 79
Feb19

Weekly Update 79

This week’s update sees me inside as unfortunately the weather is pretty miserable and not ideal for filming. I have found a nice spot I’d love to film from so hopefully it will be nice again soon. In terms of Azure news I cover off a few bits and pieces: Cross Region Restore of Azure VMs now generally available Azure Cost Management now available for Azure Government Pay-As-You-Go… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Azure Unblogged – Azure Policy
Feb17

Azure Unblogged – Azure Policy

In this new episode of Azure Unblogged I had the pleasure of sitting down with Liz Kim to talk about Azure Policy. In this episode Liz tells us the journey the product has been on since it was launched in 2017, where Azure Policy fits in in the Hybrid story and also shares some customer insights with us. You can watch the full video here or on Microsoft Channel 9. I hope you enjoyed the… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Let's talk Remote Presenting & Live Streaming
Feb16

Let's talk Remote Presenting & Live Streaming

For the past year I have been using my home office to present at user groups, conferences. Doing live streams from my home office. Filming videos for various different projects. Doing interviews from my home office. Through my experiences over the last year my home office set up has changed and evolved. I’ve learnt through trial and error. What I want to do in this live stream on YouTube… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Weekly Update 78
Feb12

Weekly Update 78

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all well, it’s been a busy week here with lots of things going on. In my weekly update I share the Azure news that has happened this week and also talk about team work. Some 20 odd years ago I took up the sport of curling, after seeing it demonstrated at the winter olympics. The sport has given me some wonderful opportunities and adventures. But it’s… Continue Reading ‘s...

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My Journey to 1000 YouTube Subscribers
Feb10

My Journey to 1000 YouTube Subscribers

Back in August 2019, I released my first Weekly Update video and to be honest, that was the first time I really start to invest into my YouTube channel. I had dabbled in making videos before, and got some good results from them before, but my content creation was really sporadic and there was no really strategy or thought behind the videos. However, in August 2019 I decided that I need to… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Studying for the SC-900 Exam – Day 1
Feb08

Studying for the SC-900 Exam – Day 1

Over the last few days Microsoft have announced a bunch of new exams. These exams are currently in beta and are focussed on security. Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals Microsoft Security Operations Analyst Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator Microsoft Information Protection Administrator These exams are all targeted a different job roles and for those at… Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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Weekly Update 77
Feb05

Weekly Update 77

Despite the rain and bleak day here in Scotland I braved the outdoors to get some fresh air and also do my weekly update video! Not the most pleasant scenery this week, but with lockdown restrictions in place in Scotland I am limited to where I can travel at the moment. Here’s hoping as we start to approach Spring we can get the restrictions lifted and get to travel a bit more and explore… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Azure Unblogged – Azure Resource Mover
Feb02

Azure Unblogged – Azure Resource Mover

I am continuing to add interviews to the Azure Unblogged series and today I am happy to share the latest with Kaza Sriram about Azure Resource Mover. Announced at Microsoft Ignite 2020, Azure Resource Mover aims to help organisations move resources between resource groups, subscriptions or regions more efficently. Currently in preview the new product makes it easier to plan for a move. In… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update 76
Jan29

Weekly Update 76

This week I am back in the home office to give you the weekly update. The snow here in Scotland has kind of turned into a slushy mess so it’s not that great to look at. Alongside the Azure news this week I’ve shared a bit more information about sound when thinking about creating videos and podcasts. Sometimes it’s easy to overlook it and go for the visuals. I’ve seen to many content… Continue Reading...

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AzUpdate
Jan26

AzUpdate

I wanted to introduce to a show on YouTube that myself and team started in 2020 and are continuing in 2021. Back in 2020 when the pandemic completely ground the world to a halt my colleague Anthony Bartolo came up with the idea of a live news show where he and a guest (or two) chat about what has been going on in the Azure world and interact with the community. The show happens at 3pm UK… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Unboxing Jabra Elite 85t
Jan25

Unboxing Jabra Elite 85t

I always love unboxing things, from new trainers to new tech gadgets. I know there is a whole community that love unboxing things on YouTube and I do enjoy watching some of those videos myself. It really does give you an overview of what you’ll get, although sometimes it does spoil the surprise. 😉 However, that being said I wanted to share my take on unboxing the Jabra Elite 85t… Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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Weekly Update 75
Jan22

Weekly Update 75

After feedback from last week’s video where I was outside in the snow, I thought I’d go for another walk today and share some of the snow that we have. Alongside the Azure news this week I’ve shared a bit more information about my video editing process, and share some of that journey I’ve been on. I also touch a little on what new content creators should think about when trying to start in… Continue...

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Speaking at Nordic Virtual Summit
Jan19

Speaking at Nordic Virtual Summit

A while back myself and my colleague Thomas Maurer submitted a session to the Nordic Virtual Summit which is a 2 day online event aimed at the IT Pro community. We were massively pleased when the organisers accepted our session and although we are presenting remotely and not in person we are really looking forward to it. We are going to co-present a session called Azure Migration & Hybrid… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Manage your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager
Jan18

Manage your devices with Microsoft Endpoint Manager

Microsoft Endpoint Manager is a management and security service that is made up of from a number of existing products brought together to provide a new solution. Microsoft Endpoint Manager allows organisations to manage their data and devices securely in the cloud and on-premises. In this article we will introduce Microsoft Endpoint manager and discuss some of the main services it provides. What is Microsoft Endpoint Manager?...

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Using StreamYard
Jan18

Using StreamYard

Last year like everyone else I had to pivot how I created content, specifically video, I no longer had access to a recording studio with lots of fancy equipment or people who were great a producing video. All I had was what was in my home, or within my budget to buy. Like everyone else I got creative and tried to experiment, most people got right into using OBS and trying to produce awesome… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Weekly Update 74
Jan15

Weekly Update 74

I had a fun time recording my weekly update video this week. Today I am marking three years as a Microsoft employee. It’s been a crazy journey with lots of great people and opportunities and I hope it’s a much longer journey. Also something that has been on my mind is content creation and how lots of people think it’s okay to be negative or nasty to the person creating the content. I’m a… Continue Reading...

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Three Years at Microsoft
Jan15

Three Years at Microsoft

I still pinch myself that I am a Microsoft employees, even after three years, it still doesn’t seem real and doesn’t seem real that I’ve fulfilled my childhood dream of working for Microsoft! The last year three years have afforded me so many opportunities and have enabled me to meet so many great people. I’ve grown so much as a person through those opportunities, challenges and people. I… Continue...

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Weekly Update 73
Jan08

Weekly Update 73

We’re well and truly inside 2021 now, I’m back at work after the Christmas break. I’m sure most of you will be getting back into your work routine as well. It’s still very slow in terms of the new things happening in Azure, but there are some bits of news that have happened. What’s new in Azure Security Centre Azure Automation is now available in UAE North Enable screen capture protection… Continue...

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OneDrive Throttling
Jan08

OneDrive Throttling

I’ve recently been trying to upload a bunch of data from my local computer up to my Microsoft OneDrive account, now I dumped about 200GB worth of files in the folder to be sync’d and thought “this will take awhile”. However, I figured maybe a week later or something and it would be done. No, it’s been going on for what seems like months and was starting to think I’d have to find another way…...

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Weekly Update 72
Jan01

Weekly Update 72

This Friday lands on the first day of 2021, so I figured it was good to talk about what I got up to in 2020 and a look forward to what I want to achieve in 2021. So grab your favourite drink, sit back and join me as I talk about my achievements in 2020 and what I have planned for 2021. Here’s to a new year and a positive year ahead! <img...

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2020 in Review
Dec30

2020 in Review

A review of 2020 This has definately been a strange year for all, everywhere in the world. We’ve all had to deal with changes in our lives in one way or an other. I’ve had to pivot how I carry out my job and I’ve had to look at how my office at home is setup and upgrade parts of it. Career I’ve been very lucky this year that my career and still be able to progress this year with everything… Continue...

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Inside Azure Datacentres
Dec28

Inside Azure Datacentres

At this year’s Microsoft Ignite there was a series of videos released by Mark Russinovich, the CTO of Azure. In the six part video series Mark took us on a tour of the various different parts of Azure. Inside Azure Datacentres In the first part of the series Mark takes us though what Azure is, explaining regions, the architecture of them, the energy strategy for running those datacenters and… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 71
Dec25

Weekly Update 71

Today’s update is slightly different as for many folk it’s Christmas Day, so instead of talking about Azure and the news today I am going to be sharing some video and photo footage from Scotlan. This year I haven’t been able to do much travel, like the rest of the world, and instead I took the advantage to explore parts of Scotland. I hope you enjoy this video and are having a good day… Continue Reading...

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Azure Unblogged – Azure Stack HCI
Dec21

Azure Unblogged – Azure Stack HCI

I had the chance to speak to Matt McSpirit for this new episode of Azure Unblogged. Announced earlier this year Azure Stack HCI is now generally available and I’m pleased to say I had the chance to chat with Matt McSpirit about what Azure Stack HCI. Matt McSpirit is a Senior Program Manager with the Customer Programs & Partner Ecosystem team at Microsoft, and has been working with some… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 70
Dec18

Weekly Update 70

In this week’s weekly update I did something a little different, I live streamed it to YouTube and Facebook and gave an update on this week’s new and also shared some of what I have been up to this week. It was a nice way to do it and thankfully went okay. Thank you to those that tuned in live and asked some questions. Please to have a look at the recording if you weren’t able to tune in… Continue Reading...

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Weekly Update 69
Dec11

Weekly Update 69

In this weekly update I talk about the recording woes I have had to trying to get a session recorded for an online event next week, and also share some of the Azure news that has happened this week! During my update I mentioned the following things: Azure Stack HCI announcement Denmark datacentre region Chile datacentre region Azure Unblogged Video Series <img...

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Azure Unblogged – Security
Dec09

Azure Unblogged – Security

I had the chance to speak to Yuri Diogenes about Azure Security for this new episode of Azure Unblogged. Yuri Diogenes, is a Principal Program Manager at Microsoft C+AI Security. Yuri and I discuss Azure Security Centre, get to the bottom of what Azure Defender is. Yuri also shares some information about his latest book and some tips for passing the AZ-500 exam.. You can watch the full… Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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Weekly Update 68
Dec04

Weekly Update 68

This week has went so fast, been busy with work meetings and pulling long days. Crazy to see meetings pop into my diary talking about 2021 events and activities! But we’ve had some snow here in Scotland this week and it’s made me smile and given me a boost of energy, I love snow! ❄ During my update I mentioned the following things: Cloud Adoption Framework | Azure Enablement Show Azure… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Azure Unblogged – GitHub
Dec03

Azure Unblogged – GitHub

I had the chance to speak to Martin Woodward for this new episode of Azure Unblogged. Martin Woodward, is Director of Developer Relations at GitHub. Martin and I discuss why GitHub is something that IT Pros and System Administrators should look at learning. We also discuss the new features GitHub Actions and GitHub Codespaces and how they integrate with Azure as well as the forthcoming Continue Reading ‘s Article on their blog...

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GET-IT Azure and DevOps 1 Day Virtual Conference
Dec02

GET-IT Azure and DevOps 1 Day Virtual Conference

I am pleased to announce that I am part of the speaking line up for the GET-IT Azure and DevOps 1 day Virtual Conference being hosted by Petri on the 16th December. The event is a virtual event that is free to attend, you don’t even have to sign up, the content will be streamed live on the website started at 9:30 AM EST/6:30 AM PST/2:30 PM GMT. The event is full of content for IT Pros and… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Azure Enablement | Cloud Adoption Framework
Nov30

Azure Enablement | Cloud Adoption Framework

Over the last few months I have been working with some of my colleagues and peers to create a new video series, called “Azure Enablement” focussing on the Well-Architected Series and the Cloud Adoption Framework. Both series are aimed at tackling some of the questions or obstacles organisations might come across when tackling cloud adoption. There are 13 different videos in the Cloud… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 67
Nov27

Weekly Update 67

This week has a little bit busy, I had a melt down on Sunday when my laptop completely barfed on me and I need to rebuild it followed by a presentation at the UK Cloud Infrastructure User Group and then I’ve been busy recording some videos for Azure Unblogged. During my update I mentioned the following things: Cloud Adoption Framework | Azure Enablement Show Azure Cloud Shell Update Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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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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Migrating legacy .NET application with Microsoft Azure
Nov23

Migrating legacy .NET application with Microsoft Azure

Most organisations have a range of legacy applications many of which are written in .NET. Moving these applications to the cloud has a range of benefits, providing great accessibility, performance and resilience. In this article we will discuss the best way to modernise .NET applications by migrating to Microsoft Azure. There are 3 main migration approaches to modernising .NET application using Microsoft Azure. Each...

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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
Nov20

Weekly Update 66

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! During my update I mentioned the following things: Bastion VNet Peering Support Public preview: Application Insight in UAE North Public preview: Azure Log Analytics in Germany West Central, UAE North, and Switzerland West General… Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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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. 😉 During my update I mentioned the following things: New… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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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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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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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. 😉 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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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. 😊 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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