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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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. πŸ˜‰ 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. πŸ˜‰ 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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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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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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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)Β 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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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. πŸ˜€ 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. πŸ˜€ So ever… Continue Reading...

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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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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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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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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
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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Azure Migrate and Availability Zones
Sep16

Azure Migrate and Availability Zones

Migrating workloads from on prem to Azure is something a lot of businesses are looking at and Azure Migrate is a great tool for helping to discover, assess and migrate those workloads. One thing to consider with all workloads is the resiliency of the workloads that you are moving, chances are you will have some kind of resilience and redundancy built into the workload on prem, and it’s… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Jabra Evolve2 85 Headset Review
Sep14

Jabra Evolve2 85 Headset Review

I’m a long term fan of the Jabra headset range, and was given the Jabra Evolve2 85 by the Jabra team to review and I can say I’ve had a ball trying it out. So let’s get into the review of the headset. 😊 What is the headset? The Jabra Evolve2 85 is a headset designed for those that need a good a good headphone and microphone while working either at home or in the office for all the virtual… Continue...

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Weekly Update 56
Sep11

Weekly Update 56

This week has been a hectic one with lots of prep for the upcoming Microsoft Ignite digital event, there are a lot of cool things being planned and although I am disappointed we aren’t all heading to New Orleans for the event in person I am excited that we are still able to run the conference and share knowledge together and interact with each other still. My team and I have set up a Discord… Continue Reading ‘s...

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What is PowerShell Direct?
Sep09

What is PowerShell Direct?

PowerShell Direct is a feature that was rolled out with Windows 2016 and Windows 10 that enables you to interact with a virtual machine (VM) that you have running inside Hyper-V even if that VM isn’t connected to the network. It’s a great time saver as you can issue commands and carry out tasks without having to log into the VM. As I mentioned you don’t have to have the virtual machine… Continue Reading...

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Use Azure Cloud Shell on your local machine
Sep07

Use Azure Cloud Shell on your local machine

During a talk when I was talking about how I transitioned from an on prem engineer to a Cloud engineer I was asked if you could run Azure Cloud Shell on your local machine, and the answer is yes. 😊 The way I do this is by using the new Windows Terminal Client. You first of all need Windows Terminal installed on your machine, I installed my client via Chocolatey. When it opens click on… Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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Weekly Update 55
Sep04

Weekly Update 55

This week I have been working on content creation in the form of blogs and also some presentations that I am looking forward to delivering. It’s also time to dig out the hoodies as autumn has kicked in. πŸ˜‰ During my update I talked about a couple of things, if you want to check them out in more detail here are some links: Azure Blob versioning is now general available Visualize and… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Install Windows Terminal With Chocolatey

At Build 2019 the team announce a new Windows Terminal and that it would be open-source. I remember hearing the announcement and being excited about what it could offer. In May 2020, we say this new Windows Terminal go generally available and I’ve seen a lot of people adopt it and share information about it. I’m a big fan of installing software on Windows machines with Chocolatey, it’s a… Continue Reading...

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Find Your Local Azure User Group
Sep01

Find Your Local Azure User Group

When I started the Glasgow Azure User Group back in 2017, I wasn’t aware of a lot of Azure focussed user groups, I think there was one other user group in the UK. Over the last few years a good number of user groups have formed in the UK and further afield as well, which is great to see. However, it can often be hard to find your local user group, or a user group in a area you might be… Continue Reading ‘s Article on...

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Azure Update Management with AWS Virtual Machines
Aug31

Azure Update Management with AWS Virtual Machines

Azure Update Management is something I’ve been using and advocating for a long time. Back in 2018, I wrote about how I was using Azure Update Management to patch my home lab and a month later I was writing about an issue I had hit patching Server 2008 R2 servers with it. And I’ve been pretty much extolling it’s capabilities to everyone that will listen since. πŸ˜‰ Recently when I was… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 54
Aug27

Weekly Update 54

I am back at work this week, and getting back into the swing of things after a week off last week. Thankfully I was off last week, as the weather in Scotland has been weather for ducks only! lol During my update I talked about a couple of things, if you want to check them out in more detail here are some links: Support to assess physical, AWS, GCP servers now generally available within… Continue Reading ‘s Article on their...

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summer-of-talks

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Azure Security Centre Recommendation Refresh
Aug24

Azure Security Centre Recommendation Refresh

Azure Security Centre can help give you visibility of your secure posture across your Azure workloads and also on your non Azure workloads. It’s a great product within the Azure range, that has both a free and a paid tier available. One really great feature of Azure Security Centre is that it gives you recommendations on things you can do to improve the security posture of your workloads. … Continue Reading ‘s...

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Weekly Update 53
Aug21

Weekly Update 53

This week I have been off work, and although I haven’t went away anywhere on vacation I’ve been taking the time to explore a bit of Scotland and disconnect from social media and work. So it feels very wierd to be checking in on what has been happening with Azure news this week, but here goes. πŸ˜‰ During my update I talked about a couple of things, if you want to check them out in more… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Studying for DP-900
Aug19

Studying for DP-900

Recently released within the Microsoft Certification family was the DP-900: Azure Data Fundamentals exam. I sat the exam as a Beta exam, so I didn’t get the results instantly when I sat the exam, but I recently received the good news that I had passed the exam, I thought I’d share some of the material that I used to study with to help others. If you’ve never sat a Beta exam before or… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Session Recordings
Aug17

Session Recordings

I’ve been doing a lot of presenting online recently, and as such a lot of the sessions have been recorded. Which means if you didn’t catch it live then you can catch the recording. It’s not quite the same as watching a session live but it does give you the chance to watch it or even share with your colleagues if you saw the session live and wanted to share with them. 😊 Continue Reading ‘s Article on their blog...

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Weekly Update 52
Aug14

Weekly Update 52

Well this weekly update is the 52nd, which means I’ve managed to do this weekly vlog thing for a year now! Which is just mind blowing, I can’t believe I’ve managed to maintain that streak for a whole year. I’ve been on so many adventures and celebrating so many milestones during that time as well. Thank you to everyone that has ever tuned into an update, commented, liked or subscribed to my… Continue...

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Cloud Computing and Elasticity vs Scalability
Aug12

Cloud Computing and Elasticity vs Scalability

I was recently helping at a Azure Fundamentals exam training day and the concepts of elasticity and scalability came up. Both of which are benefits of the cloud and also things you need to understand for the AZ-900 exam. πŸ˜‰ So I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring and try my best to explain those two terms and the differences between them. Elasticity Elasticity in the cloud allows you… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Skylines Summer Sessions
Aug10

Skylines Summer Sessions

I have had the pleasure of being invited to take part on the Skylines Summer Sessions series. πŸ˜€ If you haven’t heard of the Skylines Summer Sessions series, it is a series of interactive sessions that the team at Skylines have put together featuring a bunch of Azure experts on various different topics. They’ve had Thomas Maurer talking about Azure Arc, Joe Carlyle spoke about Azure… Continue Reading ‘s Article...

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Weekly Update 51
Aug07

Weekly Update 51

This week marks 51 episodes of my weekly update! Which is just crazy. I cover off the Azure news that has happened this week and also talk about the events I am speaking at next week. I also touch on something that’s personally happened to me to recently. Unfortunately some people have decided to make me a target and abused the fact I had my Twitter DM’s open and available to everyone to… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Remembering to disconnect
Aug05

Remembering to disconnect

I’ve always been an advocate of making sure you take time away from your work to either spend time with your family or just not being at your work. πŸ˜‰ And during current times with the pandemic is no different, in fact I think it might even be that much more important. Our homes are now not just our homes, they are also our work place. I’ve been working from home for the past few years,… Continue Reading ‘s...

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Streaming
Aug03

Streaming

With in person events no longer being a thing and a lot of people have turned to creating content in video form, or streaming sessions, interviews etc. And I’m no different, I’ve been working on building up video content on my YouTube channel. I’ve tried streaming a few of my Weekly Update videos, with mixed success! 😉 I’ve tried various different methods of streaming, with a bit of mixed…...

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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.