Accelerating DevOps with the Cloud using Microsoft Azure and Friends: The Series

UPDATE! Today's article in this series is … ADDED: New resources in Configuration Management section below for Puppet, Chef, Vagrant, Ansible and Docker based on popular requests. Feel free to suggest your own updates if you see any missing topics! Bookmark this page and catch all the prior articles in this series, too! They're all…


Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines: Reset Forgotten Admin Passwords with Windows PowerShell

UPDATES: June 26, 2014 – Updated the PowerShell code in the article below for the latest Azure PowerShell module version. Our IT Pro team has been traveling across the US delivering hands-on IT Camp events on Microsoft Azure and Hybrid Cloud scenarios. At these events, IT Pros frequently ask us about resetting passwords on Microsoft Azure virtual…


Managing Hybrid Clouds with Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2

Thanks for attending one of my recent events on Managing Hybrid Clouds with Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2! In this article, I’ve provided a copy of my deck and additional resources that you can leverage for continued learning about Hybrid Cloud Management. Managing Hybrid Cloud Solutions Download a copy of this deck for…


Deck: Accelerate DevOps in the Cloud with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online (VSO)

Thanks for attending one of my recent DevOps talks over the past few weeks in our community! In this article, I’m providing a copy of my deck, a session recording and additional resources to help you learn more about how your DevOps transformation and processes can be accelerated with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online….


Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud era with Azure AD

Thanks to everyone who attended my session yesterday at Cloud Expo in NYC on leveraging Microsoft Azure Active Directory to Simplify Identity Management in the Cloud era. In this article, I’ve included a copy of my deck and additional resources to help you get started with Azure Active Directory. Simplifying Identity Management in the Cloud…


News from Microsoft TechEd 2014 – Key Hybrid Cloud Announcements

WOW! Brad Anderson and our Cloud & Enterprise team have made a HUGE number of announcements around Hybrid Cloud this week at Microsoft TechEd 2014.  In this article, I’ll summarize my favorite Hybrid Cloud announcements as an IT Pro and provide links to resources with additional details to help you learn how to leverage these…


Best of Build 2014: What’s New in Microsoft Azure

WOW! This past week at our Build 2014 conference, the Azure team announced over 40+ updates to the Microsoft Azure cloud platform, including significant enhancements to Virtual Machines, Storage, Web Sites, Mobile Services and Azure SQL Database.  In addition, a new Azure Preview Portal was released that provides a customizable end-to-end DevOps experience along with…


March 2014: Top 10 Favorite IT Pro Blog Articles and eBook of the Month

March came in AND went out like a Lion this year … and the blogging activity in our IT Pro community has been no different, with some awesome posts on Microsoft Azure, Hybrid Cloud, Windows 8.1 and PowerShell! In this article, I’ve provided a list of my top 10 favorite IT Pro blog articles in March…


Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 3)

This article is Part 3 of a three-part article mini-series on using Project Siena and Microsoft Azure cloud services together to build real no-code Windows 8.1 business apps.  Project Siena gives users the ability to create powerful apps without writing any code whatsoever, and Microsoft Azure provides a globally-accessible Internet cloud service that can serve as a…


Why Windows 8.1 for Business? Build No-code Business Apps with Windows 8.1, Project Siena and Microsoft Azure (Part 2)

Project Siena is super-cool, because it extends the ability to build real data-driven business apps to non-developers inside organizations: that is, the business experts and power users who, in many cases, know the inner meaning of business data better than anyone else in an organization. In Part 1 of this three-part article mini-series, I provided an…