There’s no ‘I’ in team: DevOps done right

I have always been a firm believer in multi-disciplinary teams, possibly something that stems from the work I used to do to fight fraud at the Serious Fraud Office. At the SFO, a case team led by a lawyer had police, accountancy, and IT expertise all coming together to get the job done. In other…

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DevOps – a word or a Brave New World?

DevOps – A Journey into Open Source Tools Once a year the team of Evangelists I work with gather together and spend two days engaged in a variety of different pursuits. This year we made our way to the Microsoft Research Labs in Cambridge. Whenever I make the journey to this lab I do so…


10 of the Best PowerShell Cmdlets for Microsoft Azure

By Thomas Lee, ImageFrame (v-tholee@microsoft.com) Overview PowerShell is Microsoft’s strategic task automation platform for IT Pros and enables you to automate your IT infrastructure. Azure is Microsoft’s cloud offering that provides IAAS and PAAS facilities (plus Azure is the base on which Office 365 is built). Azure (and Office 365) have a number of modules…


Azure RemoteApp – the Final Part (3) ….. at last

And Finally….. Not my final post but the final part in my Azure RemoteApp series. First, many apologies for the delay, the day job is getting hectic. I have been evangelizing, demonstrating and using Azure RemoteApp for almost a year now and like most Azure services this one has developed and blossomed into a seriously…


A busy year ahead with nano server.

I have spent the last two weeks doing my normal day job(s) and also pretty much working double shifts by watching along with our /Build and Ignite conferences. The several Keynote sessions were as polished, impressive and exciting as we have come to expect. What has surprised me is just how many of our flagship…


Azure Automation – Schedule the shutdown of Azure VMs with PowerShell

If you are running Virtual Machines on Microsoft Azure and want to save some cash (or make your MSDN allowance last longer) it is possible to use Azure Automation to schedule the shutdown (and start-up) of Virtual Machines. This is great if you are carrying out testing on Azure and like me often forget to shut your VMs…


Microsoft Azure – Learn it, Love it, Certify in it!

Part of my role as a Technical Evangelist within Microsoft UK is to assist all and sundry to understand and engage with the whole range of Microsoft Solutions. This includes our Cloud offering – Microsoft Azure. What exactly is Azure and what can we do with this service? Well Wikipedia says; Microsoft Azure  (formerly Windows…


UK IT Camps – Enterprise Mobility – Sign up now.

Life during my first year at Microsoft has been almost exactly as I imagined it might be, but as I always do at Christmas I reflected on the year past and particularly this year on my first 9 months as a Microsoft Employee. Whilst doing so I remembered exactly what prompted me to sign up…