My blog is moving!

Due to changes in the Microsoft blogging policy, my blog will be moving back to WordPress.  You can find my existing articles (plus new ones!) at the following sites: SCOM – Everything else! –

Free Azure Training Resources

updated July 24, 2018 When you’re getting started with Azure there is so much to learn and so little time!  Below is a quick summary of the resources I recommend to my customers as they start ramping. Azure Overview Training – Azure Hands-On-Labs – Recorded Presentations from Ignite – Recorded Presentations from…


Azure Automation–Using Sample Runbooks in Azure Government

If you hit issues using the Gallery runbooks (like StopAzureV2Vm seen below), you may need to add a value to the environment name.  Just like when connecting to Azure Government via Azure PowerShell or CLI, you need to specify the environment name.  Add the value per the screenshot below and you should be fine!

The Importance of a Growth Mindset in a Technology First World

  This week I attended an internal Microsoft conference. The little group I spend my week with was fairly diverse – largely American but with Finnish, Israeli, and Indian participants; male and female; some from large cities other from small towns. This group broke the cardinal rule of polite conversation and discussed religion, politics, and…


Comparing OMS/Log Analytics and SCOM

updated 13 August 2018 When organizations move to the cloud, they often aren’t sure when to use their typical on-premises infrastructure tools and when to use cloud-based tools. A common misconception in the Microsoft world is that OMS (Operations Management Suite) is a replacement for SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) – it’s not. Also Log…


The Inevitability of the Cloud

Overview After working on Microsoft Azure for over three years I think I understand the cloud pretty well (as well as I can with a constantly changing technology!). I understand the benefits (cost, scalability, etc.), the migration drivers, and the goal of a digital transformation, but I don’t really think much about how the cloud…