“Cartoony” Video of Azure AD Admin Units

I just published a video I made on to Channel 9 describing the major features of Azure AD Administrative Units as part of the slew of stuff that was released today. It’s in the “cartoony” style which seems to be the way a lot of people like to consume these “principles of…” notions.    …

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Provision a dev workstation in 6 minutes and $0.00

A couple of weeks ago, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio would be a free development tool. A special version, called the Community Edition (Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition) which is roughly equivalent to the current Visual Studio Professional – in other words a pretty high-end featured version (certainly compared to the up-to-now free “Express” editions)…

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Document everything you want to know about your Azure IaaS VMs in one line of PowerShell

Mark Renoden, one of my colleagues from Microsoft Australia/New Zealand has come up with this great single line of powershell that spits out everything you want to know about your VMs … Get-AzureVM | ForEach-Object { $vm = $_.name ; Write-Output "$vm VM Properties" ; Write-Output "—————" ; Format-List -InputObject $_ -Property * ; Write-Output…

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Future Decoded Tech Day – 12th November, Excel, London.

    Building Cloud Applications Track – register on the website. 13:50 – 14:30 Why the Cloud; Why Azure? Steve Plank (Planky) It’s no longer the guy with the most money who can be successful at writing software. With the advent of cloud computing it’s down to those with the best ideas. The cloud has…

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UK Online Cloud Day with Mark Russinovich

Our first live Microsoft Virtual Academy event on July 14th, Microsoft Cloud Day 2014 with Q&A from Mark Russinovich where registrants will have an opportunity to: · Hear the latest from Azure experts and startups at the recent Azure User Group summer conference in London. Learn how to get the most from Azure features and…

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Azure Weekly (getting started with Azure: weekly webinar)

The Azure Weekly runs every Tuesday from 12:30 – 14:00 (UK timezone) and is aimed at the techie who has not yet had any/much exposure to Azure but who just wants a leg-up to get started. This is a more practically focused session than a theoretical/architectural session and is mostly based around the following demos:…

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How to manage my Office 365 Directory as an Azure Active Directory

This question seems to have come up a lot at a few events I’ve been at recently. Lots of folks know the theory: Azure AD is the Office 365 directory. You can use that Office 365 directory for more than just your Office 365 services like email, collaboration and communication. You can also use it…

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Open Source is Caring and Sharing – Sometimes.

James Governor’s (@monkchips) observations (Red Hat’s entirely rational position on OpenStack) on recent moves by Red Hat to put additional processes in place to restrict the support they offer is very interesting. It’s an almost fly-on-the-wall observation of what is happening at Red Hat, what is happening with OpenStack and what is happening in Open…

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First Oracle, then SAP and now, believe it or not – Salesforce!

The world of the cloud is changing fairly rapidly. I blogged about a week and a half ago about how the Microsoft cloud would be supporting SAP software by the end of June. Well can you believe the pace of change? It was announced a couple of days ago that Salesforce is also to become…

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