Good Change in IT

Top 5 Technical Skills to Evolve OPs

The “traditional” Operations role is fading away with cloud computing being more widely adopted and organizations realizing the necessity to make a DevOps transformation to deliver software and services to their customers. Think for a minute – what might OPs look like for a startup who is developing a cloud-based service and application which is rapidly growing?  Do they have:

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Microsoft Cloud Based Availability Monitoring

Check out Application Insights in this demo-heavy interview with Vlad.  Pretty cool to see how anyone can go from zero infrastructure to creating a trial in minutes and then a couple minutes later start to see cloud based availability data on their application… and for free.  Some people say it is a developer tool and I can understand why it

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Automatic Build of System Center + Azure Hybrid VMs

Learn how to automatically build an entire set of System Center VMs which can connect up to Windows Azure for Hybrid cloud scenarios using the PDT tool from this wiki article I published.  This infrastructure will enable you to complete the labs you can find at: http://aka.ms/hybridlabs. Why do this? It’s a great way to get a lab/test environment of

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Run Windows Azure on premise

I’ve heard people ask – Can I harness the power of Windows Azure in my own datacenter on-premises?  If you take a look at the picture below, tell me on a first glance – does it look like Windows Azure? In fact, this is Windows Azure Services for Windows Server (which by the way in-it-of-itself is free) and when used

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Automatic Provisioning of Windows Azure VMs

Charles Joy showed off some cool short demos on how you can automatically provision or de-provision VMs in Windows Azure utilizing System Center Orchestrator runbooks in my interview with him at MMS.  This could enable you to automatically do all kinds of things like deploy entire infrastructures into Windows Azure, send emails and notifications, and request it all from a

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Monitor Windows Azure from SCOM demo and interview

Microsoft released a new preview of the Windows Azure management pack (MP) for System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 during the week of MMS 2013 and I interviewed Vlad Joanovic at MMS to show it off.  In this interview we cover: What are the Updates for System Center Operations Manager to integrate with Azure? DEMO: How to add Azure Subscription

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