Azure Cost Management by Cloudyn

Azure Cost Management by Cloudyn

I recently put together a presentation for a customer to give them an insight into Azure Cost Management by Cloudyn and thought it might be a good blog post. Cloudyn, an innovative company that helps enterprises and managed service providers optimize their investments in cloud services, were purchased by Microsoft just over a year ago now.  Cloudyn is a great tool that helps to empower customers/end users understand their cloud spend and use that data to make informed decisions about…

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I am available for public speaking!

I am available for public speaking!

Last year I stepped into the world of public speaking for the first time.  I delivered a session as part of my work at one of the Microsoft Tech4Good events in Edinburgh and then I spoke at a community event in Glasgow. Public speaking isn’t something that I ever thought I’d venture into doing but I decided to push myself and aim for the sky.  I was fairly nervous at both sessions, especially since I only got 24 hours notice…

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Royal Highland Show 2018, taking time out!

Royal Highland Show 2018, taking time out!

Some of you probably already know but grew up on a dairy farm, we moved away when I was 16.   We kept a large herd of Holstein dairy cows and as a hobby I kept chickens.  Primarily Welsummer bantams, but I also had some Buff coloured Silkie bantams as well as Appenzellers.  We also had some pet lambs throughout the year that we raised.   I loved living on the farm,  loved seeing circle of life with the animals and seeing what…

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Getting hands on with Azure Migrate

Getting hands on with Azure Migrate

I’ve been recently working a lot of Azure Migrate, and although I’ve spent alot of time over the years managing VMware environments I haven’t been hands on with one for nearly two years now.  So I dusted off my aging HP ProLiant Microserver and spun up a small VMware environment lab to get hands on with Azure Migrate. Building my lab environment Now my HP ProLiant Microserver is a little old, it’s a N40L, Generation 8.  However the plucky little…

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Manage Social Media Account Details using Azure AD

Manage Social Media Account Details using Azure AD

As I’m sure you are aware I run a User Group which means I have a host of usernames and passwords to remember for the Social Media accounts attached to it as well as my own which can get a bit confusing and onerous at times.  To get around this I make use of Azure Active Directory (AD) and Single Sign On for my Twitter, Eventbrite and MailChimp accounts. Also having to give out the password for these accounts to…

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Hosting my WordPress blog on Azure

Hosting my WordPress blog on Azure

Last month I moved my blog from AWS hosting to Azure, as I mentioned in my blog Moving my blog from AWS to Azure.  My blog is currently hosted on WordPress and when I migrated it I chose to build a IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) virtual machine.  Maybe not the most “modern” solution for hosting with the public cloud however I wanted to try IaaS as a first step so I could brush up on my Linux skills.   So…

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Utilising Microsoft Flow to trigger Azure Automation

Utilising Microsoft Flow to trigger Azure Automation

Recently the question of how can we trigger stop all virtual machines (VMs) within the Azure platform when a certain event happens was posed.  As I’m sure you’re all aware there is a auto shutdown of VMs within Azure which is triggered using day/time.  However this time we were being asked to trigger shut down of the VMs if a business event occurred or if an email alert from the monitoring system contained a certain word. In order to resolve…

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Using Azure Policy

Using Azure Policy

In a previous article I covered off what Azure Policy was and explained some of the features that it had.  At the time I mentioned that there are a number of built in/pre configured policies and initiatives that you can use, however I have been looking at designing and implementing custom policies to meet additional needs. While looking at creating the policies from scratch I learnt some valuable lessons and wanted to share them with you all. Assigning policies with…

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#BeAGoodAttendee

#BeAGoodAttendee

Over the years I have attended a lot of events, both paid and free community events.  And as I’m sure many of you are I’ve been organising the Glasgow Azure User Group events over the past 11 months, this blog post is just some of my thoughts on how you can #BeAGoodAttendee at these events. If you’ve signed up (even for a free ticket) and can no longer attend, let the organiser know. It helps them to understand who to…

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Glasgow Global Azure Bootcamp 2018

Glasgow Global Azure Bootcamp 2018

On the 21st April 2018, in 21 countries and 250 different locations event organizers all ran a Global Azure Bootcamp event.  The initiative has been running for several years now but 2018 was the first time Glasgow has hosted an event!  Hosted by the Glasgow Azure User Group the IT community came together to learn and share their Azure knowledge.  The  event had three speakers covering how to get certified in Azure, Serverless and Azure Stack. It was a glorious…

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