#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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Track basic metrics such as CPU, Disk and Memory Usage within Operations Management Suite

Track basic metrics such as CPU, Disk and Memory Usage within Operations Management Suite

I was recently asked if there was a way of tracking basic metrics from Virtual Machine (VM) within Operations Management Suite (OMS), such as CPU usage, Disk Usage and Memory Usage.  Unfortunately there isn’t out the box available within OMS that can be easily set up to do this.  However the ability to do it does exist with a little bit of configuration. You are able to collect this data at frequent intervals to allow for Near Real Time (NRT)…

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Jabra Evolve 75e Headset Review

Jabra Evolve 75e Headset Review

I was kindly given a Jabra Evolve 75e headset to review recently. This is a new headset from Jabra, it is the world’s first unified communication (UC) certified wireless earbuds. In a recent review of the Jabra Evolve 65 headset I covered off four pillars, Sound Quality, Comfort, Setup and Noise Cancellation. I am going to cover those four pillars again in this review. Sound Quality As I’ve become accused to the sound quality of Jabra headsets is excellent. The…

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Azure Policy

Azure Policy

Azure Policy is a service within Azure that is currently in Preview.  It has been designed to help you to enforce different rules and actions over your resources, which enables your resources to stay compliant with your corporate standards.  It comes with a lot of “out of the box” or “built in” policy templates that you can start using but this week I’ve been looking at using Azure Policy, both the built in examples and creating custom ones.   I thought…

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Techair 15.6″ Grey EVO Magnetic Laptop Messenger Review

Techair 15.6″ Grey EVO Magnetic Laptop Messenger Review

I was given the Techair 15.6″ Grey EVO Magnetic Laptop Messenger bag a month ago to review.  I’ve been using it as my to-go bag for travelling for work.  For the last seven years as a consultant that travels between customer sites I’ve always preferred a backpack for carrying my laptop, cables, food, water, clothes etc.  But as my current commute involves planes, trains and undergrounds, having a messenger bag has been ideal in terms of saving space. Techair Techair are a…

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Moving my blog from AWS to Azure

Moving my blog from AWS to Azure

Back in December 2016 I moved my blog from Blogger to WordPress and also changed from a free hosting provider to Amazon Web Services (AWS).  At the time it was a good move as I was able to take advantage of free services from AWS.  However since January 2017 I have been paying for the hosting, at £8.40 a month.  So after some research and planning I decided to move my blog to Azure. In order to keep costs low…

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Monitoring a Ubuntu VM with Operations Management Suite

Monitoring a Ubuntu VM with Operations Management Suite

I recently migrated my WordPress blog away from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform to Azure.  There were a few reasons for this decision, one being flexibility within the hosting platform, and the second being making use of my Azure knowledge.  I’m hoping to write more blog posts around the migration and costing of this move within the next few months so please look out for them in the future.  Today I want to cover off monitoring with the Operation…

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Creating a Operations Management Suite Workspace in Azure

Creating a Operations Management Suite Workspace in Azure

Within Azure there is a tool called Operations Management Suite (OMS) which is a monitoring solution that was developed within the cloud.  It offers rich, real time insights into your workloads, potential security threats, to name a few of it’s features and it’s available for native cloud solutions, on premise workloads and can monitor other cloud environments beside Azure. I’m a huge fan of this product as it’s easy to configure and offers a massive amount of rich data that…

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My 101 guide to making the most of your Azure budget

My 101 guide to making the most of your Azure budget

I was recently chatting to someone around the costs of Azure and how they could make best use of a Visual Studio subscription which gave them around £115 a month to spend on Azure resources. My advice, shut resources that you can down when you aren’t using them. You can make significant savings right out the door by doing this. Let’s way through a common scenario to prove my point… Within Azure you get the ability to run virtual machines,…

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