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Month: March 2018

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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