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Exposing Servers/Services to the Internet when they are in an Azure VPN

When you know this it’s really simple but I’ve actually had a couple of customers raise this same...

Author: ...Planky Date: 09/18/2015

Geek’s T-Shirt

I really like the T-Shirt we use as swag at conferences for signing up to various programmes. This...

Author: ...Planky Date: 07/08/2015

Warnings sent to customers when Azure is about to be updated

I sometimes get customers asking me about the warnings they’ll get when updates are rolled out...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/29/2015

Azure Exam Prep – Virtual Networks

Continuing the theme of exam prep, I thought I’d write a little about Azure Virtual Networks, or...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/05/2015

Azure Exam Prep – Fault Domains and Update Domains

I’ve booked a couple of exams. The Azure Infrastructure Exam (533) on 15th May. and the Dev exam...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/01/2015

Confusion with Azure Cloud Service SHA1 and SHA256 Certificates

This came up on a camp I ran yesterday. Somebody noticed in Visual Studio, that the algorithm used...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/23/2015

“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...

Author: ...Planky Date: 12/12/2014

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...

Author: ...Planky Date: 11/21/2014

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...

Author: ...Planky Date: 10/27/2014

UK Online Cloud Day with Mark Russinovich

Our first live Microsoft Virtual Academy event on July 14th, Microsoft Cloud Day 2014 with Q&A...

Author: ...Planky Date: 07/02/2014

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...

Author: ...Planky Date: 06/25/2014

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...

Author: ...Planky Date: 06/20/2014

Open Source is Caring and Sharing – Sometimes.

James Governor’s (@monkchips) observations (Red Hat’s entirely rational position on OpenStack) on...

Author: ...Planky Date: 06/11/2014

Whoa! 1,763 3rd party LOB server apps have been integrated in to Azure AD already…

If you don’t know what Azure AD is in the first place – watch my cartoon video. You can either build...

Author: ...Planky Date: 06/03/2014

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...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/31/2014

SAP to support its Enterprise Software in Microsoft Azure

I guess it all started to come together with the public cloud and the Enterprise back in June last...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/20/2014

The Prime Challenge

This is a deepzoom of the world’s largest known prime number. Click to watch the DeepZoom in action....

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/15/2014

Demo Videos for the daily-cloud talks 12th – 16th May

Creating a WordPress Website using Azure Websites Creating an ASP.NET website using Azure Websites...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/09/2014

The difference/relationship between Azure Active Directory and “Normal” Active Directory

I made a video about this some time ago because of the prevalence of confusion over what you can and...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/09/2014

Getting Started with the Cloud – Every Day Next Week!

I’d say there’s a greater than 50:50 chance you’re confused about cloud-computing unless you’re...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/08/2014

The Cloud is the new Computer

It’s the app that provides the “business value”. The Operating System is just a necessary evil to...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/08/2014

I’m confused between Azure Cloud Services and Azure VMs – what the ****?

I’ve finally caved in after a webinar yesterday in which this question came up for what seems like...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/24/2014

Windows Azure AD Premium: cartoony video overview

I just published a video I made on to Channel 9 describing the major features of Azure AD Premium....

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/03/2014

Amazon has 5 times the compute power of its nearest 14 rivals combined – yeah right…

Just spotted a few tweets that say words along the lines of “AWS has five times the power of its...

Author: ...Planky Date: 03/28/2014

Lotus F1 Team website moving to Windows Azure

Although I was in an important planning meeting, I knew something was afoot when I saw my colleague,...

Author: ...Planky Date: 03/06/2014

Windows Azure AD goes in to General Availability

We knew it was imminent but they managed to get it to General Availability (GA) last night. Great to...

Author: ...Planky Date: 12/20/2013

The Prime Challenge: Amazing Deep Zoom Image

The biggest prime number ever discovered is over 17 million decimal digits long. It’s equal to...

Author: ...Planky Date: 12/16/2013

Announcing: The Prime Challenge

The biggest prime number ever discovered is 17 million decimal digits long. Previously, the biggest...

Author: ...Planky Date: 12/06/2013

Project "Orleans" on Windows Azure TUESDAY December 10th, 6.30-9.30pm in London

Hosted by UKWAUG, come and have a drink on them... Fairly open bar (they'll be using @andybareweb's...

Author: ...Planky Date: 12/05/2013

UCL Computer Science Opens its Doors to the Public

http://csunveiled.eventbrite.co.uk/ Ever wanted to know what goes on in one of the biggest Computer...

Author: ...Planky Date: 11/26/2013

Azure Bootcamp (UK): Building out Windows Azure Infrastructures and Services (Saturday, 14th December 2013, Central London)

Targeting the ITPro, Devop or Developer this bootcamp will go into the intricacies of deploying a...

Author: ...Planky Date: 11/21/2013

Running a Remote Desktop on a Windows Azure Linux VM

A complete click-by-click, step-by-step video of this article is available here. OR… You can read...

Author: ...Planky Date: 11/12/2013

UK VMUG meetups

If you have anything to do with infrastructure services in either the private or the public cloud,...

Author: ...Planky Date: 10/08/2013

Video: Connecting Android up to Windows Azure Mobile Services (includes setting up the Android Development Tools)

Windows Azure Mobile Services makes it really easy to build a cloud backend for your Android, iOS,...

Author: ...Planky Date: 10/08/2013

VIDEO: Crypto Primer, Understanding Cryptography, Certificates, Public/Private Key and Digital Signatures

I wrote a cryptography post quite some time ago which has proven quite popular. I thought I’d make a...

Author: ...Planky Date: 06/12/2013

Video: Planky's Azure Pop-Up Labs Talk from VMUG London - May 2013

I gave 2 talks on pop-up labs at the May VMUG meeting in London. This is the second one (but the...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/30/2013

Horse-Racing Website Migrates to the Cloud and Enjoys 50 Per Cent Growth in Users

This is a brilliant example of 2 key Azure workloads: predictable-bursting and...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/30/2013

Automating the SharePoint Pop-Up Lab with Powershell

If you spent a couple of hours building your SharePoint Pop-Up Lab, you’ll want an efficient way of...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/29/2013

Building a SharePoint Pop-Up Lab in Windows Azure

Increasingly, pop-up labs are being used by more and more people. They are pre-configured,...

Author: ...Planky Date: 05/28/2013

Creating Beautiful Windows 8 Apps is Child’s Play with ZipApp

Whether you’re an experienced developer with years of programming experience, or you’ve never...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/25/2013

FREE Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro - London, 2nd May.

We’re running another camp for IT Pros who need to get up to speed with Windows Azure. At the end of...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/22/2013

Azure VM Role is dead, long live VMs…

I notice so many people using the terms “Windows Azure VM Role” and “Windows Azure Virtual Machines”...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/19/2013

Cartoon and Demo: Build the World’s Simplest Pop-Up Lab in Windows Azure Using IaaS Features

I thought this would be interesting since WIndows Azure VMs and Virtual Networks were released as a...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/18/2013

Azure Websites Talk from DevWeek 2013–London

Here’s the video of my DevWeek talk on Azure Websites.

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/10/2013

Posterous is shutting down on 30th April. Use these click-by-click instructions to move your Posterous Blog to your own private Wordpress web site.

Posterous was bought by Twitter on the 12th March last year and is about to be shut down on the 30th...

Author: ...Planky Date: 04/04/2013

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