Cloud Camp 2018 – It’s A Wrap!

Yesterday, Cloud Camp 2018, run by MicroWarehouse and sponsored by Microsoft Surface and Veeam, ran in the Dublin Convention Centre here in Ireland. 4 tracks, 20 (mostly MVP) sessions, 2 keynotes, and hundreds of satisfied attendees. It was great fun – but we’re all a little tired today Smile

Photo by Gregor Reimling

The message of the day was “change” and that was what I talked about in the opening keynote. In nature, change is inevitable. In IT, you cannot accept change, you’re pushed aside. Business pressure, security & compliance needs, and the speed of cloud make change happen faster than ever. And that’s why we had 20 expert-lead breakout sessions covering Azure IaaS, Azure PaaS, productivity, security, management & governance, Windows Server 2019 and hybrid cloud solutions. The conference ended with renowned Microsoft-watchers Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott discussing what the corporation has been up to and their experiences in covering the Redmond giant.

We had a lot of fun yesterday. Everything ran quite smoothly – credit to John & Glenn in MWH and Hanover Communications.

After the conference, Paul & Mary Jo hosted their Windows Weekly podcast from Dogpatch Labs in the IFSC.

And then we had a small after party in Urban Brewing next door, where one or two beverages might have been consumed until the wee hours of the morning Smile

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Thank you to:

  • MicroWarehouse for running this event – Rory for OK-ing it and the team for promoting it.
  • John and Glenn who ran the logistics and made it so smooth
  • Hanover Communications for the PR work
  • All the breakout speakers who travelled from around Ireland/Europe to share their knowledge and experience
  • Kartik who travelled from India to share what Azure Backup are up to
  • Paul & Mary Jo for travelling from the USA to spend some time with us
  • Alex at TWiT for make sure things worked well with the podcast
  • Everyone who attended and made this event possible!

A Twitter competition with the #CloudCamp18 tag was run – a winner will be selected (after the dust settles) for a shiny new Surface Go. At one point the #CloudCamp18 tag was trending #3 for tweets in Dublin. Now I wonder what will happen with #CloudCamp19?

Cloud Mechanix – “Starting Azure Infrastructure” Training Coming To Frankfurt, Germany

I have great news. Today I got confirmation that our venue for the next Cloud Mechanix class has been confirmed. So on December 3-4, I will be teaching my Cloud Mechanix “Starting Azure Infrastructure” class in Frankfurt, Germany. Registration Link.

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About The Event

This HANDS-ON theory + practical course is intended for IT professionals and developers that wish to start working with or improve their knowledge of Azure virtual machines. The course starts at the very beginning, explaining what Azure is (and isn’t), administrative concepts, and then works through the fundamentals of virtual machines before looking at more advanced topics such as security, high availability, storage engineering, backup, disaster recovery, management/alerting, and automation.

Aidan has been teaching and assisting Microsoft partners in Ireland about Microsoft Azure since 2014. Over this time he has learned what customers are doing in Azure, and how they best get results. Combined with his own learning, and membership of the Microsoft Valuable Professional (MVP) program for Microsoft Azure, Aidan has a great deal of knowledge to share.

We deliberately keep the class small (maximum of 20) to allow for a more intimate environment where attendees can feel free to interact and ask questions.

Agenda

This course spans two days, running on December 3-4, 2018. The agenda is below.

Day 1 (09:30 – 17:00):

  • Introducing Azure
  • Tenants & subscriptions
  • Azure administration
  • Admin tools
  • Intro to IaaS
  • Storage
  • Networking basics

Day 2 (09:30 – 17:00):

  • Virtual machines
  • Advanced networking
  • Backup
  • Disaster recovery
  • JSON
  • Diagnostics
  • Monitoring & alerting
  • Security Center

The Venue

The location is the Novotel Frankfurt City. This hotel:

  • Has very fast Wi-Fi – an essential requirement for hands-on cloud training!
  • Reasonably priced accommodation.
  • Has car parking – which we are paying for.
  • Is near the Messe (conference centre) and is beside the Kuhwaldstraße tram station and the Frankfurt Main West train station and S-Bahn.
  • Is just a 25 minute walk or 5 minutes taxi from the Hauptbahnhof (central train station).
  • It was only 15-20 minutes by taxi to/from Frankfurt Airport when we visited the hotel to scout the location.

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Costs

The regular cost for this course is €999 per person. If you are registering more than one person, then the regular price will be €849 per person. A limited number of early bird ticks are on sale for €659 each.

You can pay for for the course by credit card (handled securely by Stripe) or PayPal on the official event site. You can also pay by invoice/bank transfer by emailing contact@cloudmechanix.com. Payment must be received within 21 days of registration – please allow 14 days for an international (to Ireland) bank transfer. We require the following information for invoice & bank transfer payment:

  • The name and contact details (email and phone) for the person attending the course.
  • Name & address of the company paying the course fee.
  • A purchase Order (PO) number, if your company require this for services & purchases.

The cost includes tea/coffee and lunch. Please inform us in advance if you have any dietary requirements.

Note: Cloud Mechanix is a registered education-only company in the Republic of Ireland and does not charge for or pay for VAT/sales tax.

See the event page for Terms and Conditions.

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First Cloud Mechanix Azure Course Completed

Last week, I delivered my first ever Cloud Mechanix Azure training course, to a full room in the Lancaster Gate area of London, UK.

It was a jam-packed full 2 days of Azure storage, networking, virtual machines, backup, DR, security, and management, with lots of hands-on labs. Half the attendees were from the UK, the rest from countries such as Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, and even Canada! I had a lot of fun teaching the class – there were lots of questions and laughs. And as often happens in these classes, the interactions lead me to picking up a couple of ideas from the attendees.

In my class, everyone gets hands-on labs a few days before the event. That allows them to get their laptops ready. On the day, they get copies of the slides so they can follow/along or make notes on their laptops – the labs and slides are updated with the latest information that I have. The goal of the class isn’t to teach you where to click, but why to click. In the cloud, things move and get renamed so detailed instructions age very quickly. But what lasts is understanding the why. Not everyone got to finish the hands-on labs, but I am available to help the attendees complete the labs.

If this course sounds interesting to you, then we have another class running in Amsterdam in April. Some tweaks are being made the labs/slides (which the London class will be getting too) and, as always, the April class will be getting the latest that I can share on Azure.

Delivering My First “Cloud Mechanix” Azure Training Course Today

I’m in London right now, preparing to deliver my first Azure training course by my very own company (co-owned/run with my wife, Nicole), Cloud Mechanix. I actually wrote this post yesterday and scheduled it for release, because I predicted that I’d be busy.

The class is sold out, 20 people from around the world are attending, from the UK, continental Europe, and from as far away as Canada! I’m blown away that our first course sold like this. I have 2 days to teach as much Azure infrastructure as I can. The goal is to give people the foundations and best practices for building, securing, managing, and protecting stable and well performing systems in the cloud. There’s lots of tips in the class, and I’ve build a set of hands-on exercises so there’s a practical side to the theory – the attendees will build a sample reference architecture for VM-based solution.

I can’t teach everything in two days, but I can teach what you need to know, so learning more is easy. As I’ve found with a different Azure VM class that I developed & teach for my employer in Dublin, this class is a foundation for Azure. Once you know this material, you have the bits to move on to other hybrid or PaaS-based solutions in Microsoft’s cloud.

I’m so excited! A certain friend of mine who retired recently has been telling me to do this for the last 5 years. Last year, Nicole told me I needed to do this. I made the decision to start writing the course. If I was up early with our youngest daughter, I’d sit down in the office once she fell back asleep and I’d write. Or when I brought my eldest daughter to gymnastics class, I’d wait outside in the car, writing. Pretty much every free moment of the last month went into updating the content – and I’ll probably still do an update or two (on managed disks) early on Thursday morning. So here I am (or will be) in London, counting down the minutes until the attendees walk in the door, we make introductions, and we sit down to start a learning experience together.

London is sold out, but we have another class running in Amsterdam on April 19-20. The venue is a hotel near Schiphol airport, making it very easy to get to – it’s not too central in Amsterdam, and Schiphol is one of the best connected airports in Europe. Half of the seats are already gone so, if you are interested, you will need to move quick.

Just Emailed My First Azure Newsletter

I’ve decided to start a monthly e-mail newsletter, summarising the previous month’s Azure IaaS news. The first copy went out just a few minutes ago to anyone who has signed up. The content includes:

  • My Azure tip of the month
  • The Azure story of the month
  • A summary of my blog posts here and on Petri.com
  • A list of interesting articles from Microsoft over the previous month
  • Details on where I’ve scheduled to speak
  • And this month included another small news item

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Speaking at NIC Future Edition 2018

I will be speaking at the NICCONF in Olso, Norway, running 21 Jan to 2 Feb. It’s a big and very well run event, which I was happy to present at last year.

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I have two sessions:

Forget Virtual Machines – Use Azure Service Fabric For New LOB Apps

This is on Thursday 1st at 10:00 am and puts me right outside my usual comfort zone of IaaS. The subject is PaaS, but hold on IT pros, it’s all based on IaaS which has to be deployed, configured, secured, and monitored. I’ve found Service Fabric to be very interesting because it brings together so many IaaS pieces to create a cool platform for application deployment.

This session, aimed at IT pros (not developers) is an introduction to Service Fabric. I’ll explain what each of the features does, how they can be practically used, and why IT pros should strongly consider using the developer side of Azure for future deployments.

EDIT (Jan 29, 2018): I have built a cool demo environment with Visual Studio (!) and Azure Service Fabric, showing off a “Ticketmaster” that can scale when the likes of Ed Sheeran starts selling tickets, instead of hanging for two hours.

Monitoring Azure IaaS

On Thursday at 13:20, I return to my comfort zone and discuss monitoring your Azure deployment.

In this session I will explain how you can use the various management features of Azure to monitor and alert on the performance & health of your infrastructure deployment in Microsoft Azure.

EDIT (Jan 29, 2018): I have lots of things to show in a demo environment.

Hopefully I’ll see some of you in Oslo in the new year!

 

Would You Like To Learn More About Azure?

If you found this information useful, then imagine what 2 days of training might mean to you. I’m delivering a 2-day course in Amsterdam on April 19-20, teaching newbies and experienced Azure admins about Azure Infrastructure. There’ll be lots of in-depth information, covering the foundations, best practices, troubleshooting, and advanced configurations. You can learn more here.

Video – Understanding the Azure VM Series

This short video will show you how to quickly understand the Azure virtual machine (VM) series, how to pick one for a deployment, and how to select the right size. I show my technique for remembering what each SKU name means, so when you read it, you know exactly what that machine can do, and what the host offers.

Was This Video Useful?

If you found this information useful, then imagine what 2 days of training might mean to you. I’m delivering a 2-day course in Amsterdam on April 19-20, teaching newbies and experienced Azure admins about Azure Infrastructure. There’ll be lots of in-depth information, covering the foundations, best practices, troubleshooting, and advanced configurations. You can learn more here.

Video – What is Microsoft Azure?

I’ve posted a short video to help people understand what Microsoft Azure is, how it can impact a business, where it is, how Microsoft has made Azure compliance with lots of regulations and standards, and what Azure can do.

 

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Was This Video Useful?

If you found this information useful, then imagine what 2 days of training might mean to you. I’m delivering a 2-day course in Amsterdam on April 19-20, teaching newbies and experienced Azure admins about Azure Infrastructure. There’ll be lots of in-depth information, covering the foundations, best practices, troubleshooting, and advanced configurations. You can learn more here.