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  • Blog Post: 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 quickly popping it up and popping it back down again. This video gives click-by-click, line-by-line instructions on how to use the resources you’ve already created in your SharePoint Pop-Up Lab in Poweshell...
  • Blog Post: 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, self-contained lab environments. This click-by-click video shows you how to build a SharePoint 2010 pop-up lab with SQL Server, AD and a SharePoint Server Farm, all hosted on a self-contained Windows Azure Virtual...
  • Blog Post: 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” interchangeably; as if they are the same thing. They’re not. And maybe that’s what describes a tiny bit of the confusion regarding the death of VM Role. Windows Azure Virtual Machines are often described...
  • Blog Post: 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 Generally Available (GA ) service With the diagrams live-drawn in “cartoony” format, this video shows how to build a really simple lab consisting of 2 IIS web servers connected to a load balancer with...
  • Blog Post: Azure Websites Talk from DevWeek 2013–London

    Here’s the video of my DevWeek talk on Azure Websites.
  • Blog Post: Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

    Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital...
  • Blog Post: The Rise and Rise of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud

    Young children read pop up books; books whose pages pop up in to some form of structure for the child to admire and then pop back in again when the page is turned. As the page is turned it produces a different structure. Perhaps the first one was a lion or a space-rocket. The next page would probably...
  • Blog Post: Event: "Apps + Cloud" for the device developer who is too busy to learn (UK)

    18th March – Reading, UK. You’ve got your beautiful new app ready to run on a tablet, smartphone or other mobile device, and are ready to hook into an infrastructure cloud service for the back-end. Your main concern is making sure it’s reliable - you can’t risk even a small chance of an outage of your...
  • Blog Post: Video: TIGA Gaming Conference: Games plus Cloud. Rob Fraser’s talk.

    I was at the TIGA gaming conference with Rob Fraser who was a speaker addressing “realising the opportunity afforded to games developers by exploiting the cloud”. I took a couple of FlipCams and screen capture software to edit together this talk. A couple of rough edges here and there, but very watchable...
  • Blog Post: Video: UK’s Biggest Computer Mag Combines Windows 8 App with Azure.

    I’m sure we’ve all seen Computeractive on the shelves of our newsagents. When Microsoft releases a new version of Windows, Computeractive does a feature article. This time as well as the print article, they’ve developed a Windows 8 application that uses an Azure back end to deliver video lessons straight...
  • Blog Post: Event: Build Open Source Apps on Microsoft’s Cloud

    The 4th step in Microsoft UK’s “6 Steps to Azure” programme, concentrating on Open Source software is to run as an in-person event on the 11th February in London. There is a great line-up of community speakers, all involved in the UK Windows Azure User Group, who will bring the real-world, roll-your...
  • Blog Post: UK Windows Azure Dev Camps

    Who is this camp for? You’ve probably heard of Windows Azure but not done anything with it. Maybe you’ve seen a few demos at an event or an online video. Maybe you’ve even got as far as trying the introductory lab in the freely downloadable training kit. But now you are at the stage of wanting to get...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Active Directory Cartoon

    I posted this video on to Channel 9 before Christmas but I can see something has gone wrong with the indexing and it’s pretty undiscoverable on the site. Thought I’d make it known through the blog.
  • Blog Post: WIndows Azure Camp for the IT Pro - UK

    Yes – we’re now looking after the IT Pro with Azure! If you just want to register – go here : If you want more info – have a read of the text below, or go to http://azurecampsuk.azurewebsites.net for the same. Here is a video to give you a feel for what a camp is like.   UK Windows Azure Camps We...
  • Blog Post: Video: Another of my “cartoony” videos, this time explaining Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

    A description of the new elements in the Virtual Machines features of the Windows Azure June 2012 release, all done in that cartoony format that the original June Release Azure Video was done in.   Planky
  • Blog Post: Video: Cloud Services Talk from UK’s Cloud Day: London, 22nd June

    Anybody who was there knows the demo in the talk I gave timed out. So I’ve done it again and added it to the talk using the magic of video editing! With all the excitement around the IaaS features such as Virtual Machines and Virtual Network, and then the added cool of Azure Websites, it seemed to me...
  • Blog Post: Video: Complete Overview of the 2012 Azure Release

    Includes IaaS Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites, Cloud Services, Identity, Service Bus, Cache and so on.
  • Blog Post: The Internet is “everywhere”

    My 11 year-old son was watching videos of Minecraft on YouTube the other day when my wife asked him “…what happens to all the rubbish videos on YouTube? Do they keep them?”. “Yes of course they do” came his reply. My wife quizzed further – “but isn’t that just a load of rubbish that’s taking up resources...
  • Blog Post: How do I sign up to the new Azure features if I already have an Azure subscription?

    I can see there’s a bit of commentary along the lines of “how on earth do I actually sign up to these new features with my existing Windows Azure subscription… Well, it’s a less-than-two-minute video screencast to find out.
  • Blog Post: The difference between Azure VMs and Azure VM Role

    All compute resources in Windows Azure run on virtual machines, but not all virtual machines are the same. VM Role You send your own OS image, along with any attendant software, service packs, patches, updates and applications already installed, to Windows Azure. Let’s call that image the “golden image...
  • Blog Post: Article: I’ve built a SaaS solution on Windows Azure: now, how do I know what to charge my customers?

    When we move from writing shrink-wrapped software that a customer runs a setup.exe in their own datacenter to the completely different world of providing the software’s functionality as a service over the Internet, probably our first port of call is to base it on a cloud platform like Microsoft, Google...
  • Blog Post: Video: Windows Azure Connect: a real-world solution

    K3 Retail are the UK’s biggest Microsoft Dynamics partner. They’ve built a system that allows them to expose on-premises applications and data such as Dynamics, SQL Server Reporting Services, Email and File-Servers to a cloud-based IIS web application. This video show how they are doing this in the real...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Bootcamp: Online

    We’re going to be running an online version of the popular Windows Azure Bootcamp on the 21st May. We’re very aware that the London and Liverpool bootcamps due to run in Early May are now full so we thought by running a similar, slightly shortened version of the bootcamp through Lync, anybody who didn...
  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Windows Azure: How Retail Manager Solutions changed their business

    Jim Chapman, CEO of Retail Manager Solutions, talks about their move from on-premises software to the cloud and then tells us how Windows Azure has changed their business. Sales cycle times have been dramatically reduced, customers save money and there is less work to do to get a solution up and running...
  • Blog Post: Video: How one company migrated to Windows Azure

    At The Races were running a high-volume website in the UK that was characterized by very peaky predictable bursts. They knew when the peaks would occur (specific horse-races in the calendar) and they had a good idea of the numbers of additional users they’d have to handle. What an excellent candidate...
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