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  • Blog Post: 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 talks were basically the same).  How to create a pop-up lab in Windows Azure with demos of SharePoint and IIS pop-up labs using Powershell to automate the pop-up and pop-down operations.   If you...
  • 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: 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 the day you’ll walk away from the camp with a complete Sharepoint infrastructure deployed with AD, SQL Server and a Sharepoint Farm of 2 servers. It’s basically your first pop-up lab. They are great days...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Windows Azure June 2012 Training Kit available

    I just heard from James Conard in our corporate headquarters that the June 2012 version of the Windows Azure training kit has been officially released. The June 2012 update includes 42 step-by-step hands-on labs and 20 presentations covering the new Windows Azure features.  Some of the highlights...
  • 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: A summary of the major announcements at the “Meet Windows Azure” conference

    Despite its intimate, low-key nature, there were a pretty major collection of Windows Azure messages at this event with new major features being announced for the first time. It really must have been a struggle for the Redmond Azure team to have kept so quiet about so many announcements. Invitations...
  • Blog Post: A new way to package old apps for Windows Azure: increase abstraction.

    Web Role, Worker Role and VM Role are all designed to solve problems along the continuum of abstraction <==> control that I talked about in a previous post : We call it abstraction because the technology forces a greater separation between the OS and the application. A traditional application might...
  • Blog Post: Why is Windows Server App-V a good thing for cloud computing?

    With all the pzazz of a Vegas Showgirl, Server App-V was announced at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas last week. Well, OK, Brad Anderson stood there in polo-shirt and chinos to make the announcement but he was as excited as a Vegas Showgirl when he did it… Watch the keynotes on video...
  • Blog Post: Cloud Virtual Networks: PaaS and IaaS approaches

    As applications that are used by employees of large corporate enterprises start to work their way in to the cloud, it becomes obvious that a need to integrate the network and security infrastructures of both environments becomes important. I’ve made a number of posts ( here , here and here ) on this...
  • Blog Post: VIDEO: Zane’s take on SaaS, PaaS and IaaS

    Andrew Fryer and Simon May from the team I work in managed to catch up with Zane Adam, General Manager of Virtualisation and Windows Azure on his last visit to the UK. Luckily, I interviewed him on video giving his take on SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Click the image to view the video – just over 10 minutes...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure VM Role: Looking at it a different way

    The debate regarding PaaS vs. IaaS continues at pace. It seems as though no mention of this debate where Windows Azure is concerned, is complete without a frequently misunderstood notion of what the recently announced VM Role is. Many commentators are saying “It’s Microsoft’s IaaS offering”. Let me put...
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