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  • Blog Post: 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 cartoon video of it so you could just sit back and enjoy it without having to take an active part in “reading” it… You can always just go through the previous post in your own time absorbing each of the...
  • 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: 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 written a line of code in your life, this video shows just how easy it is to use the ZipApp tool to create beautiful apps that can bring in all your content: twitter, videos, pictures, blogs, articles – it’s...
  • 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: Azure Websites Talk from DevWeek 2013–London

    Here’s the video of my DevWeek talk on Azure Websites.
  • Blog Post: 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 April this year. If you have a blog on Posterous Spaces, you have until the 30th April to move it. After that date, your content will be gone and it will no longer be possible to get hold of it. If you...
  • 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: Event: Video: Slide Decks: from first 2 days of Six Steps to Azure

    Six Steps to Windows Azure launched last week with over 160 attendees over the 2 days at our London kick off events which were run in partnership with the UK Windows Azure User Group.  Our first event Azure in the Real World showcased some fantastic real life solutions. Our second day focused on...
  • Blog Post: Event: Fresh round of Windows Azure Camps announced in the UK

    We’ve just announced a fresh round of free one-day hands-on camps in the UK for Windows Azure developers and IT Pros.     Windows Azure Camps for developers: Join us at a developer camp which focuses on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features of Windows Azure. Mostly this means Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Event: Tech.Days Online in the UK: 30/31 October ‘12

    The IT Pro camps have proved super-popular. One of them filled within 10 minutes of its announcement on the blogs of my colleagues Simon May and Andrew Fryer. SO there will be online sessions added to the schedule. These are running on the 30th and 31st October. Day One (30th October) 9:30 –12:30 Windows...
  • Blog Post: Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.

      This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure...
  • 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: Event: Free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps

      Just a reminder that the first of the latest round of free UK Windows Azure Developer Camps kicks off next week in our London Office in Victoria. The Windows Azure Developer Camp will take you from knowing nothing about the cloud to actually having deployed a simple application to the cloud and...
  • 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
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