The Ops Team #011 – “BlurCam”

The Ops Team is a weekly show where 4 Technical Evangelists specializing in IT Operations get together to give you the deets on their 4 areas of expertise: Microsoft Azure/Cloud, On-premises datacenter technologies, Enterprise Mobility / Windows and DevOps.

This week on The Ops Team, there’s something seriously messed up with the security camera post-power outage, so if you’re wondering if your vision has taken a turn for the worse, or if you’ve had one too many alcoholic beverages prior to watching, fear not, it’s our sh**ty camera! Matt, David and Rick make it into the studio to give you the news, and in fact, so does Simon, just not at the same time as everyone else 🙂

In this week’s news…Rick shares some cool new Azure networking posters available for download, saves you some cash with Azure price reductions and evangelizes his ‘old’ job. David self-promotes his DevOps Dimensions show, and shares useful feature roadmaps for Visual Studio Team Services. Matt follows David down a road of self-promotion by sharing the latest episodes on the Containers Channel, whilst sharing some other useful community-delivered resources, and finally, Simon gives you the latest Intune gossip, all whilst ensuring no mice were awoken in the server room…

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Container Fundamentals | Part 4 – Resource Management

Following on from my previous post, which talked about shared folders and Windows Server Containers, in this episode on the Containers Channel, we’re continuing the Container Fundamentals series by looking at resource management.  As always, I was joined by Neil Peterson, Senior Content Developer, who walked us through how to manage resources, such as CPU, disk, memory and network, for individual Windows Server Containers. Neil delivers a comprehensive demo using PowerShell, that walks you through some of the configuration options for resource management with Windows Server Containers, and showcases the impact of some of the configuration settings.

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The Ops Team #010 – “Ghost Pepper Shots”

The Ops Team is a weekly show where 4 Technical Evangelists specializing in IT Operations get together to give you the deets on their 4 areas of expertise: Microsoft Azure/Cloud, On-premises datacenter technologies, Enterprise Mobility / Windows and DevOps.

This week on The Ops Team, Matt, Simon, Rick and Oguz make it into the studio, but so do 4 ‘healthy drinks’ courtesy of Rick. The concoction, consisting of ginger, lime, turmeric and ghost chili pepper, wasn’t pleasant, trust us!

In this week’s news…Matt brings the team up to speed with some new enhancements to Azure Site Recovery, DSC capabilities in OMS Automation along with a new cool eBook on OMS. Simon talks about the demise of older versions of Internet Explorer (before 11), along with the end of support for Windows 8. Rick shares some cool, new Linux-related info for running Linux on the Microsoft platform, and Oguz follows this nicely by delving deeper into some of the key Linux on Microsoft platform info, along with the announcement of the open sourcing of “Chaka Khan” 🙂

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Container Fundamentals | Part 3 – Shared Folders

Back in August, we made available the 3rd technical preview of Windows Server 2016. The significance of this particular milestone release was the first inclusion of a much-talked-about container technology, available in the box. The story became more rich a couple of months later, in November, with the release of technical preview 4, and the inclusion of Hyper-V containers. Regardless of whether you started your container journey in August, or November, or somewhere in between, what was clear to me, an IT guy, was that containers weren’t, let’s say, as natural for me as say, virtual machines, storage or networking. Yes, they use a form of virtualization, but having spent years with VMs, containers were a little more alien to me. Fortunately, help was at hand.

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The Ops Team #009 – “Egg-volution”

The Ops Team is a weekly show where 4 Technical Evangelists specializing in IT Operations get together to give you the deets on their 4 areas of expertise: Microsoft Azure/Cloud, On-premises datacenter technologies, Enterprise Mobility / Windows and DevOps.

This week on The Ops Team, Matt, Simon and David make it into the studio, whilst Rick is confined to his new office, after a recent role change. Even without Rick present, the team managed to figure out how to control all of the AV equipment, which itself, is a miracle!

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New MVA Course: Hybrid IT Management Part I – Insights, Visibility & Security Analytics

“And the award for the longest blog post title goes to….”

A month or so back, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours in the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) studios with Laura Cruz, Program Manager on the System Center and Services team, to work on part 1 of a multi-part series of MVA courses all focused on Hybrid IT Management. “What is Hybrid IT Management?” I hear you ask. Well, at a high level, it’s the management, automation and protection of heterogeneous infrastructure, workloads, apps and services, on both Windows and Linux, across any cloud, regardless of whether it’s running in your datacenter, with a service provider, in the public cloud, on platforms such as Azure, or a combination of all of those.

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