This is the latest in our IT Pro blog series on Extending your Datacenter with Azure. You can see the rest of the series by clicking here With 19 datacenters and counting, the Microsoft Cloud is a great choice for companies seeking a cloud strategy. In this post, I’ll show you a few tools toRead more »

The Puppet Labs 2015 survey is here, and we need to hear YOUR voice and hear about your experiences. Please take the survey and leave a comment here to let me know what you think about it afterwards. Thanks for contributing to this important industry study. http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1984283/1d69b8c678a8

It’s no secret that women in technical fields are facing a lot of challenges, so when Puppet Labs asked me to talk with them about my ideas and solutions, I was excited to share what I think about these topics. You can check out the interview here I’d love to hear your ideas as well,Read more »

More than a few IT Pros have asked me about these configuration management tools. I think the feeling is that Microsoft is asking them to trash those skills to switch over to Chef or Puppet, and that’s just not the case. “Part of my frustration about the whole “Puppet vs DSC” meme is that itRead more »

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I’m doing some research to find out about use of automation tools in your workplace. I’m trying to gather data from the IT folks working in healthcare environments compared to those not in healthcare for an upcoming presentation. I would greatly appreciate if you can share this 3 question survey with your friends and colleagues.Read more »

Learn how to get your enterprise organization hybrid-ready at a FREE IT Camp at the beautiful Microsoft offices in Playa Vista, CA on February 10th, 2015. @jkc137 and @ubergeekgirl presenting. Register: https://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/EventDetail.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032611699&IO=TCJmsKEy3hAoLy3oQqOIUA%3d%3d

Many IT pro’s are hearing the message that they need to start storing configurations of production artefacts in version control. This blog post is an effort to outline some of the basic getting started steps to introduce the IT pro to using github which is a popular source control tool used by developers. We willRead more »

Just discovered this service, I like the privacy features. I’ll give it a try. To help avoid privacy leaks, Pinboard does not serve any third-party content to logged-in users—that means no scripts, images, analytics trackers, and certainly no ads. You do not have to provide any personally identifying information to open a Pinboard account. TheRead more »

A colleague asked me if it was possible to RDP into an Ubuntu server on Azure, and I found this resource. Let me know how this works for you. Using Windows RDP to Access your Ubuntu Instance via Using Windows RDP to Access your Ubuntu Instance | Cloud Services.

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