Microsoft announced on Sept 10th that Visual Studio Team Services would soon become Azure DevOps. Along with the name change are a few alterations to the service names. VSTS users shouldn't feel too out of place. It feels like the same house with the furniture slightly rearranged. So far, I only see upside to the changes.Read More
The Dashboard theme in Azure can be changed. I didn't know this was possible until I came across a tweet by @msdev. I figured I'd pass this along and try to help spread the word for those who like to customize their experiences.Read More
In my past, I've worked with NetApp, Equallogic, EMC, and various other NAS/SAN devices. After working briefly with SoftNAS, I can say that anyone familiar with those types of systems will feel right at home. Think of the SoftNAS vm as a "controller" and the local cloud storage as "shelves." The layout and terminology should make sense to anyone with a storage background. That level of knowledge could be comforting to an organization making a transition to the public cloud.Read More
I recently decided to try out the SoftNAS virtual appliance in my Azure account. The installation went as smoothly as any other Azure template install. All was good until I tried to login to the web interface. No matter what userid / password combination I tried, I could not get into the web admin GUI. Frustrated by this, I decided to do some digging.Read More
Visual Studio Code is one of my favorite editors, and it works on any platform. The MacOS install is pretty easy. That said, I’ve found a few things that can make it easier. This post has a few tips and videos to help anyone looking to install it for the first time.Read More
I’m on my way to Silicon Valley to serve as a delegate for Cloud Field Day 4 (http://techfieldday.com/event/cfd4/). Delegates aren’t industry analysts. They are regular, in the trenches IT people who love what they do and co tribute to the community. Many of the delegates have blogs and/ or podcasts as well as present at local user groups or trade shows.
And then there’s me... my profile is nowhere near as high as many of my peers. But I’m going, in part, due a decision I made a few years back to put myself out there. I got on Twitter. I started a blog. I tried to keep myself open to meeting people at conferences. I joined the greater community.
I’m just as introverted as the next person in this field (maybe even more so), so much of this isn’t easy for me. But it is rewarding. Maybe not financially, but being a part of any group who shares similar experiences provides comfort. There are certain things that only people in your tribe can ever truely “get.” Late night & weekend SAN upgrades, fixing Domain Controllers that stop controlling, migrating legacy enterprise apps from old on-prem server to the cloud - these are situations that only make sense to people in this business.
Blog. Tweet. Slack. Do whatever suits you, as long as you do something. We all get better when more experiences are shared.
Chat tools vendors Slack and Atlassian last week announced a partnership where Atlassian's two ChatOps apps, Hipchat and Stride would be shut down and the existing users could migrate onto Slack. Atlassian also agreed to a financial investment in Slack as part of the terms. A lack of competition in the ChatOps space seems detrimental on the surface, however, it could be the best thing for the sector long term.Read More
Subscribing to Microsoft Visual Studio Professional for 1 year is a great option for anyone considering putting time into Azure as a learning platform. The annual subscription for Visual Studio is $539 and includes $50 in Azure credits. Let that sink in for a second. Microsoft is giving away $600 ($50 x 12 months) worth of Azure for $539.Read More
When using MS Azure to create Infrastructure as a Service based solutions, choosing an appropriate server type is crucial to not only performance, but controlling costs. B Series Servers might be the right option for your workload.Read More
Sometimes you need a good set of icons to help create a design. I recently discovered just such a set and it's been a pleasant surprise in multiple ways. Not only are the images in this download available in Visio format, but SVG, PNG, and PowerPoint formats are also included.Read More
Amazon Web Services offers several services which are region specific. When encountering an error, the first thing you should do is validate that you are operating in the correct region(s). This was an issue I ran into recently when using CloudFormation.Read More
Virtual Reality was pervasive at the Dell Technologies World show. Not only was it prominently featured in the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes, but several VR experiences could be had in the Village and in the several vendor booths in the Solutions Expo. One of the themes of this year's show was "Make it Real," and VR was shown as something that exists now and not just in the future.Read More
Now that the Dell Technologies World conference has ended, I've had a little time to reflect. This year's Dell Technologies World conference took place April 30 - May 2. It was a large show encompassing keynotes, breakout sessions, Guru sessions, Customer Meetings, Solutions Center, and so much more.Read More
The DevOps movement has been great at increasing inclusion among the various roles in IT, breaking down solos and creating groups capable of deploying code. But one group seems to have been left out of the mix - DBAs. For whatever reason, DBA tools have been slow to build in features synonymous with DevOps such as source control.
The Phoenix Project and DevOps Handbook spend a great deal of time discussing Flow and how a we’ll run organization will look to eliminate blockages at choke points. Often these blockages occur during hand-offs. The best way to avoid hand-offs is to build teams with all members needed to make a deployable package.Read More
Slack, and the new wave of enterprise chat applications like it, show their value through integration with other tools. One of the most popular integrations is with GitHub. The Github app for Slack documents select GitHub actions in a Slack channel. With the actions logged in a Slack channel teams don't have to jump between tools to look for for status updates. Moreover, teams can search through Slack's logs for history related to commits, issues, pulls, etc. for a project.
The instructions for installing the App are located at https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/232289568-GitHub-for-Slack . I have attempted to walk through those same instructions an log my notes along the way.Read More