Glasgow Azure User Group

Glasgow Azure User Group

I am looking to start a user group within Glasgow (Scotland) focussing on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform, Azure – Glasgow Azure User Group. I am hoping that the user group can be very much community driven, with the members help to spread the word and drive what content and speakers attend the events. The first meetup of the group is scheduled for the 29th May 2017 within Glasgow City Centre.  I have created an Eventbrite event where you can grab your…

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AzCopy Could Not Finish the Operation Within Specified Timeout

AzCopy Could Not Finish the Operation Within Specified Timeout

Recently I’ve started to use Azure cheap Blob storage as a backup repository for some of my important files and family photographs.  I’ve been using AzCopy to get my files from my PC to Azure and have come across the issue where AzCopy says “Could Not Finish the Operation Within Specified Timeout”. At first I thought this was because of home internet connection not being the best, however after reading the AzCopy documentation I realised a switch within the command line…

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Technical IT Interview Questions

Technical IT Interview Questions

Interviewing for any job can be a daunting prospect, interviewing for an IT job usually entails a two stage process.  One where the hiring company and you get a chance to get to know each other and what you can offer each other.  And the second part is the technical stage, where the hiring company grill you about what technologies, terminologies and concepts you understand. If you are IT generalist and have a broad set of skills it can be…

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Free Resources to help IT Professionals start a Cloud career

Free Resources to help IT Professionals start a Cloud career

A year ago Microsoft launch two free resource programs in order to help IT professionals understand the transition they would need to under take transferring their traditional on premise skill set to one that would be suitable for the cloud technology that is a hot topic.   Those two programs were the Microsoft IT Pro Cloud Essentials and the Microsoft IT Pro Career Center. A survey sponsored by Microsoft in 2016 uncovered the fact that by 2020, more than 1 in…

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Enabling a CDN Endpoint in Azure

Enabling a CDN Endpoint in Azure

Following on from my two part tutorial on how to create a basic Web App within Azure (Part 1 & Part 2), this blog post will be covering how to utilize Azure CDN to serve the media content within your website faster to your end users. What is CDN? CDN stands for Content Delivery Network. CDN is a group of servers deployed globally within multiple data centers that helps to server content to end users faster than traditional website hosting.  Large…

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Highlights from Microsoft Tech Summit

Highlights from Microsoft Tech Summit

Due to some bad timing I wasn’t able to attend the Microsoft Tech Summit  event this week in Birmingham, but thankfully Microsoft have put a lot of the sessions up online. I’ve been working my way through some of the sessions and thought it would be useful to highlight the ones that I thought were useful. Office 365 Deploy Microsoft Office 2016 the right way Excellent presentation from Brian Canady on Office 2016 ProPlus. His high level take on deploying…

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End of Support for Office 2013

End of Support for Office 2013

In February 2017 Microsoft ended support for Office 2013 Office 365 Pro Plus, Small Business Premium, Business, Project Pro, and Visio Pro subscriptions.  This means the client application and language packs are no longer available for installation from the Office 365 Admin Centre, no features updates will be released for these versions and Microsoft Premier Support or Customer Service and Support divisions will not offer support on these products. Microsoft will however provide critical and important security updates for these…

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Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 2

Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 2

This is the second part of my series on how to deploy a website within Azure.  The first part of the series covered how to deploy a Web App, create deployment credentials and deploy some content to the website.  Within this blog post I will be covering off how to use your own domain name for the website and apply an SSL certificate to the website. Custom Domain When you create a website within Azure it is assigned a general…

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Clean up Azure Resource Groups with PowerShell

Clean up Azure Resource Groups with PowerShell

I have an Azure subscription that I use for test/dev purposes and it was starting to get a little crowded the other day with various labs that I had spun up for a purpose and never removed.  So I had a wee spring clean using some handy PowerShell commands. I covered some basic commands on how to connect to your Azure subscription via PowerShell within my  “Connecting to Azure with PowerShell and controlling your VMs” blog post. Connect to Azure…

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Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Getting Started with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft have now released Microsoft Teams to the general public.   This new offering within Office 365 is a new collaboration application, putting Microsoft directly in competition with Slack.  Teams is available to  anyone with an Office 365 Business Essentials, Business Premium, and Enterprise E1, E3, and E5 plans.  By default Teams is enabled but from within your Office 365 admin portal you can enable or disable it. Accessing Microsoft Teams There are three different ways in which you can…

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