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October Meetup of the Glasgow Azure User Group

October Meetup of the Glasgow Azure User Group

As you all know I founded the Glasgow Azure User Group earlier this year and I am pleased to say we are holding our 3rd meetup later this month. As part of the continued development and growth of the user group it’s pleasing to announce we will now be supported by Servent.  This new partnership will be working alongside our existing partnerships with  HAYS Recruitment, KEMP Technologies and Product Forge. The meetup this month will be held within the Collabro8te…

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Edinburgh Azure User Group First Meetup

Edinburgh Azure User Group First Meetup

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the first meetup of the Edinburgh Azure User Group (EAUG).  This is the East Coast sister group to the user group that I founded earlier this year.  It’s exciting seeing the community come together to engage and grow. The Edinburgh Azure User Group is run by David Samuelson and Adrian Lavery, both are Cloud Solution Architects within Microsoft and passionate about Azure. Last night Aberdeen Standard were very kind to host the…

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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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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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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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Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 1

Deploy a Website in Azure – Part 1

I’ve recently been taking advantage of some free credits that I have access to within Azure and have been tinkering and trying out various different options within it.  One of the things I have been learning about and experimenting with is deploying a website within Azure. Over the years I’ve hosted various websites, on all sorts of platforms from way back in the day when GeoCities was the in thing up until this day where this website is hosted within…

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