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2017 in Review

2017 in Review

A review of 2017 Here we are near the end of 2017 and I find myself reflecting on the past year.   As always there have been good and bad areas through the year but overall it’s been not to bad a year.  Focusing primarily on what I’ve been doing here on the blog, other social media and in the community generally it’s been an exciting year!! In 2016 I wrote 20 blog posts, in 2017 I’ve wrote over 45 blog…

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Hello Microsoft!

Hello Microsoft!

I am joining Microsoft in January and I am super excited about it! Back in October I traveled down to the Microsoft Reading Offices and took part in several interviews.  The interviews covered off various topics and I took the team through some presentations that I had prepared.  After an anxious few days I received the call confirming a job offer.  After going through the usual background checks, I am now a month away from starting my new role. When…

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WordPress in Azure

WordPress in Azure

As I’m sure you are all familiar with WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL.  I’ve been toying with the idea of moving this blog away from AWS hosting and moving to Azure for awhile now, so I’ve been spending time exploring the options that are available and there are a few. The three options that I’ve explored so far are: Using the WordPress marketplace item within Azure Using the WordPress on Linux marketplace item within Azure Rolling my…

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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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Getting started with InTune Data Warehouse

Getting started with InTune Data Warehouse

InTune Data Warehouse is a new feature that recently went into Public Preview.  It’s a great new feature from Microsoft that gives you even more reporting capabilities about your environment.    Using PowerBI you can import the dataset that contains the last 90 days worth of data and see historical trends, daily snapshots and create custom reports. In order to take advantage of this new feature you need to carry out the following steps: Open your InTune admin console within…

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August User Groups in Scotland

August User Groups in Scotland

There are quite a lot of good events and user groups happening in Scotland next month and I thought it would be good to share the details of these.   Glasgow SQL Server Meetup The Glasgow based SQL server meetup group will be meeting up in Glasgow City Centre on the 22nd August and will have some talks from local professionals. Scottish PowerShell User Group This new user group will be holding their meet on the 22nd of August also,…

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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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Upcoming Scottish User Groups

Upcoming Scottish User Groups

Recently I’ve been on the hunt for some user groups to attend and have managed to find a few that look interesting.  I thought I would share the ones I’ve found to help my fellow Scottish IT professionals join in with the community and hopefully learn something along the way.   Edinburgh SQL Server User Group Meeting This SQL user group is meeting in Edinburgh City Centre on the 16th of March.  The topics scheduled to be discussed are based…

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Blogger Recommendations

Blogger Recommendations

Not only do a enjoy blogging about things that I come across during my working life I enjoy reading other IT professionals blogs where I can learn new skills/tips or find out about the latest news within the IT industry.  Below are a list of some of the blogs I have been reading this month and recommend that you check them out also: Harjit Dhaliwal is a Microsoft MVP who focuses on Microsoft technologies such as ConfigMgr, SCOM, Windows Server…

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Interview with MVP Michael Seidl

Interview with MVP Michael Seidl

I got the chance the other day to interview Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP Michael Seidl:       Can you introduce yourself to the readers? My Name is Michael Seidl, I am a CDM MVP since 2015, a Senior Consultant in Service Management and Automation and the Founder of SCOOSP, a Self Service Portal for SCO, SMA and Azure Automation. My Blog www.techguy.at is all about System Center and Azure, also take a look at www.scoosp.com and try our…

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