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Since I have completed (mostly) the content in the CloudSkills Azure Master Class I am working on the completion of study for the Az-300 (and eventually the 301) and was offered an interesting opportunity. To work on the Exam Ref for the AZ-301 and contribute a chapter to the project.

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Gone to GitHub Pro

All In

I have gone to pro - to force myself to take the github plunge. And the cost is less than what I had been using before. Prior blog posts and things from there will be coming soon as I have time to get moving.

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Blog to Github - Other to Cloudflare

I really think I am starting to understand, at least the basics of GitHub. I am by no means a pro, but hosting my blog here (and spending a sizeable chunk of Sunday moving old content into it) has helped at least a bit.

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Still Cloudy

I have been all over the place, learning more Azure in the Azure Masters class and managed to sneak out to Google Cloud Next 2019. There are lots of new features/products/methods of use for both clouds and I am excited to gain an understanding of them.

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Azure and other learni... Squirrel

working in the cloud is certainly interesting and I am happy to get that opportunity. The biggest part of my day job is all the learning I need to do to keep up with the changes happening, both at my organization and in the cloud platforms we use. I admit, there are times when I’d rather sit and watch tv - more times than not I’m sure - just ask my wife, but many days I will be working on labs for the Azure Masters class I am taking from Cloudskills.io or reading the Azure or Google Cloud documentation to see what’s new or try learning just what might be coming next.

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Was at ghost - but maybe github

I have been putting words online for a long time…. first with some crappy homegrown PHP/MySQL website/blog, then there was wordpress - more themes, plugins, and things to go good/bad and everything in between. Last year I decided I should try ghost - and pushed new content over to their platform, which was nice and super simple to use, but man was the cost to entry high. It took the work out of markdown for someone who hadnt really put much time into understanding what might be needed (or not needed) to use .md.

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Here goes nothing.

So here is the first blog post against a github repo.. Nothing terribly fancy, curious to see just how it goes.

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Getting Back to PowerShell.

I guess I never really left, but it seems like it has been just about forever since I have written PowerShell. I have been playing around with a module for running Python scripts remotely from PowerShell…. why? More like, why not?

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Building Usable Documentation.

Documentation is something, at least in my experience, that gets cut from release or partially included because some feature has to ship or… any number of noisy excuses. Really, it’s the work that very few want to do - those supporting the application or product probably do not think of it, the testers likely do not have time, developers would rather code than write documentation, etc.

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Immutable Storage in Preview @ Azure

The latest preview resource coming to Azure is Immutable Storage Accounts - meaning write once read many (WORM). The best part is that this feature will prevent deletion or update of written files. This will be appealing to financial organizations, or organizations guided or impacted by regulations that might require permanent storage of files.

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Suggested Reading from Microsoft's Chrome Extension

Yep, Microsoft has created an extension for Google Chrome, but that should not surprise anyone anymore. Sure this one was Chrome first – I wonder if that’s like my company saying they are “Cloud First” since Microsoft does run a large public cloud. Anyhow, back to this extension for Chrome and enough chit chat.

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SQL Azure Firewall and VNet Access

Microsoft has taken SQL Server to the cloud and introduced SQL Azure Database – the as a service version of SQL Server. This isn’t new as the feature has been generally available since xxxx. It is also not quite a true software as a service offering, at least in the way that most other SaaS offerings occur. The SQL Server vm is still sitting behind the database, which handles the same functions as it might in an on-premises SQL Server. This is the part that, at least for me, makes this SaaS-ish because the SQL Server resource still gets created behind the scenes.

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Microsoft Documentation Like Never Before - Editable

Microsoft has gone significantly above and beyond, in my opinion at least, with the new documentation platform at https://docs.microsoft.com. At first I figured it might be a refresh of the same old same old, providing a channel for product teams and others at Microsoft to push information out to the community and their customers… allowing us to comment and hope for the best in terms of upkeep and corrections.

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Starting Somewhere New

2018 has been a year of new beginnings for me. I started a new job just before the first of the year and have been really enjoying the work that I get to do - helping developers in my company leverage cloud resources, both in Azure and in Google Cloud Platform.

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Installing Applications with PowerShell and Chocolatey

Building workstations sure isn’t what it used to be.Now there are virtual machines that setup much faster than physical computers, even if the system is fast. Maybe that’s because I don’t need to leave my chair, maybe its not really different at all, who can tell.Case in point, installing Windows XP (I know, I know) in a virtual environment took somewhere around 15 minutes where on the hardware of its time, at least an hour was required.Even the installer says there are 39 minutes remaining for about 39 minutes… The issue I have is with the sysprep.exe tool that ships with Windows 10 Professional (I think Windows 8 and 8.1 had this issue as well).Once a system is updated, Sysprep is dead and unusable.

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IT Professionals - the HelpDesk at all Levels

I have been at the new gig just about a month and a half (so about 6 weeks) and it is certainly different from what I had been doing.While some things are the polar opposite of my last job, there is still support to be handled and managed and all of that.Sometimes for customers and sometimes for officemates.

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