Tuesday, April 21, 2015

SITPUG Meets Again on May 13th

If you are a Seattle local, the May SITPUG meeting has been scheduled!

Due to Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago the week of May 4th, the meeting has been moved to the following Wednesday. SITPUG will meet on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 from 6pm-8pm at the Microsoft Civica Office in Bellevue.

Presentation - Extending your Datacenter to Azure with Virtual Networks and PowerShell:
You might love your on-premises datacenter and the GUI tools Microsoft has provided since the NT 4.0 days but the cloud is here to stay and it’s sometimes easier to manage the cloud if you leave the GUI behind. Learn how you can use a VPN to connect your datacenter to Azure, or how to create your own test lab in the cloud, then use PowerShell to create and manage Virtual Machines (VMs) from your desktop.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Upcoming Online Events in April and May

Because you don't have enough on your calendars yet, right?

April 23rd - Microsoft Intune Core Skills Jump Start 
Doesn't it seem like there's a shiny new mobile device released every other day? And another story about someone losing one of those devices (along with 100,000 customer records)? As the IT superhero you are, you do everything you can to enable mobility, but it often comes down to a tradeoff between flexibility and security. We can help, as we look at the latest mobility features in Microsoft Intune, a born-in-the-cloud device management solution, including how you can integrate with the existing market leader in endpoint management, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), and manage mobile devices with Office 365. 

May 5th - Exploring Microservices in Docker and Microsoft Azure 
Get a look at the future of application architecture, and put it into practice now. Update your site in milliseconds with microservices, which are supported by Microsoft Azure and offered as a service. Self-contained for fit and purpose, they are a key part of the world of continuous delivery and DevOps. Investigate the benefits and challenges of microservices. learn from real-life examples and demos, and get lots of practical guidance.

May 14th and 15th - It's not an MVA course, but join Microsoft MVPs and Developer Experience CVP Steven Guggenheimer for a free 2-day virtual conference. Register today to learn about the latest tech trends. 

Friday, April 10, 2015

Need some Hands-On with Azure to learn more about Hybrid Cloud?

Get hybrid-ready at a free IT Camps in San Francisco and Sacramento next week!

Join us for this interactive, full-day training session and learn how to move your workloads from on-premises to the cloud and back again. You'll see how Microsoft Azure supports powerful virtualization, on-demand application scaling, complete data control, and the fastest customer response times around.

Get the scoop from a technical evangelist who can show you how to expand your IT options without adding complexity – or giving yourself a headache in the process. Here are just a few of the topics we'll cover:

  • Extending your network with Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines 
  • Tackling workload migration, networking and other key scenarios 
  • Microsoft Azure for Test and Development (IaaS) 
  • Application migration to Microsoft Azure (IaaS & PaaS) 
  • SQL BI, Media, Backup, DR and much more 

Don't miss one of these valuable, free events in the bay area – regardless of whether you're new to the cloud, or you currently use an on-premises, hybrid or fully cloud-based solution. All IT Pros are welcome! Sessions run from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Attendance is limited, so save your seat today.

Tuesday, April 14th in San Francisco. Thursday, April 16th in Sacramento!

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Join Microsoft DX for After Hours @Build - April 29 - San Francisco

The Microsoft Developer Experience & Evangelism (DX) team and the .NET Foundation have partnered together to bring to you After Hours @Build – a special event on April 29th designed for developers, startups, and technology leaders. Come join us to hear the latest news and innovations from Build 2015 during an exclusive evening at San Francisco's stylish Terra Gallery. You do NOT have to be a Build attendee.

Get the inside scoop from the .NET product teams, .NET Foundation, and GitHub on the innovations in .NET and the journey into open source. We'll also show you what's new and what we're building, including ASP.NET 5, C# 6, .NET compiler platform (Roslyn), and how we're taking .NET cross-platform in the open on GitHub.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 2015 | 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Terra Gallery
511 Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 | 415.896.1234
*Must be 21 years of age, with identification, to attend


  • 6:00PM - 6:45PM - Registration 
  • 6:45PM - 7:00PM - Welcome & Announcements
    Featuring Matt Thompson (General Manager, US DX, Microsoft) 
  • 7:00PM - 8:00PM - Keynote
    Featuring Scott Hanselman and Phil Haack (Github) 
  • 8:15PM - 8:30PM - Closing Remarks & Event Drawing
  • Featuring Martin Woodward (Executive Director, .NET Foundation) 
  • 8:30PM - 11:00PM - After Hours @ Build Reception

Doors open at 6:00PM and the speakers will begin at 6:45PM. Enjoy lively presentations, delicious food and drinks, and lots of time to chat and sip with your peers. Space is limited, so register now!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hybrid Cloud Resources

If you are trying to figure out how to take advantage of the distributed computing power of the cloud but aren't sure if you have to abandon or re-factor your existing on-prem infrastructure, the hybrid cloud is for you.

Yes, you need to start with good documentation about your infrastructure and key applications.  You need to know where the people you are serving are connecting from most often (Internet, local network, etc) and how you would like them to authenticate... and as you start pulling this information together you can start to see how building a hybrid cloud can help you put resources in the best place for your users or customers to access and how ease access issues with synchronized log-on credentials with Azure Active Directory.

To help with getting you started, my fellow friends and Evangelists pulled together 15 posts over the last few weeks to get you started, including 6 step-by-step guides

I have two posts in the series:
For more general information about Azure, I have an Azure page where I list out links to information that's been hand to me. I really hope you find this stuff useful. There is a lot to learn, but a bunch of great ways to make it work for you.