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April 21, 2016

The Windows Server 2016 release is getting closer.

Jeffrey Snover told the attendees at PowerShell Conference EU that the next Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview (TP) is coming soon and that it will be the last TP before the release version.

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I have gathered some resources for you to get started.

First and foremost I would urge you to download the Free E-book Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview
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https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/microsoft_press/2016/04/20/free-ebook-introducing-windows-server-2016-technical-preview/

Then head over to the TechNet Virtual Labs and take a look at:

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2016 has kicked off in an awesome way

January 19, 2016

Tomorrow I’ll fly out to Copenhagen to attend a Microsoft DevOps Hackaton. https://www.microsoftevents.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x62435714f

Between in February 3-5 I’m off to Oslo for the NIC Conference http://www.nicconf.com were Niklas and I have two sessions:
Managing your Azure workloads with Chef and PSDSC
http://www.nicconf.com/managing-your-azure-workloads-with-chef-and-psdsc 
Sharpen your Chef Knife! Cooking dinner with Azure Resource Manager
http://www.nicconf.com/sharpen-your-chef-knife-cooking-dinner-with-azure-resource-manager

February 15-16 we have three sessions at TechX Azure http://www.techx.se/
Introduction to Operations Management Suite
Azure Stack – Here comes Azure for real to your datacenter
Managing your Azure workloads with Chef and PSDSC

Finally the 24:th me and Niklas (the Ops guys) will be joined by two awesome Dev guys, Jakob Ehn & Mathias Olausson to form a DevOps team and deliver a full day DevOps workshop. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/framtiden-for-effektiva-team-kom-igang-med-devops-tickets-20070603716

If you haven’t already Sign up for them!
Remember if you see me, don’t be a stranger! I really would like to meet you. 🙂


TechDays Sweden 2015

October 29, 2015

First and foremost I would like to thank all of you that attended mine and Niklas presentation.

We had a really good time with some really interesting DevOps discussions before and after our presentation. The video of the presentation has been published and you can watch it on Channel 9 and all the other sessions as well.
https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechDays-Sweden/TechDays-Sweden-2015/Managing-your-Azure-workloads-with-Chef-and-PSDSC/player

Since the presentation screen was blanked out during most of our presentation we have decided to record it again. So stay tuned.

In the meantime you can get/view the PowerPoint slides here


Microsoft Ignite: My session is in the Session Catalog

April 22, 2015

How cool is this? My session on Chef can now be found and added to the schedule.

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So if you are wondering what Chef is and are attending Microsoft Ignite, make sure to add it to your schedule.

See you in Chicago.


WordPress App for Windows Phone

August 4, 2014

I saw a tweet from my good friend and TechEd Roundtable member Dieter Rauscher about a good app for Windows Phone.

I gave a quick search and found that the app I had in mind wasn’t there to be found. Anyway here is a link to the App so you can install it on your phone.Splash

Once installed you have options to start a new blog at WordPress.com, add your blog hosted on WordPress.com or add your self-hosted wordpress blog.

AddAccount

I have blogged about creating a Azure hosted WordPress blog in 7 clicks if you would like to try that out.

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When you have created your blog or added your existing one you get to the Actions page, from there you are given options to:

  • Add a post
  • View Stats
  • Add a page
  • Blog Settings
  • View Admin
  • View Site

Swiping to the sides takes you to Comments, Posts and Pages.

To add a new blog post tap the tile and start blogging from Windows Phone to your WordPress Blogg.


My blog 2.0

May 29, 2014

HomeLab I powerful lab doesn’t have to be expensive.

The reason I started blogging was that I wanted to help a friend of mine getting started with a lab setup and it turns out that that post has been one of the more popular ones. I have decided to be more active on my blog and share the things I find.

What would be better then start off the 2.0 version of the blog where I once started.

Building your own Azure in the living room

In a series of articles I will build a home lab complete with operations system, management software and virtual machines. I will use Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2. I will use evaluation software downloaded from TechNet Evaluation Center More on that in the next part of the series

Part 1: The hardware

I wanted two machines so that I could build a cluster. I got the hardware for the lab little over a year ago and have complemented the purchases since then. Each of the machines are equipped with a Intel i5 processor, 32 GB RAM and three hard drives, one mechanic large drive for more static content, ISO, templates and such and two blistering fast SSDs.

Some of the hardware is a little bit old at the moment so you might need to get some newer parts if you want to build the machines. On the other hand used parts are now a bit cheaper and the speed of this rig is pretty awesome so that might be a cheaper way to go.

I wanted to get some relative small form factor and decided to go with the Shuttle XPC Barebone PC.
The integrated motherboard and the ability toadd up to 32 GB RAM and the necessary expansion slots/functions needed for the lab. Based on my experience you can never get enough RAM so to lower the cost of the rig I decided to go for the i5 processor and get all the RAM at once.

The components I complemented the PCs with are listed below.

Processor:
Intel Core i5-2320 Quad-Core Processor 3.0 GHz 6 MB Cache LGA 1155 – BX80623I52320 (EOL)

Memory:
Corsair XMS3 — 32GB DDR3 Dual/Quad Channel Memory Kit

Storage:
OCZ Agility 3 – SATA III 2.5″120 GB (EOL)
INTEL 530 240GB SATA SSD MLC
WD Green WD20EARX 64MB 2TB

I use the smaller SSD drive for the OS and the Intel SSD for the VM:s as mentioned before the 2 TB spinning disk are used to store images and tools and less intensive VMs

Stay tuned for the next part in the Building your own Azure in the living room series.

Part 2: The Windows 2012 R2 installation

By the way my wife approves of keeping the machines in the living room.