Category: Cloud Advocate

Cloud with Chris Podcast

Cloud with Chris – Podcast on Hybrid Cloud

I was on the Cloud with Chris podcast to talk about Hybrid Cloud and especially what Microsoft Azure has to offer with the Azure Hybrid services. Cloud with Chris is a great podcast if you want to learn more about different cloud computing technologies and concepts. You can listen to the podcast right here.

Cloud with Chris

Exploring Cloud concepts with Chris Reddington (Welsh Tech Geek, Cloud Advocate, Musical Theatre Enthusiast and Improving Improviser!). We will regularly invite guests to talk about their experiences with the cloud and hear about some of the lessons learned around their cloud journey.

In episode 6, we focused on Hybrid Cloud and how Microsoft Azure can really provide value. Microsoft Azure is designed to be hybrid and helps our customers to run their services where ever they need them, connect existing services to the cloud, and make their on-premises environment even better. In the podcast, we are talking about how you can connect existing systems to Azure Hybrid services, the new Azure Stack portfolio, Azure Arc, and much more.

Joining me in this episode is Thomas Maurer, a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft who engages with the community and customers around the world! Most of the focus so far in Cloud with Chris has been on Public Cloud, so Thomas and I adjust course slightly, and talk about Hybrid Cloud, and the new and upcoming features of the Microsoft Azure platform. Get ready to be introduced to a wide variety of Azure Technologies, and how they may be able to strengthen your on-premises, public cloud or multi-cloud deployments. Let’s listen in…

You can check out his podcast site and listen to it on the platform of your choice. You can learn more about Azure Hybrid here:

I hope you will enjoy the Cloud with Chris podcast on Hybrid Cloud, and if you have any questions please let me know in the comments.



Speaking at Microsoft Virtual Training Week Germany 2020

Speaking at the Microsoft Virtual Training Week Germany 2020

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking virtually at the Microsoft Virtual Training Week Germany 2020 from May 11-14. This is a free four-day online event, where you can learn in different learning paths and tracks about the latest and greatest Microsoft technologies like Microsoft Azure, Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and many more. I will be speaking on Wednesday, May 13, and Thursday, May 14. The event will have a mix from sessions in German as well as sessions in English. My session will be in English and I will be talking in the Migrating Server Infrastructure and the Modern Cloud Operations track.

Migrating Server Infrastructure (Wednesday, May 13 – 13:30-17:30 CEST)

  • Migrating to Windows Server 2019 (Thomas Maurer – English)
    Tailwind Traders has acquired Northwind, a large subsidiary company. Northwind currently has 1500 servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 – either directly or virtually – on hardware at the midpoint of its operational lifespan. While Tailwind Traders will eventually move many of these workloads to Azure, Windows Server 2008 R2 end of life is quickly approaching. In this session, learn how Tailwind Traders’ used Azure hybrid management technologies to migrate servers, and the roles that they host, to Windows Server 2019.
  • Integrated Cloud Technologies – Hybrid Management Technologies (Thomas Maurer – English)
    Tailwind Traders has now migrated the majority of their server hosts from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019. Now, they are interested in the Azure hybrid technologies that are readily available to them. In this session, learn how Tailwind Traders began using Windows Admin Center to manage its fleet of Windows Server computers and integrated hybrid technologies, such as Azure File Sync, Azure Arc, Azure Azure Site Recovery, and Azure Update Management to improve deployment performance and manageability.
  • Migrating IaaS Workloads to Azure (Markus Klein – German)
    Now that the migration of their server hosts from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2019 is complete, Tailwind Traders wants to begin the process of “lift and shift”: migrating some of their on-premises VMs they’ve been running in their datacenter. In this session, learn about how Tailwind Traders began the process of migrating some of their existing VM workloads to Azure and how this allowed them to retire aging server hardware and close datacenter and server rooms that were costing the organization a substantial amount of money.

You can find more information and register for free here.

Azure: Managing Cloud Operations (Thursday, May 14 – 13:30-17:30 CEST)

  • IaaS VM Operations (Thomas Maurer – English)
    In recent months, Tailwind Traders has been having issues with keeping their sprawling IaaS VM deployment under control, leading to mismanaged resources and inefficient processes. In this session, look into how Tailwind Traders can ensure their VMs are properly managed and maintained with the same care in Azure as they were in Tailwind Trader’s on-premises data centers.
  • Azure Governance and Management (Thomas Maurer – English)
    Tailwind Traders’ deployments are ocuring in an ad hoc manner, primarily driven by lack of protocol and unapproved decisions by various operators or employees. Some deployments even violate the organization’s compliance obligations, such as being deployed in a manner that violates PCI DSS rules. After bringing their existing IaaS VM fleet under control, Tailwind Traders wants to ensure that future deployments comply with policy and organizational requirements. In this session, walk through the processes and technologies that will keep Tailwind Trader’s deployments in good standing with the help of Azure Blueprints, Azure Policy, Locks, and more.

You can find more information and register for free here.

I hope you join us at the Microsoft Virtual Training Week Germany 2020. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment. I also summarized some of the links to documentation which will help you with the topics above.

If you want to watch some videos on demand, check out my YouTube channel.



AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Exam Study Guide

AZ-220 Study Guide: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer

If you are a Developer focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions on Microsoft Azure, then the AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer is for you. I am currently preparing for that exam, so I want to share my AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Certification Exam Study Guide with you. If you are passing the AZ-220 exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty certification, that you understand how to implement the Azure services that form an IoT solution, including data analysis, data processing, data storage options, and platform-as-a-service options. IoT Developers must be able to recognize Azure IoT service configuration settings within the code portion of an IoT solution.

To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer

The Azure IoT Developer is responsible for the implementation and the coding required to create and maintain the cloud and edge portion of an IoT solution. In addition to configuring and maintaining the devices by using cloud services, the IoT Developer also sets up the physical devices. The IoT Developer is responsible for maintaining the devices throughout the life cycle.

The IoT Developer implements designs for IoT solutions, including device topology, connectivity, debugging and security. The IoT Developer deploys compute/containers and configures device networking. The IoT Developer implements designs for solutions to manage data pipelines, including monitoring and data transformation as it relates to IoT. The IoT Developer works with data engineers and other stakeholders to ensure successful business integration.

IoT Developers should have a good understanding of how to implement the Azure services that form an IoT solution, including data storage options, data analysis, data processing, and platform-as-a-service options. IoT Developers must be able to recognize Azure IoT service configuration settings within the code portion of an IoT solution and perform specific IoT coding tasks in at least one Azure-supported language, including C#, Node, C, or Python.

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Implement the IoT solution infrastructure (15-20%)
  • Provision and manage devices (20-25%)
  • Implement Edge (15-20%)
  • Process and manage data (15-20%)
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize IoT solutions (15-20%)
  • Implement security (15-20%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn AZ-220 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my AZ-220 exam study guide.

Microsoft Docs AZ-220 study guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the AZ-220 exam.



Speaking at Deploy by ShareGate Online Event

Speaking at Deploy by ShareGate Online Event

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking online at Deploy by ShareGate. Deploy is an expert-led online event focused on Microsoft Azure Governance. On May 7th, at Deploy, I’ll be talking about Manage and govern your hybrid servers using Azure Arc, to help you stay on top of your Azure hybrid environment. This full-day virtual event, led by me and seven other Azure experts, is all about helping you implement Azure governance best practices.

Manage and govern your hybrid servers using Azure Arc

Thomas Maurer shows you how you can manage and govern your Windows and Linux machines hosted outside of Azure on your corporate network or other cloud provider, similarly to how you manage native Azure virtual machines. When a hybrid machine is connected to Azure, it becomes a connected machine and is treated as a resource in Azure. Azure Arc provides you with the familiar cloud-native Azure management experience, like RBAC, Tags, Azure Policy, Log Analytics and more.

If you’re interested in learning how to implement Azure governance best practices, join me (virtually) at Deploy by ShareGate on May 7! Save your free seat now and join me (virtually) at Deploy. I hope to see you there!



The Az Update Show

The Az Update Show – News on Microsoft Azure!

Did you ever feel what there are so many things happening in the cloud, and especially around Azure, that is hard to keep up with all the news? Now we have a solution for that called The Az Update Show. In the Az Update Show, Anthony Bartolo and I (Thomas Maurer) are giving you a weekly update on the news around Microsoft Azure. Anthony and I are both Cloud Advocates at Microsoft and cover different topics around technologies around Azure, Windows Server, Developer Tools, IoT, AI, and many more.

We will be live-streaming the Az Update Show on YouTube. You can check out the latest episode here: www.aka.ms/azupdateshow

We will be live later today (Friday, April 24) 4 pm (CEST)

This week we will be discussing:

I hope you tune in and see you in the live stream! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave a comment below. Also, follow me on YouTube when I will go live today for my second live stream at the Global Azure Virtual 2020 event.



Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK Ireland

Speaking at Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland

You might have seen that I am presenting at the Global Azure Virtual 2020 in two live streams this week on Thursday and Friday. I am happy to also let you know that I will be part of the Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland, where I will contribute with 2 sessions around Azure Hybrid Management and Getting started with Azure Governance. The UK & Ireland edition has over 50 sessions over these three days, all available on YouTube.

The Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland has an amazing speaker lineup. so definitely check that out. You can find more information on the Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK & Ireland website.

My session will run on day 1 (April 23) and 2 (April 24):

Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK Day 1 Session

Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK Day 1 Session

Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK Day 2 Session

Global Azure Virtual 2020 UK Day 2 Session

I hope you will join us on these 3 days (23-25 April 2020) of the Global Azure Virtual 2020 events around the globe. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Speaking at Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestream

Speaking at Global Azure Virtual 2020 (Livestream)

As you may know, the Global Azure Bootcamp 2020 was moved to a virtual event called Global Azure Virtual 2020. I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking and delivering two sessions this week at Global Azure Virtual 2020 on my YouTube livestream. Global Azure Virtual 2020 is a 3-day virtual conference with world-class speakers and community leaders Isidora Katanic and Rik Hepworth as hosts. Additionally, also part of Global Azure Virtual, communities around the world are organizing localized live streams for everyone around the world to join and learn about Azure from the best-in-class community leaders.

My Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestream

  • 23-25 April 2020
  • 145 Speaker
  • 210 sessions

I will be live-streaming two sessions about Azure Hybrid and Azure Governance. You can watch the streams right here on thomasmaurer.ch or on my YouTube channel.

Connect your servers to the Cloud using Azure Hybrid Management Technologies

Windows Server, Azure Stack HCI, and Windows Admin Center not only provide you with great hyper-converged solutions but also enable you to connect to Azure Hybrid Cloud services. In this session, Thomas Maurer will show you how you can connect Azure services like Azure Site Recovery, Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, Azure Monitor and many more to your on-prem Windows Server 2019 and Azure Stack HCI environment. And how you can manage and implement governance for your hybrid servers from the cloud, using Azure Arc for servers.

  • Date Thursday, April 23
  • Time 17:00 (Time Zone CEST Central European Summer Time (Cf. HAEC) UTC+02)

Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestream:

Getting Started with Azure Governance and Management

IT Operations doesn’t go away in the cloud, and you will need to manage your cloud environment and configure guardrails to make sure you stay secure, consistent, and keep your costs under control. In this session, Thomas Maurer will show you how you can get started with Azure governance and management to make sure you can efficiently manage costs, security baselines, company policies, and much more using Azure Governance and management features. This includes features like Azure Policy and Blueprints.

  • Date Friday, April 24
  • Time 18:00 (Time Zone CEST Central European Summer Time (Cf. HAEC) UTC+02)

Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestream:

Join us on the Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestreams!

So if you are interested, join us on these 3 days for different sessions online. I am really looking forward to speak in the livestream. You can find more about the event here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.