Category: Microsoft Azure Stack

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.



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.



Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day Modern Cloud Operations

Join the Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day: Improving Reliability Through Modern Cloud Operations Practices

You might have seen that I have presented in a couple of Microsoft Azure Training Days around Modern Azure Cloud Operations in the past. Microsoft Switzerland decided to create a new free virtual event where people can join on April 28. The online event is in English and is called Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day: Improving Reliability Through Modern Operations Practices, and focuses on modern cloud operations in Microsoft Azure.

Maintaining peak efficiency in the cloud is a continuous process. Microsoft Azure Training Day: Improving Reliability Through Modern Operations Practices helps you leverage Azure to define and achieve service reliability, cost management, operational simplicity, and business agility. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Azure Reliability: Achieving resilience in the cloud
  • Azure IaaS Operations
  • Azure Governance + “Why Ops”
  • Hybrid Management Technologies (and Azure Arc)

Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day: Improving Reliability Through Modern Operations Practices

Maintaining peak efficiency in the cloud is a continuous process. Microsoft Azure Training Day: Improving Reliability Through Modern Operations Practices helps you leverage Azure to define and achieve service reliability, cost management, operational simplicity, and business agility

The Microsoft Azure Virtual Training Day event is online and free, you can find more information and register on the Microsoft event page. I hope to see you there!



Azure Unblogged - Azure Stack HCI and the Future

Azure Unblogged – Azure Stack HCI and the Future

You might have seen last week’s Azure Unblogged video with Holly Lehman where we talked about Microsoft feedback and customer engagement programs. This week, I had the honor to publish an Azure Unblogged video with Carmen Crincoli (Senior Program Manager) to talk about the Azure Stack HCI solution program, why it was created, the value it provides to customers, and some of the work we’re doing to engage with customers to improve future versions of the product.

You can watch the video on Microsoft Channel 9.

Azure Stack HCI is a hyper-converged Windows Server 2019 cluster that uses validated hardware to run virtualized workloads on-premises. And allows you to optionally connect to Azure Hybrid services for cloud-based backup, Site Recovery, and more. This allows you to take advantage of the Microsoft Hybrid Cloud services to make your on-premises environment even better.

If you want to learn more about Azure Stack HCI, check out the following links:

You can also watch other episodes of Azure Unblogged on Microsoft Channel 9 and check out my blog at ITOpsTalk.com.

Let me know if you enjoyed the Azure Unblogged – Azure Stack HCI and the Future video and if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment. You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel here.



Azure Policy

Keep control of your Azure environment with Azure Policy

Keeping control of your Azure environment and your Azure tenant can be challenging. Azure Policy is a fundamental part of Azure Governance to maintain control of your environment. With Azure Policy, you can enforce different rules and effects over your resources, so those resources stay compliant with your corporate standards and service level agreements. For example, you can limit the deployment to specific virtual machines types and sizes, or block different Azure regions from being used. You can still give developers and IT Pros access to the Azure environment and subscriptions but always stay in control.

  • Real-time policy enforcement and evaluation
  • Cloud policy management and security at scale
  • Automated remediation of existing resources
  • Comprehensive compliance view of all your resources across your Azure subscriptions

You use Azure Policy not just to enforce rules, but also to only audit your environment. This enables you to see the resources which are not compliant with your company policies instead of just blocking the deployment.

Have a look at my other blog posts about:

Cloud-Native Governance

Cloud-Native Governance

Why not just use RBAC?

Azure Policy is complementary to role-based access control (RBAC), and are both part of the overall Azure Governance tools.

There are a few key differences between Azure Policy and role-based access control (RBAC). RBAC focuses on user actions at different scopes. You might be added to the contributor role for a resource group, allowing you to make changes to that resource group. Azure Policy focuses on resource properties during deployment and for already existing resources. Azure Policy controls properties such as the types or locations of resources. Unlike RBAC, Azure Policy is a default allow and explicit deny system.



Microsoft Ignite The Tour Amsterdam 2019 Thomas Maurer Speaking

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite The Tour 2020 Amsterdam

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at Microsoft Ignite The Tour in Amsterdam. This will be my stop number 7 for Microsoft Ignite The Tour (MITT) 2019-2020 after Shenzhen, London, Milan, Prague, Copenhagen, and my home tour stop in Zürich, Switzerland. Last year I had a lot of fun at Microsoft Ignite The Tour 2019. For those who haven’t heard of MITT yet, Microsoft Ignite The Tour brings the very best of Microsoft Ignite to a city near you. The tour provides technical training led by Microsoft experts and your community. You’ll learn new ways to build solutions, migrate and manage infrastructure, and connect with local industry leaders and peers.

  • Date: March 11-12, 2020
  • Location: RAI Amsterdam

By the way, if you are interested in taking a Microsoft certification exam for free, check out the following blog post: Free Microsoft Certification exam voucher at Microsoft Ignite The Tour 2020. We also offer free certification vouchers at Microsoft Ignite in Amsterdam.

Microsoft Ignite The Tour Amsterdam

Our industry-leading conference is hitting the road—and coming to a city near you. You don’t want to miss the very latest in cloud technologies and developer tools with guest speakers, industry experts, and more. Get on the list today!

I will be speaking in the Microsoft Ignite The Tour learning paths. I am thrilled to show you some cool stuff about PowerShell, Windows Server 2019, Windows Admin Center, Azure Arc, and much more! I will be presenting the following sessions:

MSI20 - Hybrid management technologies

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 and Azure Arc to manage its fleet of Windows Server computers and integrated hybrid technologies, such as Azure File Sync, Azure Site Recovery, and Azure Update Management, to improve deployment performance and manageability.

MCO20 - Azure governance and management

Tailwind Traders’ deployments are occurring 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 an unencrypted manner without DR protection. After bringing their existing IaaS VM fleet under control, Tailwind Traders wants to ensure future deployments comply with policy and organizational requirements. In this session, walk through the processes and technologies that will keep Tailwind Traders’ deployments in good standing with the help of Azure Blueprints, Azure Policy, role-based access control (RBAC), and more.

I am looking forward to speaking at Microsoft Ignite The Tour (MITT) 2019-2020 in Amsterdam. Let me know in the comments if you are going too, and I hope to see you there!