Tag: 2022

Windows Server Summit 2022 Speakers

Speaking at the Windows Server Summit 2022

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at the Windows Server Summit 2022 and show you how you can run the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Hybrid deployment options on Windows Server and Azure Stack HCI, as well as manage it through Azure Arc. But there is more to learn here, and we have some great speakers, such as Roanne Sones, Bernardo Caldas, and many more, showing you all the best about Windows Server.

Join us on: Tuesday, December 6, 2022 9:00 AM–10:30 AM Pacific Time and register right here.

Make sure you check out the latest about the Azure Hybrid Benefit for Windows Server customers.

Windows Server Summit 2022 Speakers
Windows Server Summit 2022 Speakers

Learn how to open up new opportunities for your org to innovate and operate more efficiently—while also improving security—at the Windows Server Summit. Join your peers and Microsoft experts for sessions and demos on the latest Windows Server 2022 and Azure capabilities.

You’ll gain practical skills and insights on how to:

  • Fortify your security with improved multilayer protection.
  • Easily manage and integrate your on-premises servers to Azure with Automanage and Windows Admin Center.
  • More efficiently secure and manage hybrid or multi-cloud environments.
  • Run apps seamlessly across on-premises datacenters and the cloud with Azure Arc.
  • Make the most of the management capabilities in System Center 2022.

And you’ll be able to ask the experts about your own use cases during the live Q&A.

I hope to see you live on the Windows Server Summit 2022!



Manage Hybrid Server Management Survey with Azure Arc

Microsoft Azure Arc-enabled Servers Survey 2022

We want to learn from you about hybrid server management, so the team build a Microsoft Azure Arc-enabled servers survey 2022.

Give us your thoughts on hybrid server management with Azure Arc! Take the survey at https://aka.ms/ArcServersSurveyLI for a chance to win a $300 virtual gift card!

This survey asks about your experience with trying, using, and/or advocating for Azure Arc-enabled servers and reasons to use it or not. Our goal is to make managing on-premises, hybrid and/or multi-cloud infrastructure easier for you.

Previous experience with Azure Arc-enabled servers is NOT required to participate in this survey. Your feedback will help us shape the future of our products.

There are three parts in this survey, and it will take about 12-15 minutes to complete.

Open only to people 18+ using servers/VM infrastructure. Ends 9/30/22. For details, see Official Rules.

Thank you for taking the Azure Arc-enabled Servers Survey 2022!



PowerShell Conf Europe PSConfEU

Speaking at PSConf.EU 2022

I am happy and proud to let you know that I will be speaking at PowerShell Conference Europe 2022 (PSConf.EU) 2022 in Vienna on June 20-23, 2022. I will be presenting two sessions, one will be more focused on using PowerShell, CLI, and Cloud Shell to manage Azure, the second session is more of a soft skill session where I am going to show you how you can deliver great tech demos.

PSConf is a great way to learn more about PowerShell, network with other PowerShell users and experts, and a lot more. If you want to learn more about the PowerShell Conference Europe 2022 (PSConf.EU) check out the website here.

How To Create Great Tech Demos And Presentations

Delivering great demos can be the key to delivering a great presentation. In the last decade Thomas delivered hundreds of presentations at different events around the world, in-person and online.
In this session you will learn how to set up your computer to deliver great demonstrations to make sure your audience can follow and get excited about what you are showing.

Mastering Azure using Cloud Shell, PowerShell and Bash!

Azure can be managed in many different ways. Learn your command line options like Azure PowerShell, Azure CLI, and Cloud Shell to be more efficient in managing your Azure infrastructure. Become a hero on the shell to manage the cloud!



Veeam Vanguard 2022

Honored as a Veeam Vanguard 2022

I feel honored, I just was informed that my 2022 Veeam Vanguard Renewal has been approved, and I got awarded my sixth Veeam Vanguard award. After being a Veeam Vanguard in 201520162019, 2020, 2021 I am proud to be part of the Veeam Vanguard community in 2022 again.

The Veeam Vanguard Program is Veeam’s top-level influencer community. This group shares points of view, provides feedback, and is committed to mutual success. Experts in the Vanguard program are a combination of many different disciplines, contribution types and advocacy mechanisms yet are each the best in space regarding technical thought leadership for the technical communities in which Veeam exists.

These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards. A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which we engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement, and style in their activities on and offline.

Veeam Vanguard

I am looking forward to being part of this community in this virtualization and cloud journey. I also want to thank Veeam, especially the Veeam Vanguard team, it is an honor to be part of the Veeam Vanguard community again.



Learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

How To Learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

Happy New Year everyone! I often get asked about how to get started with Microsoft Azure, and what is the best way to learn cloud computing and Microsoft Azure. So, I thought I put this in a simple blog post, especially for those who made some new year’s resolutions. In this blog post, I will try to give you a quick look at how you can get started to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022 and the cloud computing era.

Get Azure hands-on experience

There is nothing better than hands-on experience to learn about a subject. What many people don’t know, there is a free Azure account offering which allows you to try out Microsoft Azure. Your Azure free account includes a limited quantity of free services for 12 months, plus over 40 Azure services which are always free. Within these limits, you have the flexibility to use free services in various configurations to meet your needs. If you sign up for a free Azure account, you also get $200 USD of Azure credit which you can use in 30 days.

Learn with Free Azure services
Learn with Free Azure services

To learn more, see the Azure free account FAQ

Create your Azure free account today and get started with 12 months of free services, plus over 40 services which are always free!

Microsoft Azure Free Account
Microsoft Azure Free Account

Use Microsoft Learn to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

Sometimes it is not that easy to get hands-on experience on Microsoft Azure since some of the services cost money or you just can’t find the right project to work on. Microsoft Learn provides you with various learning paths depending on your job role or the skills you are looking for. Most of the learning paths give you a hands-on learning opportunity so that you can develop practical skills through interactive training using free sandboxes.

Microsoft Learn Sandbox
Microsoft Learn Sandbox

Microsoft Learn is free! You get instant in-browser access to Microsoft tools and modules; no credit card required, and with that is a terrific way to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022.

Microsoft Learn also offers a learning path to learn Microsoft Azure Fundamentals and describe core Azure concepts, with the following modules:

This is also a fantastic way to prepare for the Microsoft Certification Exam AZ-900 Microsoft Azure fundamentals.

Up your game with a module or learning path tailored to today’s IT Pro, developer, and technology masterminds and designed to prepare you for industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.

Become Microsoft Azure Certified

It can be hard to know what to learn, because cloud computing and Microsoft Azure are such large fields. I often recommend picking, preparing, and taking a Microsoft certification exam and becoming Microsoft Azure certified. This is not only helpful for obvious reasons like better changes to find a job, a promotion or a salary increase, but also gives you a great overview of the skills you need depending on your job role. Most of the Microsoft certifications are based on job roles, so you can pick between certifications such as Azure Developer, Azure Administrator, Azure Security Engineer, Azure Solutions Architect, and many more, depending in which field you want to work in.

Microsoft Azure certification exams are also a great way to learn and verify your skills. A couple of months back, I wrote a series of blog posts on why you should become Microsoft Azure certified, how you prepare for Microsoft Azure exams, and how you take and pass Microsoft certification exams. Taking the new role-based Microsoft certification exams will help you to find the right topics and structure to learn, depending on your current or future job role you are looking for.

AZ-900 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide
AZ-900 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide

Earn certifications that show you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements.

If you are just getting started with Azure, look at the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. You can also have a look at my experience with the different Azure exam certifications:

If you are having difficulties picking the right certification exam, check out my blog post: How to pick the right Azure Exam Certification path.

More resources to learn Microsoft Azure in 2022

There are a couple of more resources I want to point you to, to get started and learn Microsoft Azure and cloud computing, not just technology related but also how to set up your organization and more.

Azure Architecture Center
Azure Architecture Center
  • Azure Architecture Center – The Azure Architecture Center contains guidance for building end-to-end solutions on Microsoft Azure. You will find reference architectures, best practices, design patterns, scenario guides, and reference implementations.
  • Cloud Adoption Framework – The Cloud Adoption Framework is the One Microsoft approach to cloud adoption in Azure, consolidating, and sharing best practices from Microsoft employees, partners, and customers. The framework gives customers a set of tools, guidance, and narratives that help shape technology, business, and people strategies for driving desired business outcomes during their adoption effort. This guidance aligns to the following phases of the cloud adoption lifecycle, like Strategy, Plan, Ready, Migrate, Innovate, Govern, and Manage.
  • Azure Migration Center – Get all the tools and resources you need to migrate your apps, data, and infrastructure at your own pace, with confidence.
  • Azure Architecture Framework – A successful cloud solution requires to focus on these five pillars of architecture excellence: Cost, DevOps, Resiliency, Scalability, and Security. The Azure Architecture Framework helps you to build on these pillars.
  • Application architecture guide – The Azure Application Architecture Guide presents a structured approach for designing applications on Azure that are scalable, resilient, and highly available. It is based on proven practices that we have learned from customer engagements.
  • Azure Cloud Design Patterns – The Azure Cloud Design Patterns are useful for building reliable, scalable, secure applications in the cloud. Each pattern describes the problem that the pattern addresses, considerations for applying the pattern, and an example based on Microsoft Azure. Most of the patterns include code samples or snippets that show how to implement the pattern on Azure.
  • Azure Reference Architectures – The Reference Architectures are a set of recommended architectures for Azure. Each architecture includes best practices, prescriptive steps, and a deployable solution.
  • Architectural decision guides – The architectural decision guides in the Cloud Adoption Framework describe patterns and models that help when creating cloud governance design guidance.
  • Cloud Operating model – Establish an operating model for the cloud.
  • Get started guide for Azure developers – The get started guide helps developers get started with Azure and tools.
  • Azure Quickstart Templates – Deploy Azure resources through the Azure Resource Manager with community contributed templates to get more done. Deploy, learn, fork, and contribute back.
  • Code samples – Get started with Microsoft developer tools and technologies. Explore our samples and discover the things you can build.
  • Azure Hybrid – Learn about Azure Hybrid Cloud with features and services like Azure Stack, Azure Arc, and many more.
  • Azure for AWS Professionals – This article helps Amazon Web Services (AWS) experts understand the basics of Microsoft Azure accounts, platform, and services. It also covers key similarities and differences between the AWS and Azure platforms.
  • Azure Security – Learn about Azure and security
  • Azure compliance – Get an overview of compliance in Microsoft Azure, with more than 90 compliance offerings
  • Azure privacy – Learn more about Azure data privacy and protection.
  • Service Level Agreements (SLA) – Read the SLAs to learn about our uptime guarantees and downtime credit policies.
  • Azure pricing – learn about how Azure pricing works and how you can save costs and get the best value at every stage of your cloud journey.
  • TCO Calculator – Estimate the cost savings you can realize by migrating your workloads to Azure.
  • Azure Support Plans – Explore the range of Azure support options and choose the plan that best fits, whether you’re a developer just starting your cloud journey or a large organization deploying business-critical, strategic applications.

Conclusion

I hope these resources give you a great summary of how you can start learning Microsoft Azure in 2022. If you have any questions, or you feel that some resources are missing, let me know in the comments. Also, subscribe to my blog to learn about the latest updates.



Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT

Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022

It is almost the end of the year, and I just wanted to share one last update. I just got the confirmation that I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022. After being a Microsoft Certified Trainer in 2017, 2019, and 2020-2021, I am happy to be part of the MCT community for another year. Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer is a great honor and I am happy to be part of this community.

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Join this exclusive group of worldwide Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership. You will get exclusive benefits as an MCT including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products, substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products. In addition, you will be able to use Microsoft readiness resources to help you enhance your training career and engage with other MCT members in an online community forum. You will also receive invitations to exclusive Microsoft and local MCT community events.
As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you need to earn a Microsoft Certification validating your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions for each course you deliver.

Microsoft
Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022
Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022

If you want to know more about the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) program, you can have a look at the following resources and pages:

If you want to know more about the latest Azure Certification and exams like AZ-104, AZ-204, AZ-303, AZ-900, and many more, check out my blog posts.

I also wrote a couple of Microsoft certification exam study guides, which might help you as well.

You can find a general overview of the new Azure Certifications here. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.