Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Part 7 on TechNet Radio!

In part 7 of the  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayer and Yung Chou welcome Sr. Program Manager Michael Greene to the show as they discuss the importance of configuration management for organizations that are starting to leverage the cloud for their daily operations. Tune in as they also demo PowerShell DSC and show us how it can be used with Azure. 
  • [2:30] When an organization is beginning to leverage the cloud, why is Configuration Management important?
  • [5:01] How is Configuration Management different from Automation?
  • [6:48]  Is Configuration Management more than just initial provisioning?
  • [10:29]  What tools and resources are available to perform Configuration Management?
  • [13:03] How does PowerShell DSC differ from PowerShell scripts?
  • [15:11] Is PowerShell DSC specific to only Windows workloads?
  • [17:23] DEMO: Can you show us how PowerShell DSC can be leveraged with Azure?

Download the PowerShell DSC Resource Kit here!

Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Parts 5 & 6 on TechNet Radio

In case you are curious, there are 8 parts to this TechNet Radio series, so expect 2 more.  Part 8 will be especially exciting since I’ll be the host!
In Part 5 of the  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Tommy Patterson welcomes Developer Technology Solutions Specialist Randy Pagels to the show as they discuss ways in which your budding DevOps organization can find effective testing methods by using Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online.   
  • [2:00]Why is having an effective Testing process so critical when an organization is considering their DevOps strategy?
  • [4:50] How does Visual Studio Online + Azure help to streamline and accelerate the testing process?
  • [6:00]  Performance is another area that Dev and Ops teams struggle with prior to the release of a solution, how can it be tested to determine what kind of load it can handle?
  • [8:30]  What’s the difference between test plan management in Visual Studio Online vs Visual Studio Ultimate?
  • [9:00] DEMO: Creating and walking through a web-based test plan in Visual Studio Online
Continuing the series in Part 6, Yung Chou welcomes Sr. Program Manager Charles Joy to the show as they discuss the be the importance of automation in your datacenter especially when it comes to advancing your DevOps strategy.
  • [2:36] How does automation help organizations accelerate the delivery of new solutions as they move to the Cloud?
  • [5:18] What tools and resources are available to help IT Pros get started with automation? Do they need to be a professional “scripter”?
  • [6:04]  Do IT Pros need to learn a different set of tools for automating each component?
  • [6:26]  If an IT Pro is automating cloud resources in Azure, do they have to spin up an entire set of infrastructure components just to handle automation? How does Azure automation organize and leverage these automation sequences?
  • [7:22] How can Runbooks be triggered? Based on schedule? Based on other events?
  • [8:24] Is Azure Automation extensible? Can I incorporate other PowerShell modules?
  • [9:10] DEMO: Quick walkthrough of Azure Automation accounts, assets, runbooks, schedule

Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Part 4 on TechNet Radio!

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In Part 4 of the  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio, Keith Mayerwelcomes Developer Technology Solutions Specialist Jeff Fattic to the show as they discuss source control in the cloud with the help of Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio Online.

  • [1:48] What is Visual Studio Online?
  • [2:32] Is Visual Studio Online only for Developers, or does it provide value to IT Pros as well?
  • [3:08]  What’s the difference between Visual Studio Online and TFS?
  • [4:28]  How can Visual Studio Online be leveraged with Microsoft Azure to help accelerate projects?
  • [7:08] How is Github different than Visual Studio Online? Are there advantages for Enterprises to use Visual Studio Online vs. Github?  
  • [9:52] What’s the single most exciting capability for you about Visual Studio Online?
  • [11:47] How can IT Organizations best get started with Visual Studio Online? Where can they go to learn more about Visual Studio Online?
  • [12:05] DEMO: Visual Studio Online in action
Check out the full series of posts and videos at!

Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Part 3 on TechNet Radio!

In Part 3 of the  “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio,  Blain Barton and Keith Mayer turn the conversation towards enabling self-service on demand Developer environments in the cloud. Learn how you can use Microsoft Azure along with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller and the Azure Pack to increase work efficiency across your organization.

  • [1:16] It seems like Dev and Test environments have been a key workload that organizations are considering for the Cloud. What do you think makes Dev/Test so attractive for the Cloud?
  • [3:44] What’s the best way to consider licensing my Developers for provisioning Dev/Test workloads on Azure?
  • [5:44]  $150/mo sounds like a great starting point, but realistically how much can a Developer really do in Azure for $150 / mo?
  • [8:04]  I’m concerned about my developers spinning up their Azure MSDN subscriptions using individual Microsoft accounts. Can I somehow link these to my organization and Active Directory?
  • [9:39] You mentioned that MSDN includes special prebuilt images for Azure? What do these images provide?
  • [11:50] If I’m using my own custom developer images in my environment, can I upload these to Azure for my developers to leverage?
  • [13:50] Lots of organizations have workloads that span on-premises and, potentially, public cloud … Does Azure provide the ability to integrate with on-premises datacenter management?
  • [16:50] DEMO: Azure Management Portal, System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, Azure Pack
Have you missed on the series so far?  Looking for the previous TechNet Radio episodes?  Find it all here!

Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud – Part 2 on TechNet Radio

Tune in with Matt Hester and Keith Mayer continue the special “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio and in part 2 of our series they discuss how Microsoft Azure and cloud computing can be leveraged to help accelerate the transition to DevOps in an organization. 

  • [1:37] What is DevOps and why is it important?
  • [9:53] What is “Shadow IT” and how can it be disruptive to businesses and organizations?
  • [12:35]  What does Microsoft Azure offer me?
  • [16:19]  How does Microsoft Azure align with DevOps?
  • [21:50DEMO Microsoft Azure in action!
Did you miss Part 1 with Jessica DeVita and Gene Kim? Find it here!

Get started with Part 1 of the TechNet Radio Series "Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud"

Jessica DeVitawelcomes Gene Kim, co-author of The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps And Helping Your Business Win” and founder and former CTO of Tripwire to the show as they kick off this special “Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud” series on TechNet Radio. 
Tune in as they dive into the world of DevOps and learn how this high performance concept is revolutionizing the tech industry. In Part 1 they provide a foundation for why this is important for IT Pros as well as dispel some common myths while shedding light on how everyone – from IT Pros, developers, businesses, end-users and customers can greatly benefit by building DevOps into their organization. 

What in this Video:

  • [0:44] What is DevOps?
  • [3:03] Is DevOps a new role or new tool?
  • [8:03]  Does DevOps encourage Developers to perform Operations/IT Pro tasks themselves? Is it NoOps?
  • [13:44]  Is “DevOps” just another name for Agile development?
  • [15:45]  Tell me about this idea of “technical debt”
  • [17:54]  What causes high performance in organizations that practice DevOps?
  • [20:25] How should an IT organization begin thinking about transitioning towards DevOps? How do we start?
  • [24:30] Why is “DevOps” important to IT Pros?
  • [28:13] Where can people go to learn more about DevOps?

TechNet Radio: Building Your Hybrid Cloud – Managing Cloud Foundations with Windows Server 2012 R2

In this TechNet Radio podcast, I join my friend and colleague, Keith Mayer, for the fourth part in his “Building Your Hybrid Cloud” Series. We walk through managing cloud foundations with Windows Server 2012 R2. Tune in as we drill down into what management tools are available as well as introduce the new features found in PowerShell 4.0.

  • [1:33] Series Review
  • [4:53] Review What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2
  • [5:10] Overview of Management Capabilities in 2012 R2
  • [8:05] DEMO: Server Manager 20-12 R2
  • [16:13] Using PowerShell to manage the Data Abstraction Layer (DAL)
  • [19:08] DEMO: DAL PowerShell cmdlets for managing remote servers via BMC’s
  • [24:04] Desired State Configuration (DSC)
  • [27:50] DEMO: Walk-through DSC Configuration
  • [36:58] Other PowerShell 4.0 Enhancements

Don’t forget to check out the podcasts from earlier in the series, too.