Year: 2014

Azure Resource Manager and DSC in PowerShell 5.0 at the PSBUG December Meet

At the PowerShell Bangalore User Group (PSBUG) December meeting, I will be talking about Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and changes to DSC in Windows PowerShell 5.0 preview. The ARM session will introduce the concept of resource groups and templates and demonstrate how to customize templates. In the DSC session, I plan to show a demo of partial configurations and class-defined resources in DSC. Here is the overall agenda: 9 AM – 9.30 AM – Registrations 9.30 AM – 10.15 AM – Changes to Desired State Configuration in PowerShell 5.0 – Ravikanth Chaganti, MVP 10.15 AM – 11.00 AM – Office 365 : Managing Identies with Windows PowerShell – Deepak Dhami, MVP 11.00 AM – 11.15 AM – Break 11.15 AM – 12.00 Noon – Getting started with Azure Resource Manager – Ravikanth Chaganti, MVP 12.00 Noon – 12.45 PM – WPF and PowerShell – Deepak Dhami, MVP As usual, our venue for this meeting Microsoft Office in Bangalore. Hamilton Hall, 4th Floor, Signature Building, Microsoft, Bangalore If you are around Bangalore area, plan to join us! …

Microsoft Technical Communities got recognized at TechEd India 2014

Microsoft recognized the active technical communities in India at the closing note of TechEd India 2014. I was fortunate to be among the people who were called upon. The three user groups that got recognized were: Bangalore IT Pro Group Bangalore .NET group Pune User Group For the Bangalore IT Pro group, I credit this recognition to Kaliyan Selvaraj,who was the founder and relocated to Singapore later, for all the hard work he had put in building this group. We cannot run the show without a lot of support from Microsoft in terms of facilities and providing access to the Microsoft evangelists to work with us. Talking about the evangelists, these technical communities are grateful to folks like Vinod M, MS Anand, Pracheta B, Sandeep Alur, and many more I did not mention here. Usha, who is the community manager at Microsofr deserves a mention here. She is new to the role but has been pulling strings to get us the support we need from all directions. Thanks to the team members and community for bringing …

Transforming the Data Center – Bangalore, India

Microsoft MVP community, Bangalore IT Pro, Bangalore PowerShell User Group, and Microsoft are proud to announce the Transform Data Center (in-person) event in Bangalore, India. This event is hosted at the Microsoft Office in Bangalore. Registration (limited seats): https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032592541&culture=en-IN I will speaking here on Azure Backup and Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager. Deepak Dhami (PowerShell MVP) will be speaking about Windows Server 2012 R2. Also, we have super stars from the Microsoft India team. There is a dedicated SQL track in the afternoon too. Join us! In the face of an exploding need for technology that supports the business, we need to transform the data center to increase agility and make it easier to deliver resources faster. Today, every area of the business, from marketing to sales to human resources, depends on technology.  As a result, the need for IT resources is growing steadily.  The move to cloud computing reflects the trend: as business requirements grow, a flexible option for keeping up with that growth is by accessing cloud capacity. We are all seeing trends that reflect the …

WPC 2014 – One-click deployment of SharePoint Farm on Azure

At WPC 2014, Scott Gu announced several new capabilities in Azure and one such new capability is the templates available for ready deployment. Scott demonstrated creation of a SharePoint 2013 farm that can be highly available and demonstrated that we can customize the SQL and other settings. This is a great feature and I couldn’t wait to try this. Here is a quick overview. TL;DR This is a great step towards demonstrating the platform capabilities. I am really excited to see this capability. I can expect many more Microsoft teams and partners creating such templates for faster deployment of multi-tier applications. For all the virtual machines, we can customize host name prefixes and pricing tiers. Each VM tier has a different set of pricing options you can select from. When it comes to customizing the farm configuration, there are limited set of options here. Domain Controllers: You cannot specify an existing AD forest. You can select the size of the DC VMs. There are not many settings you can customize here. SQL Servers: You can …

Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a service – MVA

If you are in the Microsoft Virtualization, System Center or Cloud expertise, there is a Microsoft Virtual Academy event planned for Windows Azure Pack. This event is scheduled to happen on July 16th and 17th. IT Pros, you know that enterprises desire the flexibility and affordability of the cloud, and service providers want the ability to support more enterprise customers. Join us for an exploration of Windows Azure Pack’s (WAP’s) infrastructure services (IaaS), which bring Microsoft Azure technologies to your data center (on your hardware) and build on the power of Windows Server and System Center to deliver an enterprise-class, cost-effective solution for self-service, multitenant cloud infrastructure and application services. Join Microsoft’s leading experts as they focus on the infrastructure services from WAP, including self-service and automation of virtual machine roles, virtual networking, clouds, plans, and more. See helpful demos, and hear examples that will help speed up your journey to the cloud. Bring your questions for the live Q&A! This jump start has an all-star team and is a great start for IT professionals looking …

Azure Automation and PowerShell at PS Bangalore User Group

I will speaking about Azure Automation at the upcoming PS Bangalore User Group (PSBUG) meeting on July 19th, 2014. Also, the theme of this user group is to talk about PowerShell in the context of Azure and System Center. We have our newly awarded PowerShell MVP, Deepak, joining us for a session on System Center Configuration Manager. Here is the Eventbrite link for the July 19th meeting: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/powershell-bangalore-user-group-psbug-monthly-meeting-tickets-12220565039 Agenda: 9AM – 9.30AM – Registrations 9.30AM – 9.45AM – Welcome Note 9.45AM – 10.30AM – Getting Started with Azure Automation, Ravikanth Chaganti 10.30AM – 11.15AM – Getting started with PowerShell for System Center Configuration Manager, Deepak Dhami 11.15AM – 11.30AM – Break 11.45AM – 12.30PM – Getting started with PowerShell for System Center Service Manager, Vinith Menon 12.30PM – 12.45PM – Open House and Closing Notes The venue and other details are available in the ticket.

Windows PowerShell MVP for another year!

I am happy to share this news once again. In fact, for the fifth time 🙂 The past year has been a very interesting one. With the release of PowerShell 4.0 and DSC, I had a chance to reach out to large number of community members and help them understand the new technology. I am sure this will only get better in the coming year. I am looking forward to it.