I had the opportunity to speak at the inaugural edition of Experts Live India 2019 over the weekend. It was a great experience. The organizers did a great job even when there were teething facilities issues that plagued the event right from the start. My first session was on Azure at the command line. In this session, I walked through both Az CLI 2.0 and Az PowerShell modules and explained the differences to help the audience choose the right tool for their job. The slides do not contain a huge deal of information as I preferred showing the audience a good demo to understand the differences. The demo scripts are available at https://github.com/rchaganti/Presentations/tree/master/ExpertsLiveIN2019/AzCommandline.
As I moved into the PowerShell space and started focusing only on Microsoft platform, I lost touch with the Unix and Linux world. However, when I started using Azure CLI 2.0, I just fell in love. It re-introduced me to shell scripting world which I loved a lot. While working my way towards mastering Azure CLI 2.0, I wrote quite a few shell scripts for managing various Azure Services. This triggered the thought that I can easily make them as recipes and write a cookbook to show how to use those recipes while explaining the concepts of Azure CLI and shell scripting. I sat on this for a while but I, finally, had the time to complete an outline and start working towards publishing the content. I will be self-publishing this on leanpub.com and I have not decided on a price yet. There is a landing page that you can visit and indicate your interest and propose a price point as well. I will make the pricing public once I have at least 3 to 4 chapters …
Experts Live is coming to India and the inaugural edition is happening on 19th January 2019 in Hyderabad India. The organizers have worked really hard and the content lineup shows that. There are several international speakers and product team members from Microsoft coming to speak at this event. My session will be around management of Azure services at the command line. There are multiple tools available for this purpose and each have pros and cons. In my session, I will walk through these options and provide my views on choosing the right tool for your task at hand. Registration for the event is open and it is free! If you plan to be around at the conference, please drop by and say hi. Let us discuss Azure Command line management.
I had the privilege to join the Miracle team at Visakhapatnam today for an Azure MVP bootcamp. I spoke about Microsoft Azure Cloud and DevOps. This event, I must say, it a very well organized and orchestrated. I have been to conferences and events in India and outside India and never seen this level of care of speakers and attendees anywhere. I started my day with a good morning walk along the beach and just loved it. I wish I get to do this often. Here is a picture with the highly energetic Miracle Software Systems team. (Left to right: Me, Kunal (Microsoft), Naveen (MSS), Ravi (MSS), and Kunal (MVP)) Finally, in my session, there were 100+ attendees and it was very interactive. Here are the slides from that session.
The mission of AP Cloud initiative is to create 100,000 digital transformation professionals in the state of Andhra Pradesh in India. Andhra Pradesh, the sunrise state is destined to become the world’s preferred destination for companies looking for digital transformation skills. As a part if this initiative, Miracle Software System, Inc. a global thought leader, a cloud systems integrator and a Visakhapatnam based company is now committed to ensuring that the required digital transformation skills are provided to all of the current and the future software professionals. Miracle Software Systems is conducting a series of workshops to work towards this goal and has invited a few Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) with knowledge in Microsoft Azure to conduct these workshops. I am one of them. This MVP bootcamp is happening on November 12th 2016 in the city of Visakhapatnam (Andhra Pradesh, India). Here is the agenda we have for that day. I will be doing the session on Azure Cloud and DevOps. If you are in and around Visakapatnam and interested in Microsoft Azure, be sure to enroll …
As a part of the PowerShell Bangalore and Bangalore IT Pro user group meetings and our continued tradition to do full day workshops, we are back with another cloud workshop this month. This time around, we will focus on Microsoft Operations Management Suite. We have a full-day workshop on MS OMS on 27th August 2016. Here is what we will cover. OMS Log Analytics [Ravikanth Chaganti, CDM & Azure MVP] OMS Backup & Recovery [Ravikanth Chaganti] OMS Automation [Deepak Dhami, CDM MVP] The venue for this event is tentatively Dell India R&D center, Bagmane Tech Park, CV Raman Nagar, Bangalore. These sessions will be demo oriented and we will make sure you that understand the real power of OMS and make use of it. We have limited seats opened at the moment and will hopefully add some more as we move towards the event date. You can register @ https://www.eventbrite.com/e/oms-workshop-i-tickets-26962121431
When testing ARM templates, I typically use the custom template deployment option in the Azure Portal. This UI option just got better! This deployment option now supports lists the parameters, variables, and resources used in template in a nice treeview navigation. To start a new deployment, you can click on New -> Template Deployment. This opens up the Custom Deployment blade. Click on Edit Template. In the Edit Template blade, copy/paste your template JSON in the editor. In a few seconds, you will see the treeview built for the template. You can expand each node to see the individual elements within each category. Selecting a specific element within a node navigates to the definition for that selection within the JSON template. You can click Save and then proceed to the deployment by completing the remaining steps in the custom deployment. The second enhancement is the option to pull a quick start template from the Github repository and deploy it! In the Load a quickstart template blade, you can select a template listed in the dropdown. …
This subject won’t really need a post of it’s own but I will do it anyway. In the previous part of this ARM series, I showed how we can use the domain join extension instead of DSC to join a VM to an existing AD domain. This resulted is huge savings in time taken to deploy the entire scenario. When I was talking to my good friend, fellow PowerShell MVP and all-things-Azure guru, Ben Gelens, he was quick to point that the delays when using DSC extension here could be due to the install of WMF 5.0. Indeed! When you use Azure DSC extension, it by default installs latest available version of WMF 5.0 (production preview at the time of this writing) which requires a reboot! Therefore, using DSC extension in ARM templates for down-level OS such as Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2, there will be delays. But, there is a workaround. We can force DSC extension to use WMF 4.0. Here is how we do that.
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