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I had the opportunity over the weekend to speak at the Global Azure Bootcamp organized by local Microsoft user groups. This event was held at ABB office in Bangalore and I must say that they have done a splendid job. It was a very well organized event. I had only one session and it was about Azure CLI 2.0 Tips and Tricks. I mentioned earlier that I am using CLI mostly these days to work with Azure resources and in this session I shared some tips and tricks around making it easier to work with Azure resource management using Azure CLI 2.0. The demo scripts I used for this session can be downloaded from https://github.com/rchaganti/Presentations/tree/master/GAB2019-BLR
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At today’s Bangalore IT Pro and PowerShell Bangalore User Group (PSBUG) event, I had the opportunity to showcase the PSKoans module by Joel Sallow. This module has a set of Pester tests that you have to fix as you proceed in your efforts towards mastering PowerShell. I have found this method engaging and decided that I must show this to the community. After this session on PSKoans, I did live coding and streamed it live on Twitch (and did not realize that it was without audio :((). I fixed a function in my PSWindowsAdminCenter module and added a new function.
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PowerShell Conference Europe is scheduled happen in Hannover, Germany from June 4th to 7th 2019. I am happy that two of my sessions are accepted and I will be there! The PS Conf EU team published a list of sessions and the agenda. Here are the session abstracts that got accepted. We trust in the community! 50% of the pull requests in the PowerShell GitHub repository are from the community! No kidding. This alone speaks a lot about the strength and talent in the PowerShell community. Apart from these pull requests, there are several hundreds of community developed PowerShell modules in the open source that are used by another several hundreds or thousands of people. This session show cases some very useful PowerShell modules developed by the community by demonstrating real-world use cases. Designing a distributed, flexible, and secure operations validation framework for test-in-production (TiP) Performing Operations and diagnostics validation is a very important aspect of agile infrastructure development and monitoring. While the core principle of operations and diagnostics validation is about writing tests that …
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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. I had planned only for one session at the event but as some international speakers could not make it to the event, I was asked to take up one more session and I chose to show the audience SHiPS module. Hierarchical data can be read as a file system in PowerShell using SHiPS open source module. In this session, I walked the audience through what are providers and what is the advantage of implementing PowerShel providers using the SHiPS module.   Once again, the slides do not contain great deal of information since I wanted to make this more of a demo based session. The demo scripts are available at https://github.com/rchaganti/Presentations/tree/master/ExpertsLiveIN2019/PSDataAsFileSystem.
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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.  
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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 …
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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.  
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In the last part of this series, we looked at how to use the web installer to download the media content to a local folder. The method to download the bits applies to both full and express editions of the Azure DevOps Server. Once we have the installer bits, we can use unattended methods to perform the complete install of Azure DevOps Server. And, that is the subject of today’s post. There are different installation methods that are supported (source: docs.microsoft.com). Single server A single-server deployment is the easiest deployment, because the application tier and data tier are on the same machine. Dual servers A dual-server deployment, with separate application and data tiers can provide better performance for larger teams and teams with heavier usage. Multiple servers This type of deployment, which involves multiple application and data tiers, often provides better performance for larger teams and teams with heavier usage. By using more than one server, you improve high availability and disaster recovery ability. Today, we will look at the single server installation method and …
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Azure DevOps Services shouldn’t be anything new unless you were living under a rock. Azure DevOps Services is a cloud service that includes features that enable collaborative code development. This is a very useful cloud service. I really started liking how the Azure Pipelines are created and used. The overall integration is super powerful. But, a few enterprises or users would still love to have in-house or on-premises version tools that enable collaborative development. To this extent, Microsoft announced the availability of first release candidate (RC) of Azure DevOps Server 2019. The Azure DevOps Server delivers the Azure DevOps Services optimized for customer who prefer to self-host the same on-premises. The RC1 version of AzureDevOps Server 2019 is a free download. You get a web installer. This web installer downloads the packages needed for the Azure DevOps Server and installs the services based on the installation method you choose. If you want to Note: If you have access to MSDN subscriber portal, you can download the ISO that includes all packages. This is a good option …
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I will be at the Bangalore IT Pro + PowerShell User Group meeting on 4th August 2018 to present my session on SHiPS: Your structure data as file system! The content of this session is similar to the one I did at the PowerShell Conference EU 2018. Unfortunately, that session recording was lost and this upcoming session will provide me with an opportunity to record it and share it. I will be speaking alongside some brilliant IT pro minds in Bangalore. Agenda Using SHiPS module to navigate your structured data {Ravikanth C} Azure Virtual WAN & Firewall {Ajay Kakkar} Intune Session {Anoop C Nair} Extending xDHCPServer DSC resources & lesoons learnt {Siva Nallagatla} Setup Infrastructure Build/Release (CI/CD) using VSTS {Deepak} Web Framework for PowerShell {Chen} Session on Containers {Sarvesh Goel} Venue & Time LinkedIn Office, Global Technology Park Bellandur (next to Intel Campus). This event starts at 10AM and ends after lunch. Registration If you have not registered yet, go ahead and do so here: https://www.meetup.com/BangaloreITProUG/events/rnmtzpyxlbgb
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