Times change … sometimes faster as expected

Hi everyone,

it’s more than one year since I became an MVP and join that awesome program but it will be my first and last year as regular MVP. I decided to leave the program and join Microsoft itself.

With the beginning of July I will start my career at Microsoft Germany. I will start as Cloud Solutions Architect and follow awesome guy’s and friends like Daniel Neumann, Anton Staykov or Alessandro Cardoso. Aidan Finn would say “I will go blue” referring to my new batch color which is changing from purple (Microsoft Partner) to blue (Microsoft Employee).

Even as Microsoft FTE I will continue my community and try to support you with the new experiences I will make in the future.

Thank you for your great support over last years and thank you to all my MVP Friends, Microsoft PG and the MVP Program Leads. 🙂

My 1st book is ready for order “Implementing #Azure Solutions”

Hi everyone,

as many of you already know. Last year around that time I started together with Oliver Michalski (MVP Azure) and Jan-Henrik Damaschke (MVP Cloud & Datacenter Management) to write a book about implementing Azure Solutions. After one year of hart work and many struggles and even more changes because of the rapid development of Azure, the book is now ready for order via Packt and Amazon 🙂

We are very happy with the result. Hopefully you have as much fun ready than we writing the book.

Order via Amazon.com // Order via Packt

 

What this book covers
Chapter 1, Getting Started with Azure Implementation, … Within that chapter the reader will get an overview about Cloud service models, Cloud deployment models, Cloud characteristics, and Azure services.
Chapter 2, Azure Resource Manager and Tools, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about the Azure Resource Manager and his concepts (Azure Resource Groups/ Azure Resource Tags/ Locks), The reader will also get an introduction in the working with ARM Templates area.
Chapter 3, Deploying and Synchronizing Azure Active Directory, … Within that chapter the reader will get an overview about the deployment, management and functionalities of Azure Active Directory and its relation to a Microsoft Azure Subscription.
Chapter 4, Implementing Azure Networks, … Within that chapter the reader will learn how networking in Azure works, how to plan Azure network components and how to deploy the different network components within Azure.
Chapter 5, Implementing and Securing Storage Accounts, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about Azure Storage Management and his concepts (Blob / Table / Queue / File). The reader will also get some basic storage configurations.
Chapter 6, Planning and Deploying Virtual Machines in Azure, … Within that chapter the reader will learn the difference between the Azure Virtual Machine types, the common use cases for the different types and how to deploy Virtual Machines.
Chapter 7, Implementing Cloud Services, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about Azure Cloud Services, the Cloud Service architecture, Azure Cloud Service vs. Azure App Services and how to create your first Cloud Service.
Chapter 8, Exploring and Implementing Containers, … Within that chapter the reader will learn the basic knowledge about the Azure Container Service area and how to create your first container service. The reader also learns the necessary steps for working with the service afterwards.
Chapter 9, Securing an Azure Environment, … Within that chapter the reader will learn all about Azure Security concepts (Identity Management with Azure AD / Role based Access Control / Azure Storage security) and the Azure Security Center.
Chapter 10, Best Practices, … Based on a common use case and migration scenario, the reader will get a basic overview how classic applications and services can be placed in the Microsoft Cloud ecosystem and which tools can be used for the migration.

Speaking at Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany

Hey everybody,

this week I got a mail from Carsten Rachfahl the inventor and host of the Cloud & Datacenter Conference Germany. The CDC is one of the biggest IT Conferences in Germany and Carsten offered me a Speaker slot at his conference 🙂

I’m so proud that I match Carsten’s high quality standards and will be able to share some knowledge about Microsoft Azure. The topic I’m speaking about isn’t completely clear yet but I think it will be Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute and Azure Networking. 🙂

 

 

Book Project – Implementing Azure Solutons

Hey there,

it’s again very quiet on my blog for some times. Today I want to give you a little update.

My friends Jan-Henrik Damaschke (MVP CDM), Oliver Michalski (MVP Azure) and I are currently putting a lot of effort into a new book we are writing. Together with Packt Publishing we started to put lot’s of our knowledge into book about implementing Azure Architectures. This week it went to preorder status and we want to finish it until February next year.

You can find it here.

new Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

Hi everybody,

Microsoft recently publish a new free eBook. This time about the Windows Server 2016 Technical Prview.

You can download it here.

Introduction
Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large global enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed that you have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or, at the very least, you have seen it from afar! No matter what your area of expertise, this ebook introduces you to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and its latest developments, which is the next version of Windows Server.

Each chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product group, who provide you with the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is coming in Windows Server. This information will help you to get ready for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and give you an opportunity to develop and design a path to introduce this powerful technology into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book was written at a time when the product was still evolving, and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when it is released. All guidance in these chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test setting; you should not implement this in a production environment.

This book assumes that you are familiar with key Windows Server concepts (i.e., Hyper-V, networking, and storage) as well as cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure. In this ebook, we cover a variety of concepts related to the technology and present scenarios with a customer focus, but it is not intended as a how-to guide or design manual. You should use other sources including the online Microsoft resources to stay up to date with the latest developments on the roles and features of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. The online resources will also contain the latest how-to procedures and information about designing a Windows Server 2016 infrastructure for your business.