Cool Stuff happening!

So 2016 have started and fun stuff will happen in the near future!

Last week me and the family was in the ski mountains Idre and the rest of the family was skiing but I had a achilles tendon rupture in the christmas weekend so I had to be in the cabin most of the time! Although one evening I got to do some sightseeing on the mountain B-)

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Pretty amazing stuff going with a large piste caterpillar and seeing the result!

But more importantly what is happening in the near future:

DevOps Hackathon in CopenHagen 20-21/1

I will be one of the proctors on Rasmus Hald´s DevOps Hackathon that will take place in Microsoft´s office in Copenhagen Denmark. During two days we will do workshops in DevOps stuff.

NIC in Oslo 4-5/2

Me and Fredrik will do two sessions on DevOps and automation with Chef/Azure/PowerShell/ARM during the Nordic Infrastructure Conference

Want to join? sign up here and book your flights

TechXAzure Microsoft Sweden 15-16/2

During the two-day event at Microsoft Sweden´s TechXAzure me self and Fredrik Nilsson will talk about AzureStack,OMS,Chef and Azure

Sign up here

DevOps day Microsoft Sweden 24/2

In this one-day event I will be with some MVP friends Jacob and Mathias and also Fredrik Nilsson where the Swedish Devs and Ops will learn how to become DevOps with Microsoft solutions.

Please join us! this one is free!!

MVP 2016 – Cloud and Datacenter Management

The year of 2016 started in the best of ways when I got the mail every technical community fellow waits for with the subject:

Congratulations 2016 Microsoft MVP!

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Dear Niklas Akerlund,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2016 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Cloud and Datacenter Management technical communities during the past year.

I am very thankful and happy that I get this for the third year!

And thank you IT-fellow out there that read and follow my content!

The year of 2015 could though have ended in a better way, I played some badminton after christmas and had the unfortunate luck to get a achilles tendon rupture so the first half of 2016 I will be recovering from this..  (typical injury for a male in his 40ies 😬 )

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//Niklas

So now I am a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP!

Today Microsoft announced a change in the MVP program and they have changed to 10 award categories containing the old ones (although there are a few remaining Power Users that is not IT Pro or Developers and are left unchanged).

This meaning that I (Mr Hyper-V) am now part of the Cloud and Datacenter Management. Together with about 350+ other MVP´s we make quite a large group of community contributors. I have already been contributing in PowerShell, Azure and lots of other areas during the year so based on that it feels good to be recognised for and also be able to be part of a broader contribution community!

And here are the five others:

And here are the unchanged categories:

If you want to read more about this change please follow this link to the MVP Award site

Upgraded to Windows 10 on my surface 3 pro

So the day has come when windows 10 became available,

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I did not have the patience to wait for the Windows Update so I downloaded an ISO and started to upgrade and on my Surface 3 Pro it was a matter of about 30 minutes and I had a working new version! It was a really smooth upgrade process!

Download your copy today!

 

Microsoft Ignite Sessions to watch part 1

I have been quite busy after Ignite but wanted to share with you what sessions I attended and the recordings for those so you can watch them. There were some better quality sessions and I will try to guide you to them. My interest was of course Hyper-V, Nanoserver, Docker, Azure, Automation, System Center, Storage….

Monday

First of was of course the keynote https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/KEY01

Then I went to the foundation session “Bring Azure to your datacenter” with Jeffrey Snover and Mark Russinovich https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/FND1451 and in this session they where not allowed to show any demos but cheated a bit anyway 😉

After that I went to the Azure Operations: Enabling IT Organizations to Leverage Microsoft Azure https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3475 – “Shadow IT is here to stay”

Tuesday

First of I went to the second “Platform vision & strategy” foundation session https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2466

I had my own Community Theater Session at 1 PM and had to prepare so I did not attend other sessions prior to that

In the afternoon I went to my MVP-friend and Hyper-V colleague Aidan Finn´s “Hidden treasures in Hyper-V 2012 R2” https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3506 which is a keeper as it gives you some hints on what to think about to make your hosts run better and that is with the version available for production today!

Wednesday 

After a great party by Veeam I was a bit late in to the sessions on the morning but got a nice breakfast and chat with a Microsoft guy, after that I went to the Nanoserver session with Jeffrey Snover, always a pleasure to listen to a guy that can do presentations https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2461

After that It was lunchtime and then I went to watch my friend Fredrik Nilsson´s Community Theater Session “Getting started with Chef”

Then it was time for the Windows containers session with Hyper-V PM Taylor Brown https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2493

I guess that most of the Hyper-V MVP´s present at Ingite went to the what´s new with Hyper-V in Windows 2016 and watched the session given by Ben Armstrong and Sarah Cooley from the Hyper-V team https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3461

Thursday

The first session of the day for me was “Managing Windows and Linux on Azure with Chef” https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3722

After that I went to the “Automating operational tasks with Azure Automation” https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3451

During lunch I went into the Expo Area and watched my friend Jakob G Svendsen´s Community Theater Session with device management and a bit lego-robotstuff.. hilarious!

After lunch I attended “Azure Iaas for Azure Stack” https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3479

And then I attended the “Enabling Private Cloud Storage Using Servers with Local Disks”  https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3474

One of the funniest sessions was the “Exploring Storage replica in Server vNext” with Ned Pyle https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK3489

There was a bunch of more sessions that I could not attend to in person but still was really valuable and I will do a follow-up post giving the links to the records of those so stay tuned :-)

 

 

Renewed as a HyperV MVP for the first time

One year passes so fast and today was the day when it was my renewal date for the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award. This is my second time that I get the award!

I have been working quite hard in the communities during the year with live presentations, webcasts, blog posts etc and was hoping that it was enough. In the afternoon I got a bit nervous and started thinking that maybe there was someone else that have made a bit more contributions and took my place but,

At the magic time 04:29 PM CET I got the longing mail :

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 I am in good company with about 50 other Hyper-V MVP´s and learn stuff every day from my friends and expertise-colleagues and 2015 will ROCK, so see you around and most certainly at Ignite in Chicago in May!

keep following my blog and twitter and I will try to keep up and post information and help when I encounter problems or smart solutions that you can benefit from :-)

New sponsor on my blog 5Nine Software

I have got the pleasure to get a new sponsor for my blog and that is the company 5Nine Software that makes some cool products for Hyper-V

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 The products they have

  • 5Nine Hyper-V Manager – a great christmas sale with 25 % right now!
  • 5Nine v2v converter
  • 5Nine Cloud Security

And these are also available as free versions with some limits but still great stuff

check out their web!  www.5nine.com

Automation the future of IT Operations or prepare to die

So you are an IT Pro or maybe an CIO or CTO and have been sleeping under your desk the latest years or so? But the IT Operations departments are under a lot of stress these days coping in being able to deliver the services to the business in the pace that they demand! Do you recognize this? For example your development division request 50 VM´s and wanted them yesterday, Your response is that come back in a week or two….

Many IT departments are seeing their internal customers such as Dev or Business going outside of the organisation and buying their services directly from Azure or another public cloud provider delivered instantly and that also cheaper than you could produce internally..

Here the Hybrid way of thinking becomes important and why, well you will not be able to compete with all the services that the public cloud can give you in a cheaper and more reliable way so IT Operations of tomorrow will utilize the public cloud as their own and be able to use it for their needs where their private cloud lacks functionality or capacity and in that way respond to the requests from the departments.

Giving the users an self service portal where they can order and see the cost of their engagements is an important part of this and when you implement this you have to have  automation as a key part because the users want things to happen when they press the build button!

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Taking Microsofts Azure data centers as an example, they have automated enormously and that from the physical layer all the way into the virtual machines and networks. How does this automation gain you with your environment and becoming more agile and not just run around putting out fires but being able to address the needs of the company IT challenges today and also tomorrow!

Some say that we are in the second machine age and that the IT will have to change big time. Just look at the public cloud Company’s and their services, if they would have done things in a traditional way they would have to charge xx times the amount the charge for their services and also be xx more manpower on the data centers to cope with the day to day operation.

In the latest year Microsoft have released several automation solutions that have been developed and gives you the tools for this must-have automation platform. First of is the Service Management Automation (SMA) which is a robust orchestration engine based on PowerShell workflows and this has also been released as Azure Automation. Secondly we have Microsofts investment in Desired State Configuration and here this also utilize PowerShell. The DSC have some development left but it is so powerful and really large web services utilize this today and keeping their massive services compliant and up to date! DSC can be used for provisioning different things including third party software solutions and for example, Microsoft Azure offers different web services (jomla, wordpress etc) deployed in an automated way probably with some DSC technology behind the curtains.

Of course this gigantic automation project will not be done over a night and will cost quite a bit of money in initial investment but the winning and surviving IT Department is the one successful in their automation processes!

9 years ago I started an onboarding automation process and on that time I had VB script to work with but that manual labor every time a new employee was hired was painful and so boring and already at that time I found the will and inspiration to learn techniques to automate. Still today there are several processes in companies that are perfect candidates for automation but for some reason still being done manually…

Let me help you get Strategic in your IT (automation) delivery!

Going from an iPhone to a Windows Phone

I have now in a couple of weeks been testing a Nokia Lumia 930 phone and it is soon time to return it. Importantly that need to be said here is that I have been using iPhones since 2008 and also for a short while I used an Android phone and quite quickly went back to the iPhone.

The iPhone and Apple has been very successful with their devices since the first came out. The amount of apps available for IOS is huge and companies and governments also have adapted and created usable apps for making the life of the user smooth.

The Windows Phone in it´s earlier versions have had its ups and downs and I have not seen it as a possible replacement before the version 8 of the OS and later..

Now as I have lived with the phone and tried to adapt I can really say that I like it.. the build quality is magnificent and the screen looks great, it is fast and I can manage my daily tasks, it is obvious that the development of the OS have got some attention and Microsoft have thought through how the phone should work and with the new features like for instance Cortana it is in the edge of Phone OS development..

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Still I miss my banks app but they say that it is coming this year so when that one have arrived I can buy me self a beutiful Lumia 😉

Some of the apps I have installed:

  • Waze
  • SAS Scandinavian Airlines
  • Skype
  • Spotify
  • SVT Play
  • Swish
  • Yammer
  • Amazon Kindle
  • Easy Park
  • Facebook Beta
  • GoPro
  • Instagram Beta
  • Lync 2013
  • Netflix
  • Office Lens
  • PC Remote
  • Twitter
  • WinRunner

There are of course more apps that would make it into the cut and the development of new apps go blazing fast so just because your favorite app right now only exist for Android or IOS that will change in a near future. I think we will see a fast changing map now that Microsoft owns the phone division of NOKIA and can make the momentum for devices and solutions that would attract new users that most likely could have been stuck with an iPhone before..

So when you are going to change device next time, think twice and look at the Lumia phones!

Moving on or moving back, starting on a new job!

Hope that you all have a nice summer!

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I have been busy with vacation and taking care of the family the latest couple of weeks! But there is some news I want to share with you, Tomorrow I will work my last day at Lumagate and then a new adventure will start at my old employer Real Time Services.

My role will be Chief Technical Architect – Microsoft Solutions, within this I will be responsible for offerings and design with hybrid clouds based on Azure and all its features, Hyper-V and office 365. With the new functionality that Azure continuously delivers it will be exiting times ahead getting customers to utilise and see the benefits with an hybrid cloud environment.

Real Time Services is also in a new exciting phase with a recent merger with two other companies making a larger and broader company that will be able to be a better solution provider and also make a serious commitment on Microsoft Cloud OS. The other companies that is part of the merger are PMCG and Skypoint.

If you want to contact me from now on use the following details :-)

 

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