A new chapter in my life: Microsoft Lead Architect @basefarm

This month I have started on a new job at Basefarm and will be in the Sweden office but also work with the rest of the company residing in Norway and Netherlands. I will take on the role as Microsoft Lead Architect and be responsible for the Microsoft Datacenter Delivery with Azure, Azure Stack and Windows Azure Pack. This will be a really exciting times with the Azure Stack on the verge to being released this year!

I will try to update the blog more frequently with findings in areas that might be interesting regarding the way to do things the best way.

We will work on being the best hybrid solution provider in the north of Europe 🙂

 

Year of 2016 in review…

So the end of 2016 is near and I wanted to do a post about what has been going on during this awesome year…..

Starting in January I had my achilles tendon rupture that happened in December 2015 to recover from and that made me a little more inmobile than usual but still that did not hold me back from being one of the proctors at the DevOps Hackathon in Copenhagen where I got to be with Rasmus and Aleksandar from Microsoft and also Claus and Fredrik helping the teams doing magic with the time limited to 2 days. It was really cool to see all ideas and how they tried to work together and reach the goal..

Then in February it was time for the NIC Conf in Oslo where I and Fredrik had two sessions about Chef and Azure. It is a great conference and if you have time this year I would strongly recommend you to go there! After that great event and networking we headed back to Sweden and the Microsoft TechX Azure conference where me and Fredrik had the first AzureStack session in Sweden, also during the days we had a Chef DevOps and a Operations Management Suite session. Also in February Me and Fredrik together with two developers Mathias and Jakob did a whole DevOps-day at the Microsoft office in Stockholm and the event was sold out and a total success!

In March it was time for a vTech seminar where I had sessions about Operations Management Suite and AzureStack together with Microsoft and HP Enterprise showing the CPS in their 250 box.

In April I went to the awesome PowerShell Europe Conference in Hannover and helped out Steven from Chef as he could not make it so I did his session on Chef together with PowerShell DSC making awesome stuff on Azure. If you are smart and want to stay in IT I recommend you to go to this conference in 2017!

In the beginning of May me and Fredrik had a session on SCUG Datacenter day about Azure Site Recovery. Also later in May it was time for the DevOps Hackathon in Sweden with Rasmus and Aleksandar where I also was a proctor and helped out with the event!

In September I had a session on the gigantic Microsoft Ignite conference about Puppet and PowerShell in a real world case. During this event Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was released also! I had some great networking with people and I helped out some with different expertise areas! Of course the Swedish Chef was there!

In October I got to be part of the Swedish Microsoft Webinar series about the release of Windows Server 2016 and my part was about Hyper-V and VMM.

In November I went to the MS HQ in Redmond and had as always a great time networking with Microsoft people and other MVP´s. During the week I was trying to schedule my time the best way but as always you cannot be everywhere in the same time unfortunately. One of the key take aways was the workshop on Thursday about Value Stream Mapping and I will surely use it in the future and that not only for pure software development stuff! If you have some time over during the holidays I would recommend you to read the Phoenix Project!!

The week after the MVP summit I was at the Microsoft TechDays Sweden where I was part of both a preconf and also a session. The pre-conf was a short DevOps hackathon and we had about 20 attendees that during 6 hours hacked on some ideas, as always when Mathias, Jakob, me and Fredrik do things together we had a great success 🙂

The last time-slot on the last day of the TechDays conference me and Fredrik had the fun session about Puppet and PowerShell, unfortunately our session was not one of the recorded this year.. 

Thank you all for being part of this awesome year of 2016 and hope to see you all next year!

 

Best sessions of Ignite 2016

So last week I was at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta and had a great time with all attendees and speakers and the wonderful staff that guided all of us 23 000+ there!

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Of course the Swedish Chef tagged along and was hanging with some cool people! And as you can see in low right corner, my friend Fredrik could not be at Ignite in person but had the brilliant possibility to join with a remote controlled robot that he explored the different areas with…

There was some good stuff presented there also and here is a list of the best sessions and there are probably a hundred more that I have not seen yet so there might be a revised list later 😉 :

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If you as I want a big library of ppt´s and videos of this event you can go to your friend PowerShell and download all available presentations with a great script from Mattias and Michel. So start exploring and please add your favorites in the comments below!

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 MicrosoftÂŽ 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 🙂