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In this module we'll be stepping through the process of creating and publishing your first custom Runbook with Azure Automation. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program delivering structured learning paths for IT Professionals on various...
In this module we'll show you how to connect to Microsoft Azure using Azure Automation by setting up your Azure Automation account as well as creating some basic assets that we'll use to connect and authenticate your Microsoft Azure subscription. This video is part of the Micro...
In this module we'll be going through the process of explaining what Azure Automation is and why its important for IT Pros as well as showing you how to sign up for the Azure Automation feature. This video is part of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). The MVA is a free program de...
London, United Kingdom, June 26, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Storage Made Easy, a leading provider of private cloud solutions, today announced that their private Enterprise File Share and Sync Cloud Control solution was being used by HouseLens, a video marketing company to securely backup video...
Los Angeles, CA, June 25, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Just to catch up on terminology, a Robo Advisor is an online, automated financial advisory service in which software algorithms are to manage a person's portfolio versus a human advisor. The issue today is not about the the plus and min...
Having lived through the unprecedented growth of the CRM software category, I never thought I’d see another category of marketing software reach similar levels of such frenzied adoption, but just this one time, maybe I was wrong. I spend my days advising companies on marketing strategy...
Depending on who you ask, the primary objective of SDN is to improve management and operations. By centralizing control, things like provisioning and troubleshooting can be streamlined, reducing the time and effort it takes to perform tasks. From that central point of control, a number...
72%. That's an estimate of how much of the IT budget is allocated to simply keeping the lights on (a euphemism for everything from actually keeping the lights on to cooling, heating, power, maintenance, upgrades, and day to day operations) in the data center. In a recent Forrester Res...
Redesigned for rapid adoption by tech-savvy employees, App Portal helps ensure successful self-service consumerisation of IT initiativesMaidenhead, UK - June 24, 2014 - Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance and installation solutions f...
Last Wednesday we had an excellent and very interactive webinar discussion with David Sisk and Scott Buchholz, Directors at Deloitte Consulting, LLC. David and Scott are experts regarding technical debt — both at a technical hands-on level as well as the strategy and governance t...
  When Comcast’s ad sales division Spotlight revealed a partner deal with Rubicon Project earlier this month, it underscored the multiple system operator’s (MSO) push to power the TV buy through both programmatic and direct sales channels. It was a pivotal moment for Comcast. Digi...
The organizers at Devops Days Amsterdam asked me to give the keynote this year. It was a great event and got to meet a lot of cool people. Here’s the abstract of the talk and slides: The term DevOps has crossover over from a culture movement around improved IT delivery to a buzzw...
Network address management ought to be, according to the conventional wisdom, a problem that’s been solved long ago. Yet, when you add in complexities like a private cloud infrastructure, everything isn’t always as easy as it seems at first blush. DDI (the management of DNS, DHCP and I...
Continuing our “ Accelerate DevOps with the Cloud ” series on TechNet Radio, Yung Chou welcomes Sr. Program Manager Charles Joy to the show as they discuss the be the importance of automation in your datacenter especially when it comes to advancing your...(read more)
According to an article in PC Games (August 2014, Ben Griffin, p. 12), two people from the Danish Ministry of the Environment “have recreated Denmark on 1:1 scale” in Minecraft. Although the idea came from observing their children playing the game, the construction required...
Creating an Amazon AWS Endpoint is really just assigning the credentials you would like to use to communicate with Amazon. vCAC already knows how to communicate with Amazon, it just don’t know what it needs to authenticate. To create the AWS Enpoint perform the following steps: W...
Creating an Amazon AWS credential has a few extra steps then a general set of credentials. You will need to login to your AWS account and access your Acess Key Id as well as your Secret Access Key to be utilized in the creation. The steps below outline the process to create an Amazon A...
Thanks to Amy Lewis(@commsninja) for inviting me to join the Geek Whisperers podcast with John Mark Troyer(@jtroyer) and Matt Brender(@mjbrender). We talked about: What makes some businesses consider Open Source a sexy strategy while others consider it a waste of time?What’s it like to...
More and more frequently I get asked about support for configuring LVM(Logical Volumes) in Linux guests provisioned by vCAC. The short answer is the guest agent by default will partition a disk as a standard Linux partition. However because the guest agent allows us to execute scripts ...
In this article we are going to be creating a vSphere Clone Blueprint. To do this we need to have a few things in place before we begin. Within the blueprint configuration there is a template picker that will allow you to pick form the available templates in your environment. In order ...
Amsterdam, Netherlands- 19 June 2014 - Next week's LTE World Summit in Amsterdam is expected to attract over 3,500 visitors looking to explore everything LTE. With over 300 speakers and 150 exhibitors, LTE World summit will truly bring together the best of the LTE ecosystem and will ex...
LANDESK Service Desk helps The Bunker adhere to SLAs and automate problem resolutionLondon, 19 June 2014: LANDESK, the global leader in delivering User-Oriented IT solutions solving systems, assets, security, mobility and IT service management challenges, today announced that The Bunke...
Seattle, WA, June 19, 2014 --(PR.com)-- SquareHub, the private social network for families, is among the exclusive list of optimized launch day apps for Amazon’s eagerly anticipated Amazon Fire phone announced to the world on June 18, 2014. SquareHub is the only family social n...
By Bob Gourley Note: We believe the release below will be of high interest to technologists in the national security, law enforcement and first responder fields. From: http://ctolink.us/1pjzGOn Disaster Relief Crowdsourcing Project At SoftwareAG’s Innovation World 2014 Software A...
As you are reading this, KiSSFLOW‘s payment handling mechanism has been completely moved out of Google Wallet. KiSSFLOW, from day one has been a product that was built keeping Google Apps Users in mind and we consciously decided to use Google technologies all-out. We use Google A...
Interoute Virtual Data Centre takes its IaaS cloud platform globalLondon, 18 June, 2014 - Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, has today launched a new Interoute Virtual Data Centre (VDC) zone in New York in a move that will further expand its cloud se...
Some of you will remember Caddyshack - that campy '80s movie in which Chevy Chase often offered crazy advice, like "be the ball." For those of you who don't (because you're too young or were living under a rock), the premise of this particular piece of advice was along the lines of Obi...
64% of UK companies experiencing a tech gap; Simplification cited as the preferred route to ensure IT can meet the future needs of businessesLondon, 17th June 2014: A research report commissioned by Colt Technology Services has identified a tech deficit, which affects almost three quar...
If you own a smartphone, there is a good chance it was designed using software created by Synopsys. As the global leader in Electronic Design Automation, Synopsys is successful because we understand... Follow The Fast Track on Twitter: http://t
By Bob Gourley This is the fifth installment in our series flowing from recent dialog with Marc Andreessen. In this post we provide some of Marc’s thoughts regarding ways that government can improve the dialog underway with citizens on the future of automation. Gourley: How can g...
#devops #linerate #cloud "Stop thinking...let things happen...and be...the ball." Some of you will remember Caddyshack - that campy 80s movie in which Chevy Chase often offered crazy advice, like "be the ball." For those of you who don't (because you're t...
Creating a blueprint for VCHS has a few pieces to it that are a little different that creating a standard vSphere blueprint. We need to start by creating a component blueprint that will then be utilized by the blueprint that we will publish to the catalog. The reason for this so you co...
In December 2012, research firm Coleman Parkes released a landmark study about the business benefits of service virtualization. The findings were significant: 60% of the respondents indicated that unavailability of systems for testing routinely caused software projects to be delivered ...
That big ole title pretty much says it all. In this article I’m going to walk through how to deploy RHEL (Centos) Linux onto a Physical HP Server over the iLo interface using Kickstart. When provisioning to Physical servers such as an HP Proliant DL360 there are two methods built...
Entitlements are what allow you to give users/groups access to Services and/or Blueprints as well as determine what actions they can perform with them. Entitlements offer a significant amount of flexibility in how you provide access to services through the catalog, who can access those...
When we created a blueprint we had to publish the blueprint. Publishing the blueprint allows it to become available as a catalog item that we can assign to a service and later entitle a user to have access to. In this article we will be assigning the blueprint to a service and enabling...
vCAC 6.0 introduces us to a new Self-Service catalog and a new way of managing Catalog Items. In previous versions of vCAC Blueprints were assigned to groups within the Blueprint itself. In vCAC 6.0 Blueprints are published which enables them to be assigned to users and groups through ...
Silver Spring, MD, June 13, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Based on the powerful Rapise test automation platform, Rapise Express is a free version of the powerful Rapise testing system designed for individuals, educational institutions, non-profits, and charities. Rapise Express is the easiest and...
Physical blueprints are a bit different than Virtual Blueprints because you can’t give users the ability to define the exact makeup of the machine they want. They can’t decide they want to add additional storage to a physical machine like they can a virtual. They also can&#...