I’m a .Net developer, do I need to switch languages?

No. Thanks for coming to my TED talk. I work for Microsoft, but not on the teams who work on .Net or Visual Studio. This piece is entirely *my* opinion and is not informed via any internal insights I hold! Seriously though, what *does* the future hold for .Net developers in 2020? Just last week … Continue reading I’m a .Net developer, do I need to switch languages?

Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – Runtime Instance Configuration

In my previous post I covered how you can move from deploying a solution to pre-provisioned Virtual Machines (VMs) in Azure to a process that allows you to create a custom VM Image that you deploy into VM Scale Sets (VMSS) in Azure. As I alluded to in that post, one item we will need … Continue reading Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – Runtime Instance Configuration

Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – VM Image Build

I have previously blogged about using Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) to securely build and deploy solutions to Virtual Machines running in Azure. In this, and following posts I am going to take the existing build process I have and modify it so I can make use of VM Scale Sets to host my API … Continue reading Moving from Azure VMs to Azure VM Scale Sets – VM Image Build

Family IT Support – Backups for Christmas

Having just returned from holiday the need to provide Family IT support over the Christmas period is top of my mind. What I found is something I think all IT literate people should be able to quickly solve for their friends and family. Hard Drives fail (some fairly frequently it appears according to Backblaze). Computer's … Continue reading Family IT Support – Backups for Christmas

Clean Backups Using Windows Server Backup and EBS Snapshots

One of the powerful features of AWS is the ability to snapshot any EBS volume you have operating. The challenge when utilising Windows 2008 R2 is that NTFS doesn't support point-in-time snapshotting which can result in an inconsistent EBS snapshot. You can still create a snapshot but it may be that one or more file … Continue reading Clean Backups Using Windows Server Backup and EBS Snapshots