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Global Azure Bootcamp

One day a year user groups from around the world get together to learn and explore Azure.  This year Azure Bootcamp is on April 21st. There are currently 263 confirmed locations. Use this handy guide to find the location nearest you.

I’ll be speaking about Azure DevTest Labs at the Waterloo/Cambridge event and then heading down the 401 to the Microsoft Canada office for a repeat session.

Hope to see you there!

 

 

Categories: azure

Azure Backup – All Grown Up

I always will have a soft spot for Azure backup. You see when I was at Microsoft (contractor) I was focused on Server 2012 R2, but in my downtime, I had started to look at Azure backup as an alternative backup solution for my clients. When my manager asked if knew anything about Azure I directed him to my article on it Backing Up to Azure…it’s not that bad. That was way back in 2013, Azure was still a baby.  Azure backup has come a long way.

Azure backup can now protect:

Files and Folders

Azure Virtual Machines

Linux and Windows Systems

Hyper-V and VMWare Virtual Machines

System State

SQL Server, SharePoint and Exchange Workloads

Bare Metal

Azure FileShares

Azure SQL Database LongTerm Backup

In the coming weeks, my latest course will be released, and you’ll be able to see me protect various workloads using Azure backup. In the meantime, please share your Azure backup success stories using the hashtag #SuperHerosOfAzureBackup.

Updated 70-533 Study Guide

Thanks for pointing out I had missed 2 sections for exam 70-533 in my last study guide. I have updated the .xlsx with those objectives and links. Feel free to download and use for your own exam preparation. 533-Study Guide_Rev2

Categories: 70-533

IWD2018 – Another year followed by a stream of broken promises.

As a woman in Tech, I find this one of the most depressing days of the years. And this year more so because I have just wrapped up at an industry tech conference.

Companies, committees and organizers state: “we are changing things, it’s better and if something does happen it won’t be tolerated.” Personally, I call BS. Yes, it has gotten better. There is no doubt about that, but it hasn’t gone nearly far enough. The reality of it is, in 2018 I was still hugged, touched, hands-on back and arms over my shoulder by men I barely knew, if at all, this WEEK.  The Canadian MVPs are over 200 strong, I think it’s closer to the 250, and guess how many of them are women? 15. My fellow MVP listed us in a single tweet.

Jen tweet

There were so few women at this conference that the women’s washrooms were empty. I had the entire washroom to myself. Imagine a line of open stalls. It’s sad that the only time this happens is at STEM Conferences.

I was asked yesterday about how we can fix this. It’s a good question, and I don’t have the answer. But here is my list as a place to start in the workplace:

  1. Put more strong women on the stage. This week I only saw one woman take the stage to present. And by strong, I mean a woman who the others look at in the room and draw inspiration from.
  2. Showcase your female employees. I’m betting a lot of them have dealt with inequality in their profession and giving them a voice inspires others.
  3. To the women out there, if there an issue, report it. Companies cannot fix a problem they don’t know they have.
  4. HR, if an employee reports an issue, do something about it.
  5. For the men. Before you drape your arm over the women beside you, place your hand on her back, hold her elbow, give her a hug, etc. simply ask yourself this question “would I do the same thing to a male counterpart?”

This was not meant to pick on men.  I work with some amazing men who I admire and are huge advocates for women in STEM. I met several men this week who know there is an issue and are taking steps to a more inclusive environment, whether that is in the workplace, conference or IT User group etc.

This is not a woman problem nor is it a man problem it’s a people problem and one that we have to fix together.

 

Categories: IWD, Women In Tech

Azure FileShare Backup

Last week Azure announced FileShare Backup, which is just what it sounds like: it backups up your Azure File Shares. For a complete step by step see my LinkedIn article.

Categories: azure, backups

Exam 70-533 Study Guide

I finally finished up the Microsoft exam 70-533 study guide.  As before I have two versions, an Excel version and a Project version available here. Please feel free to update as required.

533-Study Guide

Good Luck!

Categories: 70-533, certifications

Updated 70-535 Study Guide

Back in early January, I posted an Excel study guide for exam 70-535. Last week a very resourceful reader, Simon Card, sent me a Project Plan for the exam. Thank you Simon!  I took his awesome project plan and added all the links from my Excel study guide. If you wish to use the Project file feel free to download it and modify as required. I have shared the file via OneDrive. You can download it here.

If you want to reach out to Simon you can find him at kcom(dot)com. Just google him for his email.

I’m currently working on an exam guide for the updated 70-533 exam, stay tuned.

Categories: 70-535, certifications
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