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Tanzu Community Edition on MacOS

It’s been a while since I’ve done a ‘How To’ post, mainly because I’ve been spending my time talking to customers and less time hands on recently. An area I’ve always been intrigued about but never had chance to play with, is containerisation. Thankfully @VMware came to my, and hopefully a few others, with a great way to get started with Tanzu Community Edition, especially if like me, you don’t come from a developer background.

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Lifting and shifting documents to Microsoft 365? What’s the best approach?

Its the most popular cloud collaboration platform worldwide and most businesses are heavy users of the Microsoft stack. Whether that be Office 365, the collaboration suite, or M365 the end-to-end stack including security tools, etc we’re all familiar. But talking to ex-colleagues, and other IT folk, people use it for Teams, Outlook and the office suite, but rely heavily still on other platforms for document storage and the general feeling is because of the complexity of migrating those documents. This article is to go over the various options to fully utelise the platform that your business is already paying for….

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JML, joiners, movers and leavers. How to make it work well in your business

If I had a £1 for every time someone used the dreaded acronym JML during my career then I wouldn’t need to work anymore. Its usually followed by “… is rubbish” or preceded by “We need a better process for….”. The reality is, understanding who is joining your business, who is moving roles or departments or who is sadly leaving your business is a challenge. Here’s my thoughts on how to make this process slick(er)

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Server Provisioning & Configuration Management: A Checklist

Fully automating server infrastructure for most is the holy grail for a majority of sysadmins (or whatever the modern day job title is). Not having to click through a wizard, manually apply IP addresses or patch a machine, is attractive for anyone who has sat around as Microsoft’s latest patch update trickles through your virtual NIC. But are you doing it for the right reasons, and are you making sure you are getting the most value out of your automation?

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Building IT Roadmaps (Part 2)

So the first part of this topic focused mostly around identifying the IT areas that were applicable to your businesses and then assessing your maturity within those areas. Next up is the more interesting bit, where you document where those improvements can be made and how to put a plan of action (or roadmap) of when to implement the new solution, or process improvement.

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Building IT Roadmaps (Part 1)

Other than writing blog posts weekly, one thing I like to do is keep up to date with new technologies on the scene, whether that be something like Blockchain, serverless computing or just a new consumer product. I watch lots of customer reference videos as well as product demos to see who is doing what and why. But how mature are these organisations across their tech stack and processes and how do you plan for the future? I’ve been doing some work myself to structure how to assess maturity and how to plan progress in those area and put together a roadmap.

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Veeam: Scaling out to Amazon S3

As a long-time user of Veeam, its almost a bit bizarre that I’ve not written anything about it yet… and the time spent at home has allowed me to re-look at our Veeam installations to see what additional value we can get from the more recent releases, and the SOBR feature is the one that stood out, so I thought I’d put together a little post on what SOBR is, why it is useful and what I did to implement it.

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