Automatically configure Azure RBAC and ARM Policies using Resource Tags


One of my customers is in the process of increasing their datacenter presence in Azure, and one of their requirements is to take advantage of native Azure Resource Manager functionality in order to apply controls to their Azure resources which map to current business policy.

For example, some organisations prefer to restrict resource deployments to […]

Update User Defined Routes for Azure Datacenters with Azure Automation


When you have a virtual network running in Azure which has been connected to an on-premises network using a VPN or ExpressRoute, the default routing behaviour for all VMs in that virtual network is that all traffic to and from the VMs routes over the connection to the on-premises network.

This makes sense as a […]

New Pluralsight course – Azure Resource Manager Deep Dive


I’m very pleased to announce that my latest Pluralsight course has gone live – Azure Resource Manager Deep Dive.

I’ve been working exclusively with Azure Resource Manager (ARM) for a while now – it’s a great platform with a huge amount of depth and capability.

This is my third Pluralsight course, but my first Deep […]

New Pluralsight course published – Getting Productive with Chef Cookbooks


My latest Pluralsight course has just gone live – Getting Productive with Chef Cookbooks.

Check it out at

This is my second course for Pluralsight and the second course on Chef – it builds on the lab environment developed in the first course, called Planning and Installing Chef, which you can access at


Sessions announced for Microsoft Ignite Australia

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Sessions have been locked in and announced for Microsoft Ignite Australia, which is (yay!) back on the sunny Gold Coast.

My sessions are listed here, but here’s a quick summary:

The Cloud That Chuck Norris Built: Resilient Architecture in Azure

Level: 400 Summary: Moving your infrastructure to Azure? Great! Just make sure that it’s designed […]

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