Store a Chef organization certificate in Azure Key Vault

Through the Azure Chef VM Extension, you can easily bootstrap the Chef client on to the VM operating system. This allows you to apply Chef-driven configuration management, compliance scanning and automation quickly and easily.

In order to securely authenticate a new node against the Chef server (or hosted Chef), the bootstrap process must use the […]

Deploy an Azure storage performance demo lab

One of the main considerations when architecting an IaaS-based solutions in Azure (or for any cloud platform, really) is deciding on the storage type or combination of types to use. Choosing storage resources to allocate to IaaS instances is a balancing act between not starving your infrastructure of IOPS or throughput, and not paying huge […]

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 www.pluralsight.com/courses/chef-cookbooks-getting-productive.

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 www.pluralsight.com/courses/chef-planning-installing.

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