When I got my most recent laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9), I was able to specify the hardware options (see my review on this laptop here). Without much thinking, I also added the human presence detection capability –… Read More »A look at the human presence detection sensor in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9)
I’ve had a chance to work with several exciting projects involving Microsoft Azure and Power Platform. Usually, Azure is already utilized for plenty of things, and Power Platform is starting to gain in usage. I wanted to write this post… Read More »A look at fusion teams with Microsoft Azure and Power Platform
Microsoft’s RPA tool, Power Automate Desktop, has two modes – unattended and attended. In this post, I’ll look into the implications of these two and how it affects the features and licensing. I’ve written previously about RPA and Power Automate… Read More »Planning for licensing in unattended and attended RPA solutions with Power Automate Desktop
It’s Monday, and the past week has been filled with lots of great activities – Microsoft Ignite, our very own community session, and good progress at the gym. Also, we continue publishing our weekly podcast episodes with Tobias for the… Read More »Building a secure remote access setup using Tailscale
About three and a half years ago, we got the great idea with Mr. Jouni Heikniemi that it would be great to travel outside our usual circles and visit cities outside the capital area of Finland with a tour. We… Read More »For my Finnish audience: Azure Tour 2021 announced
I began my Executive MBA journey in March 2019. It’s a two-year program that you can complete on the side while you work full-time. As part of the studies, you need to write a thesis (I graduated in early 2021).… Read More »Researching developer advocacy – a revisit to my Executive MBA thesis from 2020
Microsoft Ignite (Fall) 2021 is soon here! This time, the event takes place November 2-4 – and it’s an online event, just like previously. Oh, and it’s also free so register today. [ Update: The recording of our Microsoft Ignite… Read More »Tune in to our community-focused Microsoft Ignite Fall 2021 session on November 3!
I’ve used the fantastic Logitech MX Master mice at home and on the road for a few years now. The latest incarnation is the Logitech MX Master 3, which has USB-C support for charging, and a long-lasting battery. However, for… Read More »Review: Wrist-friendly work with the Logitech MX Ergo trackball mouse
These days, Microsoft has produced plenty of certifications and exams to earn them. I’ve lost count but having done several dozen exams, and I feel it’s simply a side hobby at this point. I’ve written how I prepare for a… Read More »Thoughts on passing the SC-200 security certification exam
It’s early October, and we’re starting to experience the colder evenings and cold nights here where I live. Thus it’s the perfect time to tinker with another project – this time a VPN solution to Azure! But aren’t VPN solutions… Read More »Building a Point-to-Site VPN setup to Azure using Azure AD authentication
More than six months ago, I wrote about planning and designing our future house. Fast forward to today, about nine months later, we see plenty of progress. Here’s an update, hoping that someone reading these later might find helpful information… Read More »Building a house: Construction and challenges
Recently, I started capturing the numerous best practices and recommended approaches on Microsoft Azure. You can view them all here. But why, though? Microsoft is obviously doing the heavy lifting here – they have the Cloud Adoption Framework (CAF), the… Read More »Best practice: Subscribe to Azure Advisor alerts and recommendations
Recently, I had a request from a customer. They have a design where two virtual machines are needed in Azure. One is aimed to be used in a classic “DMZ-style” approach, where select endpoints are exposed for select external users… Read More »Replicating files between two Azure Virtual Machines: Considerations and options
Yesterday, as I was wrapping up my day at the home office, I reached for my phone to check for notifications. It was that email – congratulating me for being awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award! I stopped… Read More »I’m awarded as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) on Azure!
One year ago, I wrote about my progress working out at the gym for a year. It’s now been two years, and I’ve been consistently training with a similar approach. I wanted to look back to see how things have… Read More »A look back: Two years of working out at the gym
A few months ago, I wrote Part 1 of this series, documenting how I began building a homelab. I’ve progressed further with my project by adding the 4U dedicated server, the Raspberry Pi cluster, and cleaning everything up. The setup… Read More »Building a homelab – finalizing the setup (Part 2)
I wrote about how I built a Site-to-Site VPN between my home network and Azure more than a year ago. It’s a neat solution and something that I see many companies utilizing in their environments. The idea is that you… Read More »Best practice: Use health alerts with Azure Site-to-Site VPN connections
This one is easy. If you block and deny all traffic in your firewall, you cannot access any Azure services. Someone asked me this question a few months ago, and I wanted to test what happens and how a company… Read More »Can you access Microsoft Azure if your firewall is blocking all traffic?
Last year, I used a corporate-assigned Microsoft Surface Book 2 as my main productivity laptop. I wanted to separate my work and personal stuff, though, so I got myself a Lenovo ThinkPad T480 about two years ago. I did a… Read More »Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Gen 9), the 2021 model