It’s a rainy morning here in Helsinki, and I’m thankful for being able to spend a few hours at a small café close to a customer site before a workshop. For the past weeks, I’ve been dealing with a slight… Read More »Lessons learned: Testing new Azure features
It’s time for Microsoft Build, and it’s still digital – and free! I’m happy to share that with my local community leaders here in Finland, and we’re delivering a tightly packed and very fast-paced session during Build. It’s titled What’s… Read More »Join us at Microsoft Build 2022 to hear what’s up with the Finnish cloud?
Last week, Microsoft in Finland announced the rumor circulating in recent years – Microsoft Cloud would establish a local datacenter presence in Finland. More specifically, in the cities of Espoo and Kirkkonummi. These are close to the capital area (and… Read More »Reflections on Microsoft Cloud entering Finland
This past week, I delivered a keynote for a local event here in the heart of Helsinki, Finland. Siili organized the event – and it was surreal. You wake up in the morning and start thinking about what to wear.… Read More »Presenting in front of a live audience in 2022
I was exposed to PostgreSQL about two years ago through a few deployment projects. I blogged about my experience configuring and running Azure Database for PostgreSQL instances. At the time, I didn’t need to worry much about backups or recovery,… Read More »Backing up PostgreSQL databases in Azure
At home, I have a few essential services I need to keep running at all times. When I write crucial, I mean that they are services I rely on and would like very much for those services to be running… Read More »Running a single Docker Container in Azure cost-effectively
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
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
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?
This week, we published the 90th episode for our podcast show, Ctrl+Alt+Azure. It’s titled Managing virtual machines with Azure Automanage, and with Tobias Zimmergren we talk about this feature (that is currently in preview), and if it’s useful or not.… Read More »Episode #90 is out for our Ctrl+Alt+Azure podcast
Before the public cloud was such a prevalent service, I spent most of my days (and evenings) building On-Premises solutions. Ordering racks and servers for those racks, planning to cable, and finally installing and configuring everything was very tangible. You… Read More »Hey Microsoft Azure, where is my data?
In late November, I wrote a brief update on how it seemed professionals could renew their existing Microsoft certifications. As you might remember, the passed exams that form certifications are valid for two years. That time is now almost up… Read More »Another update on renewing Microsoft certifications in 2021
I love doing certification exams! I might be in the minority here, but I’ve done something since 1997, and I feel it allows me to learn about new technologies continuously. With the announcement on retiring MCSE, MCSD, and MCSA exams,… Read More »An update on renewing Microsoft certifications
In Finland, we have a ubiquitous and affordable Internet connectivity available. Almost everywhere. At home, I have a 1 Gb fiber, with 500 Mbit upload speeds. On my phone and iPad, I have separate 4G LTE connections, which usually provide… Read More »Building a simple speed test solution using Microsoft Azure
As in-person events have generally stopped happening since March, many in the community are now preparing for both digital-only events, and the more traditional in-person events later in 2020. I just received a few updates to these more prominent events,… Read More »Updated dates for major Microsoft-focused tech conferences in H2/2020
At home, I run Ubiquity Networks’ Unifi hardware. I wrote briefly about this just recently here, and I also found out the Unifi hardware provides a neat way to generate a network topology map, such as this: In essence, I… Read More »Building a site-to-site VPN between Unifi network hardware and Azure
Many times when I’ve worked with Microsoft partners and customers in projects the need arises when we need a custom API to be implemented. Perhaps the reason is that we need the versatility and freedom this provides, or simply because… Read More »Building a custom container-based API using Docker Desktop and Azure App Service
Microsoft Azure offers multiple ways to run, schedule and trigger business logic code in the background. Business logic is a fancy way to say you need to execute a series of tasks, based on a process. In this article, I… Read More »How to run business logic code as background jobs in Microsoft Azure
As part of my work at Microsoft, I support and help local communities that revolve and evolve around technologies I have a passion for. This includes platforms such as Microsoft Azure, but also general topics such as serverless, AI and… Read More »Interesting events and meetups in Finland for January and February