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Hello,

Our meetup this month will be held at Microsoft's new London HQ in Paddington! It's very exciting to be hosted by the creators of Windows itself!

It will be hosted by Microsoft at their offices in Central London.

6:30pm - Arrival and drinks

6:50pm - Welcome talk

7pm-7:45pm - Speaker 1: Marcus Robinson (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/marcuserobinson), Technical Evangelist at Microsoft

Topic: Automated deployment of Infrastructure to Microsoft Azure

Inconsistencies in infrastructure configuration in the release pipeline can lead to unforeseen issues. In this demonstration filled session we will discuss why a consistent infrastructure environment is vital in enabling continuous delivery and reducing unplanned work.

We will focus on three key DevOps practices:

• Infrastructure as Code

• Configuration as Code

• Release Management

Which will be demonstrated using:

• Azure Resource Manager Templates

• PowerShell Desired State Configuration

• Visual Studio Team Services Release Management

7:45pm-8:30pm - Speaker 2: Nicolas Corrarello (https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ncorrare), Senior Solutions Engineer at Puppet Labs

Topic: "From zero to IIS while I drink my coffee"

How to use Puppet to provision a system from Bare Metal to actually running an App with IIS in minutes. (Coffee not included :D)

This will be carried out using DSC for configuration and Puppet. The Razor component will be used for Bare Metal Provisioning.

8:30pm onwards - Beer Pizza and Networking!

We will also be heading to a local pub afterwards for those who like a late beer for networking. :-)