• Change Controlled Terraform - Lessons Learnt | Providing reliable SMB shares

    Please join us for our 3rd 2019 Meetup hosted by DevOpsGroup at their new London office. Our first educator of the evening will be Gareth Evans, Senior Engineer @ DevOpsGroup, talking about "Change Controlled Terraform - Lessons Learnt". Followed by our second educator Sam Cogan, Cloud Architect and Microsoft Azure MVP, talking about "Providing reliable SMB shares in Microsoft Azure". Schedule 18:30 - 19:15: Arrival, Food, Drinks & Conversations 19:15 - 19:25: Welcome and Community, Events & News Update 19:25 - 20:10: Gareth Evans (Senior Engineer, DevOpsGroup) - Change Controlled Terraform - Lessons Learnt + Q&A A talk about the challenges and obstacles faced when working with Terraform in an Enterprise Azure environment. This started from a simple idea - can we check for duplicate machine names in Active Directory before joining a VM to the domain? And transformed into a task that too 3 sprints to complete! This is an opportunity for me to highlight the challenges I faced in dealing with a 'simple' request, and the lessons it taught me - both technical and not. Connect with Gareth Evans: - https://www.linkedin.com/in/gareth-evans-43443789/ 20:10 - 20:45: Sam Cogan - Providing reliable SMB shares in Microsoft Azure Many first applications move into Azure are a lift and shift operation utilizing Infrastructure as a Service. If this is a Windows application it will invariably require some sort of SMB file share, but the lack of shared storage in Azure can make providing resilient file services an issue. This presentation covers what options are available for SMB shares in Azure and the benefits and problems associated with these. This includes Azure Files, Storage Spaces Direct, DFSR, Storage Replica and Azure Netapp Files. Follow, connect & learn from Sam Cogan: - https://twitter.com/samcogan - https://linkedin.com/in/sam-cogan-7bbbbb3 - https://samcogan.com/about/ - https://github.com/sam-cogan - https://serverfault.com/users/48/sam-cogan - https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/profile/samcogan/?ws=usercard-mini - https://www.last.fm/user/sam_cogan 21:00 - 21:15: Drinks & Conversations (Continued)

  • Uncovered! Gazprom's DevOps journey / Azure Security Center Introduction

    You're invited to join our 2nd 2019 Meetup at our host Gazprom. We've got two talks lined-up for you this month. First, our host Gazprom will uncover their DevOps journey together with you. Second, Martynas Valkunas, Azure MVP, will introduce you to Azure Security Center. Schedule 18:30 - 19:15: Arrival, Food, Drinks & Conversations 19:15 - 19:30: Welcome, Host Intro and Community, Event & News Update 19:30 - 20:00: Mark Webster - Uncovered! Gazprom's DevOps journey and Q&A 20:00 - 20:45: Martynas Valkunas - An Introduction of Azure Security Center and Q&A Everybody knows that IT security is important, but the word “security” is very broad and most of us don’t know where to start. Plus, with workloads increasingly moving to the cloud, it can become even more confusing. Fortunately, Microsoft Azure Security Center was designed to help you monitor security across hybrid cloud workflows, as well as to detect and react quickly to threats. You will gain an understanding of how Microsoft Azure Security Center can help you keep your cloud resources safe from attackers, and you’ll be able to apply the security configuration to all of your Azure estates. 20:45 - 21:00: Wrap-up, Drinks & Conversations (Continued)

  • WinOps #22 - Getting started with Terraform on Azure

    Please join us for our 1st 2019 Meetup. Mark Gossa will show you how to get started with Terraform and Azure from a WinOps perspective. We're very grateful that Spektrix will be welcoming us at their HQ office with food and drinks. Due to security requirements, we ask all attendees to bring their ID for checks. Agenda: 18:30 - 19:15: Food, Drinks & Conversations 19:15 - 19:30: Community, Upcoming Events & News Update by organiser team 19:30 - 20:30: Mark Gossa - Getting started with Terraform on Azure 20:30 - 21:00: Q&A, Drinks & Conversations

  • WinOps Conf 2018

    Skills Matter | Code Node

    PLEASE NOTE - You must buy tickets through our website: https://www.winops.org/london/ The world’s only dedicated conference to 'DevOps in a Windows World' is back for 2018! We're heading back to CodeNode/Skills Matter on November 15th and 16th for two full days of all things WinOps. Old and new faces alike will be joining us to present, discuss and collaborate as we showcase the latest ideas in DevOps on Windows. The popular half-day workshops on day one will be returning, with the full conference on day two. Early bird tickets are available NOW. Buy yours and secure yourself a place at the world's best conference for DevOps on Windows! Keep up to date with the latest conference news by RSVPing here, or subscribing to our mailing list. You can also follow us on Twitter: @winopsldn. https://www.winops.org/london/

  • WinOps@ Global DevOps Bootcamp 2018

    Microsoft Reactor

    *PLEASE NOTE YOU MUST REGISTER ON EVENTBRITE. LINK AT BOTTOM* Global DevOps Bootcamp is a global event that will be held on Saturday June 16th and is all about DevOps on the Microsoft Stack. Centrally organized by Xpirit and Solidify and offered to you by WinOps London. During this 1-day event we will join (Microsoft) DevOps communities all around the world to talk, learn and play with DevOps concepts. Goals of the GlobalDevOpsBootcamp: DevOps in general Insights into where we are heading when it comes to DevOps and new technologies Get people's hands dirty and let them play with all the good Microsoft DevOps stuff This year's theme will be 'From one release per month to multiple releases a day'. We will kick off with an introduction of a well-known authority in the DevOps space, followed by a keynote from the local partner about where we are heading with DevOps. This time the event is all about DevOps and improving your release cadence. It will help you understand the latest DevOps trends and insights in modern technologies that enable you to release multiple times per day. It is an amazing combination between getting your hands dirty and sharing experience and knowledge around VSTS, Azure, DevOps with other community members. Of course you won't be on your own. During the day you will be supported and guided by local experts who are active in the Microsoft Community. Please head over to the Eventbrite page to register for this event: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/global-devops-bootcamp-2018-reactor-london-tickets-46481030012

  • Meetup #21 - Spektrix


    This month Spektrix are welcoming us to their offices in Blackfriars. They have let us borrow Domenico Musto and Freddie Porter for the evening, who will talk about one of their most recent projects, and how they moved their central session store from DB to Redis. They will cover why they did it, how it was done, and what benefits they've seen from the transition. We also have the DevOpsGuys' Steve Thair talking about cloud adoption: most of the major cloud vendors have published "Cloud Adoption Frameworks" (CAFs"), as have advisory groups like Gartner and Forrester. But what are they, do you need one, and what's the value in adopting one for your cloud journey? Steve will look at 4 Cloud Adoption Frameworks, discuss their relative strengths and weaknesses, talk about the different types of CAFs, different types of cloud adoption strategies and how DevOps could (and should) play a role in your cloud strategy. Bios: Domenico Musto is a Principal Engineer at Spektrix. He has 15 years of experience in software architecture, and is a strong advocate of distributed systems, event driven architecture, automation testing and continuous delivery. Freddie Porter is a Product Owner at Spektrix. Whilst relatively new to engineering, Freddie has over 6 years of experience in supporting theatre and the arts with data-driven processes. His experiences at Spektrix show the challenges facing those outside of the tech world adopting new technologies. Steve Thair has twenty five years of IT experience working for top government and corporate organisations in Australia and the UK, including BNP Paribas, Vodafone and Credit Suisse. Prior to co-founding DevOpsGuys, Steve was the Web Operations Manager for Totaljobs and was responsible for running their online job board platform. Steve’s passion is creating operationally excellent platforms for web applications that are secure, scalable and manageable. He is an expert across a wide range of technologies, with Microsoft web server infrastructure being a specialism. Agenda: 18:30 - 19:00: Arrival, Networking and Welcome 19:00 - 19:30: Domenico Musto and Freddie Porter: A Devops story: Moving session state from SQL Server to REDIS 19:30 - 19:45: Food & networking break 19:45: - 20:15: Steve Thair: Cloud Adoption Frameworks - what are they and why do you need one? 20:30: Finish. Head to a local pub to continue the discussion!

  • Meetup #20 - Microsoft Flow @ Ticketmaster with Jaap

    Automating everything with Microsoft Flow - Jaap Brasser Microsoft Flow is a great workflow automation tool, but most likely PowerShell is not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Flow. In this session, Jaap will show how to integrate Microsoft Flow in PowerShell scripts and vice-versa and highlight the benefits that this provide. This demo-heavy session will feature a lot of PowerShell code and live demos. Bio: Jaap Brasser is a Technical Marketing Engineer at Rubrik and a Cloud & Datacenter Management MVP with a big passion for scripting and automation. As an IT professional Jaap is part of several technical communities, speaks at events and authors articles on a variety of subjects on his personal blog and other websites and magazines. As an active member of the PowerShell community, he supports users by providing answers in forums, blogs about PowerShell and creates and collaborates PowerShell modules and functions. Agenda: 18:30 - 19:00: Arrival, Networking and Welcome 19:00 - 19:45: Jaap's Session - Part 1 19:45 - 20:15: Food & networking break 20:15 - 21:00: Jaap's Session - Part 2 21:00: Wrap up and off to a pub nearby to continue our conversations

  • Meetup #19 - Docker Workshop @ Avanade


    A WinOps First! In March we are hosting a Docker workshop. ** Strictly 20 attendees only ** If you want to attend please email [masked] We will be holding a different style of WinOps this month with a hands on workshop from one of our WinOps partners, Docker. The ever present Elton Stoneman will be on hand to hold the workshop in the swish Avanade offices opposite Mansion House station. Bring your laptops, roll up your sleeves and be ready to learn about the latest developments and best ways to use Docker in a Windows environment. Workshop Run by Elton Stoneman, Developer Advocate at Docker More details to come…… https://www.linkedin.com/in/eltonstoneman/ This workshop has extremely limited space due to the nature of the meetup and you must RSVP directly to [masked], we will be selecting people at random please do not be offended if you’re unsuccessful this time as if it is a success there will be many more like it. Please email with phone number attached as we will be calling people personally in advance to ensure attendance due to extremely high demand. 6:00pm - Arrival and drinks 6:30pm - Docker Workshop kicks off! 8:30pm - Beer and food provided by Avanade 9:00pm - Home time!

  • Meetup #18


    Our first meetup of 2018 will be held at Accenture's offices on Fenchurch Street. The meetup will be on Tuesday 30th January and we will have two great talks on the night. Due to security at this venue, we ask all attendees to bring ID with them on the night. As well as hosting us this month, Accenture have also sponsored the food and drink for the evening. 6:30pm - Arrival and drinks 6:50pm - Welcome talk 7:00pm - Luis Sousa - DevOps AssociateManager at Accenture (https://www.linkedin.com/in/lu%C3%ADs-sousa-09a85019/) Topic: DevOps/Cloud journey to Azure on Monolith Pre-Packaged Applications In a market where more and more companies want to adopt DevOps practices, how do you reconcile that with existing app stacks that are not cloud and automation friendly? I will walk through the DevOps/Cloud journey to Azure of a project that had a rather monolithic stack in place in their datacentre. 7:45PM - Gavin Campbell - Database Developer | Continuous Delivery, functional programming (http://arapaima.uk/) Topic: Database Continuous Delivery with SSDT and VSTS An overview of Continuous Delivery and the benefits such approaches bring in the context of developing database applications with SQL Server. We will take a look at the features of SSDT that faciliate rapid database development, as well as the features of VSTS that can ease development in a shared environment. 8:30pm - Beer and food provided by Accenture 9:00pm - Home time! *PLEASE BRING ID*

  • WinOps #17


    This month our WinOps meetup will be hosted by Moonpig.com at their London Bridge offices. This is the last meetup of 2017 and is bound to be a great one! We have a great talk lined up from Moonpig planned and will also have two more guest speakers on the night. 6:30pm - Arrival and drinks 6:50pm - Welcome talk - 7:00pm: - Amanda Colpoys, Agile Coach at Moonpig Topic: Transforming Technology for Business Growth This case study will cover how Moonpig transformed its technical capabilities to allow for ambitious business growth. We’ll describe how we achieved this through transforming the architecture, adopting continuous integration and deployment, and rolling out a programme of continuous improvement via a technical backlog. 7:30PM - Alex Yates, Data Platform MVP Topic: GDPR and DevOps: Building privacy by design and default In May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force. It's getting pretty sensational headlines regarding the scale of the legal and technical challenges ahead for tech folk like us, as well as the potential penalties. I will examine the technical challenges posed by one key aspect of the GDPR to general software development: “Privacy by design and default”. • Is DevOps suitable for highly regulated environments? • What effect will the GDPR have on the DevOps movement?• Could the GDPR kill DevOps? 8PM - John O'Connor, Senior Release Engineer at Puppet Topic: Puppet Discovery and Puppet Tasks for Windows. Probably the simplest way to start automating. At Puppet we know what challenges our clients and the Open Source community have to face when starting the journey to automation. That’s why we have come up with new products like Puppet Discovery to help you finding out what you have running across the entire IT stack and Puppet Tasks to help you start automating straight away newly discovered resources. Join us to see how Puppet Discovery helps you finding what resources live in your Azure environments and how you can bring those resources under Puppet management or updating them with a simple Task 8:30pm-9pm: Beer and pizzas sponsored by Moonpig! We will also be heading to a local pub afterwards for more networking.