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New Blogger in the Family

Written by Tao Yang

I have been blogging for six and half years and to this moment, I’m still enjoying it. Few months ago my better half has decided to start blogging as well. Although my partner also works in IT as a project manager, her real passions are photography and cooking. She has decided to start a blog focused on food and recipes. By doing this, not only she gets to create her favorite dishes, she also gets to take pictures too.

Then there was a lot of preparation to get her started. I helped her registered her chosen domain name, got a WordPress site hosted on the same hoster as my blog and company website, and also bought a lot of cooking, photo and recording equipment. Now her site is up, and she has already posted 4 recipes. You can check it out on http://www.lemontaste.com.au

You can also follow her on the social media:

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lemontasteblog/

Twitter: @Lemontaste_blog

Instagram: @Lemontaste_blog

Please feel free to share the links with your friends and family, it will be much appreciated!

For those who know me and my partner well on a personal level, hopefully you all agree that she is amazing when comes to cooking. Even my 4 year old daughter said to me that “Daddy is a cook, Mummy is a chef!” Together, we have already come up with over 20 recipes that she can blog about. However, given the time and effort required for each blog post, unlike my blog articles, she won’t be able to blog as fast as me. But I promise that I’ll keep reminding her and help her to get them published one at a time. At the end of the day, I really enjoy these blog posts too because I get to eat the leftover from her blog posts – after the photos been taken, then it’s all mine!

Here are some of her most recent dishes (all photos were taken by herself), there are few more on her blog:

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Lastly, if you have any questions, feel free to contact her directly. She will be more than happy to answer them.

Speaking at ExpertsLive Australia in April

Written by Tao Yang

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As many of you may already know, the legendary System Center Universe franchise has been merged with ExpertsLive, which is also a popular community event over in Europe. As the result, the upcoming SCU Australia has been renamed to ExpertsLive Australia. Unlike last year, instead of just an one-day event, it is going to be a two day event, with 3 tracks: Cloud, Data Center and Enterprise Client Management. ExpertsLive Australia 2017 is going to be held at Crown Promenade Melbourne on 6th and 7th of April.

I will co-present 2 sessions with my friend and MVP veteran Pete Zerger (@pzerger). Our topics are:

  1. Discoverying and monitoring your network topology using OMS
  2. Cloud Based Automation Overview

There are many local and international speakers have already been confirmed, such as Alex Verkinderen, James Bannan, Thomas Maurer, Marcel Zehner, David Obrien, and more!

Make sure you check out the event website: http://www.expertslive.org.au and hopefully I’ll see you all there!

Blog Site Recovered–Finally

Written by Tao Yang

If you are a regular visitor of this blog, you may have noticed that this blog has been down since last Thursday, and I’ve only been able to get it back online few hours ago (Monday afternoon my time). The downtime was caused by the server which is hosting my blog. My hoster couldn’t recover the sever, and ended up restored my site from the backup (that they took  on 24th April, which was 3 weeks ago).

Due to the hoster’s lack of ability to maintain my site, I have lost 3 weeks of data (2 most recent blog posts, comments, etc.). Only until today after I talked to their technical support people on the phone, I found out that they only backup my site once a week (and the recent backups were corrupted).

Putting my emotion aside, I have managed to find the Windows Live Writer’s drafts for the 2 blog posts that I lost, and I have just re-published them. I made sure the URLs are still the same as the original ones, but you may see them appear in your RSS feeds again (as duplicate feeds). Also, if you have left any comments on my blog over the last 3 weeks, they are probably gone now.

I apologise for any inconvenience this outage may have caused. I am looking into my own WordPress backup solutions now.

Also, my hosting plan is due for renewal in about a month time, I think I’ve got do something about it Smile.

Gadget Show Off: My Presentation and Recording Equipment for Surface Pro 4

Written by Tao Yang

OK, it’s Friday night, I feel like writing something on this blog. But after couple of glasses of wine, and I don’t really want to write anything technical that requires too much brain power. So I picked an easy topic for tonight. I have been using a Creative Sound Blaster Bluetooth Pre-Amp and a lapel microphone to record my in-person community presentations. Based on my experience, the recording quality from that device is very average. Last weekend, after I recorded my presentation at Global Azure Bootcamp, I have decided to ditch it and look for a better solution. Over the last few days, I spent some time looking for a new Bluetooth microphone to replace the sound blaster device.

For those who know me well, I can be seen as a gadget man. I like playing with gadgets. after few days of research, I ended up with a Sony ECM-AW4 Bluetooth microphone from eBay. In order to test it, I connected all required equipment on my Surface Pro 4, and created a dummy presentation on this very same topic (My presentation and recording equipments for Surface 4), then presented using these equipments and recorded it using Camtasia. You can watch the recording on YouTube:

To summarise, I am using the following devices during the presentation:

1. Sony Bluetooth Microphone ECM-AW4 (http://www.sony.com.au/product/ecm-aw4)

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Although this device is designed for digital cameras and camcorders, it works with your smart phones and computers. There are some noticeable features:

  • range support up to 50 metres
  • supports external lapel microphones
  • supports headphones – for private communication between the camera man (via the receiver mic) and the person in the camera (via the headphone connected to the Bluetooth mic). this communication is not recorded / passed to the recording device.
  • comes with a wind screen to be used to cover the microphone when shooting outside in a windy condition
  • comes with an arm band which allows you to attach the mic on your arm.

 

2. Audio-Technica AT9903 lapel microphone (http://audio-technica.com.au/products/at9903/)

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I’m connecting this mic to the Sony Bluetooth mic only because I have already got it. I’ve also tried using the Bluetooth mic without this external lapel mic, the quality is also pretty good.

3. Creative Sound Blaster Play!2 USB Sound Card (http://au.creative.com/p/sound-blaster/sound-blaster-play-2)

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I had to purchase this USB sound card for my Surface Pro 4 because the 3.5mm audio jack on my Surface does not support microphones. I also have a Lenovo Yoga Pro 3 ultrabook, unfortunately, it is the same case on the Yoga Pro laptop. So no matter which computer do I use for the presentation, I will have to get a USB sound card. Therefore I bought this one because I have been using Creative Sound Blaster external sound cards for many years (right now I have 2 on my desk for 2 NUCs that I’m using as my day-to-day PCs), and this one is very compact – just like a USB dongle.

4. Logitech R800 Presenter (http://business.logitech.com/en-us/product/professional-presenter-r800-business)

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In my opinion, this is a must-have device for all your presentations. It is certainly very popular as I’ve seen many of my MVP friends using the very same device.

5. USB 3 Hub

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Because Surface Pro 4 only has one USB port and I need to connect both the presenter receiver and the Bluetooth Microphone Receiver to it, I have to use a USB hub. I’ve got this Inateck USB 3 Hub with GB Ethernet adapter few years ago for my old Surface Pro 2. It’s good that it still works without having to install any drivers on Surface Pro 4 running Windows 10.

So, I know many of my MVP friends present in many user group meetings, not sure if anyone has come up with other solutions for recording these in-person presentations. I’m pretty happy with this setup I came up with. Overall, it’s very compact, I don’t need to carry too many additional devices with me. If you are looking to achieve something similar, I hope you find this post and the YouTube video useful.

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On the other hand, the recording quality is not as good as my setup on my desktop (Intel NUC) for webinars, but it can be a topic for another day:

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Upcoming Webinar – Capacity Planning using OMS and OpsLogix Capacity Report MP

Written by Tao Yang

As a follow up to my recent blog post Capacity Planning – OMS Vs. OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP, I will be teaming up with the OpsLogix team and deliver a webinar next week. In this webinar, I will demonstrate how to utilize the OMS Capacity Planning Solution as well as the OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP to forecast your infrastructure fabric consumption.

The webinar is going to take place on Wednesday 3rd February, 21:00 UTC. You can find more details about this webinar on OpsLogix’s webiste: http://www.opslogix.com/capacity-planning-webcast/

This is a free webinar, only limited spots available. If you are interested in the topic, please join us next week Smile.

Presenting in System Center Universe Asia Pacific Events

Written by Tao Yang

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As you may have already heard, the biggest System Center community event System Center Universe (SCU) is coming to Melbourne this year. SCU APAC will host a 2-day event in KL, Malaysia followed by a 1-day event in Melbourne. The Malaysian event will be hosted on Tuesday and Wednesday 8th-9th March and the Melbourne event will be hosted on Friday 11th March at Crown Casino.

There will be many Cloud & Data Center MVPs, Hyper-V MVPs including many international speakers attending both events. The session information will be published soon, but let me assure you that attendees will not be disappointed based on what I already know. Additionally, I will co-present 2 sessions with my friends and CDM MVPs Alex Verkinderen (@AlexVerkinderen) and Pete Zerger (@pzerger):

  • Be a hero and save the day with OMS and Power BI (co-Present with: Alex Verkinderen)
  • Modernizing Your Automation Strategy with Azure Automation and OMS (co-present with Pete Zerger)

The Melbourne event organiser, my MVP buddy Daniel Mar (@barkerboy8) from Infront Consulting has asked me to help with promoting this event, and there is currently an Australian Day promotion at AUD $250 per ticket, which is discounted $50 from the normal price of $300. You will also get an additional 10% off if you get 5 or more tickets (which brings down the price to $225 per ticket). You can take advantage of this promotion by following this link: https://systemcenteruniverseaustralia2016.eventbrite.com/?discount=OZDAY

You can find more details about SCU APAC here:

Event website: http://systemcenteruniverse.asia/

For those who will attend these events, I’m looking forward to seeing you there. Smile

Upcoming Community Speaking Events for January 2016

Written by Tao Yang

I am going to speak at 2 community events in January 2016.

On 8pm Wednesday 13th Jan (Dutch time, which is going to be 6am Thursday Melbourne time), I am presenting a session on OMS Alerting and Alert Remediation in a webinar hosted by Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL). Since it is a free webinar, everyone can register. If you are interested, you can find the registration details here: http://wmug.nl/2015/12/23/wmug-nl-webinar-1-january-13th-2016-introduction-to-oms-alerting-hosted-by-tao-yang/

On 6pm Tuesday 19th Jan (Melbourne local time), I am presenting a session on how to write your own PowerShell modules for SMA and Azure Automation at the Melbourne PowerShell user group (hosted by MVP David O’Brien). This is only a local event, so if you are a PowerShell fan and live in Melbourne, please feel free to attend this free event. You can find more information here: http://www.meetup.com/Melbourne-PowerShell-Meetup/events/227032378/

System Center Universe 2016 North America Arrives After New Year

Written by Tao Yang

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As the holiday season is fast approaching, 2015 has only around 10 days left. The first big System Center community event in 2016 would probably be System Center Universe North America, which is going to take place at Dallas, Taxes.

As you may or may not know, System Center Universe was originally started by my friend and fellow CDM MVP Cameron Fuller few years ago. As Cameron is currently busy organising this event, he has asked us to help him spread the words. I’m more than happy to do so because in my opinion, the System Center Universe “franchise” would have to be THE biggest System Center community event globally, and it all started in Texas, by Cameron.

Like 2015, SCU NA 2016 will also be hosted in various simulcast locations around the world. The sessions and speakers have already been announced, you can find everything you need to know from SCU NA’s website: http://www.systemcenteruniverse.com

Cameron has also published a blog post on this: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/12/17/scuniverse-returns-to-dallas-tx-and-the-world-on-january-19th-2016/

For all you Star Wars fans out there, Cameron and the team has also made the first video for SCU 2016: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioJCNJRhlDo

Please help us spreading the words, to keep SCU awesome!

System Center Universe Coming to Melbourne in 2016

Written by Tao Yang

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The biggest community event for System Center would have to be System Center Universe (SCU). This conference is currently conducted in 3 different continent: North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Next year, it is coming down to Melbourne as part of the SCU APAC event. The SCU Australia event is going to take place on the 11th March 2016 at Crown Casino, Melbourne.

Other than the Australian based System Center, Cloud and Data Center Management MVPs (including myself), we are also going to have some globally recognised MVPs as speakers, which will be announced at a later stage once the list is finalised. I can’t drop any names at the moment, but please believe me, based on what I know so far, you don’t want to miss this event!

The SCU APAC event is managed and organised by the Infront Consulting Group APAC team. Currently, they are offering a Christmas special for the conference pass, which is only AUD $200, which is even $50 less than the super early bird special.

You can find the details about SCU Australia from here: http://systemcenteruniverse.asia/australia/

The Christmas special ends 31st December,2015. A promotional email was sent out to many people in the community few days ago. if you didn’t receive the email, you can read it here: http://burl.co/5C33A7B

Lastly, we’d like to see you in the first ever SCU Australia event. You can take advantage of the special Christmas offer and purchase your pass from here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/system-center-universe-australia-2016-tickets-19177081166?discount=SCUAUS_XMAS

Presenting in Microsoft Ignite Australia

Written by Tao Yang

Microsoft Ignite Australia is going to take place in Gold Coast, QLD between 17 – 20 November 2015. I am really honoured to co-present a session with the legend Pete Zerger on Azure Automation. Our session is scheduled for 1:30pm Tuesday 17th Nov. You can find the details of the session here: https://msftignite.com.au/sessions/session-details/1667

So if you are attending Ignite Australia and would like to learn more about Azure Automation, please make sure you come to our session.

Hope to see you all in the sunny Gold Coast next week. Smile