I wanted to share this, and this is nothing new, really its for my own notes as I wanted to share my YouTube channel RSS feed in Microsoft Teams. There are 4 steps you need to take. Navigate to the YouTube channel you wish to add to your RSS feed.   Next we need to view the page source code, right click anywhere on the page to get the context menu and select view page source. You will likely now see something like below, We then need to find the following text hit F3 or CNTRL + F and search for “channel-external-id” Get the valueRead More →

A few months back I won a stream deck for my home office makeover that I have covered a few times here, I am not a streamer but anything that can automate and orchestrate my life to be easy is a win. This is what I have been doing with the stream deck whilst also checking out StreamLabs OBS and OBS for actual streaming content. I have buttons setup for zoom meetings, my Elgato Key Light Airs, some key web sites and tools I use daily and more than once and now this, which is related to screen resolution. If you want to see moreRead More →

This is probably the first online virtual / digital event I have really attended so far this year, of course apart from VeeamON. I have to say that some of the other talk amongst the community has been about platforms not really being able to offer the experience we expect and I think that has to be true for the most part there really has not been that real need to provide a platform this scenario and this scale before. Hashiconf did not disappoint, not only was the platform lightweight and really quite easy and nice to navigate the content was the reason I cameRead More →

Update – It is all gone, thanks to all for jumping on it, will keep you updated on my trials and tribulations when walking down the Pi Cluster route.  It has been a trusty home lab for the past few years but since moving to the new house although it has prime position in the garage it is not being used as I have other resources available to me now. Maybe there is a home for it somewhere. This post will outline the hardware specs for each part I will be parting with. What do I want and this is me being completely honest, IRead More →

This post came about from a tweet from Matt Watts and got me thinking And here we are! NetApp in particular have offerings in both PaaS and IaaS for offering storage services out to their customers, they have Cloud Volumes ONTAP which gives the customer the ability to manage an IaaS approach to Cloud Storage, this is available in the 3 major public cloud offerings (AWS, Microsoft Azure and GCP) This means the underlining infrastructure is managed but you are in complete control of the storage operating systems. There are many others out there that would offer a similar function. On the PaaS side ofRead More →

This post is in no way affiliated to or sponsored by RaspberryPi. I am using this an example in this post to show you the possibility of using this tiny compute module as a desktop computer. Over the past 8,9,10 weeks I have lost count of weeks now its just “day” and I probably should have highlighted this out already across further than the IT community, I mean we know about these little computer boards, we likely all have them in our drawers or serving some sort of function within our houses. Ok, so I have been hearing many people struggling in many households forRead More →

For those that stuck around and watched some of the YouTube videos on the home office setup and read the specs and the story so far. Then we are now almost a month in, and I wanted to share some of the thoughts on the kit I chose and give you the lowdown on how its working out so far. Over the last few months we spoke about the fact I was working on a project to refresh my office setup, little did I know that the world would go into lockdown and everyone would be searching high and low for components to make theirRead More →

No matter where you are in the world you are probably working from home and if you are anything like me probably busier than normal! But it is important to stay on top of things and one of them things should be learning. Normally it’s a privilege to get training access whilst on the job. But I think if you are now working from home you likely need something like a project or some form of education. Over the last 6 months I have been taking advantage of my Pluralsight account that I get through being part of the VMware vExpert Program. I have beenRead More →

I had a plan this weekend to get my Veeam components all updated with the recent release of v10 RTM and I wanted to use Windows 2019 Server Core for some of my proxy components. Lightweight and should be easy to spin up and spin down as and when you need them. Anyway, there were two things I was finding when it came to spin up my new lab using terraform and that was Guest Customisation being a pain. The pain was that the guest customisation just didn’t work on the template that I had, my advice is troubleshoot this for all of 5 minutesRead More →

I have been meaning to write this for a while, I spend a lot of time on a plane and one of the best things I find to pass the time is watching TV shows / series on my iPad. Now I don’t just go after Tech shows but given the industry we are in they do become quite enjoyable to watch. These call outs are in no order at all, I actually expect most of you would have seen the large majority of them. The IT crowd  The IT crowd was probably the first IT related show I at least saw on TV. “InRead More →