WiFi Captive Portals Making It Difficult To Connect Your Travel Router?

WiFi Captive Portals Making It Difficult To Connect Your Travel Router?

I’m travelling a lot more these days so spending time in hotels is now for winding down and sleeping to minimise the effects of jet lag. Something I find doesn’t actually get any easier the more you travel. I now take my Chromecast with me. It’s just one of those things that just works. No fuss or hassle. So I don’t need to spend time trying to troubleshoot problems.

Migrate Your Static Website to Azure

Migrate Your Static Website to Azure

In the good old days you hosted your website yourself or using a dedicated web hosting provider. Whichever option you chose you needed a machine, virtual or physical, with a full operating system that needed patching, some sort of remote access, web hosting software such as Apache or IIS and some sort of SSH or RDP access. And perhaps it’s own firewall rules. That is a lot of investment for just a blog.

How To Use Hyper-V, VirtualBox and VMware With Multiple Boot Entries

How To Use Hyper-V, VirtualBox and VMware With Multiple Boot Entries

Deciding on a cross-platform virtualisation technology for the Chocolatey team has always been important. But as a team who all use Apple Mac’s it became particularly important when I started sharing virtual environments with them. I use Windows 10. They all use OSX. So we decided to use VirtualBox which had the added advantage of having good Vagrant support, which was used extensively internally.

Running Docker with VirtualBox requires a bit of fiddling. Fortunately Stefan Scherer has put together an awesome solution to do just that but VirtualBox is just flaky at times. Add into the mix the unpredictable nature of Vagrant and running this mix-up of technologies can be a frustrating experience!

Build a Chocolatey Package Repository using Azure DevOps Artifacts Feed

Build a Chocolatey Package Repository using Azure DevOps Artifacts Feed

The Chocolatey Community Repository currently has 6,655 unique packages. When we add up the versions of each of those packages it grows to 65,549. That’s a lot of packages. A lot of storage needed to house them all. And a lot bandwidth needed for you to download them.

But the Chocolatey Community Repository is not for everybody. Chocolatey doesn’t recommend organizations use the community repository directly for several reasons.

Getting Started With Chocolatey 4 Business & Jenkins CI

Getting Started With Chocolatey 4 Business & Jenkins CI

I’ve had an disagreement recently with a colleague about the usage of open-source automation tools, especially Chocolatey in Business environments. A key point of this argument was the integration of new open source tools into long-existing, mostly commercial software based workflows.

One of the main reasons to use Chocolatey in an organization is its ability to integrate seamlessly with already existing automation infrastructure.

Speaking at the DevOps North East User Group

Speaking at the DevOps North East User Group

As I mentioned in my last post, I will be giving my Git Fundamentals - Open up a world of community and collaboration three times this month and now we are ready for time number two! Come along to the DevOps North East User Group to hear myself and Craig Porteous[t|b] talk about The PowerShell Standards Agency and, as I said, my talk on Git Fundamentals - Open up a world of community and collaboration.
I Will Be Speaking At The French PowerShell Saturday

I Will Be Speaking At The French PowerShell Saturday

It’s been a while since I’ve posted. Work. Life. And speaking. Have all taken it’s toll on my time. It’s always at the back of my mind when I come across a problem, solve it and think ‘hey that would make a good blog post’. And then promptly get wrapped up in something else and that solution never gets shared. … but that does lead me nicely to my next big knowledge sharing event (it’s like I planned this post!