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WinOps 2018 Recap

I’ve had the chance to re-visit WinOps London this year, meet a couple of old friends and make new ones – after all, a great event!  I really enjoyed all of the talks and workshops I attended, but following topics somehow really stood out for me. (I am honestly looking forward for the videos being available on YouTube, so I can watch those talks for second time!)

SRE with Steven Murawski and Trond Hindenes

Negating releases is not a solution to face site reliability issues / incidents.

Steven Murawski
If it’s scary. You are not doing it right. Build robust systems: TRUST but VERIFY.

Trond Hindenes
Systems Reliability Engineering” really did feel like a “hipster buzzword” to me (sorry) .. UNTIL I attended those two talks, one from Steven Murawski and one from Trond Hindenes. Steven really gave some important insights in the why, Trond into the how of their experience with SRE in 2017/2018 and they presented some incredible results and numbers (achieved uptime, basically).

Docker with Elton Stoneman

Tearing down monolithic applications does not imply we have to do code changes. Elton Stoneman
To be honest, I never really thought about the possibility of splitting a monilithic app into pieces without having to modify the existing code base. Although I think nobody will ever be on par with Elton in concern of “containerization speed / efficiency”, seeing how a DotNet 3.5 app is split up into a bunch of containers whilist no code changes are being carried out really is an experience. 

Chocolatey with Rob Reynolds

You can’t spell system automation without package management. Rob Reynolds
In the last two years I’ve been lucky enough  see a couple of Rob’s talks and watch how Chocolatey matured and grew both as a tool, and as a company. The fluffy boss unicorn and dancing coworkers in Robs presentations have just been beat by the CCM (Chocolatey Central Management) live demo this time. I can’t wait for this feature to get out of it’s beta phase.

PowerShell with Chris Gardner

Pester is your friend. Chris Gardner
Watching Chris talk about how you should be developing your PowerShell modules really reminded me of a couple of things I tend to forget when I’m down coding.
  • when you’ve got a bug, write testcase for that bug
  • AFTERWARDS, fix that bug!
  • create docs for each public, preferably also for each private function
  • make the docs available!

So that’s my writeup for WinOps LDN 2018. Despite revisiting some topics I kind of forgot about I was lucky enough to get some insights in how folks at other companies tackle problems I’m still facing in my daily work – got a couple of ideas for improvements too, so I’d say – a win 🙂

“Killing Golden Images” at ChocolateyFest

After my wife and I [visited Hawaii], we took a short detour to San Francisco, where I was given the opportunity to give a talk at ChocolateyFest.

After attending WinOps conf in London last year, I was really looking forward to this event, being able to exchange my thoughts on Windows infrastructure automation with experts and other folks working in this area. (Every single talk at ChocoFest was somehow related to the work I’ve been doing for the last two years or so.)

“Killing Golden Images In Your Infrastructure Setups”
Being my first international talk, I must admit that I’ve been quite nervous, and you can definitely see this in the first 3-5 minutes watching the recording of the talk.

I’ve prepared supporting material for the talk on my GitHub page (you can also grab my slides there)

I really enjoyed listening to awesome, informative talks at the event, the evening workshops and coffee-break-chats with Dan, Stefan, Paul, Gary, … and of course, Willi Wonka himself 🙂

Rob Reynolds as Willi Wonka after the event

Looking forward to meeting a lot of you folks at WinOps London 2018 in less than 3 weeks from now!

the case of the missing blog posts

Heya!
As you’ve might have noticed I’ve pulled down nearly all of my technical posts from this blog as well as deleted some of my GitHub repositories. This has several reasons, and I’ve got the feeling that I need to explain myself.

There have been some legal issues concerning code I’ve created for a contractor that wishes to keep certain pieces proprietary – and exactly those pieces were heavily dependent on code I’ve written in my spare time and published on this blog as well on GitHub – I didn’t want to get into arguing of which parts were completely independent from business related topics – so I’ve decided to take everything down.
If you’re looking for those lost blog posts, I’m sorry – I can’t share them anymore, but there’s probably some internet archive where you can still dig them up. When you’re missing my Chocolatey posts specifically, maybe visit the Chocolatey Gitter chat room – there are many folks that are more than capable of helping you with any issue or question you may be facing.

If you’re looking for my old GitHub repositories – there were some forks like this and that. 🙂

Don’t get me wrong – there will be tech stuff on this post in the future, but it’ll be far apart from what I do at work, so it’ll take longer to gather enough material to share …

The other (much more pleasant) reason I’ll take this blog into another, more easygoing direction is the fact that I’ve just got married and want to spend more time with my wife and family 🙂 – My wife is VERY understanding when it comes to me spending time in front of the computer, still there are other things that we both enjoy and want to spend more time with, such as hiking, traveling and photography.

So whats next?

I’m pretty packed at work right now but definitely looking to traveling to Hawaii (kind-of-our-honeymoon-trip) and speaking at ChocolateyFest, where I’ll be talking about how to kill golden images in your infrastructure setups. (So there’ll still be me talking about software automation trying to give something back to the awesome Chocolatey community!) After that I’ll be visiting WinOps London again this year, accompanied by my wife 🙂 – we will spend a couple of days in addition to the event, doing sightseeing and meeting up with some friends. All this time I’ll be accompanied by one of my trusty cameras and (probably) a couple of lenses, trying to “up” my photography and having a great time.

After all, I’ll try to publish the things I’ve initially intended to publish: short stories about me trying to capture certain photos plus the outcomes of it, travel plans & reviews, maybe even little summaries of my “gardening experiments” (I’m growing the ultimate yucca) and of course – whatever comes to my mind that I feel I’ve got to share with whoever is interested in reading this blog (no offense if you’re not ;-)).

Thanks for reading, hope to see you soon!