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CloudSkills.fm

CloudSkills.fm is a weekly podcast with technical tips and career advice for people working with cloud-native technologies. This show is for developers, IT pros, or anyone making a career move into the cloud. Episodes will be short and to the point and will regularly feature experts who share their experiences.This show is hosted by Mike Pfeiffer, a twenty-year tech industry veteran, entrepreneur, Pluralsight author, and Microsoft Azure MVP. If you enjoy the show and want more tips delivered to your mailbox every week, subscribe to CloudSkills Weekly at cloudskills.io/subscribe.

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039: Azure Fundamentals Certification (AZ-900)

In this episode I talk to fellow Microsoft MVP Tim Warner about how to prepare for the Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900) Certification exam. Tim on Twitter Watch this episode on YouTube AZ-900 Exam Page (note the "skills measured") Azure Fundamentals Learning Path (Free Training) Exam Ref AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals You can find a full transcript of this episode on our blog: https://cloudskills.io/blog/episode-039 Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

45mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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017: How To Become a DevOps Engineer

In this episode I talk to Josh Duffney about his transition into a career as a DevOps engineer. Josh is a PowerShell advocate, DevOps engineer, and Pluralsight author. Josh's Blog Josh on Twitter Josh on LinkedIn PowerShell Story Continued Becoming a Craftsman Detaching from Distraction The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

34mins

18 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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011: Cloud Certifications and Azure DevOps Services

In this episode, I talk to Gregor Suttie about tackling the Azure certifications and how to get started working with the Azure DevOps suite of services. Gregor is the Head of Development Services for Sword and he helps run the Glasgow Azure User Group. Gregor's Blog Gregor on Twitter Gregor on LinkedIn Global Azure Bootcamp 2019 - Glasgow Glasgow Azure User Group Tools & Services: Azure DevOps Services, Azure Boards, Azure Pipelines, Azure Repos Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

37mins

12 Mar 2019

Rank #3

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003: Cloud Migration Strategy

In this episode, I answer listener questions about cloud migration strategy and career transitioning into the cloud. Here are the resources I mentioned on the show: Start your cloud migration process Azure Reference Architectures AWS Reference Architectures Cloudamize Zerto Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list for weekly updates as well. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

23mins

15 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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053: Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches

In this episode I catch up with fellow Microsoft MVP Elton Stoneman to discuss his new book "Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches" from Manning Publications. Elton on Twitter Elton's new book: Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches Elton's Blog Docker and Kubernetes for .NET Developers Manning Publications has given us free copies of Elton's new book Learn Docker in a Month of Lunches to giveaway as part of a contest. Enter to win a copy here: https://bit.ly/DockerLunch Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list at cloudskills.io/subscribe for weekly updates, exclusive training, and advice on how to amplify your career. Full transcript of this episode is available at cloudskills.io/blog/episode-053

50mins

11 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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064: The Truth about Cloud Certifications

In this episode I chat with Ned Bellavance and Ethan Banks about the foggy path to cloud certification. What if you chose poorly? How do you prepare? And how do you deal with failure? We answer these questions in this episode and share our own experiences with cloud certification. AWS Certifications https://aws.amazon.com/certification/ Microsoft Certifications https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/certification-overview.aspx Google Cloud Certifications https://cloud.google.com/certification/ Certified Kubernetes Administrator – CNFC https://www.cncf.io/certification/cka/ Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list at cloudskills.io/subscribe for weekly updates, exclusive training, and advice on how to amplify your career. If you'd like to read the full text transcript for this episode head over to cloudskills.io/blog/episode-064

47mins

26 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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050: Microsoft Ignite 2019 with Dan Wahlin and John Papa

In this episode I catch up with industry legends Dan Wahlin and John Papa at Microsoft Ignite 2019. We discussed some of the announcements, and had a great conversation about the current state of serverless, containers, k8s, and more. Dan on Twitter John on Twitter Dan's latest Pluralsight Course on Kubernetes for Developers: Core Concepts John's latest Pluralsight Course on Vue: Getting Started Visual Studio Online - Cloud-powered dev environments accessible from anywhere Azure Functions Premium Plan Now Generally Available PowerShell for Azure Functions Now Generally Available Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to my emails and ask away!

20mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #7

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051: Azure Arc and Hybrid Cloud Management

In this episode I'll chat with Michael Greene from Microsoft about Azure Arc, hybrid cloud, governance, end-to-end management, and more! Michael on Twitter Azure Arc Azure Policy Cloud Governance Guides Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to my emails and ask away!

56mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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049: Serverless Automation with PowerShell and Azure Functions

In this episode I had a chance to catch up with Eamon O'Reilly, Principal Program Manager on the Azure Functions team at Microsoft Ignite 2019. Find out how you can take advantage of PowerShell in Azure Functions, including native support for PowerShell Core 6 as well as the Azure Az modules, and more, to build event-based solutions. Azure Functions PowerShell Developer Guide Event-based automation across hybrid environments using PowerShell in Azure Functions Serverless Automation with PowerShell in Azure Functions Azure Serverless Community Library Microsoft Ignite Podcast Sweepstakes Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to my emails and ask away!

50mins

13 Nov 2019

Rank #9

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004: Get Started with Kubernetes

In this episode, I talk to Anthony Nocentino about getting started with containers and Kubernetes. Anthony is the Founder and President of Centino Systems, well known Pluralsight Author, and Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He recently published a course on installing and configuring Kubernetes and shares his thoughts on this emerging technology in this episode. Here are the resources mentioned on the show: Kubernetes Installation and Configuration Fundamentals Anthony's Blog Play with Docker Docker Deep Dive Play with Kubernetes Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Google Kubernetes Engine Kubernetes Documentation Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

36mins

22 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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036: Azure vs. AWS

In this episode I chat with fellow Microsoft MVP Tim Warner and we discuss the differences and similarities of the Azure and AWS cloud platforms. Azure for AWS Professionals AWS to Azure services comparison Tim on Twitter and LinkedIn Tim's latest Azure course on Pluralsight about Batch Data Processing You can pre-order our new book: Exam Ref AZ-300 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies published by Microsoft Press Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

47mins

28 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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067: Breaking into Cloud and DevOps

In this episode I catch up with Michael Levan on his journey into cloud and DevOps, and we share some ideas on how you can do the same. Resources from this episode: Michael's website: https://www.clouddev.engineering/ Michael on Twitter https://twitter.com/TheNJDevOpsGuy The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win https://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-Project-DevOps-Helping-Business/dp/1942788290/ Accelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations https://www.amazon.com/Accelerate-Software-Performing-Technology-Organizations/dp/1942788339 The DevOps Handbook: How to Create World-Class Agility, Reliability, and Security in Technology Organizations https://www.amazon.com/DevOps-Handbook-World-Class-Reliability-Organizations/dp/1942788002 How to Make the Transition to DevOps Engineer https://cloudskills.io/devops Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list at cloudskills.io/subscribe for weekly updates, exclusive training, and advice on how to amplify your career. If you'd like to read the full text transcript for this episode head over to cloudskills.io/blog/episode-067

30mins

18 Mar 2020

Rank #12

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041: Kubernetes Q&A

In this episode I answer listener questions about Kubernetes with fellow Microsoft MVP Anthony Nocentino. Here are some of the resources we mentioned on the show: Anthony's Kubernetes Courses on Pluralsight Learn Kubernetes on Katacoda Learn Docker on Play with Docker Classroom Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

56mins

2 Oct 2019

Rank #13

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056: Kubernetes in 2020 with Kelsey Hightower

In this episode I catch up with Kelsey Hightower about how to navigate your career in tech and what the Kubernetes landscape is going to look like in 2020. Kelsey Hightower is a Staff Developer Advocate at Google Cloud Platform and has worn every hat possible throughout his career in tech but most enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. Kelsey is a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people smile. When he is not slinging Go code, you can catch him giving technical workshops covering everything from programming and system administration, to his favorite Linux distro of the month. Kelsey on Twitter: @kelseyhightower Kelsey's KubeCon 2019 Keynote Kubernetes the Hard Way Promise Theory—What Is It? Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA) Program Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list at cloudskills.io/subscribe for weekly updates, exclusive training, and advice on how to amplify your career. If you'd like to read the full text transcript for this episode head over to cloudskills.io/blog/episode-056

42mins

1 Jan 2020

Rank #14

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031: Serverless with AWS Lambda and Node.js

In this episode I talk to Slobodan Stojanović and Aleksandar Simovic, AWS Serverless Heros, about serverless development with AWS Lambda and Node.js. Slobodan's AWS Serverless Hero Profile Aleksandar's AWS Serverless Hero Profile Getting Started with AWS Lambda Claudia.js Homepage Slobodan and Aleksandar are the co-authors of Serverless Applications with Node.js from Manning Publications, and we're giving away five (5) copies of their book. Serverless Applications with Node.js: Using AWS Lambda and Claudia.js Enter to win a copy of Serverless Applications with Node.js! Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

31mins

24 Jul 2019

Rank #15

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042: The #1 Thing You Need To Succeed In Your Career

In this episode you'll learn my #1 tip for career success in the tech industry. Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

13mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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027: Closing the Cloud Skills Gap

In this episode of CloudSkills.fm I talk to Bhanu Singh, SVP at OpsRamp, about solving the talent crisis for the Cloud, DevOps, and Site Reliability Engineering skills, and how AIOps can help teams build solutions for the modern enterprise. Bhanu on LinkedIn OpsRamp AIOps platform OpsRamp’s Cloud Skills Survey Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

36mins

27 Jun 2019

Rank #17

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010: Adventures in Building a Startup

In this episode, I talk to Adam Bertram about building and running a startup in the cloud. He's the founder of TechSnips.io, a Microsoft Powershell MVP, Pluralsight and Udemy training course author, and technology writer for both print and online tech publications. TechSnips Adam, The Automator Adam on GitHub Adam on Twitter Adam on LinkedIn Tools & Services: Airtable, Zapier, Azure DevOps Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

37mins

5 Mar 2019

Rank #18

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063: Azure Hybrid Cloud with Thomas Maurer

In this episode I catch up with Thomas Maurer to discuss Azure hybrid cloud scenarios and we answer a bunch of questions from a live audience. Thomas Maurer is a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft and is part of the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI) and engage with the community and customers around the world. He's located in Switzerland, focusing on Microsoft technologies, especially cloud and datacenter solutions based on Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack and Windows Server. Thomas on Twitter Thomas' Blog Azure Arc for Servers Azure Stack Don't forget to subscribe to our mailing list at cloudskills.io/subscribe for weekly updates, exclusive training, and advice on how to amplify your career. If you'd like to read the full text transcript for this episode head over to cloudskills.io/blog/episode-063

47mins

19 Feb 2020

Rank #19

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018: Programming Cloud Infrastructure

In this episode I talk to Joe Duffy, Founder and CEO of Pulumi, about programming cloud infrastructure. Joe on LinkedIn Pulumi website Pulumi Quickstart Pulumi on GitHub Pulumi Community Slack Channel Don't forget to subscribe to my mailing list at askmike.io/subscribe for weekly updates. If you want me to answer your question on the show, just reply to your welcome email and ask away!

34mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #20