Ryan YatesConsultant

Just a dude in his 30's doing things in Tech & trying to break the stigma's around talking about Mental Health
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In IT - Specialising in PowerShell, Automation, DevOps, Azure & Office 365
Outside of IT - Music, Psychology/Mental Health, Science, Law & Politics
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I will make mistakes, but I will always learn from them

Updated 12th July 2023 & again on 20th August 2023 Word of Warning - this post contains some not so nice language, but it’s use is for impact only!! Read on if you are happy to do so As Linkin Park (One of my favourite bands of all time) started with in the lyrics to in In Between Let me apologise to begin with Let me apologise for what I’m about to say But trying to regain your trust was harder than it seemed

My experience as a 7 time awardee of the Microsoft MVP Award

I’ve blogged before about my involvement with the Microsoft MVP Program, always whilst respecting my NDA, over the years since I was first awarded on April 1st 2016 in the Cloud & Datacenter Management award category & no it wasn’t an April Fools joke. I then was awarded each year since then for the yearly award cycle, including the 2022 award cycle. That said, this post will still respect that NDA to the best of my ability, even though I so could easily break it.

When to start using a new tool - pre v1 or not

This post will be a nice short one that allows you to understand when I take a dependency on a tool in any development of production code and is inspired by this question by Waldek Mastykarzn on twitter For a tool like #Microsoft365 Developer Proxy (https://t.co/sYRAexFJPR), do you care if it's v1.x or v0.x? Does it being pre-v1 make you not use it? If so, why? Asking for a friend 😁

PowerShell Update Oddness

Updated 2023-09-26 - Add link to PowerShell Discussion & gist updated Updated 2023-04-13 I have been running a dev system for a number of years that has had every Windows Insider build on it since I got this machine back in December 2019, & along the way we’ve seen plenty of new ways for you to get your hands on the latest versions of PowerShell. These also have some additional update mechanisms too, like via the store and Microsoft Update.

2020 & 2021 recap

Where to start…? 2020 - the rise of the pandemic 2020 saw the whole planet have to deal with Covid19 which impacted almost every sector possible, leaving Tech being one of the few with the least amount of impact. Needless to say I was far far too optimistic about how it would pan out and 2020 was pretty much one of the worst years of my life, & I’ve have some pretty bad ones.

Speaking at PSConfEu 2022

I was lucky enough to be one of the chosen speakers for PSConfEu 2022 which wll take place June 20th - 23rd in Vienna, Austria. I will be speaking about Building a High Quality Resource Module (HQRM) and all the surrounding technology that you need to be able to do so. This isn’t a small presentation in the slightest and has lots of areas to cover, and whilst it will be a lot to cover I am confident that I can manage to get all the right information across for this presentation.

Time for a Lick of Paint - v2

After a good few years with the last rather dated look of this blog as was per below I felt that it was time for a bit of an update. This is especially true as that layout wasn’t really all that responsive (in loading as it was so damn slow or for different devices with different resolutions) and as such for 2022 I wanted a cleaner and much quicker site. Also looking back the site isn’t really all that accessible either which to a much bigger problem to me now than it originally was when I picked that theme.

BCC, Distribution Lists & General Email Etiquette

If you work in a big organisation, or like me, are on a number a of cross organisation distribution lists or listservs, then it’s likely that you have some myriad of email rules that route all emails sent to a specific distribution list to a specific folder. This is a good email management practice as you can then filter your searches to a single folder that should just have conversations related to things sent to that distribution list.

Azure Advent Calendar

Background The Azure Advent Calendar is a collaboration for members of the International #AzureFamily to contribute a video and blog post about a topic of their choice related to the Azure Public Cloud, which was brought to life by Richard Hooper (aka Pixel Robots) & Gregor Suttie two recent UK Azure MVP’s that make up 23 Azure MVP’s out of a total 164 UK MVP’s of which I am one of in the Cloud and Datacenter Management category.

My First Ignite, Speaking and Attending - Done & Dusted - Pt1

This post is going to be all about Microsoft Ignite and my experience as both a 1st time attendee & a 1st time speaker. There’s going to be a lot to read so I highly recommend you go get a brew sorted (tea, coffee, beer, wine etc) before sitting down to read this post which at over 2600 words is quite a read, and this is just part 1 of 2 which focuses on the lead up to Ignite & not Ignite itself which will come in Pt2 of this series.

Speaking at Evolve Conference

You can tell that the end of year conference season is coming up as we’ve just wrapped up PSDayUK, which was a resounding success! Then this week there are a number of events currently going on, and with some of the Black Marble team, currently at Future Decoded, and some more of the team currently at Techorama Netherlands, this week as well, the office has seemed somewhat quiet. Then next Saturday (12th October) there is DDD @ Microsoft Reading (which I am attending) and then in just a short few weeks is Evolve Conference, where I will be speaking on Making Operational Azure Management a breeze.

Speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2019, but not about tech

Yet again I’ve had another acceptance on a session that I have submitted to a conference, this time to Microsoft’s flagship conference, Ignite, this year taking place between November 4th - 8th 2019 in Orlando, Florida. I’ve been accepted for 2 sessions, a 45 minute Breakout session and a 20 minute theatre session, both of which will be brand new to me sessions, and whilst both are completely non-technical, they are incredibly important topics in the Diversity & Inclusion track, something that I have been trying more and more to be better involved with.

Time for a Lick of Paint

After a good few years with the last rather dated look of this blog as per below I felt that it was time for a bit of an update. Though this also coincided with some software updates that I needed to implement as well so I thought I’d do a rolling update of theme, software and plugins and luckily most of it went ok (this time round) Let me know what you think in the comments

Speaking at Ignite on Tour London

You can tell that it’s the beginning of the conference session confirmation season as I’ve had another acceptance on a session that I have submitted to a conference, this time to the London leg of Microsoft’s Ignite on Tour conference on Feb 26th – 27th at the Excel London. The session that I will be delivering is a new to me session called “Using Azure for Good - the story behind mhasl.

Speaking at TechoramaBE

Looking through my emails & twitter on Sunday I was pleasantly surprised to see these two items popup First batch of speaker confirmations has been sent out. We will announce the first 60 sessions in the coming week on our new site! Early bird ticket sale will start on January 21! #techorama pic.twitter.com/l6YRKXiFxY — Techorama (@TechoramaBE) January 13, 2019 Followed closely with the following email From everything I have heard about Techorama, it looks to be a good conference and I am certainly looking forward to visiting Belgium :-)