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Daily Check-In with Ned1313

By Ned Bellavance
A 10-minute, daily podcast from Ned1313 discussing technology, career advancement, and anything else relevant to the IT Professional in a brief, conversational style.
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Daily Check-In with Ned1313

Modernize is the Through Line
We recorded three episodes of Day Two Cloud this week and the common theme was Modern Applications. What does that mean and how does it impact operations and infrastructure? Tune in to find out. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 9, 2021
Serverless Low-Code Nirvana
Low-code and no-code solutions seem particularly poised to take advantage of serverless. Their structure matches what serverless excels at, especially functions as a service. The more business logic I have to do, the more I appreciate tools that don't force me to write code. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 8, 2021
Failure to Focus
I really struggle with focusing on a single area of technology or specialization. I want to do ALL THE THINGS. But that's not a recipe for success, is it? I've been making some hard calls on what I want to focus on and I think I've got more work to do. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 8, 2021
A Fond Farewell
Today was my last episode of Buffer Overflow, and it was an emotional adieu. I'll miss the BO crew and all the ridiculousness we got up to. But it was time to move on. I wish the crew all the best for the future of the podcast, whatever new form it may take. Buffer Overflow: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 7, 2021
Google and Oracle end a Debacle
And it wasn't a pleasant ending, but it was probably the best outcome for software development houses out there. Oracle got a black eye. Google got their way. And now you can make "fair-use" of copyrighted APIs in your software. Congratulations!? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 6, 2021
Content Creation is a Gateway
Creating your own content serves as a resume to prospective employers and clients. Nothing demonstrates your personality and abilities as well as content that you create and make available to others. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 2, 2021
Productivity in Structure and Chaos
What's the right balance of structure and chaos for you? What makes you most productive? Are you driven by spite? Oh, I guess that's just me. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
April 1, 2021
Cloud Security is Fundamentally Harder
The adoption of cloud computing brings with it some serious security challenges. Let's ponder on the difference between on-prem and cloud security. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 31, 2021
Opportunity Cost is Knocking
When someone is creating a toxic environment, it has a much larger impact than you might think. The opportunity cost is high! Are they valuable enough to make it worthwhile? I doubt it. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 31, 2021
It's Not the Heat, It's the Immaturity
On Cloud2030 there was a debate about Jevon's Paradox as applied to complexity. To me that sounds like the wrong concern. It's not the complexity of the platform, it's the maturity. Referenced episode: Jevons Paradox for Complexity? by Podcast [was L8ist Sh9y] ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 29, 2021
Cloud is an Enabler
When you bring your applications to the cloud, it's important to realize that cloud is not a solution. It is an enabler; a toolkit; a service allowing you to build something for your company. It is NOT a panacea, not matter what you might have heard from your friendly cloud provider. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 27, 2021
Content Consumption Constriction
Lately I feel a constant craving to consume more content. And I don't think it's healthy. Time to put myself on a content restricted diet! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 25, 2021
Cloud Adoption Won't Save You Money
The major public cloud vendors will try to convince you that migrating to the cloud will save you money. That is almost never true. But why is that? The answer is Jevon's Paradox. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 24, 2021
Make Yourself Uncomfortable
When you try something new, you're probably going to be a little uncomfortable. The secret is to embrace your discomfort and let it propel you to greater success! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 22, 2021
StorageOS is vSAN for Kubernetes
StorageOS presented at Cloud Field Day 10, and I was one of the delegates. I found their product intriguing. Here's a quick summary of my thoughts. StorageOS free trial: StorageOS presentation - Twitter thread - Cloud Field Day 10 page - Nominate yourself as a delegate! - ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 19, 2021
Website Plagiarism, Don't Do It!
Yesterday I came across a site that was scraping other blogs and publications and republishing as their own. This is the story of my fun adventure as I dug deeper into what was going on. Twitter thread: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 18, 2021
Meetings Are a Waste of Our Time
You know it. I know it. Even tacos know it. Meetings are the great timesuck, and you should Just Say No. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 18, 2021
Building Your Professional Network
Building a network is not a script you can follow, or a program you can run. It's about building personal relationships that will support your career for years to come. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 16, 2021
The Complexity is Always There
Even if the software you use has a slick GUI and great wizard, if you are responsible for support it, make sure you know the CLI and configuration files. Know where the bodies are buried before they bury you. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 15, 2021
Cloud Field Day 10 Wrap Up
Last day of Cloud Field Day 10! We have Veeam, Dell Tech, and Oracle Cloud. And I never thought I would say this, but Oracle Cloud got me interested in learning more. Wowza! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 12, 2021
Crafting a Presentation and Accepting Feedback
Second day of Cloud Field Day 10! Lots of good content today, and a few misses. How do you craft a great presentation? And what if you don't? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 12, 2021
Cloud Field Day 10 - Day 1
It was a packed day with Cloud Field Day 10! Presentations from NetApp, Scality, and Intel. My brain is cooked! See you tomorrow. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 10, 2021
Setting Expectations and Being Kind to Yourself
In this episode you'll be privy to me walking through how to approach my Terraform Tuesday videos. I think it turned out to be an interesting process of deciding what I want to do. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 9, 2021
Drive Innovation and Lower Costs
I know this seems obvious, but the deeper question is how you actually go about those two things. And how can you use public cloud to do it? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 8, 2021
Not All Companies Are Technology Companies
You've probably heard it before. In the era of digital transformation, all companies are technology companies. Here's why that is wrong. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 5, 2021
Thoughts on Content Creation
How long does it take me to create a training course? How do I decide what goes into a solid demo? Here are my brief thoughts on the topic. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 4, 2021
Creating Passive Revenue Sources
Passive income is amazing and potentially life changing. I'm going to share my experience creating courses for Pluralsight, but I think this applies more broadly. The Tweet: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 3, 2021
Microsoft Ignite Special Edition
What's going on at Microsoft Ignite 2021 Spring Fling? There's a few things that I thought were worth sharing. Azure Mover is pretty cool, move resource to different regions: Private marketplace is now GA: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 3, 2021
Limits of Niche Content
Why are there so many Getting Started courses and so little 301 content? Why does so much research deal with the fundamentals and never go in-depth? The problem is simple, niche content is not profitable. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
March 1, 2021
Every Career Path is Different
My career path is not going to be yours. And there is no "right" path when it comes to the tech world. You don't even have to stay in the tech world! You can branch out to other disciplines. Remember to keep your eyes open for what suits you best! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 26, 2021
When Will Satya Leave?
The changing of the guard at AWS makes me curious about the future of Microsoft. Here's what I think might happen in the next two years. Day Two Cloud episode 86: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 25, 2021
Determining Your Market Value
A thread on Twitter from Corey Quinn and a conversation with a friend got me thinking about assessing my market value and whether I would ever consider going to work for a vendor. Short answer? No. Corey's thread: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 24, 2021
Building Educational Materials
Developing content for education takes thought, planning, and focus. You can't just put the pen to paper, you need a plan to guide you through the process. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 24, 2021
Start me up?
Developing a product takes a lot of thought, consideration, and LISTENING. Talk to potential customers, investors, and other folks in your field. Find a problem and develop a solution that matches your customer's expectations. Sounds easy? It's not. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 22, 2021
PowerPoint is so 2020
After using PowerPoint so much in the last week, I'm starting to wonder if it is the best way to communicate complex ideas. Or ideas at all! Maybe it's time to explore some alternatives. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 19, 2021
Maybe remote isn't all that great…
I was so pumped when I started working from home 100%. Much less so when my kids started school from home 100%. But it was the pandemic. As we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel, I'm a little concerned about how work and school have infiltrated the home. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 19, 2021
Are You Pragmatic?
When I find myself hesitant to adopt a new technology, I have to ask. Am I resistant because I'm being pragmatic, or do I just not want to learn a new thing? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 17, 2021
Getting Disorganized
For as productive as I am, I am also amazingly disorganized. For the most part I've learned to accept it, but I'm curious if there's something out there which works for you? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 16, 2021
Naming is Hard
Naming products is hard, but don't just jump on the latest product marketing bandwagon by adding Ops or spelling your product with a K. You can do better! I know you can. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 15, 2021
Keep It Simple
There's a reason I originally started with such a simple setup for The Daily Check-In, and then I absolutely let myself run away with it. That was a bad idea and here's why. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 12, 2021
Knowing When to Say When
This day has been a total drag. And sometimes it's important to know when to say enough and walk away instead of beating your head against a wall. You win today wall, but I'm coming back tomorrow with a sledgehammer. HashiTalks Registration: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 12, 2021
Leading with Empathy
Are you working in a consulting role or thinking about becoming a consultant? I have one word of advice, and that is to lead with empathy. It will make you a better consultant and probably a better human. Day Two Cloud Episode 084: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 10, 2021
When I'm 64?
The way that we think about retirement is weird, and is probably in for a big kick in the grandpa pants. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 10, 2021
Tape is Dead! (Long live tape)
And here I thought magnetic tape would be consigned to the dustbin of history. Boy was I wrong! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 8, 2021
Welcome to Consulting
Going into consulting was one of the most challenging and rewarding things I did in my career. In this episode I will talk a bit about my experience, and some of the pitfalls of being a consultant. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 5, 2021
Go Outside!
One of the best things you can do for yourself is go outside and breath some fresh air. Get up close to some nice trees and maybe even give them a hug. No I am not kidding. In this episode I talk a little about my journey of becoming a runner, and how I came to it late in life. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 5, 2021
Compute as a Fundamental Right
Could access to the internet and cloud computing be a fundamental human right? Here are my thoughts on the topic. Also, check out this episode of Day Two Cloud to hear more: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 3, 2021
Opportunity Cost
Each thing you choose to do also means you are choosing not to do something else. Here are my thoughts about how that applies to work and personal life. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 3, 2021
Immutable Infrastructure and Snow
I was meditating on the way that snow starts out pristine and unblemished, but is soon ruined by people. And that got me thinking about immutable infrastructure and where the promise falls short of the practice. It was an interesting thought, and I hope you enjoy it! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
February 1, 2021
Welcome Back!
Hey y'all! I'm bringing The Daily Check-In back, but only in audio format. This is a stripped down version that I can easily do over a cup of coffee in the afternoon. The videos were getting far too elaborate to keep up with the daily cadence. But this? This I can do. Check out this episode of Day Two Cloud that inspired my thoughts:  --------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website:
January 29, 2021
The Last Daily Check-In
I've been giving this a lot of thought, and I have decided to stop doing the daily check-in videos. Let me clarify: I am STILL going to do      YouTube videos on a regular basis. I am STILL going to do      Terraform Tuesdays. I STILL LOVE TACOS! In many ways there is not much actually changing, except the daily nature of my videos and the greeting. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 22, 2020
Manage RBAC - CKA
The first objective of the "Cluster architecture, installation, and configuration" domain is to Manage RBAC. In this video, I am going to review what I've learned so far regarding RBAC in Kubernetes. You can read the docs for yourself here: And you can check out my guide thus far here: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 19, 2020
Setting up my lab for CKA
As part of my preparation for taking the CKA exam, I am going to be creating a lab environment for installing Kubernetes. Let me take you through what I have set up so far, and a few speed bumps I encountered along the way. Plurasight course: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 18, 2020
Quantum ActiveSync is S3 On-Prem
I was a delegate for Tech Field Day 22 going December 9th through the 11th of 2020. Quantum presented on the first day, December 9th, about their ActiveScale product that provides object-based storage at scale for customers that need an on-premises solution. It's clear that the solution is well engineered and designed for high-durability and availability, as long as you don't mind a little delay in getting your data. Here are my thoughts on what they presented and how it might fit into your organization. You can check out the event details here: And here's my Twitter thread during the live event: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 17, 2020
Terragrunt? Probably not.
I've had a couple viewers ask me about doing a video about using Terragrunt. After going through the getting started, and playing with it a bit, I'm left scratching my head. Don't get me wrong, the tool works. I just don't know why I would use it. Here's where I think it made sense, and why it might not anymore. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 16, 2020
Red Hat at the Edge
I was a delegate for Tech Field Day 22 going December 9th through the 11th of 2020. Red Hat was one of the presenters on December 10th, and they came to talk about two things: OpenShift for Developers and OpenShift at the Edge. Since I am no developer, my area of interest was in what Red Hat is doing at the Edge. We talked about some interesting architectural challenges and maybe got a hint of things to come. You can check out the event details here: And here's my Twitter thread during the live event: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 15, 2020
VMware Cloud DR is Good Enough?
I was a delegate for Tech Field Day 22 going December 9th through the 11th of 2020. VMware present on the final day, December 11th, about their Cloud DR product, based on the acquisition of Datrium. Product market fit is a tricky thing, and it's something that VMware's Cloud DR team is working on. Their product certainly fits a specific type of customer. And if you're that customer, you'll be pleasantly surprised! If not, you will be a sad puppy. So is VMware Cloud DR good enough for you? Let's see. You can check out the event details here: And here's my Twitter thread during the live event: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 12, 2020
Veeam Loves Mobility
I was a delegate for Tech Field Day 22 going December 9th through the 11th of 2020. Veeam presented on December10th, and there was a focus on disaster recover and mobility. I found the mobility conversation really interesting. What do I mean by mobility? Glad you asked! Let's chat about why you might want to have mobility as an option on your data protection software. You can check out the event details here: And here's my Twitter thread during the live event: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 11, 2020
Commvault and Kubernetes - Tech Field Day 22
I was a delegate for Tech Field Day 22 going December 9th through the 11th of 2020. Commvault was the first presenter of the event, and they came out swinging for the fences. We looked at the updated Commvault Command Center, services offered through Metallic, and their software defined storage acquisition Hedvig. I had three big takeaways: Commvault is serious about      adopting cloud Commvault is experiencing a      SaaS/legacy tension with Metallic Kubernetes is still an      emerging category for data protection You can check out the event details here: And here's my Twitter thread during the live event: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 10, 2020
What's New in Terraform 0.14?
Terraform 0.14 is now GA and it brings with it a whole host of new features that I am excited about. Let's talk about a few of them including: Marking variables as      sensitive Terraform providers lock file Support for future state file      versions Concise diff renderer and      terraform plan refresh Terraform console      enhancements Full list of changes is here: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 9, 2020
Pick Your Poison (Choose Wisely)
When you start to create technical content, it's usually spurred on by an issue you encountered or a discovery you want to share. You're feeling passionate about the tech, for better or worse. The best content out there is made by those who have a connection to the technology and not just a passing interest. How do you select which tech to talk about? And what if you pick the wrong one? ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 8, 2020
Certified Kubernetes Administrator - Study Guide
To help me focus and study for the CKA exam, I have started a public GitHub repository to function as a CKA study guide. Each week I will focus on working through the domains and objectives in the exam, and I will add them to the study guide. Hopefully, I will add some code examples as well. Others are welcome to contribute or just follow along! Repo here: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 5, 2020
Raspberry Pi PXE Boot FAIL
My goal was to get my Raspberry Pi 4 to PXE boot, and I failed. A lot. Like multiple times over the course of four hours. And that's normal. That's just how technology works. We tend to talk a lot about our successes and how awesome the things we do are, but not enough about failure. Well, here you go. A whole video that ends in my failure. Enjoy! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 4, 2020
AWS Embraces Hybrid at re:Invent
There were a lot of announcements made at the day one re:Invent 2020 keynote, and they all followed the reinvent idea very closely. They also embraced the fact that not everything is going to move to AWS, and maybe it doesn't have to. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 3, 2020
Creating Modules in Terraform
Here's a basic overview of what modules are and how to create one in Terraform. We'll also get into some best practices for creating modules, where you can publish them, and how to use existing modules. It's gonna be a hoot! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
December 2, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Larry Smith Jr.
Today I am joined by Larry Smith Jr., CTO of Aspec Core Services. Larry has been in the IT industry a long-time and recently started his own consulting company. We talk about the events that led up to that decision and how much work it takes to get a new company off the ground. Spoiler alert: It's more about the people than it is the technology. You can find Larry on Twitter ( and LinkedIn ( And you can find out more about Aspec Core Services on their website ( ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub: 0:00 Intro 1:04 Larry's Background 3:14 The Lightbulb Moment 7:40 Making the Leap 10:18 Evolving Your Business 16:39 Summing It Up!
December 1, 2020
Vault Certification: Transit Engine
The final objective in the Vault Certification is all about using the Transit Engine. In this video we'll go over how to enable the Transit engine, create and rotate keys, and encrypt/decrypt data. Vault certification guide: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 28, 2020
Moving Resources in Remote State
This is based off a viewer question I received via Twitter. They wanted to know about moving resources from one configuration to another when using remote state. How can they do this without recreating anything? Specifically, they have resources deployed in two regions of AWS, with the remote state being stored in a single S3 bucket. They would like to split the state file into two S3 buckets, each in the region associated with the resources. In this video, I will show how to do exactly that. Here's a really good Medium post that also details the process, including what to do if you have an existing state file: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 25, 2020
Certified Kubernetes Administrator Planning
The best way to motivate myself is to set a goal or a date and plan towards it. It worked for my first marathon, my first half iron man, and most of the certifications I've achieved. Now I've signed up to take the CKA exam on January 22, 2021. Let's talk about why I chose to sign up for the exam, how I plan to prepare, and what my current skill set looks like. Study posts: Jamie Phillips: Chris Wahl: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 24, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault Architecture - Part 5
Rounding out the Vault Architecture objective, we are going to get into response wrapping and short-live, dynamically generated secrets. Vault certification guide: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 21, 2020
What is PXE Boot?
Let's talk about PXE booting! Before we set anything up, it's important to get a grasp on the fundamentals. In this video I am going to cover DHCP, the DORA process, and how PXE and TFTP fit into the process. It'll be a hoot! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 20, 2020
You Don't Need a Service Mesh
On the first day of KubeCon the thing I heard most clearly was that you don't need a Service Mesh. There were two panels, both of which had Matt Klein in them, that were talking about Service Mesh. The gist of the conversation was that Service Meshes are not quite ready yet. That they add tremendous complexity along with clear benefits, but those benefits are only realized by certain types of applications and organizations. I thought I would reiterate this a bit and compare it to the larger tech world and Kubernetes at large. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 19, 2020
Playing with Terraform Functions
Terraform comes with a ton of functions, and often you might be unsure of how they work. Luckily, you can use a combination of terraform console and local values to test out every function they have. Terraform Tuesdays repo: Terraform certification guide: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 18, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Betty Junod
Today I am joined by Betty Junod, VP of Marketing at She shares her career history becoming an accidental marketing person, crafting words into stories and messages. The best piece of career advice she ever received had to do with the perception of time and planning for the long-term instead of constantly fretting with FOMO. You can find Betty on Twitter ( and LinkedIn ( And you can find out more about on their website ( ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 17, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault Architecture - Part 4
HashiCorp Vault doesn't require an agent, but there are some benefits to using their agent and secrets caching. We're going to get into those two objectives in this week's Vault Certification video. Vault certification guide: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 14, 2020
Home Lab Network Upgrade
After setting up my new lab gear, I discovered that my wireless router wasn't able to handle VLANs and NAT-P for the lab networks. Total bummer! That meant it was time to upgrade to a new router and get my layer 3 on. I ended up going with the Edge 10X router from Ubiquiti and it does not disappoint. Let's take a look at my updated network and the config on the Edge 10x router. EdgeRouter 10X: Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 13, 2020
Dark Times for Intel
Intel has fallen on hard times. Their stock price is down, they can't seem to get chips out on time, and AMD is eating their lunch. What caused this precipitous fall? What is driving the market right now? And what can Intel do to get back on top? That's the topic for today's video. Patreon: Website: Pluralsight: GitHub:
November 12, 2020
Moving Resources in Terraform State
Terraform keeps it's view of the world in a state data, but what if you need to make changes to your configuration without impacting the real-world resources? Enter the mighty 'terraform state mv' command enabling you to do wonderous things like: Change the address of a      resource in your config Move resources into a module Move resources into a new      state file and config Shout out to VamsiB for suggesting this as a topic! You can find my Pluralsight courses here: And you can always find the example files here: And, and you can find my Terraform certification guide here:
November 11, 2020
Checking in on the Daily Check-In
This is the 150th video I've done for The Daily Check-In and I thought  it was time to do a little introspection. Not that I'm trying to pat  myself on the back for getting to 150 videos, it just seemed like an  auspicious moment to consider the future of the channel and podcast.  Which appeals most to you?    1. Increase quality and effort with a Patreon 2. Simplify and lower intricacy 3. Reduce output and improve quality    Check out the Day Two Cloud podcast:
November 10, 2020
Running HashiCorp Vault on Azure Container Instances
One of the many ways to run HashiCorp Vault is within containers. Typically you would do this with Kubernetes or ECS, but what if you were looking for a way to run Vault with a public endpoint for the lowest cost possible? Why not use containers on demand? Specifically, using Azure Container Instances. Today's check-in includes a lightning talk I did during HashiConf Digital 2020 outlining exactly how you could go about run Vault on ACI, using Azure Key Vault for auto-unseal and Azure Files for state storage. You can find the deployment files on my GitHub: You can also check out the Day Two Cloud episode where I talk about the talk and much more from HashiConf here:
November 7, 2020
Running Ubuntu ARM on Raspberry Pi ESXi
It wouldn't matter much that you can run ESXi on a Raspberry Pi if you couldn't also fire up some virtual machines on it as well. Let's take a look at firing up Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ARM edition on a virtual machine. Then we'll see if we can VMotion that VM from one RPi to another without shared storage. Finally, we'll check out deploying from a template, just like you would on regular ESXi. It's wicked awesome! Ubuntu ARM download: VMware Tools for Ubuntu on ARM: Samsung 128GB thumb drive on Amazon:
November 6, 2020
Multicloud and Disaggregation
What is my prediction for 2021? I think we will see the continued rise and expansion of disaggregated computing driven largely by Edge and alternative cloud providers. In this video, I'll get into why I think that and what other factors support that change.
November 5, 2020
Terraform and Boundary - Part 2
Boundary is a new product from HashiCorp and in this video, we'll take a  look at how you can deploy Boundary on Microsoft Azure with a reference  architecture.   In the next video, we will deploy the Boundary architecture in Azure  using Terraform. And then we will add hosts and grant access to those  hosts also using Terraform. Should be fun!    Terraform Tuesday GitHub Repo:
November 4, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Bobby Allen
Bobby Allen got on the cloud computing train back in 2012 and hasn't stopped moving! He's got some great advice for you about how to move your career forward, get great advice, and take proper care of yourself to avoid burnout. You can find him on Twitter: His big three pieces of advice: Change  Three things you can change: role, residence, and relationship  Change one is hard, two is difficult, three is dangerous Relationships  Listen to your partner/spouse  Don't let your pride stop you from hearing Rest  Quote from Rick Warren  Divert daily  Withdraw weekly  Abandon annually
November 2, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Angela Andrews
Angela Andrews is a Solutions Architect at Red Hat, a recovering  sysadmin, and organizer of #PythonForAll. In this episode she shares  some of the best advice she ever received, and they are  super-pragmatic!      - Learn how to do everything on the command line   - Start your own blog to host original content     You can find her on Twitter:     You can find Michelle Laverick on Twitter too:
October 28, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault Architecture - Part 3
Time to get into the internal guts of HashiCorp Vault by discussing its  architecture. This is the third video for that objective. We're going to  talk about Vault clustering, high availability, and replication.    Vault Cert Guide - Day Two Cloud podcast -
October 24, 2020
Adding Raspberry Pi ESXi to vCenter
We are going to take a set of Raspberry Pi's running the new EXSi ARM  Fling and get them joined to a vCenter server. Along the way I learned a  few things about NTP and certificate issues.
October 23, 2020
Introducing Waypoint from HashiCorp
HashiCorp introduced Waypoint at HashiConf last week, and I wasn't going  to do a video about it, but more than one person asked me to. It's a  developer-centric tool and I'm not a developer. That being said, I do  work with things like SCM, CI/CD, and IaC. So maybe there's something in  Waypoint for little old me.   Check out the project here:
October 22, 2020
When Terraform met Boundary - Part 1
Over the next two videos, I am going to dive into Boundary's Terraform  provider. In this video, we'll talk a little about what Boundary is, how  Terraform can assist with it, and go through an example of how to  create resources on Boundary using Terraform.   In the next video, we will build out a Boundary architecture in Azure  using Terraform. And then we will add hosts and grant access to those  hosts also using Terraform. Should be fun!    Check out the Boundary project here:    GitHub for Terraform Tuesdays:    Terraform cert guide:
October 21, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Holly Lehman
Holly Lehman, Program Manager at Microsoft and all around incredible  human being joined me to share her thoughts on build a tech career from  the outside.   Her tips are:   - Embrace your impostor syndrome and challenge it   - Focus on the unique things you bring to the table   - Participate in a mentorship program   - Get out of your comfort zone     You can find her excellent YouTube channel, Head in the Cloud, Heart in  the Community here:    And follow her on Twitter: @Lehman__Holly
October 20, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault Architecture - Part 2
Time to get into the internal guts of HashiCorp Vault by discussing its  architecture. This is the second video for that objective. We're going  to talk about the storage backend of Vault! It's pretty exciting stuff,  especially with integrated storage in 1.4.    HashiConf Digital -  Vault Cert Guide -
October 17, 2020
ESXi on a Raspberry Pi
VMware recently released their Fling for running ESXi on ARM-based CPUs and that includes Raspberry Pis. Let's walk through the process of getting ESXi installed on a Raspberry Pi in my home lab. Here's the fling page where you can get the official bits for yourself:
October 16, 2020
Announcing HashiCorp Boundary
At HashiConf Digital today, HashiCorp revealed one of two new products.  Called Boundary, it is a secure access management solution aimed at  providing on-demand access to dynamic infrastructure environments  leveraging multiple authentication methods.  You can read more about the project here:
October 15, 2020
Terraform Kubernetes Operator
You can use the Terraform Kubernetes Operator to deploy Terraform configurations using Kubernetes constructs like ConfigMaps, Secrets, and the custom resource Workspaces. In this video, I'll walk through what's involved with using the Terraform Operator and what it actually does. GitHub Page: Setup Instructions from HashiCorp: Terraform Tuesdays GitHub:
October 14, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Tanya Janca
The amazing Tanya Janca joined me to talk about some of the best career advice she ever received, including such highlights as:    - Do more of what you want and less of what you should  - Don't let guilt or money stand in your way  - Consider the worst case scenario  - Take the leap!   You should go check out Tanya's new company:   AND you should go pre-order her book!
October 13, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault Architecture - Part 1
Time to get into the internal guts of HashiCorp Vault by discussing its  architecture. This is going to be the first of several videos on the  objective. We're going to start with how data is encrypted in Vault, and  how the seal and shamir secret plays into that.    HashiConf Digital -  Vault Cert Guide -
October 10, 2020
Home Lab Networking Adventures
I bought a Cisco 3560-X switch for my home lab. Here's how I set up my  networking, and also how I ran into a bit of an issue. Hint: home WiFi  routers are not very smart.    Here's the router I bought:
October 9, 2020
Pure Storage at #TFDx #VMworld
On October 6th, Pure Storage presented at Tech Field Day Extra for  VMworld. There were two big takeaways for me: FlashStack shows HCI isn't  all that and Port Worx was a really good idea.   Tech Field Day presentation:   Pure Cloud Block Storage post:
October 8, 2020
Terraform 0.14 and Future Demos
Terraform 0.14 is in alpha, but I've been tracking some features, you  can see them here:    There also some interesting stuff with Terraform for CDK and Kubernetes  Terraform for CDK -    Terraform for CRD let's you deploy a Terraform config using a Terraform  operator and custom resource definitions  Which one do you want to see? Let me know in the comments and I'll  create a demo for next week.
October 7, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault API
Time to tackle some basics with the Vault API using our good friend  curl. We are going to review how to authenticate, access a vault secret,  and navigate the API in general.    Objective 8: Be aware of the Vault API  8A: Authenticate to Vault via Curl  8B: Access Vault secrets via Curl    Certification Guide:
October 3, 2020
Setting up my new Supermicro Server
I recently purchased some new Supermicro servers for my homelab. This  video will show how to install components into a Supermicro SYS-E200-8D  server, including RAM, SSD, and NVMe storage. And it will show how to  install the rail kit for this 1U mini-server.   Server on MITXPC:    - You can get 2% off your purchase with the code: VIRTUALLYGHETTO2OFF   32GB DIMMs: 1 TB SSD: 500GB NVMe drive:   Thanks to David Davis for the tip!
October 2, 2020
Project Monterey at VMworld 2020
VMware announced Project Monterey yesterday during the keynote at  VMworld 2020. Let's talk about what the project is, how different  networking vendors are involved, and how ARM factors into it.    Summary: Pensando PR: Amazon Nitro: Eric Wright's blog:
October 1, 2020
Google Cloud with Terraform
I'm working on a project to use Terraform with Google Cloud. It's  complicated! Things I learned:  1. Google does not have a native MongoDB service 2. Everything lives in a project 3. APIs are NOT enabled by default   How to create a Terraform Service Account to create Google Cloud  projects:   Terraform cert guide:   Vault cert guide:   Terraform Tuesdays Github:
September 30, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Jeremy Morgan
Jeremy Morgan joins me today to share his three H's of career advancement: stay hungry, stay honest, and stay humble.
September 29, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault UI
We are going to cover how to use the Vault UI to do some common tasks.   Check out my new Vault Certification guide:
September 26, 2020
Planning My Home Lab
After doing a bunch of Raspberry Pi things, I've been consider what I  want to do with my home lab and what I want to get out of it. Here's  what I've come up with.   Let me know what you want to see in the home lab! I'm going to be  building, configuring, and all kinds of other 'ings.   Power to the Polls!:   These are not referral links: - SuperMicro SYS-E200-8D server: - Server Monkey for used servers:
September 25, 2020
Microsoft Ignite 2020 Highlights
The highlights for me are around Azure Arc, Azure Stack, and Azure  VMware Service. In this video I'll explore each on in turn and explain  why each one matters for Microsoft and the larger tech ecosystem.
September 24, 2020
Terraform Cloud: Using the CLI
You don't have to use a version control system to get in on Terraform  Cloud! In this video, I'll show you how to get start with Terraform  Cloud from the CLI.
September 23, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with Keith Townsend
Keith Townsend joins me today to share what the best career advice he ever got was and how it changed his life. Keith's BCAE moments?   1. It takes 10 years to get 10 years of career experience 2. You don't like management 3. Remove every excuse others will use to stop you
September 22, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault CLI - Part 3
We're going to wrap up the topic by looking at enabling and configuring  secrets engines, and checking out Vault environment variables.
September 19, 2020
USB Boot on Raspberry Pi 4
SD cards have a pretty high failure rate on Raspberry Pi's. The  Raspberry Pi 4 recently started supporting boot from a USB mass media  device. Here's a little tutorial on how to get started.  FYI - the boot from USB 100% worked after the video. It grabbed the same  IP address and I was able to SSH into it.
September 18, 2020
Kubernetes is the New Storage Battleground
With the acquisition of Portworx by Pure, it got me thinking about the  evolution of storage for Kubernetes and what the landscape looks like.
September 17, 2020
Getting Started with Terraform Cloud
Terraform Cloud is free for up to five users and it has some pretty cool  features. In this video, we'll see how it can be integrated with GitHub  to create your infrastructure automagically!
September 16, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever with David Davis
David Davis joins me today to share what the best career advice he ever got was and how it changed his life.  1. Stay hungry  2. Don't be complacent  3. CANEI - Constant and Never Ending Improvement
September 15, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault CLI - Part 2
We are going to continue our little journey into the Vault CLI by focusing on configuring authentication methods and policies.   GitHub Repo:
September 12, 2020
K3s on RPi: Part 2 - Making the Cluster
This time we're going to try and set up a full cluster and see what  happens. I'm using v1.19.1 of K3s which is experimental, and that equals  fun.  SPOILER - using experimental features doesn't always work out the way  that you want, i.e. epic fail.
September 11, 2020
WASM and the DevOps Divide
As I'm learning more about Web Assembly and its potential, I'm also realizing how blended Dev and Ops are becoming. This is going to continue, so if you're a pure Ops person, now is the time to change, learn, and adapt.
September 10, 2020
Azure Quickstarts with Terraform - Daily Check-In for September 08, 2020
Looking around this week, I found a cool repository of Terraform  configurations that translate existing Azure Quickstarts to use  Terraform. Let's see how far I can get!    The GitHub repo:  Azure Quickstarts repo:
September 9, 2020
Best Career Advice Ever. - Daily Check-In for September 7, 2020
What is the best career advice you ever got and how did it change your  life? I can point to two separate occasions where someone said something  to me that shifted my perspective forever.
September 8, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault CLI - Part 1
We are going to get into the Vault CLI in this episode. Specifically,  we'll talk about using the Vault CLI at a high level and some of the  various authentication methods to log into Vault.
September 5, 2020
K3s on RPi: Part 1 - Daily Check-In for September 3, 2020
I tried to set up a K3s cluster using three Raspberry Pis. It did not go  smoothly. In this first part of the series I will cover the initial  setup, difficulties I encountered, and what I hope to accomplish.
September 4, 2020
Service Mesh Hub-bub - Daily Check-In for September 2, 2020
There has been an explosion of Service Meshes out there. What does the  current landscape look like, and are there some common patterns or  things to remember?
September 3, 2020
Terraform + Vault - Daily Check-In for September 1, 2020
How can Terraform and Vault work together?   - Terraform can configure Vault   - Terraform can get secrets from Vault   - Terraform can get dynamic credentials from Vault    Check out Josh Duffney's new Ansible Book:
September 2, 2020
Avoiding Burnout - Daily Check-In for August 31, 2020
As the pandemic drags on many of us are hitting a breaking point. We all  collectively hoped that Autumn would bring some semblance of normality.  That's not going to be the case. What can you do to step back and avoid  burnout?
September 1, 2020
Vault Cert: Secrets Engines - Daily Check-In for August 28, 2020
This is part 2 for Object 5 in the Vault certification. We'll be talking  more about Vault Secrets Engines, including the Transit Engine and  selecting an engine based on used cases.    5 Compare and configure Vault secrets engines  5a Choose a secret method based on use case  5b Contrast dynamic secrets vs. static secrets and their use cases  5c Define transit engine  5d Define secrets engines
August 29, 2020
One Hundred Episodes - Daily Check-In for August 27, 2020
I'm now over 100 episodes of the daily check-in. How are things going?  How have things changed? And what's the plan for the future?
August 28, 2020
Cloud 2030 - Daily Check-In for August 26, 2020
What do you think cloud computing will look like in the year 2030? Rob  Hierschfeld and friends have started a group to discuss this very topic.  Why not join into the conversation?    Link to Mighty Networks:  Link to L8ist Sh9ny podcast:  Intro video:
August 27, 2020
GitHub Actions with Terraform - Daily Check-In for August 25, 2020
How do you use GitHub actions to automate the validation and deployment  of Terraform code to your environment? That's the topic for this week.  You can hear more about GitHub actions on an episode of Day Two Cloud we  did with Chris Wahl.    Dot Net Liverpool Meetup:  Day Two Cloud Episode:  Terraform Cert Guide:
August 26, 2020
IT is a Service - Daily Check-In for August 24, 2020
Interesting Twitter post last week asking about what service job you had  as a youth and what lessons you learned. Here's what I learned from  working food service and retail.
August 25, 2020
Vault Cert: Secrets Engines - Daily Check-In for August 21, 2020
We're going to get started on Objective 5 by talking about Vault secrets  engines. I think the objectives are in a weird order, so let's do them  in reverse. First up, we'll define a secrets engine.   5 Compare and configure Vault secrets engines 5a Choose a secret method based on use case 5b Contrast dynamic secrets vs. static secrets and their use cases 5c Define transit engine 5d Define secrets engines   My Terraform certification guide: 
August 22, 2020
Data Governance at the Edge - Daily Check-In for August 20, 2020
Data being generated at the Edge is going to increase exponentially. How  do we apply proper data governance to an immense volume of data? Do  existing approached work? How does AI factor into it?
August 21, 2020
Why Multicloud Makes Sense - Daily Check-In for August 19, 2020
Unpopular opinion I guess. Multicloud makes sense and you're probably already doing it.
August 20, 2020
Terraform Active Directory Provider - Daily Check-In for August 18, 2020
The Terraform Active Directory provider is now available. I took it for a spin and found some interesting challenges.  Here's the GitHub repo for Terraform Tuesdays:  Here's the link to the Active Directory provider:  Here's my Terraform Certification Guide:
August 19, 2020
Don't Be an A**hole - Daily Check-In for August 17, 2020
A post I read over the weekend really got under my craw. And it made me  think about the differences between an assertive person and an asshole.
August 18, 2020
Vault Cert Leases - Daily Check-In for August 14, 2020
Let's talk about Objective 4 for Vault - Leases! 4 Manage Vault leases 4a Explain the   purpose of a lease ID 4b Renew leases 4c Revoke leases
August 15, 2020
Edgevana Official Launch - Daily Check-In for August 13, 2020
Mark Thiele and Subhan Jahromi have founded Edgevana and officially  launched the site. Service coming soon. What is this thing and why  should you care?
August 14, 2020
Nutanix on AWS - Daily Check-In for August 12, 2020
Does Nutanix on AWS make sense? I'm not convinced.  CTO Advisor series on VMC:
August 13, 2020
Terraform 0.13 is GA - Daily Check-In for August 11, 2020
What are the new features to watch out for?    Module improvements : Count, depends_on, and for_each  Providers: Third-party auto install, required providers block  Variable validation!  Kubernetes for remote state storage  Output changes now reported    Check out the Heavy Networking Podcast on August 28th:    My Terraform Study Guide:
August 12, 2020
Gatekeeping is Bullsh*t - Daily Check-In for August 10, 2020
Google announced a 6 month cert and people lost their minds.
August 11, 2020
Vault Cert Tokens Cont - Daily Check-In for July 31, 2020
Finishing objective three for the Vault Certification. We're going to  look at orphaned tokens and combine what we've learned so far.    My Terraform cert guide:    The Vault Cert objectives:
August 1, 2020
Edge Data Flows - Daily Check-In for July 30, 2020
Is Edge a natural progression of compute? How do bottlenecks play into  Edge? Why is a tree like a traffic system is like our circulatory  system? L8ist Sh9ny podcast episode:    James Urquhart blog post:    Geoffrey West's book:
July 31, 2020
Diamanti at CFD8 - Daily Check-In for July 29, 2020
Diamanti presented at Cloud Field Day 8 (#CFD8). Here are my thoughts on their products.    The Cloud Field Day presentation:    Cloud Field Day 8 home page:
July 30, 2020
HTTP and External Providers - Daily Check-In for July 28, 2020
They're kinda weird. A bit wacky. And 100% useful!    Terraform Tuesdays GitHub:   Terraform Certification Guide:
July 29, 2020
NO! - Daily Check-In for July 27, 2020
You have to learn to say no. And by you, I mean me.
July 28, 2020
Vault Certification: Tokens Cont. - Daily Check-In for July 24, 2020
Continuing our exploration of Vault tokens. We're going to cover token  accessors and TTLs. You'd think TLLs were simple, but they get  complicated quickly.
July 25, 2020
Edge to Cloud Panel Thoughts - Daily Check-In for July 23, 2020
My thoughts on a recent panel from The CTO Advisor.    The CTO Advisor discussion panel:    The Day Two Cloud episode with Sam Erskine:
July 24, 2020
Zerto at Cloud Field Day 8 - Daily Check-In for July 22, 2020
Zerto presented at Cloud Field Day 8 (#CFD8) last week. Here are my thoughts are  what they presented and where I think they can go from here.
July 23, 2020
Terraform Variable Validation - Daily Check-in for July 21, 2020
You can validate your variable input using Terraform 0.13 beta in both  the root module and child modules. I'll show you how in this demo.    Terraform Certification Guide:    Terraform Tuesdays GitHub:
July 22, 2020
Don't Limit Yourself - Daily Check-in for July 20, 2020
You are more than your title. Think beyond what you do today, and think about what you could do tomorrow.
July 21, 2020
Vault Certification: Tokens - Daily Check-in for July 17, 2020
Moving on to objective three: Assess Vault Tokens:    3 Assess Vault tokens  3a Describe Vault token  3b Differentiate between service and batch tokens. Choose one based on use-case  3c Describe root token uses and lifecycle  3d Define token accessors  3e Explain time-to-live  3f Explain orphaned tokens  3g Create tokens based on need
July 18, 2020
SemTech Enabling Edge Speed - Daily Check-in for July 16, 2020
I had a briefing with #SemTech and they reminded me that it isn't all just Kubernetes at the edge.    SemTech website:  Cloud Field Day 8:
July 17, 2020
Veeam at Cloud Field Day 8 - Daily Check-in for July 15, 2020
#Veeam presented at #CFD8. Here are my thoughts.    You can watch the whole thing at    Three things I focused on: 1. Veeam is in a good position grow and expand 2. Their cloud products are decent, but need to embrace PaaS 3. Veeam loves their CSPs and MSPs and that's good
July 16, 2020
Figuring out a Terraform Resource - Daily Check-in for July 14, 2020
Some resources are super complicated. How do you figured out how to use  them? You can read the docs, but what really helps is the cloud CLI.   #TerraformTuesday Terraform Certification guide:
July 15, 2020
Context and Capital - Daily Check-in for July 13, 2020
Building your career is all about context and capital.     1. Career capital     a. This is stuff you know and no one can take away from you     b. When you leave a company, you leave with the accumulated knowledge while you were there     c. Consulting is a great way to bulk up fast     d. The capital is what makes you valuable     e. How do people know about that capital        i. Blogging        ii. Certs        iii. Videos        iv. GitHub     f. It's not just technical skills, it's soft skills, it's abstraction and architecture     g. It's understanding the why and not just the how   2. Context     a. You need a little empathy when you're job hunting     b. What does the person you are talking to know?        i. Probably not much        ii.1 It isn't bragging if it's true     c. Empathy is going to serve you well in consulting or just in general    d. Requires active listening You need to focus on what's relevant
July 14, 2020
Vault Certification: Vault Policies Cont. - Daily Check-in for July 10, 2020
Continuing the objective of Creating Vault Policies   Covering Objective 2 of the Vault Certification Exam:   2. Create Vault Policies 2a. Illustrate the value of Vault policy 2b. Describe Vault policy syntax: path 2c. Describe Vault policy syntax: capabilities 2d. Craft a Vault policy based on requirements
July 11, 2020
Kubernetes on the Edge - Daily Check-in for July 9, 2020
Yesterday I talked about K3s a little bit. Let's take a look at what is out there for K8s on the edge.    Why use K8s at the edge?    - Consistent platform for development  - Test on the cloud, deploy to the edge  - The power of CRDs and operators  - Doesn't fix the hardware and true edge device issues    - Do we really need something on top of Linux and is K8s it?    What's out there?  - #KubeEdge - resource optimized, open-source, ARM or x86, cloud-edge model  - #K3s - sub 40mb executable, ARM or x86, no cloud needed, Server and Agent model  - #MicroK8s - canonical, pure upstream K8s, ARM or x86, single-node or cluster model
July 10, 2020
SUSE acquiring Rancher - Daily Check-in for July 8, 2020
SUSE is going to acquire Rancher. What's that all about?    Day Two Cloud episode with Tanya Janca:
July 9, 2020
Terraform Module Variables - Daily Check-in for July 7, 2020
We are going to look at how root modules interact with child modules and how variables and outputs are used to pass information between the two.    Terraform Certification Guide:    Terraform Tuesdays GitHub repository: #TerraformTuesdays
July 8, 2020
Python App Planning - Daily Check-in for July 6, 2020
Here's what I'm thinking for my little Python programming project.
July 7, 2020
Vault Certification: Creating Policies - Daily Check-in for July 3, 2020
Covering Objective 2 of the Vault Certification Exam: 2. Create Vault Policies 2a. Illustrate the value of Vault policy 2b. Describe Vault policy syntax: path 2c. Describe Vault policy syntax: capabilities 2d. Craft a Vault policy based on requirements
July 4, 2020
Hivecell at the Edge - Daily Check-in for July 2, 2020
#Hivecell has an interesting solution for edge deployments. Let's explore  it a bit. Check out their website here:
July 3, 2020
HPE Greenlake and Ezmeral - Daily Check-in for July 1, 2020
Can HPE compete with what AWS, GCP, and Azure have to offer?  HPE Greenlake   • Hardware as a service • Dell is doing similar things with their   • Edge to Cloud • Built to order • Rapid rollout • Pay-as-you-go  HPE Ezmeral • Unification of software portfolio • I've not been bullish on HPE software in the past • Plus they killed Helion 
July 2, 2020
Terraform 0.13 Beta - Daily Check-in for June 30, 2020
Terraform 0.13 features:  • For_each and count for modules   • Depends_on for modules • Automatic install of 3rd party providers • Custom validation rules for module variables   Terraform Cert Guide:  Buffer Overflow:
July 1, 2020
My Python Project - Daily Check-in for June 29, 2020
I'm going to learn #Python by creating an application in Azure Functions  and use Azure Tables. It's going to replace the way that I use Zapier  today. Should be interesting!
June 30, 2020
Vault Certification: Auth Methods - Daily Check-in for June 26, 2020
This time we're covering objective: 1. Compare authentication methods   Check out my Vault course on Pluralsight:
June 27, 2020
There is no Edge - Daily Check-in for June 25, 2020
What if I told you there is no edge?
June 26, 2020
Centralized vs. Distributed - Daily Check-in for June 24, 2020
The pendulum swings from one extreme to the other, or does it?
June 25, 2020
HashiConf & Terraform 1.0 - Daily Check-in for June 23, 2020
Highlights of the conference so far and the road to Terraform 1.0.
June 24, 2020
I'm Not a Developer? - Daily Check-in for June 22, 2020
My key takeaways -   Learn scripting: PowerShell or Python  Learn a cloud, doesn't matter which one  Learn basic software development lifecycle and concepts
June 23, 2020
HashiCorp Vault Basics - Daily Check-in for June 19, 2020
What is Vault and why would you use it?   #HashiConf next week:  Vault website:
June 20, 2020
Networking at the Edge - Daily Check-in for June 18, 2020
Let's talk about how networking has evolved for the enterprise and what  Edge is going to do to it. Hint: it's going to have a massive impact.
June 19, 2020
Cloud Field Day 8 Prep - Daily Check-in for June 17, 2020
#CFD8  Cloud Field Day 8 website -  My previous Tech Field Day video -
June 18, 2020
What is Terraform? - Daily Check-in for June 16, 2020
What is Terraform and why would you use it?    Check out my new course on Plurasight, Implementing Terraform on AWS  ( and check out my Terraform Certification guide on Leanpub  (
June 17, 2020
My Three Pillars - Daily Check-in for June 15, 2020
My three pillars  1. Embrace discomfort 2. Fail often 3. Be nice    Where you can get more Ned (if that's what you want) Podcasts     Daily Check-In -     Day Two Cloud -     Buffer Overflow -  Tech Analysis on GigaOm -  Pluralsight courses -  Book on Leanpub -
June 16, 2020
IBM Cloud Down - Daily Check-in for June 12, 2020
The facts, IBM cloud went down for 4 hours. Does that mean we should all go multi-cloud?
June 13, 2020
Dissecting the Edge - Daily Check-in for June 11, 2020
Edge terminology is evolving. Let's do a deep dive into the User Edge and Service Provider Edge distinctions.  LF Edge Primer:  GigaOm Edge Colo report:
June 12, 2020
Is Kubernetes too Complex? - Daily Check-in for June 10, 2020
Short answer is no. The real question is have we built a suitable abstraction layer for mass consumption.    Day Two Cloud episode with Bobby Allen:
June 11, 2020
Conditional Logic in Terraform - Daily Check-in for June 9, 2020
Using conditional logic in #Terraform for resources and values is super  fun! Shout out to @epanting1 for the idea. #TerraformTuesday  Terraform cert guide:
June 10, 2020
Inside the Studio - Daily Check-in for June 8, 2020
What is the process for creating the Daily Check-in? In this episode I talk about what I do and how I do it.
June 9, 2020
Learn all the things? - Daily Check-in for June 5, 2020
Viewer question: I made my career as a specialist, but the trend has  been towards generalization. As public cloud usage grows, will the trend  swing back to specialization again?
June 6, 2020
IT vs. OT - Daily Check-in for June 4, 2020
The intersection of edge and enterprise. There's a tension here between the priorities of IT and OT.    Edge infra report:
June 5, 2020
On-Prem Cloud - Daily Check-in for June 3, 2020
What's the deal with on-prem cloud? And where is it headed?
June 4, 2020
Using Consul for Configuration Data - Daily Check-in for June 2, 2020
It's #TerraformTuesday and we're talking about storing config data using Consul.   My new repo for Terraform Tuesdays:   Here's a list on GitHub of bail funds:   Please help if you can.
June 3, 2020
Politics and Tech - Daily Check-in for June 1, 2020
It's not great out there. How can we all help make it better?  Great post from Tatiana Mac which is a guide for white guys to make a difference:  List on GitHub of bail funds:
June 2, 2020
Ask me Anything Friday - Daily Check-in for May 29, 2020
Questions: What are some of your favourite bands? Converge, Coalesce, Coheed & Cambria, Thank You Scientist, and Rivers of Nihil    How do you make money? What do you do all day? Where did you get your logo?
May 30, 2020
Edge Colocation Thoughts - Daily Check-in for May 28, 2020
What's at the Infrastructure Edge and who is using it? You can find my Edge based analysis at GigaOm:
May 29, 2020
How the Hardcore Scene Helped My Career - Daily Check-in for May 27, 2020
How being active in the hardcore and metal scene gave me skills that are applicable to my IT career.
May 28, 2020
Terraform Certification Redux - Daily Check-in for May 26, 2020
Going deeper into the certification.    My original video about the cert:   A video about taking an online proctored exam:  My blog post about the cert:  The exam guide I wrote:
May 27, 2020
Working From Home Tips - Daily Check-in for May 25, 2020
Here are five tips for how to work from home.
May 26, 2020
Becoming a Developer - Daily Check-in for May 22, 2020
How do you make the transition from an infrastructure ops person to  development? I have NO idea! But here are the roadblocks I've  encountered. If you've made the transition, let me know how you did it  and what advice you'd give to someone else.
May 23, 2020
Data and the Edge - Daily Check-in for May 21, 2020
Data and the Edge - How does the generation of data at the edge impact  infrastructure design? It's an inversion of the traditional model, and  requires new approaches.
May 22, 2020
Who will win the multi-cloud war? - Daily Check-in for May 20, 2020
The public cloud providers will! Microsoft #Azure is Coke, #AWS is Pepsi, and #GCP is Segrams (I guess).
May 21, 2020
Getting Loopy with Terraform - Daily Check-in for May 19, 2020
What different loop constructs are available in #Terraform and how do they work? #TerraformTuesday
May 20, 2020
Which Cloud Cert Should I Get? - Daily Check-in for May 18, 2020
ALL OF THEM! JK. Let's take a strategic approach.
May 19, 2020
Should Microsoft buy Ubuntu? - Daily Check-in for May 15, 2020
The idea was floated that Microsoft should buy Ubuntu. Does that make any sense? TL;DR, not really. The post that sparked it all:
May 18, 2020
Thursdays on the Edge of Glory? - Daily Check-in for May 14, 2020
Let's start this series with a primer on edge. #LFEdge @LF_Edge Overview deck   Open Glossary for Edge:
May 15, 2020
The Future of Datacenters - Daily Check-in for May 13, 2020
Will DCs shrink, grow, or something else? I think the answer might be YES.
May 14, 2020
Terraform Provisioners - Daily Check-in for May 12, 2020
#Terraform Provisioners - Don't ever use them! Here's why. #TerraformTuesday
May 13, 2020
Don't Wait! - Daily Check-in for May 11, 2020
If you want to do something new, don't wait! Figure out the minimum steps to get started and dive in.
May 12, 2020
Building a network. No, not that kind. - Daily Check-in for May 8, 2020
Make friends with awesome people!  Related blog post:
May 9, 2020
Do the Thing! - Daily Check-in for May 7, 2020
The key to success starts with showing up and doing the thing. Shout out to @sfoskett!
May 8, 2020
Ned in the Cloud LLC turns one! - Daily Check-in for May 6, 2020
A year ago I started the journey as a self-employed freelancer. How are things going after 365 days? Pretty frackin' awesome.
May 7, 2020
Terraform Variables and Locals- Daily Check-in for May 5, 2020
It's #TerraformTuesday and I'm talking about #Terraform Variables and Locals.   Here's my Terraform certification guide:  and checkout the Day Two Cloud podcast:
May 6, 2020
OpenShift Cluster Management - Daily Check-in for May 4, 2020
What is #OpenShift Cluster Management and why would you care? From Red Hat Tech Field Day #TFDx Presentations: and
May 5, 2020
KubeVirt and OpenShift virtualization - Daily Check-in for May 1, 2020
#KubeVirt, not Q-Bert - #OpenShift virtualization is a really cool idea, but does it make sense?   Here's the #TFDx presentation:
May 2, 2020
Red Hat TFDx - Daily Check-in for April 30, 2020
Red Hat Tech Field Day my big takeaways #OpenShift #TFDx
May 1, 2020
Flexera's State of the Cloud Report - Daily Check-in for April 29, 2020
Flexera's State of the Cloud Report for 2020 is out. Here's my key takeaways.
April 30, 2020
Red Hat Virtual Summit - Daily Check-in for April 28, 2020
Red Hat Virtual Summit and Tech Field Day Extra! You can watch live  tomorrow, April 29th at this link: @OpenShift #OpenShift #TFDx
April 28, 2020
Tech Field Day - Daily Check-in for April 27, 2020
Tech Field Day! What is Tech Field Day and why would you want to get involved? I've got answers.
April 28, 2020
Ask me anything! - Daily Check-in for April 24, 2020
We talked about Terraform certifications, new HashiCorp courses on Pluralsight, what's up with my white sunglasses, and more!
April 25, 2020
VMware Cloud revisited - Daily Check-in for April 23, 2020
Is VMC a good idea? I didn't think so 3 years ago, but my opinion has shifted a bit.   Here's the original blog post from 2017:
April 24, 2020
Writing documentation well - Daily Check-in for April 22, 2020
Writing technical documentation is hard. I have a little experience to share.
April 23, 2020
Well, actually... - Daily Check-in for April 21, 2020
Language is hard, there's no need to be a jerk about it.
April 22, 2020
Taking an Exam at Home - Daily Check-in for April 20, 2020
Have you been thinking about taking an exam at home during the quarantine? Here's some quick advice and pointers.
April 20, 2020
What do I learn next? - Daily Check-in for April 17, 2020
With so many things to learn in tech, what should you focus on next? I try to come up with some strategies for making a decision.
April 19, 2020
Terraform Certified Associate - Daily Check-in for April 16, 2020
HashiCorp is preparing to launch their Terraform Certified Associate program. What do you need to know and how can you prepare?
April 16, 2020
Writing a Book - Daily Check-in for April 15, 2020
Writing a book is a big commitment. Should you do it? Why, what, and how?
April 15, 2020
Recording and Editing Pt. 2 - Daily Check-in for April 14, 2020
After tackling audio recording, I'm back to talk about video recording for demos and presentations.
April 14, 2020
Recording and Editing - Daily Check-in for April 13, 2020
What have I learned about recording podcasts and video courses? A bit. Tune in to find out.
April 14, 2020
Raise Your Hand! - Daily Check-in for April 10, 2020
How do you move accelerate your career, build your skills, and help others? Raise your hand, silly.
April 10, 2020
The Future of Microsoft Active Directory - Daily Check-In for April 8, 2020
Active Directory development has been pretty dormant. What's up with that?
April 10, 2020
Managed Kubernetes Marketplace - Daily Check-In for April 9, 2020
A bunch of on-premises managed Kubernetes offerings have cropped up. What's out there and what should you consider?
April 9, 2020
Big project? Break it up. - Daily Check-In for April 7, 2020
Taking on a daunting task, like surviving a pandemic? Break it up into manageable chunks.
April 8, 2020
Emulate Who You Want to Be - Daily Check-In for April 6, 2020
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and probably the best way to advance your career.
April 7, 2020
Don't Be a Snob - Daily Check-In for April 3, 2020
You know what sucks? Elitist gatekeepers. Don't be one of those.
April 7, 2020
Get a hobby! - Daily Check-In for April 2, 2020
Look we're all feeling a bit stressed right now. You know what might help? A hobby.
April 7, 2020
Microsoft Ignite 2020 - Daily Check-In for April 1, 2020
Microsoft Ignite 2020 is going virtual. I have FEELINGS.
April 7, 2020