Container Camp UK 2017 review - Day 1

I attended my first Container Camp last week and wanted to share my experience. This is part 1 talking about the workshop day, check out part 2 (coming soon) for the main conference itself. ![container camp banner](/images/2017/09/containercamp.jpg) Before I go any further I think it’s useful to mention my technical background because most conference crowds will often polarise towards a particular ecosystem/platform (that’s kind of obvious right!). In the case of containers that polarisation is towards Linux compared Windows, understandable as Linux containers have been the forerunner in this area, so talks and even sponsors were going to be talking mostly about the Linux platform1.

Read More
Docker for Windows - switch between Linux and Windows containers from the command line

If you use Docker for Windows on Win10 and use both Linux and Windows containers you’ve no doubt have had to switch the docker tools between Linux and Windows containers more than a few times. To do this you have to bring up the tray icon for Docker Tools select the option to switch flavours. Given that pretty much everything else for Docker is achieved via the command line it feels like quite a jolt to have to leave the command line to switch container flavours, often you’ll forget and get an error when trying to build or pull.

Read More
SQL Server 2016 SP1 enterpise edition feature trickle-down

At the recent Microsoft Connect event (Nov 16-19th) there were a slew of awesome announcements, plenty of love for cross plat development (e.g. Visual Studio on Mac), even more Docker, .NET Core 1.1 and the public preview of SQL server on Linux. In the torrent of the announcements I blinked and caught the end of a slide covering the release of SQL Server 2016 SP1. I could have sworn they mentioned a number of the high end previously enterprise edition only features are now available in the lower editions, I went and checked and its true!

Read More
Australia Azure regions are now open to non residents

Shortly after the GA of the Australian Azure regions I was bitterly disappointed to discover that these regions were only open to users who have a Aus/NZ presence. It was tricky to get a handle on the nature of the restriction, was is due to limited capacity? or perhaps local tax laws?. After months of trying to get a concise answer the consensus appeared to be that the local tax requirements in Australia were the root cause.

Read More