Updated CIAOPS PowerShell course

I am pleased to announce that I have updated my online PowerShell course for Microsoft 365. A lot has changed in recent times so I’ve been through the content and updated it as well as add lots more lessons and resources. The only thing that hasn’t changed is the price. That remains at US$39!

You can view the course content and sign up here:

https://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/powershell-for-microsoft-365

Of course, if you are eligible CIAOPS Patron, you’ll also get immediate access to the course for free as part of your benefits.

The idea with the course is not to give you a deep dive into all the workings of PowerShell. It is designed to get you up and running using PowerShell with Microsoft 365 as quickly as possible. No pre-existing knowledge is assumed. I’m aiming to bring out more advanced courses, but this course is the foundation on which courses will be built.

As I have said many times here, PowerShell is a KEY skill for any IT Pro going forward in the Microsoft Cloud space. It allows you to do things faster and more consistently, just to name two benefits. If you haven’t taken the step to learning PowerShell then invest in yourself and you future and do so!

Announcing the CIAOPS Azure Sentinel online course

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If you want to get started with Azure Sentinel and don;t know quite where, then I have created an online course just for you.

You’ll find it here:

https://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/getting-started-with-azure-sentinel/

Azure Sentinel is a cloud based security information and event management (SEIM) tool that you can easily connect to various data sources, both on premises and in the cloud. Once events are flowing you can then use Sentinel to analyse and report on those events quickly and easily as well as take automated actions if desired.


This course is aimed at helping you get up and running with Azure Sentinel quickly by introducing you to its main features and then showing you how to configure the most important settings to get it working for business.


If you want to quickly and easily ingest security logging data, analyse, report and act on that then Azure Sentinel is for you and this course will show you how to get up and running quickly. Inside you’ll find video tutorials, references, best practices, how-to’s and more.

I’ll continue to add more material to the course but once you sign up you’ll always have access to all the content.

Look out for more online courses coming soon.

New Microsoft Cloud online course available

I have just released a new online training course over at the CIAOPS Academy:

Microsoft Cloud Workshop for IT Professionals and Resellers

​This course is especially for those looking to understand and sell Microsoft Cloud Services like Microsoft 365 and Azure, especially in the Small Business (SMB) space. The course takes you through overviews of services plus deep dives into things like security. It also shows you how to craft unique go to market offerings that you can build easily.

All the information you need is here including:

  • Over 18 hours of video instructions
  • Downloadable content, including slides, white papers, etc
  • Links to additional training material

If you are looking at coming to grips with everything that the Microsoft Cloud can provider your customers and users, then this is course for you!​

As a special offer to kick things along I’m offering a 50% discount for a limited time. Use the promo code:

LAUNCH0520

at check out

or the direct link:

https://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/mscloudworkshop/?product_id=1942989&coupon_code=LAUNCH0520

I’ll continue to add content to this course, so there is never a better time to take advantage of the launch of this course! You may also want to consider the full course catalogue at the CIAOPS Academy which will include this new course as well.

Techwerks 11–Melbourne 8th May 2020

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We will be back in Melbourne for  Techwerks 11 on Friday the 8th of May 2020. The course is limited to 20 people and you can sign up and reserve your place now! You reserve a place by completing this form:

http://bit.ly/ciaopsroi

or  sending me an email (director@ciaops.com) expressing your interest.

The content of these all day face to face workshops is driven by the attendees. That means we cover exactly what people want to see and focus on doing hands on, real world scenarios. Attendees can vote on topics they’d like to see covered prior to the day and we continue to target exactly what the small group of attendees wants to see. Thus, this is an excellent way to get really deep into the technology and have all the questions you’ve been dying to know answered. Typically, the event produces a number of best practice take aways for each attendee. So far, the greatest votes are for deeper dives into the Microsoft Cloud including Microsoft 365, Azure, Intune, Defender ATP, security such as Azure Sentinel and PowerShell configuration and scripts, with a focus on enabling the technology in SMB businesses.

Recent testimonial – “I just wanted to say a big thank you to Robert for the Brisbane Techworks day. It is such a good format with each attendee asking what matters them and the whole interactive nature of the day. So much better than death by PowerPoint.” – Mike H.

The cost to attend is:

Gold Enterprise Patron = Free

Gold Patron = $33 inc GST

Silver Patron = $99 inc GST

Bronze Patron = $176 inc GST

Non Patron = $399 inc GST

I hope to see you there.

Ignite 2019 sessions on YouTube

Not everyone, including me, is able to get to Microsoft Ignite for various reasons. Microsoft, to their credit, live streams and records the sessions. Eventually, these sessions make their way onto YouTube which is my preferred viewing platform. However, what is missing is a catalogue of the links to each session.

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As in previous years:

Ignite 2017 sessions on YouTube

Ignite 2018 sessions on YouTube

I have started building this index and making it available on my GitHub:

Ignite session 2019 on YouTube

Please note, all the session are not there as yet. I add them as I discover them along the way through the year.

Of course, if you have a link to a session that I don’t have up there yet, please send it along so I can add it and we can all benefit.

Thanks again to Microsoft for doing this and uploading the sessions to YouTube. They are a great source of learning and allows people like me would couldn’t get to Ignite the ability to work through the content.

CIAOPS AZ-900 Exam prep course now available

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I am happy to announce I have completed another online Microsoft exam prep training. This time it is for the Microsoft AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam. This exam is an excellent starting point if you are looking to get into Azure. It is quite broad but it is important to remember that it is focused on ensuring you have a basic understanding of most of the Azure services. That means, you need to know what they are and what they do NOT how to configure them individually.

I am a big believer in industry certifications as I have details previously here:

The benefits of certification

It is important to have Azure in your tool bag these days because new services like Windows Virtual Desktop are built on a variety of Azure services. To do anything with Windows Virtual Desktop, you are going to need to have Azure knowledge and this AZ-900 is a great starting point on that journey.

You can sign up for this new course here:

https://www.ciaopsacademy.com/p/azure-az-900-exam-preparation/

and look out for more courses coming soon from the CIAOPS.

Techwerks 10–Sydney 12th February 2020

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I am happy to announce that Techwerks 10 will be held in Sydney on Wednesday the 12th of February 2020. The course is limited to 20 people and you can sign up and reserve your place now! You reserve a place by completing this form:

http://bit.ly/ciaopsroi

or  sending me an email (director@ciaops.com) expressing your interest. This training is just before the Microsoft Ignite the Tour in Sydney, so if you are in town for that you can hopefully also take advantage of this training.

The content of these all day face to face workshops is driven by the attendees. That means we cover exactly what people want to see and focus on doing hands on, real world scenarios. Attendees can vote on topics they’d like to see covered prior to the day and we continue to target exactly what the small group of attendees wants to see. Thus, this is an excellent way to get really deep into the technology and have all the questions you’ve been dying to know answered. Typically, the event produces a number of best practice take aways for each attendee. So far, the greatest votes are for deeper dives into the Microsoft Cloud including Microsoft 365, Azure, Intune, Defender ATP, security such as Azure Sentinel and PowerShell configuration and scripts, with a focus on enabling the technology in SMB businesses.

Recent testimonial – “I just wanted to say a big thank you to Robert for the Brisbane Techworks day. It is such a good format with each attendee asking what matters them and the whole interactive nature of the day. So much better than death by PowerPoint.” – Mike H.

The cost to attend is:

Gold Enterprise Patron = Free

Gold Patron = $33 inc GST

Silver Patron = $99 inc GST

Bronze Patron = $176 inc GST

Non Patron = $399 inc GST

I hope to see you there.

Register for upcoming CIAOPS events

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I have a number of planning events coming soon, so now is the time to register your interest for these so you can be kept up to date on that event. You can do this via the Microsoft Form here:

http://bit.ly/ciaopsroi

Upcoming events that you can register for include:

1. Techwerks 7 in Melbourne on Friday the 16th of August 2019

2. Techwerks 8 in Adelaide on Thursday the 24th of October 2019

3. MS-100 online study group

I’ll be posting more information about all of these events soon but here’s that you can get the jump on everyone else and ensure you place when the events formally open for registration. You should check back regularly to see what CIAOPS events are coming.

I hope to see you there.