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Who am I?

I’ve been “doing IT” for 20+ years, partly in internal IT and partly within MSPs. I started out in application support/development but my background is mainly on the infrastructure side of the fence. Having spent several years specialising in building VMware based platforms and customer migrations, I now spend most of my time working with Microsoft Azure and it’s supporting technologies.

I originally thought I wanted to be a programmer when I “grew up” and I spent a lot of time hacking around in things like Borland Delphi and Visual Basic (before .NET was a thing!) I still love scripting and automation. It’s a big part of what I enjoy about working with “the cloud” and technology in general, so a lot of what I post here is around scripting, automation and Microsoft Azure.

Outside of work, my time is mainly occupied by my Labrador (Rosie), following Formula 1 and flying. I hold a private pilots licence (PPL, Night, IR/R) and part own a light aircraft (PA-28).

flyying selfie!


I think certifications are a great way to both test your knowledge and an opportunity to learn things you might not use on a day to day basis. I currently hold the following certifications:

And just to prove I am as old as I look, I also did these in the dim and distant past:

  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012
  • Microsoft Specialist: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator: Messaging on Windows Server 2003
  • Microsoft® Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuration (Retired)
  • VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization
  • VMware Certified Professional 4
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows Server 2003 (Retired)
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer: Windows 2000 (Retired)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional: Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft SQL Server™ 2000 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Certified Procession: Implementing and Supporting NT™ 4.0 Workstation
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching (Retired)

Microosft seem to have stopped issuing badges, and updates to existing ones, held on the Credly system, so the pretty version of this is now a bit out of date!