Auckland Global Azure Boot Camp 2017

Saturday 22 April 2017

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Auckland Global Azure Boot Camp 2017

Auckland Global Azure BootCamp 2017 In conjunction with the NZ Microsoft Cloud and Infrastructure user group, the North Shore .NET User Group is hosting the Auckland Global Azure Bootcamp. This event has been planned in conjunction with Microsoft NZ and we believe we have a pretty good day in store for those that are able to attend.

The first Global Azure Bootcamp was held in 2013. World-wide there were more than 90 locations. This year Auckland is going to participate in the one day deep dive class.

Click here to read the Global Azure web site.

At the Auckland meeting we are planning a fun day packed with expert speakers, hands-on labs, giveaways and more. There will be two streams of content to cover a broad section of Azure services and capabilities so whether you're a developer wanting to learn more about building Azure solutions or an engineer / administrator wanting to learn about hybrid cloud and operations, there'll be plenty of interesting content for everyone.

The pre-requisites are detailed further down the page. It is highly recommended you are all set to go before arriving. The venue will be set up with chairs, tables, power supply and Wi-Fi.


Global Azure Science Lab (Combined Lab)

One of the missions of Global Azure Bootcamp is to provide a lab that gives researchers access to large scale computing resources to help process vast quantities of data. In previous years we have tried to bring you a science lab that is both interesting and represents great research. This year is no exception, this year we bring you the stars themselves!

Galaxies are the largest single structures in the universe, which harbor almost all the known types of astronomical objects. Among these, the stars represent the building blocks since they process the gas, create new planetary systems, form black holes, and their light makes the galaxies visible to ourselves. Many galaxies form stars throughout their lifetimes, and understanding how they do so is essential to understand the processes driving galaxy formation and evolution, which effectively affect the whole universe.

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Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IT Pro Lab #1)

If you're coming in new to Azure IaaS, then the Beginner lab is for you. This takes you through the basics of getting a Linux virtual machine set up with node.js and accessible via the web.

If you're an experienced Azure user, then there are three options you could choose.

  1. Enterprise Ready Cloud. This lab takes you through how you might provide control over an Azure environment for an Enterprise, applying policy and tags to resources, and using role based access and Dev/Test labs to provide a great developer experience. See the warning above about the changes that this lab will make to your subscription - don't use a production subscription for this!
  2. Enterprise Class Networking. This lab walks you through some of the ways you can bypass Azure's default routing, implement a 3rd party firewall solution, and use Azure's load balancers.
  3. Building a resilient IaaS infrastructure. This lab takes you from an environment that has been implemented without the level of recommended resilience through to one that provides resilience. This lab has a reasonably long set of pre-requisites to set up, so if you haven't set these up before the day of the bootcamp, I'd avoid this one. You also likely won't complete the lab in the allotted time.

Making use of Cognitive Services (Developer Lab #1)

Presentation on what are cognitive services and deep dive on LUIS and QnA. Hands on build your own BOT to leverage LUIS or QnA Maker service.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of what cognitive services are available and how they might be used as well as working BOT solution and LUIS model. For those not wanting to do the full coding experience, they can use QnA Maker to create a testable FAQ BOT.

Monitoring & Security in Azure (IT Pro Lab #2)

Presentation on the various options in Azure to monitor your environment as well as ways you can make it more secure. Hands on guided tour of the OMS Experience Center and step-by-step configuration of monitoring and alerting.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of what aspects of security within Azure they are responsible for, what options are available to monitor their Azure environment and how to get notified if something goes wrong. For those without a pre-existing environment to configure for monitoring, a JSON template will be provided to set up the infrastructure.

Logic Apps and Azure Functions (Developer Lab #2)

This session will present the fundamentals of Logic Apps, Azure’s Integration Platform as a Service offering and Azure Functions, an on-demand, event driven, computing experience. Together those two technologies allow for business processes designed and implemented using a serverless approach, where developers focus on solving the business problem and the platform manages the underlying infrastructure.

At the end of this session, attendees should be able to understand the basic concepts of both technologies, having hands on experience in provisioning, developing and testing components of both technologies, as well as understanding how they complement each other.

Web Solutions, Web Apps, APIs, Xamarin, Databases, Analytics (Combined Lab)

This session will demonstrate a real world example with devs building a web site and web API, calling the web API from a Xamarin application and then illustrating how to run a little DevOps on this.

This session will give attendees insight into the end-to-end process of deploying app services to Azure.

The racing car Lab (Combined Lab)

Street curcuit car racing. Can you achieve the fastest lap?

The programme for the day is:

Global Windows Azure BootCamp 2017 Programme

Maybe meet for a beer afterwards?


Saturday 22 April 2017

Registration starts at 9:00 am
Presentations starting at 9:30 am

Cliftons Auckland
Level 4
45 Queen Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Live Streaming

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Let's get together and have a bit of fun.

  • Meet like-minded people and perhaps make new networking associates.
  • Learn about Windows Azure and work together as a group.
  • Participate in hands-on workshops


Our speakers include:

Saif Asad

Saif Asad

Saif is a .NET developer at Datacom.

He's passionate about cloud and mobile development using Xamarin.

Stu Fox

Stu Fox

Stu is an Azure technical specialist working for Microsoft NZ. He loves long walks on the beach, and hates talking about himself in the third person.

Alan Marshall

Alan Marshall

SharePoint Architect covering IA, UX, Customisation and infrastructure.

Bernard O'Leary

Bernard O'Leary

Bernard is a Solutions Architect with Provoke. He has a background in development and has spent more years that he cares to disclose up to his eyeballs in software and code.

Thivy Ruthra

Thivy Ruthra

Thivy is a Senior Developer at Datacom and specialises in the Microsoft technology stack. His passion is .NET development and using Cloud services to deliver innovative solutions to businesses. Thivy has had several years experience in .NET development in both the Cloud and Windows platforms.

Wagner Silveira

Wagner Silveira

Wagner Silveira is the Principal Integration Architect at Theta and a Microsoft Azure MVP. Originally from Brazil, since coming to New Zealand in 2002, Wagner have been working in integration related projects using Microsoft Technologies ever since, using products like BizTalk Server, SQL Server, .NET Framework, WCF and lately Azure Cloud Integration technologies like Logic Apps, Service Bus, Azure Functions and API Management, to create award winning solutions. Wagner is an active member of the Auckland Connected Systems User Group (ACSUG), MSDN Forum and one of the organizers of community events like Integration Saturday and Global Integration Bootcamp.

Nick Westbrook

Nick Westbrook

Nick is an infrastructure consultant at Provoke Solutions where he leads a team of engineers in architecting, building and supporting business systems based on Microsoft technologies including Office 365 and Azure.

He is also involved in the local technical community through his leadership of the NZ Microsoft Cloud and Infrastructure user group and is a regular presenter at community events and conferences.




Please ensure that you download everything BEFORE you arrive at the Bootcamp – there won’t be time to do this on the day.


All materials required for the sessions and labs can be found at

Attendees may be comfortable on how they wish to interact with the Github site, but if you are unsure we suggest the following:

  1. Click on Clone or download
  2. Click on Open in Desktop. This will download the repository to a folder on your laptop. The process also checks if you have "Git for Windows" and if not ask you if you want to download it

You may have to login using your Github account.

Using this method can be the best option because you can later "Sync" and get any late-breaking changes.

Download from GitHub




Work Book

The workbook we will be using on the day can be viewed at

Our Sponsors

The North Shore .NET User Group would like to thank our sponsors, for making this event happen.