Tools to Working from home in Sri Lanka.


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Working from home is getting more important in these days due to lockdowns in many countries. Following free and paid tools helps you to manage your work efficiently at home.

Skype

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We all know Skype for conference calls, instant messaging with clients or chat rooms. But if you haven’t been using it for business, you may have missed out on some new functionalities. Record Skype calls to capture key decisions, and use live subtitles to read the words spoken. Easily share presentations, images, or anything on your screen during a call with integrated screen sharing. Access one skype account across multiple devices—even Alexa!

https://www.skype.com/en/

Slack

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Slack is the communication tool that brings remote teams together. The platform organizes conversations into channels, which team members can join and leave, as needed, so nobody receives messages or notifications irrelevant to them. Conversations can also be had in threads, which keep messages outside of the main channel so chats don’t get in the way of main topics and projects.

Key features

• Instant messaging: Live communication between every team member for seamless collaboration.

• Statuses: Users can set availability statuses to focus on individual tasks as needed.

• File sharing: Drag-and-drop file sharing for PDFs, images, videos and other common files types.

• Voice & video calls: Voice and video calls directly from within Slack.

• Screen sharing: Allows team members to show their work to others in real-time for stronger collaboration.

https://slack.com/intl/en-lk/

GoToMeeting

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GoToMeeting is a web-hosted service created and marketed by LogMeIn. It is an online meeting, desktop sharing, and video conferencing software package that enables the user to meet with other computer users, customers, clients or colleagues via the Internet in real time.

https://www.gotomeeting.com/

Zoom

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Zoom is a suite of video conferencing and communication tools designed for remote teams, virtual businesses conferences, webinars and other corporate purposes. We use Zoom for our virtual meetings, which we can use to run video and voice calls, but it’s capable of much more than this.

Key features

· Video meetings: Remote teams can run video meetings and one-to-one video calls.

· Voice calls: You can also run group or one-to-one voice calls when face-to-face meetings aren’t necessary.

· Webinars: You can also use Zoom to host webinars.

· Messaging: Team members can send messages using Zoom.

· File sharing: Share files during and outside of video/voice chats for collaboration between members.

https://zoom.us/

Microsoft Teams

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Teams is a chat-based collaboration tool that provides global, remote, and dispersed teams with the ability to work together and share information via a common space. You can utilize cool features like document collaboration, one-on-one chat, team chat, and more. Microsoft Teams is also fully integrated with many other Office 365 services, such as Skype, SharePoint, Exchange, and Yammer.

https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/work-remotely

Team viewer

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TeamViewer is a remote access software that allows desktop sharing and file transfer. It is an exceptionally secure software that does not disturb the functioning of existing firewall or antivirus in your system. TeamViewer 14 protects your data simultaneously while you are sharing your desktop screen through remote access.

TeamViewer helps in increasing your output significantly. The remote access software helps in sharing files while your system is on the screen sharing mode.

Features of TeamViewer 14

• Advanced Device Grouping

• One-Click Remote

• Optimized for macOS

• Custom Device Information

• Performance stability on low bandwidth

• Improved connection quality

• QuickSupport for service camp integration

https://www.teamviewer.com/en/

Cisco Webex

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Cisco Webex is a cloud-based collaboration suite comprised of Webex Meetings, Webex Teams and Webex Devices. The Webex suite is a merger of Cisco’s WebEx web conferencing platform and Cisco Spark team collaboration app. The services rebranded under Webex in April 2018 to centralize Cisco’s collaboration portfolio.

Features of Cisco Webex

• HD Video Conferencing

• Platform Versatility and Data Protection

• Secure Online Meetings Anywhere

• Integrated Communication

• Easily Share Desktops and Documents

https://www.webex.com/

Microsoft Azure DevOps Training at Yangon , Myanmar .


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Microsoft Azure DevOps Training at YangonMicrosoft Azure DevOps Training at Yangon

Recently I did Microsoft Azure DevOps Training at  Yangon , Myanmar .

I covered following topics at the training.

Introduce Azure DevOps with key features.

Agile and azure boards  with hands on labs.

Git with azure repos using both Visual studio and VS code.

Azure artefact with building and deploying class library.

Introduce Azure test plans to build test cases

Setup build pipeline using asp.net project and deploy to azure container service.

Setup azure pipeline using app service to push azure container repository.

Setup Azure Kubernetes Service using Azure DevOps.

Microsoft Azure DevOps Training at Yangon

Microsoft Azure DevOps Training at Yangon

Microsoft Azure DevOps Training at Yangon

20 IT Staff members attended 2 Days of Devops with Micro services training.

Getting started with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).


Azure Kubernetes Service

Kubernetes allows you to build your applications with your preferred programming language, OS, libraries, or messaging bus. Existing continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) tools can integrate with Kubernetes to schedule and deploy releases.

Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) provides a managed Kubernetes service that reduces the complexity for deployment and core management tasks, including coordinating upgrades. The AKS control plane is managed by the Azure platform, and you only pay for the AKS nodes that run your applications

Kubernetes cluster architecture

A Kubernetes cluster is divided into two components:

· Control plane nodes provide the core Kubernetes services and orchestration of application workloads.

· Nodes run your application workloads.

Azure Kubernetes Service

You can create AKS using Azure portal or CLI tools. Azure portal option is beginner friendly. First you can go into azure portal and select containers. Then select Kubernetes Service.

Azure Kubernetes Service

Then it will direct into Create Kubernetes Cluster window. In that you can select new resource group and give cluster name. Also you can select preferred Kubernetes version. Afterward you can select Review+ create to build AKS.

Azure Kubernetes Service

Azure also supports creating AKS using CLI. For that you can use following commands.

az group create –name myResourceGroup –location eastus

az aks create --resource-group myResourceGroup --name myAKSCluster

 --node-count 1 --enable-addons monitoring --generate-ssh-keys

Once AKS created you can view using portal or commands line.

Azure Kubernetes Service

Since Azure manage things like networking, scaling, monitoring we can only focus on deploying applications.

Azure Kubernetes Service

Auto Scaling

Azure Kubernetes Service

Monitoring

Once application deployed it can be viewed using command line or dashboard. Next tutorial we will discuss deploying application to Kubernetes cluster. You can launch AKS dashboard using following command.

az aks browse –resource-group myResourceGroup –name myAKSCluster

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Azure Kubernetes Service

After application deployment you can go to services in look for public IP address to launch web site.

Azure Kubernetes Service

Docker Fundamentals training at Singapore.


Docker Fundamentals training at Singapore.

Recently I did Docker Fundamentals training at NTUC Singapore.

About the course-

This is introductory Docker course to give your team the best foundation for enterprise-grade Docker use-cases. The Docker Fundamentals training course features the foundational concepts and practices of containerization on a single Docker node. The course offers learners the opportunity to assimilate basic container orchestration and how to scale Docker across multiple nodes in a simple swarm cluster. This course provides essential foundational knowledge for subsequent Docker courses.

I covered following topics at the training.

The Docker Story

Introduction to Images

Creating Images

System Commands

Docker Networking Basics

Docker Compose

Scaling out with Swarm Mode and Kubernetes

Managing Secrets

Docker Fundamentals training at Singapore.

Docker Fundamentals training at Singapore.

Docker Fundamentals training at Singapore.

4 Software developers attended 3 Days of Docker training.