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RUSS McKENDRICK


ABOUT RUSS

Practice Manager (SRE & DevOps)

Russ has spent the better part of 25 years working in IT and related industries and has had varied responsibilities in different sectors, ranging from looking after an entire IT infrastructure to providing first-line, second-line and senior support in both client-facing and internal teams for small and large organisations.

He works almost exclusively with Linux, using open source systems and tools across both dedicated hardware and virtual machines hosted in public and private clouds at N4Stack, where he heads up the SRE & DevOps team.

In his spare time he has published eight books, and contributed to two. He also buys way too many records.

Azure DevOps Multi-Stage Pipelines

Azure DevOps Multi-Stage Pipelines

As I move into using Azure DevOps more and more, there is one thing which I really haven’t got on with and that is release pipelines. I didn’t like that I couldn’t easily define it as YAML like I could with build pipelines, even though I don’t like them, there are a...

Azure DevOps Ansible Pipeline

Azure DevOps Ansible Pipeline

I thought it was about time that I started to have a play with Azure DevOps a little more than I have been doing. One of the things I have always meant to look at in the past is using DevOps to run Ansible playbooks. However the Ansible Task recommended by Microsoft...

Ansible and the Azure REST API

Ansible and the Azure REST API

Over the last few months I have been doing more and more work with Ansible to manage end-to-end deployments in Azure. For the most part Ansible’s core set of Azure modules work with no problems and more than do the job.​ However, with the rate which Microsoft are both...

Top Tips to Approaching DevOps Adoption

Top Tips to Approaching DevOps Adoption

So, you're thinking of moving to a DevOps approach but don't know where to start? Concerned about how long it will take? Unsure about how to keep up the momentum once you've taken the first step? There are many advantages of adopting DevOps, for example increased...

Building a Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) Capability

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