This is the personal blog of Andy Barnes, who has over 18 years experience working in the IT services industry for vendors, partners, customers and service providers as a senior consultant.

Andy currently works at HSBC as an Azure Site Reliability Engineer, and previously as a Senior Consultant at Microsoft in the Azure Cloud & AI team.

His experience covers an array of capacities; pre-sales, design, implementation and migrations, which span many different industries including; banking, insurance, managed services, retail, sports and the public sector.

The primary focus of this blog is Microsoft Azure, DevOps and related technologies.
However this is not his first blog, Andy has run VMadmin.co.uk since 2008 which is a blog primarily covering VMware and virtualisation.

I currently hold the following certifications, awards and qualifications:


  • Microsoft Azure Architect Expert
  • Microsoft Azure DevOps Engineer Expert
  • Microsoft Azure Cybersecurity Architect Expert
  • Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Azure Network Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Azure Security Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Azure Identity and Access Administrator Associate
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop Speciality
  • Kubernetes and Cloud Native Associate (KCNA)
  • HashiCorp Certified Terraform Associate
  • Amazon AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA)
  • VMware vSphere 3/4/5/5.5/6/6.5/7 (7 x VCP-DCV)
  • VMware Horizon View (Desktop) 4/5 (2 x VCP-DT)
  • Microsoft Enterprise Administrator Windows Server 2008 (MCITP:EA / MCSE)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Active Directory (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Configuring (MCTS)
  • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)
  • Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA)
  • Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE)
  • Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 Advanced Administration (CCAA)
  • Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008 (CCA)
  • Citrix XenServer 5 (CCA)
  • Citrix XenDesktop 4 (CCA)
  • Citrix NetScaler 9 (CCA)


  • VMware vExpert Award 2009 & 2016


Bachelor of Science – Software Development, Games Computing BSc (Hons)

DISCLAIMER: All advice, tips, guides and other information on this website is provided as-is with no warranty or guarantee. While most information is correct to the best of my knowledge, I am not reponsible for any issues that may arise in using the information, and you do so at your own risk. As always before doing anything; check, double check, test and always make a backup.