The best accessories for Surface Pro don’t all come from Microsoft

A few months ago, I wrote about how my Surface Pro (v1) had become the only device that I travel with (blog). Since then, I have streamlined optimized even further, with a few other gadgets.  In my travel bag: Portable DVD/Blu-Ray from Buffalo ($85) This ultra-portable Blu-Ray player/burner is barely larger than two blu-ray plastic … Read more

Need Help with WinSvr 2012 Storage Spaces

Howdy MS friends, I used to be a fan of Windows Server 2012’s Storage Spaces: And for those that don’t know, I used to work at MS … on Windows storage features.  But I am totally stuck – and needing help. Two of my five drives in a Storage Space failed.  So, like I … Read more

Thinking about Xbox Home Server

My friend Mark Bowker recently blogged about the hypothetical potential of a Microsoft Surface Server. Since he covers Virtualization for ESG, he has a lot of opportunities to think about converged infrastructure, as well as the impressive hardware stacks of converged infrastructure that are powering today’s data centers. At the same time, another friend, Rod … Read more

Windows IT Pro article – Understanding DPM2012

The nice folks at Windows IT Pro magazine recently published an article that I wrote on Data Protection Manager within Microsoft System Center 2012. According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) research, the number-one IT spending priority in 2012 was improving data backup and recovery, tied with increased use of server virtualization. Interestingly enough, improving business … Read more