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Many of these blogs were originally posted elsewhere on public sites, but have been re-posted here with attributions to the original location -- strictly as a means of a centralized archive of my perspectives.

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Microsoft Ups its Backup Game in System Center 2012

[Cross-posted from my ESG blog – Technical Optimist .com]

Data protection processes and technologies are vital to ensuring an organization’s operational, regulatory, and financial health. As a result, data protection infrastructure is included in every IT budget and is top of mind for data center staff. However, due to the complexity and often high cost […]

Speaking at System Center Universe 2012

Tuesday, January 17 — Microsoft held a webcast on their Private Cloud offerings and announced the Release Candidate of their System Center 2012 management tools.

Thursday, January 19 – the System Center Universe 2012 community-driven event will be going through many of the technologies in that release.

Am very excited to be speaking about […]

Microsoft’s Three Screens and a Cloud

Lately, it has occurred to me that Microsoft’s banter about “Three Screens and a Cloud” gets more real every day — those screens being your smartphone, your computer and your television, as a unified and unifying experience.

As a confessionary disclosure:

My computers run Windows, including my home server My gaming consoles are Xbox 360s […]

More excitement on OpsMgr 2012 and its CEP

The Beta is Here – and the CEP is coming fast !

First and Foremost – CONGRATS to my Microsoft friends for the recent release of the beta of System Center Operations Manager 2012 !!!

I was so proud to be a member of the team last year and am really looking forward to […]

JBuff leaving Microsoft

After 5.5 years, I am leaving Microsoft.

When I first joined, it was after 15 years in the backup/recovery and high availability market. I joined to be part of DPM v1, which had been in market for about a month, because the idea that Microsoft producing its own backup solution could change how Windows administrators […]

New interview from TechEd NA 2011

Last week, my friends at TechNet EDGE released an interview that we did at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta last month:

 

 

As always, thanks for reading (and watching),

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Rest in Peace, Ruud Baars

Over the weekend, the DPM community lost one of its best – Ruud Baars.

While you may be familiar with some of the DPM voices and faces, Ruud was one of the quiet and sometimes unseen, true innovators of how to deploy DPM in the real world.

If you received answers to questions in the […]

DPM at MMS 2011

If you are coming to the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 next week, you have some great opportunities to learn more about Data Protection Manager.

We have four breakout sessions with DPM.  I will be at all four talks but am sharing the stage this year with some great SMEs from the DPM community, including:

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Blog posts to read on AVIcode 5.7

 

If you really want to learn about AVIcode and its Application Monitoring capabilities, one of my favorite SMEs on the ‘net is Simon Skinner – SystemCenterCentral    Twitter

Simon is a long-time System Center Operations Manager MVP, who has been working with the AVIcode technologies since well before Microsoft acquired them in 2010.  Simon […]

Microsoft acquires AVIcode, Inc.

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Today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of AVIcode, Inc.  Read the official blog here.

We hope that the rest of the Operations Manager community is as excited as we are about the enhanced capabilities that the AVIcode technologies bring to Systems Monitoring, including not only .Net application monitoring, as well as rich […]

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