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My blog posts and tweets are my own, and do not necessarily represent the views of my current employer, my previous employers or any other party.

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.

I do not do paid endorsements, so if I am appear to be a fan of something, it is based on my personal experience with it. If I am not talking about your stuff, it is either because I haven't worked with it enough or because my mom taught me "if you can't say something nice ... "

HP VS3 announced at MMS 2012

Today, HP announced the newest offering in its VirtualSystem for Microsoft solutions family – the VS3, leveraging HP hardware that has been assembled and optimized to deliver the entire Microsoft Private Cloud stack, including:

HP Proliant “generation 8” BladeSystem servers HP 3PAR storage HP Insight Control management tools Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V Microsoft […]

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track at MMS 2012

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program puts the best practices and private cloud experience of Microsoft into an IT architecture that provides consistency and flexibility in the Microsoft stack, while still enabling its hardware partners to bring their own expertise and differentiated components together for customers benefit.

While at MMS 2012, I had the […]

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 […]

Video Interview on DPM 2012

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

Its amazing for me to remember back to joining the DPM team as v1 was releasing – and now seeing what v4 has become.  I am really looking forward to […]

Announcing DPM 2012 Beta

Today, Microsoft released its public beta for System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2012.

Of course, in full disclosure, most of my readers know that I am not just an ESG guy who loves data protection, but was the senior product manager for DPM from its v1 initial release in market through its v4 […]

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 […]

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),


Now enrolling for the Operations Manager 2012 CEP

At TechEd 2011, we announced that the OpsMgr 2012 Community Evaluation Program (CEP) is now taking applications.

What is a CEP

Many of you are likely familiar with Microsoft TAP’s, Technology Adoption Programs, where a small pool of customers partner with our engineering teams to preview and provide feedback on pre-beta software.  TAP participants […]

Jason on Talk TechNet Radio – discussing DPM 2012

Good morning, all.

Keith Combs and Chris Henley run a weekly ‘radio call-in show’ called Talk TechNet – and this week, they asked me to talk about DPM (2010 and 2012).

You can listen in, live or afterwards, at

Keith & Chris – it was lots of fun!  Thanks for having me…

Thanks […]

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