Inspire 2017 Day 1 Keynote

July 10, 2017 // 2 Comments

What We Know So Far There’s been lots of talk and sharing about Azure Stack. Lenovo and HPE have opened up orders. Microsoft has also announced availability of the Azure Stack Development Kit, the free single-server deployment (what we saw in the Preview program). A DJ is DJ-ing on a Surface [...]

Year 10 as an MVP – Adding The Azure Expertise

July 1, 2017 // 1 Comment

Today was a stressful day – it was the annual date of my MVP renewal. The program has changed quite a bit in the last year, and this is the only renewal date from now on, so you might have seen more MVPs than usual sharing their nerves online. I was extremely nervous, especially because my [...]

Big Changes to Windows Server–Semi-Annual Channel

June 15, 2017 // 0 Comments

Microsoft has just announced that they are splitting Windows Server and System Center into two channels: Long-Term Servicing Channel (aka Branch) Semi-Annual Channel Long-Term Servicing Channel This is the program that we’ve been using for years. Going forward, we will get a new version of [...]

Microsoft Azure Backup Server v2 Launched

May 31, 2017 // 1 Comment

Microsoft has launched version 2 of MABS, the Microsoft Azure Backup Server v2, with support for Windows Server 2016 and vSphere 6.5. So far we’ve had 2 versions (v1 and v1 update 1) of MABS, the freely licensed (but your pay Azure Backup pricing) slightly modified version of System Center Data [...]

Microsoft Azure Backup MARS Agent Supports System State

May 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

Microsoft has announced that the Azure Backup MARS agent will support the protection of System State on Windows Server. This is a preview release. I started talking about Azure Backup 3 years ago, and one of the “we’re not doing it” questions was “does it backup system state”. The answer [...]

StorSimple–The Answer I Thought I’d Never Give

May 19, 2017 // 13 Comments

Lately I’ve found myself recommending StorSimple for customers on a frequent basis. That’s a complete reversal since February 28th, and I’ll explain why. StorSimple Microsoft acquired StorSimple, a physical appliance that is made in Mexico by a subsidiary of Seagate called Xyratex, several [...]
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