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),


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 provide…


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 https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032485880 Keith & Chris – it was lots of fun!  Thanks for having me… Thanks for…


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…


Full House Poker – for Xbox 360 and Windows Phone

This is a great example why it is cool to have a phone that is integrated with Xbox Live – you can have a continuous gaming experience across devices! Last night, the Marketplace released two games: Full House Poker for Xbox 360 (Live Arcade) Full House Poker for Windows Phone Okay, I might be a…


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: BB16…


Partner Webcast on DPM and Appliances from i365

  If you are Microsoft Partner, I’d like to invite you to an upcoming webcast on March 15 at 9AM Pacific time. Go to your Microsoft Partner portal and look up MGT116AL which talks about helping System Center customers with their Backup and Recovery needs.  In this talk, i365 will be talking about their DPM…


Are you coming to MMS 2011 ?! I am !

Last week, Microsoft held TechReady 12 for our internal sales and field teams.  This was an exciting event because we gave them a sneak peak at the very cool technologies and sessions that we will delivering publicly at MMS 2011 next month.   For the products that I am blessed to support, we have a phenomenal…


Operations Manager 2007 R2 lands Microsoft as a Gartner Magic Quadrant ‘Leader’

In December 2010, Gartner released its latest Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis (ECA). Microsoft was very pleased to see that in consideration of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Gartner placed Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant of its ECA MQ. To read Gartner’s ECA Magic Quadrant report, click here.