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…


The First Five Years of Fun at Microsoft

Today (actually yesterday) marks five years for me at Microsoft.   It’s been an amazing adventure so far and as usual for anniversaries, it seems like both yesterday and a lifetime ago that I started. At the time, I was a Microsoft MVP in File System and Storage technologies – which is the closest category that…


Is your Tape Drive certified to work with DPM?

  No – it isn’t certified for DPM.  But not for the reasons that you might think. Microsoft does publish a list of devices that have been tested with DPM at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dpm/cc678583.aspx. However, this does not mean that those devices are certified to work with DPM.  It means that they have been tested for use…


New Book – Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference

Huge Congratulations to my friend, Matt Hester. Matt is a one of the folks that taught me how to blog, so that I could use social networking to convey my passion for technology products.  He also happens to be an IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft, meaning that he spends most days speaking at local events…


Microsoft “gets” Small Business

repost from Because It’s Everyone’s Business This week, a new report from Compass Intelligence ranked Microsoft as #1 among the top technology vendors that are effectively serving small businesses. Stephanie Mehta at CNN Money.com published an article this week that listed the top ten vendors, with Microsoft going from #6 last year to #1.   Ms….


Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 – WAA HOO !

I am really excited to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Storage Server 2008.  Let me tell you why: For me This is the culmination of my first 3.5 years at Microsoft.  Prior to joining Microsoft, I had been a Microsoft MVP in Storage – so I have been involved with this product…


Why is Windows Server 2008 called SP1 ?

If you go to the ‘about’ for Windows Server 2008, you’ll see the box to the right, showing Windows Server 2008 as ‘Version 6.0 Service Pack 1″.  I’ll admit to never having noticed this before … But, Iain McDonald (in Windows Server engineering) did an amazing blog on the history of the client OS’s and…


A new storage blog … THE Storage Blog at Microsoft

Hi folks, Sorry to have been unplugged – but my posts will restart this week. In the meantime, check out the new “Storage Blog at Microsoft” – where some of our storage-saavy exec’s, as well as other storage experts will weigh in. The blog kicked off earlier this week with a post from our General…


Heroes Happen Here — Comics !!!

You know its a good day when two of your favorite universes collide. Peanut Butter and Jelly Steak and Red Wine Star Wars and Video Games (usually) Dungeons & Dragons and Video Games And now … Comic Books and IT Professionals   Yes – as part of the Windows Server 2008 / SQL Server 2008…


HEROES happen here

In case you are of the very few IT professionals who haven’t heard yet, Microsoft has an exciting launch coming up next month: Windows Server 2008 SQL Server 2008 Visual Studio 2008 And I am very jazzed to get to attend the global launch event on February 27, 2008 in Los Angeles — manning the…