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…

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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…

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Dell announces a Windows Storage Server 2008 appliance

  Congratulations to my friends at Dell for their launch of storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008. This is a great example of what happens with the partnership of Microsoft with a server manufacturer.  In this case, instead of simply pre-installing Windows Server and a standard Dell PowerEdge server (which is…

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Announcing the HP Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances – X1000 and X3000

This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced that they are shipping storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008.  For more on the WSS08 release last month, check out these blogs: May 5 – Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 –…

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Why is Windows Storage Server only available through OEM’s ?

I get this question every once in a while – so I thought I would offer my perspective on this. To answer that, let me do a short reminder of what a Windows Storage Server is: We started with the mainstream Windows Server operating system – and tune it from being the industry-leading general purpose…

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Why a Windows Storage Server is like a Saleen Ford Mustang

For the record, I am not really a car buff.  I am a “Buff”ington … and enjoy renting mustangs from Avis … but I’ve had a few questions on my Windows Storage Server 2008 RTM blog (below), so let me expand on my analogy:   Just a few miles down the road in Detroit, Saleen…

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Two Webcasts Today – Storage Server and DPM Disaster Recovery

As an updated reminder, we have two TechNet Webcasts today from Storage Solutions:   Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008 8AM Pacific / 11AM Eastern US time: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032410705 For background – check out my blog on WSS08 from earlier this week. In this webcast, I am joined by one of those scary-smart but all-around-nice-guys, Scott Johnson,…

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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…

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Are you looking for a DPM server — try a Data Protection appliance from Dell

One of the common questions that we hear around DPM is “What hardware should the DPM Server be run on?” I can offer a couple different answers.  Start with the Official Answer — please consult the hardware requirements list on the DPM website There is also the “engineering” answer – which is “It depends …”…

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Have you met your Microsoft Storage Specialist ?

I want to lift up a team of Microsoft individuals that you may not know about – the Storage Technology Specialists at Microsoft. If you are a Microsoft customer, you likely know who your Microsoft Partner or your Microsoft Account Team is.  If you are a Microsoft Partner, you should know who your Partner Manager…

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