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Partnering with Microsoft

December 22, 2006

A lot of companies partner with Microsoft, and some companies  (like HP) are really good at talking about their partnership. There are of course lots of other companies that do this kind of partnering, and usually the engineers on site are very smart and friendly individuals (in fact there were a few with me on my user group panel earlier this week).

Now I’m not talking about Live gadget building, or Zune Tune Docks….I am talking about enterprise partners. That extend solutions for Exchange Server, SQL Server, Windows Clustering, etc. The best of these partners have insights into what other companies are doing (for example how Sun does clustering or how Oracle implements high availability) and is able to apply those insights to real solutions for Microsoft. These companies should also look at Microsoft and the other technologies that are being created on the internet to feed their own innovations. Making this two way conversation come to life in the best of breed is a difficult task to do and one that is hard to articulate.

I came across this partner who has plans in 2007 to talk a little more about what they are doing…..If they are honest, and talk just as loud, I am sure people will understand why they are the best of breed…

Exchange Connections 2007

October 27, 2006

Paul is a busy guy, but he is taking the time to get the Exchange Connections conference organized for next spring. Everyone is buzzing about it already. That’s right this year’s fall connections hasn’t been held yet, but he is already getting ready for next years!

The Call for papers is out…..

If you want to present feel free to send your information to Paul.
If you don’t want to present, then let me know what you want to learn about, I am taking ideas for next year’s connections from you. Let me know what you want to know and the most voted for or best topic will be it

This could a panel like I’m planning for the local user group in december, information on a specific MS technology, information on a non-MS technology (storage, mobility – including blackberry or SyncML, etc), or information on implementations, cost justification, testing, etc…..just let me know

If you are in between wanting to present and wanting me to present your topic…. I am also offering a way for you to partner up with me or someone else to get on stage and present. That’s right, you get the experience, with a little help (I did my first presentation this way and it really made things easier).

Btw, if you are going to the Fall Exchange Connections 2006, be sure to stop by the Ferris Research Booth!

Get Free Technology Planning Advice

If you’re going to Exchange Connections and would like to meet Ferris Research, do get in touch. David Ferris, Lee Benjamin, and Bob Spurzem will be there November 7-9 at our booth, #222. The Exchange Connections registration page is here. It’s a good show for Exchange support staff.

Free Technology Planning Advice

We’ll be happy to provide free technology planning advice. Or if you’re a vendor, perhaps you’d like to brief us on your offerings and plans. We’re available as follows:

  • Tuesday, Nov 7
    • 5pm-7pm
  • Wednesday, Nov 8
    • 9am to 10:30am
    • 12:45pm to 2:30pm
    • 3:30pm to 5:30pm
  • Thursday, Nov 9
    • 10am to 11:30am
    • 12:30pm to 2:15pm

Virtualization Wish List

August 14, 2006

The Lone Sysadmin is not alone in his Storage Virtualization wish list. I agree with some of the things he says and Brian from points out items 1 and 2 are a mix between virtualization and site resiliency. EMC does SRDF/CE for site resiliency, HP, and HDS have their solutions as well.

Item number 3? Yeah I hope they listen, we need better GUIs!!

The interesting part is item number 4….

To really have your data moved around automatically, there needs to be somewhere to move it to. That is the problem. For a company to purchase the capacity to dynamically support all of their applications performance needs, they would need to purchase the capacity more then once over. At a time where most companies are cutting costs and asking for Thin Provisioning, enabling technology to automatically move applications to less used disks is a very hard sell. Don’t get me wrong, if companies want to buy more storage then they need, that is great. But if a company wants to be smart about it then they will lay out their high performance applications like SQL, Oracle, Exchange, etc and then look at how they can fit in their file servers and the like. Automatically moving the data-warehouse onto the quiet spindles that happen to support quarter end bookkeeping could result in a serious problem.

ExBPA helps plan Exchange 2007 Migrations

July 28, 2006

The Exchange Team recently posted some information about a beta feature in ExBPA that will help to identify problems with your existing Exchange 2003 installation.

If you do have items identified as needing work, I recomend that you take a look at the Exchange 2007 Planning Your Deplyment guide. This includes help on planning Active Directory configurations for small medium and large installations, HA components, and Interoperability. I’m sure you can wait a bit for Jim McBee or the folks at to digest it and post something as well….