Three awesome ladies!

This is why I love my job being a combination of teacher, IT Pro and journalist. I just interviewed three really interesting women (I thought I’d only be talking to one):

Mary Henderson, CEO of geekIT

Raina Mason, Associate Lecturer, Southern Cross University

Catherine Eibner, Microsoft

It was a fascinating look at why there are so few women in IT and how this can be addressed. As soon as I have time to transcribe the OneNote recording I’ll post the interview up here.

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System Center Roadmap session at Tech Ed

Reporting directly from Tech Ed, sitting in a session covering the System Center roadmap. Opalis 6.3 looks really cool, I’ll have to do a review of it as soon as possible.

But the most interesting product of the day is System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), vNext, currently in beta. Just now they’re talking about the agent on the client computer making sure that applications that should be on the client PC will be automatically be reinstalled if a user uninstalls something that shouldn’t be touched. It’s the Desired Configuration Management (DCM) set feature, new in vNext.

And there’s a Management Pack (MP) coming for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 for Azure, the message being that Systems Center can be used to manage both on premise and cloud infrastructure.

They’re talking about the future of Data centers where is it comes as an IT Pac, essentially a container with 1000 to 1500 servers (not blades), cooled with air flow but not air conditioning. Put the container on gravel, attach power, water (“just a garden hose”) and data cabling. Done. Look at  an image of one here

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Going Green?

Here’s me (in my best consultant’s suit) showing off my new corded electrical mower:


Took it for it’s first spin on Saturday. I really like the fact that it’s reasonably quiet, starts every time and is strong enough to do our lawn. There’s a bit of cord management to move it around to cover our whole 750 square meters but I suspect I’ll get used to it. Best of all there’s no smell and no smoke.

Next step is to invest in solar panels on the roof which would make this a zero emissions solution.

What’s this go to do with IT ? Well, unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last couple of years, there’s a lot of talk about green IT. You know, using virtualization for server consolidation to save on power and cooling costs or using core parking in Windows Server 2008 R2 or any other technology touted as “green”. I recently read an interesting article which just goes to show that it pays to look beyond the marketing hype and vendor claims to really see how to do green IT right.

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Really looking forward to Tech Ed Australia

I’m really looking forward to Tech Ed next week – mainly because I’ll meet and interview some really interesting and smart people such as Michael Kleef, Ben Armstrong, Jason Buffington and Scott Schnoll. There’s also a lunch hosted by Women in IT which should be interesting.

I’ll keep updating here as I attend session and learn new things.

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And my review of four backup applications is online at Redmondmag

Have a look here

The article is also mentioned at Jason Buffington’s excellent blog at

Enjoy reading the article!

Welcome to my blog

I’ve been writing about IT, mainly focused on Microsoft’s server technologies for over seven years now. These articles have been published in magazines and online (APC, zdnet, Redmond magazine, Technet magazine) but I’ve finally decided it’s time to have my own place where I don’t have to fit in with anyone else’s limitations. Expect to find information about small business IT topics, server and networking technologies and other cool technologies. I love IT, I love teaching and here at I intend to combine the two. Thanks for reading.