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Timothy

I Made Some Musical Instrument Themed T-Shirts

I was bored so I thought I'd have some fun with this.  The theme is "I work so I can buy..." and then a bunch of instruments and other music items.  :-)

Check it out!  https://teespring.com/stores/i-work-so-i-can-buy

Timothy

New Faster System Center Product Release Cadence

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." - Mark Twain

For a few years now, there's been a lot of confusion about the future of System Center in the Microsoft product portfolio.  Updates had become less frequent and less impressive.  New product offerings on the Azure side seem to directly compete with classic System Center.  And a few products are clearly EOL (Orchestrator, most notably).

One big exception was Configuration Manager, which adopted a more frequent update cadence and in principle was not well-suited for the cloud (not that that has stopped Microsoft before).  Data Protection Manager (DPM) also stood out somewhat because it's 2016 release added a lot of long requested features, but it was still stuck in the long multi-year update cycle.

Well, it seems now Microsoft is getting back to showing System Center some love.  They are going to start pushing out the frequent update model to Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager.  This is great news for those of us with Hybrid and On-Premises deployments.  Azure is fantastic, and the new features which are rapidly rolling out are amazing, but not every workload can move to the cloud, nor should every workload move to the cloud (keep your tech stack diverse).  Plus, OpsMgr and DPM, in particular, are very useful in many Azure deployments.

As Microsoft makes this transition, they are also asking for feedback from OpsMgr users.  This is a good time to let them know the direction you want the product to take.

Timothy

Website Refresh!

I've updated the website theme with a brand new responsive design theme.  It seems to have fixed a lot of styling issues I never got to over the years.  There's still some tweaks to be done, but I'm pretty happy with it!  Let me know if any pages are unreadble.

Recent Comments
  1. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    kAM aCOSTA: Thanks Edward !!!
  2. Re: 3.0 is coming...
    Dave: Very Cool!
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  4. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Andreas Hagberg: Edward, you are the man. It solved the problem right at the first try. Many thanks for the post.
  5. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Derek: Edward, great find. +1 on the fix... Thanks!!
  6. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    milo: Thanx MIKE - this helped me: DPM 2016 setup will fail if you have SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS...
  7. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Terry: Edward, you are the Man!!!! Looked for a solution for hours, then found your post and BAM!!! it worked...
  8. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Mr. JoeM: Edward! Thank you, saved me hours of work.
  9. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Brian: Thank you so much Edward! :-)
  10. Re: DPM 2016 + SQL 2016 and "An unexpected error occurred during the installation" ID: 4387
    Tom: Thank you Edward! After beating my head against a wall for days, tried your suggestion out and lo and...