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  • Blog Post: Favorite TechEd Australia and New Zealand moments

    I really enjoy giving sessions at TechEd – and the international events are great for giving me different perspectives on bandwidth, regulatory compliance, etc.  Over the past two weeks, I gave 6 breakout sessions ( AU sessions & NZ sessions ), did a few podcasts, press interviews, etc. In fact...
  • Blog Post: Two new ways to follow Jason on DPM and Gaming

    Hello friends, First and foremost, thank you to all of those that read this blog.  It’s been an enjoyable way for me to share information (and my opinions) and I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well. Easily one of the most cool things that happens to me when meeting customers and partners is to have...
  • Blog Post: New interview on Bytes by TechNet

    “Listen or watch Bytes by TechNet Interviews today!”   Get insights or IT solutions from IT Professionals and the latest Microsoft news in a fun and practical format. Watch Bytes by TechNet Interviews featuring influential IT Professionals, from the community and Microsoft, around a variety of topics...
  • Blog Post: Learn about DPM 2010 protecting data to the Iron Mountain cloud

    In May, I am happy to hang out with my friends from Iron Mountain in two events: Tomorrow, May 20, I will be at the Minneapolis Iron Mountain facility. Similar to last month, when I went spoke at their Chicago event ( see blog post DPM in Chicago ), we will be talking about DPM 2010 and IRM’s...
  • Blog Post: Jason is going Down Under (again)

    Woo Hoo – am very excited to confirm that I will be returning for my third TechEd Australia and TechEd New Zealand next month. TechEd Australia (August 24-27) I have at least three confirmed sessions: Protecting Application Servers with DPM 2010 - This session will focus on protecting and recovering...
  • Blog Post: Am I really writing this stuff ?

      Today has been a very cool day that caused me to be introspective – so I wanted to share a little of myself with you. Earlier today, I did my first post as one of the “System Center Expert” contributors to Microsoft’s blog on the “Because it’s Everybody’s Business” initiative. The blog post is...
  • Blog Post: Jason and DPM at TechEd New Zealand

    Am back in Auckland for my third TechEd !   This promises to be a great week, so here is where you can catch me and hear more about DPM 2010: Monday @ 14:55 – SVR215 – Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010, Part 1: Technical Introduction Why is Microsoft in the backup business...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio -- Total Wine success story with System Center

    Earlier this week, I sat down with my friends at Total Wine to talk about how they are using System Center.    It's one of the first times that I've gotten to talk about technology and 'wine' instead of 'whine'.  In fact, as part of my research to be fully prepared for the TechNet...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 Launch - Day 5 - we are launched!

    We are done ... and so am I. I have three more speaking slots to do today and, as the saying goes, " I am leaving it all on the field ."   MGT18-IS - Advanced Features of DPM 2007 - Interactive Q&A After a few sleep-deprived nights, we are starting today with a "Everything else...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 Launch - Day 4

    As we come into the home stretch, I have three speaking engagements today and three more tomorrow. When asked why I don't share these with other speakers, my answer is two-fold: 1) I came to Microsoft 23 months ago for DPM2007, so I want to put my own fingerprints all over this event.  That may...
  • Blog Post: Two new things for System Center Operations Manager – Me and a Management Pack

    This week, the OpsMgr team added two new items that are hopefully of interest to some of y’all. A new Technical Product Manager … me !!   I am very excited to be taking on OM!  Yes, I will still have DPM and SCE roles, but with those products wholly launched, am looking forward to joining...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: My book is now available for preorder – Data Protection for the Virtual Data Center

    There is something very surreal in finding your name on Amazon.com … so I just had to share it.    Description (from publisher): Essential information on how to protect data in virtual environments! Virtualization is changing the data center architecture and as a result, data protection is...
  • Blog Post: DPM at MMS 2011

    If you are coming to the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 next week, you have some great opportunities to learn more about Data Protection Manager. We have four breakout sessions with DPM.  I will be at all four talks but am sharing the stage this year with some great SMEs from the DPM community...
  • Blog Post: About Me

    About Jason Buffington I have been in the IT server technology space for about 17 years - with a majority of that time focussed on data protection, high availability, disaster recovery and business continuity. I have worked at tape backup manufacturers and replication/failover vendors - and have been...
  • Blog Post: Personal blog started

    As one of my New Years' resolutions, I am trying to journal more. This blog will continue to be about data protection and gaming (my two technical passions), as well as start to see more about storage technologies and Windows Server, since my Microsoft role is expanding on those fronts. I am aiming...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 Launch - Day 2

    Things keep going well for DPM at IT Forum. The booth stays swamped with interested folks - and we have a great team of up to 4 DPM experts at the booth at a time -- and they are staying busy the whole time ! From my perspective, today was about the first technical sessions:   MGT-02-PD - Check...
  • Blog Post: DPM and I are coming to Africa !

    This has been an exciting month for me and DPM on two fronts: First, for Fiscal Year 2010 (starting last week at Microsoft), I am re-focusing exclusively on DPM within System Center and will not be also driving Windows Server file services or Windows Storage Server.   It was very cool to be...
  • Blog Post: Come learn about DPM at Tech-Ed 2009

    I have a full line-up for Tech-Ed 2009 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Sp1 – May 11-15, 2009. May 11, 2:45-4:00 PM VIR04-INT Why Virtualization and Data Protection are Better Together May 12, 10:15-11:30 AM MGT204 Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager 2007 sp1 May 12, 1:00...
  • Blog Post: Happy Anniversary-Valentine Weekend

    19 years ago, today, I met the woman of my dreams. 17 years ago, tomorrow, I married her. And on Sunday, she’ll be my valentine for the 20th time. Along the way, she’s given me three beautiful children, a great extended family, and a lifetime of memories. She leads the Cub Scout den for...
  • Blog Post: Getting Ready for Wood Badge

    Am getting ready for Wood Badge in a few weeks, which is a training program for adult leaders within Boy Scouts.  Per a BSA website: Reflecting the best of nearly a century of Scouting experience, the course draws upon the most current leadership models used by corporate America, academic circles...
  • Blog Post: When does an email signature look like a race car ?

    When you start putting a whole bunch of advertizing graphics on it.   This is a relatively meaningless post, but I needed to try out some links and thought it was humorous when I got done.   And even if you aren’t in the US, just take a few moments on Thursday to randomly think of someone...
  • Blog Post: Come learn about DPM at MMS 2009

    The only thing more fun than Las Vegas in the Springtime has got to be the DPM sessions at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 (MMS-2009.com) – April 27 – May 1st. If you are coming – check out our DPM sessions: MONDAY         April 27 @ 1:30PM SO20 breakout session Ray Maker Designing...
  • Blog Post: Video : Dad Life

    This video has nothing to do with Microsoft, System Center, Data Protection Manager, Essentials 2010, Boy Scouts or Video Games. But if you are a dad (or know one) … then this video is worth 2.5 minutes of your day: Dad Life from Church on the Move on Vimeo .