This is my first posting on my brand new TechNet blog, and it's probably best to kick this off with at least a little bit of "who I am" and "why am I here?"
I joined the IT industry in 1983 after 8 years of manufacturing leather and canvas goods. Just how do you migrate from saddlemaking to PC software??? It's a long story that I'll be very happy to share with anyone who wants to hear about it, but will be astounded if anyone asks. Let's just say that in '83 there was lot's of opportunity for PC hobbiests down under and the financial opportunities and working conditions were definately better than factory work.
After a mixed bag of PC related roles in reseller and distributor land I joined Microsoft and have been here for over 13 years now. I joined the Australian sub in 1991 as a business unit manager "bum" in the product support services group and then moved across to the internal IT group. Ultimately I had the good fortune to land the role of IT director for South Pacific and led a wonderful team of smart and committed IT specialists for nearly a decade. Sensing that I could more effectively stir the pot at head office I transfered to the Redmond (Seattle) campus in 2002.
Just over a year ago I left our IT group and assumed a role where I believe I can apply my experiences in IT to driving a better experience for our customers. Today I'm a group program manager in a team called the Core Infrastructure Solutions (CIS) group. This team builds guidance and automation to assist customers and partners to design, build and operate IT infrastructure using Microsoft and 3rd party products and technologies to support common scenarios. You'll find our content at two locations - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/itsolutions/default.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/security/guidance
In this role I have two primary responsibilities:
Well that's me in a nutshell and I'll end this post now before I lose your interest. If you got this far, please say g'day and tell me a little bit about you and what your interests are.
I am looking forward to the posts about setting up and maintaining your lab space. I suspect there are many vauluable lessons you can share that will help customers, especially mid-market IT. For example, are all those 500 servers new hardware? or do you have some sort of recycle scheme? What's the budget to maintain the lab? How do you do change management? How heavily do you use virutalization?
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Great to see you in the blogosphere! I'm linking to you now.
G'Day right back at you Mate. Always good to see and hear from a fellow Aussie. Looking forward to seeing your "notes from the field" working with both physical and virtual hardware.