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The New Windows Admin

Redmond columnist Greg Shields use to be a full-time ITer. Before Redmond was Redmond magazine, it was called Microsoft Certified Professional. We had a contest for a guest editor and Greggo won. That launched a great second career for him that combined IT, writing, speaking and consulting.

In his latest column, Greg talks about the changing world of the Windows Admin. In many shops there is a gulf between IT and development. IT can code worth a lick and developers couldn't read a routing table if you paid them.

The cloud and virtualization are bringing this world closer together as both groups share an increasing number of tools. With virt and tools like System Center, developers are able to easily perform tasks that used to be IT's bailiwick. And development is changing such that IT can encroach on the code monkeys' turf.

"A further evolution stems from advances in the not-quite-coding, but not-button-clicking-either tools that bridge the gap between traditional admin and dev roles. Windows PowerShell is one of these tools, but even Windows PowerShell itself is but a framework for an entirely new post-Windows PowerShell generation," Shields explains. " This generation is known as 'DevOps,' and in the universe of Windows systems administration, its harbinger is Microsoft System Center 2012."

"The DevOps movement intends to increase cooperation between IT's disparate development and operations halves," Shields argues. "Such coordination isn't just procedural or cultural. Activities between the halves also are being increasingly facilitated by shared toolsets that extend each half's reach into the other's traditional purview."

Is Greg on the right track or just scratching the surface? You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 01/14/2013 at 1:19 PM


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