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Today is my birthday and I'm celebrating in the best way possible:  talking with you and meeting a vendor, Crossbeam Systems, at their headquarters.

I'm not kidding about the talking to you part. I vastly prefer to base my articles on what real-world IT folks have to say. And you all have been huge in helping me. I'd say I've done a couple dozen major feature stories based entirely on your input. And some of you have been involved in most of them, readers like Marc W., JC, Mark P., Asif M. and many, many more.

These articles take a close look at key technologies and analyze them with a pure IT view. It beats the socks off a regular one-person review or trend story based on analysts who aren't currently in the trenches. I guess this readership is my birthday present.

Two pieces I'm working on are Google Apps vs. Office 365 and a piece on what drives you crazy. Help with either welcome at

This January 5, I'll celebrate the seventh year of writing this newsletter. How long have you been reading? Am I getting stale or deserve another term? Give it to me straight at

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/09/2011 at 1:18 PM


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    If the hardware behind your domain controllers has become outdated, here's a step-by-step guide to performing a hardware refresh.

  • Azure Backup for SQL Server 2008 Available at Preview Stage

    Microsoft added the option of using the Azure Backup service to provide recovery support for SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 when those workloads are hosted on Azure virtual machines.

  • Microsoft Suggests Disabling Old Protocols with Exchange Server 2019

    Exchange Server 2019 with Cumulative Update 2 (CU2) can help organizations rid themselves of old authentication protocols, which constitute a potential security risk.

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