Keep Your Keyboard Nearby

The hardest part of my job has nothing to do with my responsibilities to my employer or my clients. The hardest part of my job is fulfilling my responsibility to myself. The hardest part of my job is finding the time outside of my job to keep my hands-on skills sharp. This is why I have a home lab environment. I have been spending all of my free time lately building new servers to create a Windows Server 2012 envir

What I Am Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating the holiday today! This article will be short and to the point, as I just want to share with everyone what I am thankful for in regards to my career as an IT professional this year. What I am most thankful for is that I am now part of an organization where I am challenged and at the same time encouraged. I have projects that require me to stretch myself outside of my comfo

NetApp’s Clustered Data ONTAP: New Technology for an Old Business Problem

Having recently acquired a NetApp certification plus having attended NetApp’s Insight conference in Las Vegas last week I happen to have a ton of ideas floating around in my head regarding (wait for it…) NetApp! I have been a huge fan of NetApp for many years now, so I am happy to have this “problem”. I believe that NetApp is one of the most innovative technology companies in existence today. Even better th

NetApp Insight Was Great

I do not have time to do a long post today as I have to get on a plane soon that will be landing after midnight. Instead I list want to share a quick note with everyone regarding NetApp Insight in Las Vegas. This was a highly technical event for NetApp employees and payments only, and I learned a great deal about new technologies and techniques from NetApp and their sponsors. I focused on tools for sizing and analy

Exam Results? I Passed!

Just a follow-up to this last article that I posted. I am now a NetApp Certified Data Management Administrator (NCDA) after passing the exam for the Cluster-Mode version of the product. The exam was a good one in that it tested a broad spectrum of knowledge for the product.  What I liked the best about the exam though is that it did present an analysis of the areas where I was strong in my knowledge and where I co

Tonight’s Article? An Exam Cliffhanger!

I am busy studying to pass a certification exam scheduled for tomorrow morning. I am reading every document that I can find on the subject matter from the manufacturer, and I am working with a simulator to practice my skills. I have also written up about 70 flash cards with questions on one side and answers on the other. The truth is though that I do not think much of certifications, or to be more accurate certific