I’ve been Elected again

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Feb 242015

Elect 2015

I’ve been running the NetWorker Blog since 2009, and since it started it’s grown to hundreds of articles in addition to a bunch of reports and some mini (and not so mini) manuals. I’ve been lucky enough to be named part of the EMC Elect Community now for 3 years running since its inception, but I thought it worthwhile spending a few minutes mentioning some of the other EMC Elect I’ve been lucky enough to meet, or whose musings I’ve found particularly interesting over the years.

There were a lot more in EMC Elect 2015 than the above select list, of course. Last year was a bit chaotic for me, between job changes and a few other big personal events. This year, I’m planning on diving into a lot more of what my Elect colleagues (both above, and across the entire spectrum) post about, and you’ll be seeing more links appear to their articles.

Jumping back to me for a moment, I figure this is as good an opportunity as ever to do a quick summary of some of the bigger posts on the NetWorker hub – so here goes:

  • Top 5 Blog Posts:
    • Basics – Fixing NSR Peer Information Errors. A perennial favourite, this has been visited more than twice as often as any other article on the site.
    • Introducing NetWorker 8. Everyone was hungry for information on NetWorker 8 when it launched, and this remains well read even now.
    • Basics – Stopping and Starting NetWorker on the Windows Command Line. I’ve always found wading through the services control panel in Windows to be slower than firing a command prompt and typing a couple of commands. I thought that was because I was a die-hard Unix/Command Line junkie, but it turns out a lot of people want to know this.
    • Basics – Changing Browse/Retention Time. We’ve all done it: accidentally configured a client and left the default browse and retention settings in place, only to realise a month or two later that we need to correct it. Don’t worry, I won’t tell who has looked at this article – we’ve all been in the same boat…
    • NetWorker 8 Advanced File Type Devices. NetWorker 8 saw device handling for AFTDs (and for that matter, DD Boost devices) completely upgraded. This article dove in on the nitty gritty and a lot of people access it still.
  • Manuals and reports you might find interesting:

Thanks for reading my blog over the years, I look forward to many more years to come!

Jan 162014

Elect2014 logoI’m rather pleased to say I’ve been included for the second year running in the EMC Elect programme. Last year was the first time the programme was run and while at times my schedule prevented full participation, I’ve got to say it was an excellent community to be part of.

It’s fair to say I stay fairly focused on backup and data protection in general – it’s a niche area within a niche area, which sometimes creates interesting headaches, but one thing I can be guaranteed on is that EMC remains committed to getting as much information out into their various product communities as possible. It’s almost invariably the case that if you look, you’ll find it.

Elect gives me the opportunity to see more than just backup and recovery. Last year, for instance, I was lucky enough to get to see the VNX MCx Speed2Lead launch live, in Milan. The trip itself was as fast as the products at the launch … from Australia to Italy and back again in under a week meant for a lot of time on planes. A lot. But it was worth it to see live how invested EMC are in their products. Yes, there was criticism of the event, but I stand by my response to that criticism: the storage industry as a whole is too often seen as the “boring” part of the entire IT industry, and it’s refreshing to see a company encouraging their employers, their users and their partners to be proud of what they’re doing.

I’m looking forward to seeing what EMC Elect 2014 brings, and hope to engage a lot more than I found time for last year – the rewards of being connected to a community of experts are obvious!


To see a comprehensive list of the EMC Elect 2014 members (well, certainly those on Twitter), check out this EMC Corporate list.

Addendum – the full official list is over at the EMC Community Network.

Jan 162013

EMC ElectI was rather chuffed, in December, to be nominated to the new EMC Elect programme, and humbled to be informed a couple of days ago that I’ve been accepted into it. The directory of all members for 2013 can be found here, and I’m grateful to have been added to a rather prestigious list of people.

I’ve been working with NetWorker since 1996, and for various reasons I still believe it’s one of the most powerful enterprise backup products there is for several important reasons. (Being a framework, overall extensibility and consistency, emphasis on recoverability and backup dependency tracking, just for a start.)

I started the NetWorker Blog in 2008, primarily as an adjunct to my book, Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A Corporate Insurance Policy. Yet very quickly, the NetWorker Blog took on a life of its own, and I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to share knowledge in a product I’ve been using for so long.

These days I work with a lot of the EMC BRS space – Avamar and Data Domain most notably get a goodly chunk of my attention too. Yet NetWorker remains and will continue to remain for some time my core focus with EMC technology. It’s not just a job for me – backup is most definitely a real passion.

This is the inaugural year of EMC Elect, and I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate, and it’s pleasing to know I’ve got that opportunity off the back of my passion for backup – and my passion for NetWorker.


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