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Disaster Recovery Planning - Tips to Help

Nov 1, 2018 9:50:43 AM / by Jerry Nelson posted in how to, Data Governance, Disaster Recovery, Azure Site Recovery

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Organizations I have worked with typically find themselves lacking a disaster recovery (DR) plan for an assortment of reasons. They have never had an outage; Disasters are too numerous to plan for; It is too expensive; They have one - it is called backups; Etc.

Technology has evolved to a point where every company, big and small, now has access to affordable and effective disaster recovery solutions. It doesn't take much to protect your organization from extinction due to a disaster. The following are a few things to think about when devising your organization's recovery plan.

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What Katrina Taught Me about Disaster Recovery

Sep 18, 2018 3:21:07 PM / by Jerry Nelson posted in Business Strategy, Data, Leadership, Project Management, Strategy, how to, microsoft, Azure, Disaster Recovery

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An organization I worked with owned a site in New Orleans. Our disaster recovery plan was simple; It required that the General Manager transport the most recent backup tapes to a designated accessible sister site where IT would redeploy the site's data and applications. When Katrina hit, our disaster recovery plan worked flawlessly and we recovered within the prescribed RTO and RPO. However, the 37 employees that used that data to generate revenue for the organization were scattered around the country unable to conduct business leaving our customers with an inferior product. What good is a disaster recovery plan without an associated solid business continuity plan?

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5 Goal Setting Techniques to Power through February (And On)

Feb 15, 2018 12:23:07 PM / by Jack Swift posted in Business Strategy, Company Culture, Discipline, making IT better, Management, Transformation, how to, training

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Have you given up on your New Year's Resolution already? Surprisingly (or maybe not), February is usually when people drop out of their "New Year, New Me" mantra. Reality sets in, the gym feels a million miles away at 5:00 am, maybe saving money is overrated. It's easy to talk yourself out of the whole thing.

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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Decisions

Feb 13, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, 5 painless steps, powershell, scripting, programming, decisions, logic

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Loops

Feb 6, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, 5 painless steps, powershell, loops, scripting, programming

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Input

Jan 30, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, 5 painless steps, powershell, scripting, programming

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Output

Jan 23, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, training, 5 painless steps, powershell, microsoft, csv, xml, json, console

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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Learn Powershell in 5 Painless Steps - Storage

Jan 16, 2017 1:00:00 PM / by Cole McDonald posted in how to, training, arrays, 5 painless steps, powershell, microsoft, variables

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DevOps = Developers + Operations.  What if you're in Operations and don't have a developer at your disposal?  That should never stop you from making your job easier and more efficient.  Powershell is a scripting language from Microsoft that is already on your Windows PC and Servers and more recently, open sourced to the OSX and Linux communities.  It ships with a great minimalist development environment (Powershell ISE). 
 
The problem I had is that all of the tutorials out there either assume a background in scripting and programming, or act as nothing more than command references.  I'm hoping to enable you to automate your own workflows even if you've never programmed before.  You only need to learn 5 things: Storage, Input, Output, Decisions, Loops.  Everything you do manually is made up of these 5 things.  Every programming language is made up of these 5 things.
 
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