Don Jones

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My good friend Jason Helmick has a lovely young adult daughter, Devon. Devon recently took it upon herself to make a difference to the homeless folks in Phoenix, where they live. She and a couple of friends make fresh brown-bag lunches, including sandwiches, fruit, and wholesome items, and then hand them out to the hungry …

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In a Microsoft environment, or a mixed environment that includes a lot of Microsoft, IIS is every bit as important as DHCP, DNS, Active Directory, and other infrastructure elements. Without IIS, many of the mission-critical services your users rely on… simply aren’t there. SharePoint? IIS. Outlook Web App? IIS. PowerShell Web Access? IIS. Office Web …

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One of the most interesting kinds of discussions I have with customers often veins with a discussion on third-party management tools. Companies are obviously loathe to spend unnecessary money – I get that. So when an admin comes along asking for a tool – whether it’s a simple $300 tool or a $20/seat “solution” – …

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I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and reconnecting with old ones at TechEd… but because my schedule has me running around a good bit, I thought I’d mention a few places where I KNOW I’ll be… hopefully folks can find me at one of these, and say hi! MONDAY: I’ll be co-presenting with Jeffrey …

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I’ve recently started forcing myself to play “Angel’s Advocate” in a number of conversations, and sometimes just with myself as a thought experiment. Here’s how it works: Suppose someone in your organization suggests moving to Office 365 and off of your on-premises Exchange infrastructure. Now, someone else will often, in the conversation, say something like, …

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