Author: jdanton1

SQL Server 2019 is Now Available on Windows Containers—Why You’re Doing It Wrong

I try to avoid writing blog posts that I like to call “hot takes”—quick crappy opinions on the news of the day, but this is a topic I feel particularly strongly about. I’m not sure how many of you were using Microsoft’s Azure Hadoop offering HDInsight, when it debuted in the 2012-13 timeframe, but it […]

The Ransomware Breach Your’re Going to Have

I don’t typically blog about network engineering here. However, in the last few weeks I’ve seen several major companies get hit with ransomware attacks. While this isn’t an uncommon thing in 2019, it is uncommon that their entire environments were taken offline because of it. So with that, let’s talk about how these attacks can […]

Azure Hybrid Automation–Performing Tasks in a VM

Recently, I learned something new about Azure Automation–that you could execute tasks inside of a VM. I haven’t dealt with this situation before–typically, any tasks I want to execute inside of a VM, I execute using a scheduler like SQL Agent, or the Windows scheduler. However, in this situation, we were trying to reduce costs, […]

Getting Started with the Cloud with No Budget and an Unsupportive Employer

This thread on Twitter last night really piqued my interest: Looking for your Ideas – The biggest challenge at the moment is explain to traditional #ITPro audiences why upskilling in the cloud is important. How are you communicating this message w/o alienating them? Discuss. — Michael Bender (@MichaelBender) April 10, 2019   It really made […]

If Your Hardware and OS are Older than Your Interns, Fix It

Yesterday, I wrote my monthly column for Redmond Magazine about dealing with situations where your management doesn’t want to invest in the resources to provide reliability for your hardware and software environment. Whether its redundant hardware and even offsite backups, many IT organizations fail at these basic tasks, because the business side of the organization […]