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If I Was a Grownup, This is the Essay I’d Write


Recently, my friend Phoummala Schmitt, aka “ExchangeGoddess” and Microsoft Cloud Operations Advocate, wrote about her struggles with imposter syndrome. It’s a good read that I highly recommend. But one element of it stuck with me, like an itch I couldn’t quite reach. I knew this itch wasn’t …


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Templates vs. Policies


Are configuration templates still needed with an automation framework? Or does the automation policy make them a relic of the past? Traditional Configuration Management: Templates We’ve all been there. We always keep a backup copy of a device’s configuration, not just for recovery, but …





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Directions


My wife called me for the third time, and I could hear that she was working hard to remain calm but was undeniably at the end of her rope. She had missed the freeway exit. For the third time. And was going to be …


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Where Is Your Configuration Source of Truth?


Ask a good server engineer where their server configuration is defined and the answer will likely be something similar to In my Puppet manifests. Ask a network administrator the same thing about the network devices and they’ll probably look at you in confusion. Likely responses may …


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My Affection for AI


In my last post, I mentioned one of the basic use cases for Artificial Intelligence (AI) in a modern network. AI can be utilized to not only bridge the informational gaps between functional teams, but can crunch that data down and provide predictions of …


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Am I Automating Myself Out of a Job?


Is our contribution measured by what we’re doing or how we’re doing it? Are we providing value or are we just getting caught up in what’s exciting? How do we ensure that we’re seen as contributing despite appearing to be less busy? Do our …


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Monitoring, Tracing, and Observability: Choose Two?


While it’s inevitable that new technologies usually create new business opportunities, they also often create new problems for IT pros to solve. It’s a natural cycle for operations with which we’ve become reasonably comfortable. We look at a new platform/protocol/architecture/interface/tool, search a bit on …