Initiatives for the community get me jazzed. Let BigfootSolarWinds_FINAL_sma.pngme share a little eye-opener. I sent an automated email out to all the DameWare and DNSstuff users, after we purchased the companies. I'm not apologizing for inviting these folks to check out the community, not at all. We have a unique community filled with great people who are smart, helpful, and altruistic.


I am rather embarrassed that my invite was followed by, mixed in, and/or piggybacked with 3 emails to the same set of people to inviting them to buy our software. Needless to say, some folks thought I was selling them community and I now know how to insult myself in numerous languages. I like language; I like learning; I like paranormal phenomenon; I like to swear. But, I learned that all good lessons, including learning how to swear in multiple languages, can be learned in the wrong way.


One thing I never thought would be offensive, an invitation to join our community (not the smell of Yeti), was definitely taken by some as invasive and annoying. Oh, and if you do send people email, even if you have no plans to do so again, you better have an unsubscribe link... otherwise, you manually have to get people off the list you don't plan on using again.


Well, at the risk of incurring the wrath of those of you who do check out my blog, I do want to make you aware of a rather cool competition/opportunity to brag about how you use SeUM and APM (soon to be SAM) in the Spread the Word forum. It makes sense to me to let you know about something cool, humanoid, and focused on you, our customers, friends, and advocates.


And yes, I want one of these Sasquatch wall clings in my home networking closet. I'm going to see about putting him on the inside so he can look down at me every time I open the door... he's got my back. He knows the importance of the Unsubscribe link. He is unavoidable; he is coming; he is, as we all know, camera shy. For more information, check out this announcement Send us your love notes!  And, for more information about how we are viewing system management, take a look at It's the End of Systems Management as We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by Denny, our VP of Products. Some of us remember when he was a Product Manager.





Posted by MTorok Jan 15, 2012

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to take a brief moment and let you know that we are starting a new program here in the community. We are going to host revolving thwack Ambassadors. These folks are recognized industry minds in virtualization, application and server management, storage management ... you get the point. We are bringing talent into the community to talk with you in and about the situations you find yourself in all the time.

We're starting off with the following Ambassadors:

  • Scott D. Lowe, who will be hanging out in the Virtualization Management forums, posting and following up with your comments on his posts there.
  • Wesley David, who will be calling the Application and Server Management forums his home for a bit and posting and following up with your comments on his posts there.

I hope you are familiar with both of their blogs, but if not:

Please join me in welcoming our first Ambassadors.

Thank you,



Needed to update this... Nonapeptide has already banged out a fantastic inaugural post, check it out: What does it take to satisfy you when testing if a service is available or not?.

And, Scott Lowe has posted here in the Virt forum: Current KPIs and long-term capacity are equally important metrics.



Posted by MTorok Jan 2, 2012

I’m pretty sure we’ve all had our fill of New Year’s
resolutions. Now is the time to sell the Bowflex you bought last year on
Craigslist, since we all know that exercise was an oft mentioned resolution for
2012. Oh, and there always seems to be the resolution about getting along
better with others and being more outgoing, less caustic, less cryptic… okay,
maybe that is just me that thinks about doing that stuff, but get the Bowflex
out of the garage and on Craigslist. You should be able to sell it quick right


I found myself out of town for New Year’s Eve and, amusingly
enough, on New Year’s Day, I also found myself watching some insane marathon of
Storage Wars. Okay, bad enough that they made a show about people bidding on abandoned
storage units, but even worse that I watched mesmerized by the part eBay, part
casino, part Antiques Roadshow strangeness of it all. I was jazzed whenever
someone found something crazy valuable among the refuse of discarded memories,
a telescope in a unit that went for 50 bucks that was worth 250 or so. But, I
guess what really got me thinking about work and server racks and the lab and you
and the rest of our community was when one guy pulled out some old rack
switches and correctly declared, “These are networking switches,” while
stacking them roughly one atop another. It was the second part that killed me, “They’re
probably worth at least a couple hundred dollars each.”


I couldn’t stop laughing. Yes, people looked at me like I
was nuts, having my own private chuckle in the hotel bar. And, well, there went
that resolution, right out the window. I’m way too geeky to quietly nod and
agree with someone who thinks 10 to 15 year old half-rack switches are worth
anything to anyone for more than a door stop, especially untested and after
being cooked in an outdoor storage unit for who knows how long. I’m sure you
have read enough about resolutions for change. Here’s one for staying the same.
I resolve to go back to not watching TV on anything other than a computer
monitor and to make sure my geek flag flies high.


Hope everyone had a safe, happy, and geeky New Year’s Eve
and welcome to an amazing new year.



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