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Commentary from a long term NetWorker consultant and Backup Theorist

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About

About me

A little about me: My name is Preston de Guise, and I’ve been working in primarily consulting roles since 1996 – whether that be customer-facing consulting, back-end outsourcing administration, customer support or training. I’ve dealt with a large variety of enterprise environments ranging from primary industries (mining, exploration, etc.) through to health, finance and banking, manufacturing, sales and importing. I’m the author of Enterprise Systems Backup and Recovery: A corporate insurance policy, and wrote that book based on the lessons I’ve learned over the years dealing with a plethora of backup implementations, policies, administrators and managers. I started in Unix system administration, managing multiple backup servers across Australia for a multinational company, so I approach customers with a healthy understanding of the need for availability and prioritisation of issue resolution.

In my spare time, I write, read, get ruled over by a couple of cats, spend time with my partner and write software. (After somewhat of a haitus, I’m now getting close to releasing AnyWebDB, a rapid web application development framework for PostgreSQL databases.)

Oh, and I’m utterly terrified of zombies. As soon as a movie or story has zombies in it, I’m off watching or reading something else. If you know the official phobia name for that, I’d appreciate you letting me know :-)

About NetWorker

EMC NetWorker (formerly Legato NetWorker) is an enterprise class data protection product that I’ve been using since 1996. It is not by any means the only backup product that I’ve used, but for various functionality reasons, it is certainly one of my preferred.

I’m not by any means in this blog advocating that you should be using NetWorker yourself – each backup product has to be deployed against the requirements of an individual environment, and I don’t know your environment. If however you’re looking at deploying an enterprise backup product, it’s certainly one to consider.

About who I work for

I work for IDATA Resolutions, a leading provider of storage, data protection, archiving and high availability solutions in Australia and New Zealand. IDATA provide complete solutions, starting with helping you architect your solution and continuing right through the implementation into ongoing support, or even managing the solution.

This blog is not affiliated with IDATA – I make no representation that I’m speaking for them, and my views should not be considered to be their official views. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a solution in Australia or New Zealand covering any of the aforementioned topics, you should look us up.

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14 Responses to “About”

  1. Love your blog! Keep it up … thanks!

  2. Ronny Egner said

    Hi Preston,

    very good blog! I am also working with networker and would like to share my knowledge. Do you accept guest acticles?

    • Preston said

      Hi Ronny,

      I had not thought of guest articles when I setup the blog. Let me think about it over the next couple of days and get back to you. I’ll email you directly.

      Cheers,

      Preston.

  3. Martin said

    Hi!

    Really like this blog, I’m pretty new to NetWorker but this blog has helped me alot during my year of NetWorking..
    Thanks!

  4. John Brekelbaum said

    Thanks for all your helpful posts on the networker listserv list at temple.edu!

    • Preston said

      I’m glad to be able to help where I can, which is why I still contribute to the NetWorker listserv as well as doing this blog. Thanks for the feedback!

  5. Erick Tauil said

    Hi Preston,

    I would like to know if you know a way to automatize with a batch file the instalation of agents on both Windows and Linux Environments?

    Thanks for your attention!

    Regards

  6. John said

    “Oh, and I’m utterly terrified of zombies. As soon as a movie or story has zombies in it, I’m off watching or reading something else. If you know the official phobia name for that, I’d appreciate you letting me know :-)”

    I have found this, but it is from the Urban Dictionary, so you can use it or not:

    Kinemortophobia: The fear of the undead.

  7. Alex said

    Just received a copy of your book. Very good! Oh, the blog’s really great too ;-)

  8. Preston said

    Hi Alex – that’s great, thank you!

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