My Journey to a Smarter Home (Part 3)

This is the 3rd part of the blog series. I have covered my home network setup using Ubiquiti Unifi devices in part 1, and Xiaomi home automation products in Part 2. In this part, I will discuss my experience with Google Home and Sonos products. It’s been over a month since the last part, this is because I was waiting for Google Home Hub to be released so I can get my hands on it and included it in this post. Google Home Speakers I bought my first Google Home speaker when they were firstly released in Australia last year

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My Journey to a Smarter Home (Part 2)

This is the 2nd part of the blog series. I have covered my home network setup using Ubiquiti Unifi devices in part 1, you can find it here. In this part, I will discuss the home automation solutions I have put in place using various products from Xiaomi and their Mi Home ecosystem partners. My cousin is a HUGE Xiaomi fan. Back in 2013, during my holiday in China, he showed me his Xiaomi phone and the Mi Box. I “felt in love” with Xiaomi products ever since. Xiaomi is a fairly young company, only founded in 2010. It has

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My Journey to a Smarter Home (Part 1)

Over the last month, I have published 8 blog posts. Right now, although I still have few more on my to-do list, I’m just a bit over it. I want to write something different than my usual topics. I don’t know how many I am going to write right now, but I want to dedicate the next few posts to something that I have spent a lot of time on over the last couple of years – on all the gadgets I have installed at home, especially around home automation. I will share my experience on the following product families:

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This Blog Gets another Facelift

It has been 7 years since I started blogging here. As the technology progresses, I have changed the theme and the blog title few times to make sure it is still relevant and reflecting what my main focus are. The last time I updated the look-and-feel of this blog was back n July 2014 – almost 3 years ago. Over the last year or so, I am not particularly happy with how my blog looks. By having the phrase ‘System Center’ as part of the blog title, it makes me feel being antique, not to mention like many other folks

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Upcoming Webinar on OpsMgr and OMS

Two of my good MVP buddies Dieter Wijckmans (@DieterWijckmans) and Thomas Maurer (@ThomasMaurer) will get together and deliver an online webinar sponsored by Savision (@Savision) . The topic is: Combining Monitoring & Analytics with SCOM and OMS. It is scheduled on Thursday 22nd of June 4PM CEST | 10AM EDT | 9AM CDT. If you are interested in SCOM and OMS, I strongly recommend you to register and attend. You can find more information in the registration page HERE

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New Blogger in the Family

I have been blogging for six and half years and to this moment, I’m still enjoying it. Few months ago my better half has decided to start blogging as well. Although my partner also works in IT as a project manager, her real passions are photography and cooking. She has decided to start a blog focused on food and recipes. By doing this, not only she gets to create her favorite dishes, she also gets to take pictures too. Then there was a lot of preparation to get her started. I helped her registered her chosen domain name, got a

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Speaking at ExpertsLive Australia in April

As many of you may already know, the legendary System Center Universe franchise has been merged with ExpertsLive, which is also a popular community event over in Europe. As the result, the upcoming SCU Australia has been renamed to ExpertsLive Australia. Unlike last year, instead of just an one-day event, it is going to be a two day event, with 3 tracks: Cloud, Data Center and Enterprise Client Management. ExpertsLive Australia 2017 is going to be held at Crown Promenade Melbourne on 6th and 7th of April. I will co-present 2 sessions with my friend and MVP veteran Pete Zerger

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Blog Site Recovered–Finally

If you are a regular visitor of this blog, you may have noticed that this blog has been down since last Thursday, and I’ve only been able to get it back online few hours ago (Monday afternoon my time). The downtime was caused by the server which is hosting my blog. My hoster couldn’t recover the sever, and ended up restored my site from the backup (that they took  on 24th April, which was 3 weeks ago). Due to the hoster’s lack of ability to maintain my site, I have lost 3 weeks of data (2 most recent blog posts,

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Gadget Show Off: My Presentation and Recording Equipment for Surface Pro 4

OK, it’s Friday night, I feel like writing something on this blog. But after couple of glasses of wine, and I don’t really want to write anything technical that requires too much brain power. So I picked an easy topic for tonight. I have been using a Creative Sound Blaster Bluetooth Pre-Amp and a lapel microphone to record my in-person community presentations. Based on my experience, the recording quality from that device is very average. Last weekend, after I recorded my presentation at Global Azure Bootcamp, I have decided to ditch it and look for a better solution. Over the

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Upcoming Webinar – Capacity Planning using OMS and OpsLogix Capacity Report MP

As a follow up to my recent blog post Capacity Planning – OMS Vs. OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP, I will be teaming up with the OpsLogix team and deliver a webinar next week. In this webinar, I will demonstrate how to utilize the OMS Capacity Planning Solution as well as the OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP to forecast your infrastructure fabric consumption. The webinar is going to take place on Wednesday 3rd February, 21:00 UTC. You can find more details about this webinar on OpsLogix’s webiste: http://www.opslogix.com/capacity-planning-webcast/ This is a free webinar, only limited spots available. If you are interested in

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