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Reflecting on 2019… 500 Blog Posts… Goodbye 2019 and Welcome 2020! #HappyNewYear

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As we end another year and prepare for 2020 to start… With a humble and wide-open heart–thank you for following, sharing, and modeling my work (whether via my blog posts, Facebook posts, tweets, books, or speaking at events) over these past 12 months.

The last day of the year! A good one to reflect on 2019 and to plan for 2020. What do you want to achieve in 2020? Not only work but also regards to family, health, wealth, friends, hobbies, projects, study and so on… You are welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

I’ve taken the habit every year to reflect on the past 12 months, I took some time to gather whatever insights I can and focus on the year ahead. I wanted to share with you the greatest value to me over 2019, I will try to summarize it in this blog post.

For reference, this was my 2018 review post.

I started this blog about 5 years ago to share my knowledge and help other people. Because knowledge is a gift, don’t keep it to yourself, and when sharing your knowledge, you help other people. This is rewarding when you receive a lot of feedback and comments about what you have shared with others is valuable.

After 5 years, I have been able to write about 500 blog posts which are around 100 posts per year. If we do a quick calculation, this is around 100 days per year, I am writing and feeding this blog (more about the blog statistics in a bit). You can imagine how much time it requires to keep the blog alive with rich content. I want to thank all my readers who are keeping me writing.

The 2019 Year in Review

2019 was the year of strengthening my knowledge especially after you relocate to a new country. New job. New home. I love it!

So let’s start wrapping up 2019!

As a Cloud and Security Architect, I had been making the shift to focus more on Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and Hybrid Cloud projects. I started in this direction for a couple of years now but the new job helped me transition to the type of work I wanted to do. I am a firm believer in change and through change comes growth.

A year that, for me, was full of learning starting the year, I passed the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect certification, this one was a challenging exam.

In January, I blogged about the top 5 technical challenges and predictions for 2019. You can read about it here.

In February, I passed the AZ-203: Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate exam.

In February as well, I passed the Azure fundamentals exam, yes fundamentals! remember that the Cloud is about re-learning.

In March, I passed the Information Security Foundation exam based on ISO/IEC 27001.

In April, I had the honor and privilege to speak at the Global Azure Bootcamp in Zurich, Switzerland.

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In April as well, I had the honor and privilege to record a quick overview of my recently published book – Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook.

In May, I passed the MS-100: Microsoft 365 Identity and Services exam.

In May as well, I passed the COBIT 5 Foundation Exam – Governance and Management of Enterprise IT.

In June, I passed the Business Continuity Management Foundation exam based on ISO/IEC 22301.

In June as well, I passed the MS-101: Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security exam.

In July, I received my fifth Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in a row. However, this time was different, I have been awarded double expertise: Cloud and Datacenter Management and Microsoft Azure.

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In August, I passed the Privacy and Data Protection exam based on the European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).

In September, I passed the MS-500: Microsoft 365 Certified – Security Administrator Associate.

And finally, I ended up the year by passing the AZ-400: Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer Expert exam.

Some of the work I enjoyed in 2019 was deploying a Microsoft Azure Stack Hub, Azure Stack HCI, and working on several Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) projects.

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Blog Statistics

As a blogger focusing on cloud computing it is always fun. The traffic to my blog grew significantly, 2 times more visitors compared to 2018. And in 5 years, my blog hits over 1.5 Million visitors with 500 blog posts… Thanks to all my readers!

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Where did the readers come from? Top 15 Countries:

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This blog was viewed about 396,500 times in 2019, 323,200 times in 2018, 319,900 times in 2017, 216,000 times in 2016, 172,000 times in 2015 and 59,000 times in 2014.

The busiest day of the year was April 23rd, 2019 with 1,671 views. The most popular post on that day was: Install System Center 2019 Data Protection Manager on Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017.

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The top 10 most viewed posts during 2019:

  1. Step By Step: Migrate Your File Servers With Storage Migration Service in Windows Server 2019.
  2. Install System Center 2019 Data Protection Manager on Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017.
  3. Install System Center 2019 Virtual Machine Manager on Windows Server 2019 and SQL Server 2017.
  4. How To Enable Virtual TPM (vTPM) in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V VM?
  5. How to install DPM 2016 on Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016?
  6. Remove Lingering Hyper-V Replica Log (HRL) File From Hyper-V.
  7. How to reduce DPM 2016 storage consumption by enabling deduplication on Modern Backup Storage?
  8. Background disk merge failed to complete: The requested operation could not be completed due to a file system limitation (0x80070299).
  9. Passed Exam AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification.
  10. How To Disable Server Manager At Startup For All Users?

Another great thing I could do in 2019 was work with my customers on several different projects. I have to thank my employer itnetX (Switzerland) AG for their support, and to all my sponsors here: Altaro VM Backup and CloudBerry Lab.

Last but not least, I am honored to announce that my Swiss Romande Azure User Group is officially part of the global Azure Tech Communities worldwide. The Azure Tech Communities hold 195,838 Members, over 128 Groups in 33 Countries.

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So how do I summarize all of this?

People’s interest in Hybrid Cloud, security, and in the Microsoft Cloud platform, in general, continues to rise more and more…

My Expectation for 2020

I see 2020 will be an epic year as well if 2019 was the year of strengthening the knowledge, 2020 promises to be the year of Cloud Security and Hybrid Cloud. The year 2020 is going to be exciting!!!

Aside from all of that, If you are interested in reading my books, you can order them from here; and I look forward to speaking at a few conferences later this year!

I am looking forward to the 2020 kick-off… There are a lot of interesting things coming down the pipeline…

And with that, let me wrap up 2019 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year !!!

Thank you all for reading my blog and the comments throughout the year, may you all have a healthy, successful, and outstanding New Year!

Until then… see you in 2020!

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Thank you for reading my blog.

If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment.

-Charbel Nemnom-

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Charbel Nemnom
Charbel Nemnom is a Senior Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He has over 20 years of broad IT experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems with extensive practical knowledge of complex systems build, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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