Modern Data Protection for Virtual Environments using Veeam and Windows Azure

In the last episode of TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café, Chris Henley from Veeam was my guest and he had a chance to share about Veeam’s backup solution for Hyper-V.  Just recently, Veeam announced a new backup offering that integrates with Windows Azure.  I asked Chris if he would be willing to put…


TechNet Radio: Virtualization and Cloud Experts Café – Hyper-V Backup solution from Veeam

Virtualization has become the norm in most IT shops today.  Backup can be a bit more challenging in this world of virtualization.  In the “old” days, an IT Admin would install backup agents on every server and perform backups to a central backup server (or set of servers).  In the virtualization world, one could still…


Upcoming IT Camp Events in West Region – Updated 2/15/12

In the West Region, Chris Avis and I are hosting a set of events in the March and May / June timeframe. In November 2011, we tried out a new format for events which we called IT Camps. This new format included the ability for the attendees to select the topics that would be discussed….


West Region IT Camps in November and December

On October 17th, I wrote a blog post about upcoming TechNet Events taking place in the West Region in the November and December time frame (  I am now writing a follow up post to make everyone aware of another set of events that will be taking place in conjunction with our TechNet Events.  The…


IT Camp – Windows Administration in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (1:00 PM–5:00PM)

For all those IT Professionals who administer some aspect of Microsoft servers and desktops and live in Las Vegas, I wanted to let you know that I am holding a last minute event in Las Vegas on October 18, 2011 (that’s 5 days from now).  I do apologize for the short notice, but I am…


Evaluation of StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server 4

On February 21st, I wrote a post about Backup Strategies for File Servers and Exchange ( where I promised to evaluate some backup products.  I already did a write up for Backup Exec 2010 R2 and DPM 2010.  It took a little time, but I have finished my evaluation of StorageCraft ShadowProtect Server 4! Quick…


Evaluation of Data Protection Manager 2010

I finally got a chance to install Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 in my lab environment and test it out. I was quite happy with the interface and ease of use on configuring backups and restores (protection / recovery). The terminology was a bit different, but not totally confusing. This is definitely not the exact…


Evaluation of Backup Exec 2010 R2

On Monday, February 21st, I posted a blog about Backup Strategies for File Servers and Exchange Servers.  Here’s my first follow on post based on my experience with Backup Exec 2010 R2.  This is not a super detailed “review”, but my first impressions of the product in my test environment. Overall, I like Backup Exec…


Backup Applications and Strategies for Exchange and File Servers

Over the years, I’ve had many a discussion on Backup applications as well as strategies for how often to backup.  As a follow up to the series of posts I did regarding upgrading to current Microsoft technologies, I thought I would put forward my thoughts on Backup options as well. I will not be discussing…