Fun and Free Xbox Arcade game — Dash of Destruction

Add a Dash of Giggles Another Dash of Loud Laughter Plus a Dash of "No, don’t eat my truck with your dinosaur" That’s how you get a "Dash of Destruction" — and now you know what my house has sounded like since my sons and I downloaded this free Xbox Arcade title from the Xbox…


DPM 2007 Sp1 podcast — Exchange item recovery

         As we continue our podcast series for DPM 2007 (now with Service Pack 1) — here is a new TechNet Edge podcast on how to do individual item level restore with DPM 2007 and Exchange 2007. This particular topic is not "SP1 specific", but is one of the most common questions…


Why SP1 for DPM 2007 is cool

For the official announcement of SP1 — please check out Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is now available on the DPM Product Team blog (yes, I wrote that one too). Here are some good links on Service Pack 1 What is new in Service Pack 1     DPM 2007 SP1 x86…


New Sales Promotion — get DPM Server licenses when you purchase System Center SMSE’s

For those that are unfamiliar with DPM 2007 licensing, I just recorded a licensing podcast on This is the 3rd of many installments on point topics over DPM 2007 SP1 – and I will continue to blog here as new ones post every week or so.  Check out the series of podcasts on Edge….


Now available for download – Infrastructure Planning & Design (IPD) guide for DPM 2007 SP1

We are just a few days away from releasing Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007, and part of the release is updating our existing content and adding new materials. The DPM Team has been working with the Microsoft Solution Accelerators group to develop this IPD, which goes into beta this week -  so please tell…


Xbox Dad — where did you go?

It’s actually a rhetorical question — effective December 1st, has retired the ‘Xbox Dad’ persona/column on family gaming.  My sincerest thanks to the original Xbox Dad (Duncan) for sharing his column with me this year — and to the folks at for the opportunity to contribute.  It was a great experience to have…


What is new for protecting SharePoint with DPM 2007 SP1 — TechNet EDGE Video

Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is coming — and it is coming soon (December)…   I just finished recording the 2nd in a video series on the new features for DPM 2007 Service Pack 1. The first installment aired two weeks ago – during IT FORUM in Barcelona, as an overview of the features…


NXE is here – and my kids are loving the Avatars

Most of you know that aside from my vocational passion around Data Protection and Storage Solutions for Windows servers … my vice is video gaming, particularly with my family.  And in that vein, the kind folks at have been letting me co-write about family games as XBOX DAD.. If you own an Xbox 360,…


DPM 2007 SP1 – what is coming soon

Hey folks, Now that IT Forum in Barcelona is over, I can start sharing more details on what all is included in Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007.  We are feverishly trying to get all of our content updated to talk about the new capabilities, but there is still more to do – as every…


TechNet Radio — Total Wine success story with System Center

Earlier this week, I sat down with my friends at Total Wine to talk about how they are using System Center.    It’s one of the first times that I’ve gotten to talk about technology and ‘wine’ instead of ‘whine’.  In fact, as part of my research to be fully prepared for the TechNet Radio interview,…