New DPM courseware and exam – NOW AVAILABLE

I have long believed that training’s primary purpose is as a deployment enabler.  In fact, prior to these last four years at Microsoft, I originally established and drove the education offering for Double-Take for the same reason – to pragmatically equip customers and partners to understand the product(s) better, thereby accelerating adoption and reducing support…

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Webcast on Thursday – Cheaper, Better Backups with DPM 2007

On Thursday morning (yes tomorrow), I’ll be delivering a webcast on reducing costs and improving your backup and recoverability with System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM).  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032412440 Event Overview In today’s economy, more than ever, IT Pro’s are looking for ways to reduce costs while still improving existing processes or fixing things that aren’t meeting…


Game Recommendation : LEGO Battles for Nintendo DS

As promised, I did receive LEGO Battles for Fathers Day – so I wanted to share my enthusiasm for this game.  My sons have both been into LEGO for a few years – and of course, I played with them when I was a kid. We have collectively played through all 3 video game series…


DPM and I are coming to Africa !

This has been an exciting month for me and DPM on two fronts: First, for Fiscal Year 2010 (starting last week at Microsoft), I am re-focusing exclusively on DPM within System Center and will not be also driving Windows Server file services or Windows Storage Server.   It was very cool to be part of the…


Dell announces a Windows Storage Server 2008 appliance

  Congratulations to my friends at Dell for their launch of storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008. This is a great example of what happens with the partnership of Microsoft with a server manufacturer.  In this case, instead of simply pre-installing Windows Server and a standard Dell PowerEdge server (which is…


Webcast today – how to manage DPM in large enterprises

  Later today, we’ll be delivering a TechNet webcast on managing Data Protection Manager in large enterprises.  Essentially, there are three things we want to cover: Using PowerShell to automate tasks across DPM servers Using the DPM management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Using Bocada’s Centralized Manager for DPM 2007 To watch the…


Announcing the HP Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances – X1000 and X3000

This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced that they are shipping storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008.  For more on the WSS08 release last month, check out these blogs: May 5 – Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 –…


Why is Windows Storage Server only available through OEM’s ?

I get this question every once in a while – so I thought I would offer my perspective on this. To answer that, let me do a short reminder of what a Windows Storage Server is: We started with the mainstream Windows Server operating system – and tune it from being the industry-leading general purpose…

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Announcing new DPM 2007 SP1 training course 50213A

I am very excited to announce the availability of a new classroom-based course on DPM 2007 SP1. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/syllabi/50213A.aspx This is a two-day course that covers everything that you need to know to be successful with DPM.  That is a bold statement, but it was built by MVPs, early DPM adopters that are now full deployed…

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Why a Windows Storage Server is like a Saleen Ford Mustang

For the record, I am not really a car buff.  I am a “Buff”ington … and enjoy renting mustangs from Avis … but I’ve had a few questions on my Windows Storage Server 2008 RTM blog (below), so let me expand on my analogy:   Just a few miles down the road in Detroit, Saleen…

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