New interview from TechEd NA 2011

Last week, my friends at TechNet EDGE released an interview that we did at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta last month:     As always, thanks for reading (and watching),


Now enrolling for the Operations Manager 2012 CEP

At TechEd 2011, we announced that the OpsMgr 2012 Community Evaluation Program (CEP) is now taking applications. What is a CEP Many of you are likely familiar with Microsoft TAP’s, Technology Adoption Programs, where a small pool of customers partner with our engineering teams to preview and provide feedback on pre-beta software.  TAP participants provide…


Three new DPM 2010 whitepapers and two datasheets

  Hello backup friends, This week, I am happy to announce three new whitepapers, each around protecting a different workload: Whitepaper : How to protect Exchange with DPM 2010  which goes along with the DPM 2010 datasheet for Exchange Whitepaper : How to protect SQL Server with DPM 2010  which goes along with the DPM…


Featured WhitePaper on TechTarget

    What’s New with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 While traditional data protection tools provide visibility into the complete IT infrastructure, they are often substantially more complex, hindering the management of cross-platform environments. This expert e-guide, brought to you by our editors, examines the key features of Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 and…


Thinking of building a DPM Appliance? Check out what the Moose did

One of the most exciting things for me to see is when partners start building service and product offerings around the products that I am blessed to manage.  Having come from a reseller/integrator background before joining data protection vendors, I am always particularly excited when a regional partner makes such a commitment.  This is the…


DPM 2010 Licensing Info

With DPM 2010 now on the Microsoft price list, I wanted to take the opportunity to clarify some changes in the licensing between DPM 2007 and DPM 2010. Please note, I am not a certified licensing specialist, nor am I staring at a SKU chart.  The best official resources are on the DPM licensing and…


MMS 2010 sessions on DPM 2010 – courtesy of a System Center Influencer

       One of the coolest parts of evangelizing a product on behalf of Microsoft is discovering other folks in the IT community that are passionate about the same technologies that I am. Last week, at MMS 2010, I had the opportunity to meet a System Center Influencer named Mike Resseler.   Mike is an active…


Frustrated with Backup and Management? Don’t bang your head into the wall.

David Mills, another Product Manager in System Center, recently recorded this video. I will confess that David is my wingman for almost everything that I am doing in System Center this year, so I especially like the actual head-banging.  I may actually just take those few seconds and make it an infinite loop that could…


Microsoft “gets” Small Business

repost from Because It’s Everyone’s Business This week, a new report from Compass Intelligence ranked Microsoft as #1 among the top technology vendors that are effectively serving small businesses. Stephanie Mehta at CNN published an article this week that listed the top ten vendors, with Microsoft going from #6 last year to #1.   Ms….


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….