Webcast : Cloud, Hybrid Environments and Data Protection – what’s an SMB to do?

    The Cloud, Hybrid Environments and Data Protection: What’s an SMB to do? Join Forrester’s Stephanie Balaouras, Microsoft’s Jason Buffington and i365’s Brandon Farris for an enlightening discussion on how Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs) can plan an effective strategy for addressing today’s complex storage, backup and disaster recovery challenges.  This webinar will discuss…


New Partner Guide to System Center

  My friends at Redmond Channel Partner have recently produced a "Microsoft Partners’ Guide to System Center” paper. It covers some interviews related to SCE 2010 and DPM 2010 from me, David Mills (@dmills_ms) and one of our general managers, Zane Adam. Having grown up in this industry as a ‘channel guy’ from an SE…


DPM 2010 Appliance from i365

One of the announcements made at MMS 2010 last week was from i365, a Seagate company, who announced a DPM 2010 appliance. The i365 appliance, called the EVault for Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager or EDPM for short.  Here are few cool things about the EDPM appliance: 1)  Take it out of the box…

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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…


Are you in Chicago? DPM and I will be April 8-9 with Iron Mountain

Last month, I was so excited to work with my friends at Iron Mountain around DPM and CloudRecovery in Boston.   Well, the partnership continues to get bigger, as our first case studies are coming out, updated whitepapers and blogs for deployment, and we are continuing to see more and more IRM customers who need Microsoft’s…


Is your Tape Drive certified to work with DPM?

  No – it isn’t certified for DPM.  But not for the reasons that you might think. Microsoft does publish a list of devices that have been tested with DPM at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/dpm/cc678583.aspx. However, this does not mean that those devices are certified to work with DPM.  It means that they have been tested for use…


Jason is headed to Boston to amp up Iron Mountain on DPM and the Cloud

Hey everyone, We have seen some really good excitement around the partnership of pairing Microsoft’s backup solution for Windows servers with the trusted name of Iron Mountain for offsite vaulting.  But it is about to get better … My friends at Iron Mountain are gearing up for some very cool stuff around Data Protection Manager…

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DPM and Jason are coming to London this week

As a warm-up for Microsoft Tech-Ed IT Forum happening next week in Berlin, I am headed over a few days early with a detour to one of my favorite cities – London. On Friday, November 6, a System Center powerhouse of a partner, Inframon, will will hosting a one-day SC event called “War on Costs”. …

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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…