TechNet webcast on System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Beta 2

For those of you with an interest in the next generation of System Center Data Protection Manager, now labelled DPM 2007 there is an upcoming TechNet webcast (Thursday, May 24, 2007 8:00 AM Pacific Time) which will give an overview of some of the great new features in the product, including protection for virtual servers, SharePoint…


System Center Essentials 2007 has RTM’d

Those of you who read my post on RC1 for System Center Essentials, http://blogs.technet.com/mcs-ireland-infrastructure/archive/2007/04/24/system-center-essentials-2007-rc1-released.aspx may be interested to know that the product has gone RTM. You can download an evaluation copy of this great solution for the management and monitoring of small to midsize enterprises at: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/sce/default.mspx


System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Beta 1 is released

SCCP 2007 Beta 1 is now available for download. SCCP 2007 builds on the great capabilities of SCCP 2006 with support for: Exchange 2007 deployments, including clustering (LCR, CCR) System Center Operations Manager 2007 64 Bit hardware These are just some of the new features, SCCP 2007 is shaping up to be a great asset for…


MIIS 2003 SP2 now available

For those of you running MIIS 2003 SP1 in your infrastructures, SP2 for MIIS 2003 is now available for download. This will bring a number of benefits to your MIIS deployment, not least of which is support for SQL Server 2005 as the database for MIIS, as well as a management agent for certificate and…


Application Compatibility Toolkit

If you are thinking of deploying Vista and are concerned about the compatability of your curently deployed applications, Microsoft has released the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT 5.0), available as a free download. Basically the ACT will advise as to which applications are compatibile with Vista and which are not, or are going to run into problems….


Infrastructure Optimisation on Technet

A large part of the work we do as infrastructure consultants involves helping our customers to move towards a more dynamic infrastructure as per the Microsoft Infrastructure Optimisation (IO) Model. For anyone who may not be familiar with the IO model there is some great content on Technet which explains it in detail. To quote the…


System Center Essentials 2007 RC1 released

For those of you who are involved in the management and monitoring of small to mid-size Microsoft infrastructures, I would thoroughly reccomend that you have a look at System Center Essentials (SCE) 2007. RC1 for this product has been released. In a nutshell, SCE 2007 provides a unified management solution that enables IT professionals in…

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Technet Virtual Labs – free online learning resource

Just thought I’d make you all aware of what is a really great free resource – Technet Virtual Labs. These can be accessed at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/default.mspx There are loads of labs available, all of which can be completed within 90 minutes. If you’re really stuck for time you can even access a Virtual Lab Express. These…


System Center Data Protection Manager v2 Beta1 now available for download

The next version of System Center Data Protection Manager, DPM v2 is now available for download as Beta 1. I’ve done a few customer presentations of our current offering, DPM 2006 and while it’s a great product many people have pointed out that they would like to see support for backing up more than just…


Virtualising your production environment

One question we get asked from time to time by our customers is “How can I create a representative test environment for my production systems?” Typically it can be quite time consuming to get a test environment up and running, especially one that is a mirror of the production environment. Well, the good news is that if…

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