TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD

With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out for vacation.  What better time to kick back and watch a TON of technical content from some of the smartest folks at Microsoft? I’m not sure when Channel 9 got so awesome, but they have a killer platform….


Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings

If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions taking place at the same time, fear not!  Over 160 sessions across 5 technical tracks are now available at Digital MMS. You can take a Windows PowerShell crash course from Don Jones, or…


System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Documentation

Jason Buffington’s Book on Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, but while you are waiting for the UPS Man to arrive, the DPM Content Publishing team has been hard at work on documentation to help you plan, run, and troubleshoot your installation of Data Protection Manager…


System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit Now Available

System Center Essentials 2010 has been out a few months (download Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Trial), and already there is a Resource Kit available! The System Center Essentials Resource Kit includes: Essentials Server Migration Advisor Published Software Certificate Update Tool Setup Log Parser Maintenance Mode Management Pack Computer Group Repair Tool Essentials Server Cleanup…


Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager Released!

The Service Level Dashboard is an application built on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It is designed to work with an existing Operations Manager 2007 R2 infrastructure configured to monitor business-critical applications. The dashboard evaluates an application or group over a time period that the administrator selects during setup, determines whether it met the defined service…


Operations Manager Service Level Dashboard

YAASAFTSAT (AKA Yet Another Awesome Solution Accelerator From the Solution Accelerator Team) 🙂 Check out the new Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 RC1 This free Solution Accelerator collects and monitors operational measurements for your line of business (LOB) applications. Its graphical dashboard makes it easy to keep tabs…


Meet the Sundancers

On Friday, I blogged about “Project Sundance”, which is an upcoming release from the Solution Accelerators team that combines the Vista/XP/2003/2008/Office security guides with the Configuration Manager Desired Configuration Management (DCM) packs for security, along with the GPOAccelerator tool into one package.  Boy, that rolled right off the tongue.  There’s a reason why I’m not…


Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline

If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face.  First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows.  The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those that you…



I just ran into the following contest on a banner ad of all places…   It looks like if you try out any of our current line of products (Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, DPM, and the like), you are entered to win some killer prizes! All you have to do is download a…


Automating Software Updates for Offline Virtual Machines

This white paper provides guidance and script samples for integrating System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and Virtual Machine Manager 2007 to provide automated software updates for virtual machines stored in a VMM library (offline). By automating the enumeration and deployment of virtual machines to maintenance host, the IT Administrator can manage virtual machines with no…