Maintaining SharePoint’s SQL Backend

Many of Microsoft’s enterprise-level applications use SQL Server on the back end to host data, content, etc.  CRM, Operations Manager, Sharepoint… You get the idea.  While many companies have Database Administrators (DBA’s) to manage their business-critical databases (perhaps the ones holding customer or sales information), it can be easy to forget to perform regular maintenance…


Would you like a video with that?

Some useful videos to accompany the release of Service Pack 1 for Operations Manager 2007… (or you can pick up the Eval version here) Learn from the experts how to use the many features of Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as well as address frequently asked questions. Note: Windows Media Player is required…


The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

Some highlights… Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services) and remote administration tools are not included in Server Manager. To obtain the new features and tools…

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Books, books, and more books

With the upcoming Windows Server 2008 release, there are a TON of cool books coming out from MSPress. You can always check out the list here (http://www.microsoft.com/mspress/hop/), but the books that will be lining my bookshelf upon release are: MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-237): Designing Messaging Solutions with Microsoft® Exchange Server 2007 Microsoft® Office…

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How much iron do I need?

Photographers get to call their lenses “glass”, so server engineers can get away with calling their servers “iron” :).  Quite often on the internal discussion lists, I see questions along the lines of “my customer is going to implement Exchange 2007 in their environment.  How many servers do they need?” The answer, of course, is…

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Microsoft Deployment Released!

Unified Tools and Guidance for Desktop and Server Deployment Automation. Download it today! We are pleased to announce the official release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator! Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Microsoft Deployment, the fourth generation deployment accelerator, enables deployment of servers and desktops. Its tools and…

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Protecting Exchange 2007 with Data Protection Manager 2007 – Walkthrough

Time for part two of my DPM 2007 Series (Part 1 showed installation), Protecting Exchange 2007 with DPM 2007… Let’s Go! Let’s start with required reading, and then I’ll walk through the process with screenshots: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Protects Exchange Server Datasheet Protecting Exchange Server with DPM 2007 White Paper TechNet Webcast:…

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Installing Data Protection Manager 2007 – walkthrough

Data Protection Manager (hereafter DPM) is an awesome addition to the System Center suite of management products.  While DPM 2006 worked well for backing up file servers, DPM 2007 now handles: Blending continuous data protection with traditional tape backup Protection for Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 and even 2008-previews Protection for Exchange Server 2003 and…

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A Book to Buy

No… not Harry Potter. Judging by my trip to Costco today, every living human being on the planet has already bought a copy 😉 If you run (or plan to run) Microsoft Operations Manager, there are two books you must have in your library: Essential Microsoft Operations Manager by Chris Fox (if you are new…