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  • Blog Post: Two Webcasts Today – Storage Server and DPM Disaster Recovery

    As an updated reminder, we have two TechNet Webcasts today from Storage Solutions: Introducing Windows Storage Server 2008 8AM Pacific / 11AM Eastern US time: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032410705 For background – check out my blog on WSS08 from...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 at SQL Server Users' Conference -- 2007 PASS Community Summit

    I just finished a very busy week at the SQL Server Users' Conference ( http://www.sqlpass.org/ ). We started with the first public viewing of an early DPM 2007 " Release Candidate " (yes, you heard right) for around 2000 customers, partners and vendor-folk... where we demonstrated DPM protecting SQL...
  • Blog Post: New webcast - DPM plus Virtual Server

    On August 30th, I finally get to talk about two of my favorite technologies in the same session - data protection and virtualization. For the past several years, two areas of computing continually get hotter and hotter - storage and virtualization. And if I wasnt a "backup guy", I would most certainly...
  • Blog Post: What would you ask the DPM developers ?

    In just a few weeks, I am flying to India to visit with the parts of the DPM Development Team that are based in Hyderabad. Am excited about this trip for a few reasons: 1) I've never been to India 2) We are going to connect around the final feature set for DPM 2007 Service Pack 1 . I've already...
  • Blog Post: Two new ways to follow Jason on DPM and Gaming

    Hello friends, First and foremost, thank you to all of those that read this blog.  It’s been an enjoyable way for me to share information (and my opinions) and I hope you’ve enjoyed them as well. Easily one of the most cool things that happens to me when meeting customers and partners is to have...
  • Blog Post: Announcing DPM eLearning is now online

    It’s HERE !!!   And I am very, very excited !!! Of all of the things that I have worked on for System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 – this is probably one of my absolute favorites, because it has been a frequent request for as long as I have been privileged to work on DPM (3.5 years)...
  • Blog Post: Announcing new DPM 2007 SP1 training course 50213A

    I am very excited to announce the availability of a new classroom-based course on DPM 2007 SP1. http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/syllabi/50213A.aspx This is a two-day course that covers everything that you need to know to be successful with DPM.  That is a bold statement, but it was built...
  • Blog Post: New podcast - Where does DPM fit in the Windows backup market

    Last month, I was interviewed on some key DPM position questions like: Why is Microsoft in the backup business? What makes DPM 2007 special? What environments does DPM 2007 fit best in? If these sound interesting to you, check out this short 5-minute podcast .
  • Blog Post: New DPM courseware and exam – NOW AVAILABLE

    I have long believed that training’s primary purpose is as a deployment enabler.  In fact, prior to these last four years at Microsoft, I originally established and drove the education offering for Double-Take for the same reason – to pragmatically equip customers and partners to understand the...
  • Blog Post: Happy Data Privacy Day … from System Center

      originally posted on Yes, it really is an established day.  Check out http://dataprivacyday2010.org/ : Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.  In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: TechNet EDGE video -- what is coming with DPM 2007 Sp1

    Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is coming -- and it is coming soon ( December )... I just finished recording the 2nd in a video series on the new features. The first installment aired two weeks ago - during IT FORUM in Barcelona, as an overview of the features in SP1 The next installment, which...
  • Blog Post: Three new DPM whitepapers

    Just because DPM 2010 is now in beta – doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped driving good stuff for DPM 2007 SP1.  :-) This week, we are pleased to announce the release of 3 new whitepapers for DPM 2007 SP1 (though the material covered also applies to DPM 2010 beta).  All three of these whitepapers...
  • Blog Post: Podcasts on DPM 2007 - protection and recovery demonstrations

    Greetings from Tech-Ed 2008 / IT Pro week - one of the biggest and busiest IT Pro technical training events in the world. My glamorous travel week so far has been: Monday -- Fly from Dallas to Miami, wait on aircraft trouble, and finally arrive in Orlando around 8PM - upload VHD images and prep...
  • Blog Post: Please vote for DPM 2007 as product of the year

    We were recently informed that DPM 2007 has been named a finalist for 'Product of the Year' for eWeek Channel Insider ... in the Storage Management category. There are some other cool finalists, but DPM is the only backup player in consideration this year. We think that DPM really changes the way...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 in the heterogeneous enterprise

    One question that I hear frequently is " I love what Microsoft is doing for backup of my Windows servers. But what about my non-Windows servers? " Similarly, one might ask " What about heterogeneous environments? " A different question that is often confused with these is " Is DPM enterprise-ready...
  • Blog Post: Now available for download - Infrastructure Planning & Design (IPD) guide for DPM 2007 SP1

    We are just a few days away from releasing Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007, and part of the release is updating our existing content and adding new materials. The DPM Team has been working with the Microsoft Solution Accelerators group to develop this IPD, which goes into beta this week -  so please...
  • Blog Post: How to protect SQL SERVER with DPM -- new Technet Webcast starting soon

            We're starting in about an hour -- 9:30 AM Pacific Time on Friday, September 26th What better way to start the weekend than being sure that your data protection solution ' has got your back ' (pun intended) for your database server farm?   So, grab some coffee, find a...
  • Blog Post: What is new for protecting SharePoint with DPM 2007 SP1 -- TechNet EDGE Video

    Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is coming -- and it is coming soon ( December )...   I just finished recording the 2nd in a video series on the new features for DPM 2007 Service Pack 1. The first installment aired two weeks ago - during IT FORUM in Barcelona, as an overview of the features in SP1 This...
  • Blog Post: Webcast on Thursday – Cheaper, Better Backups with DPM 2007

    On Thursday morning (yes tomorrow), I’ll be delivering a webcast on reducing costs and improving your backup and recoverability with System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM).  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032412440 Event Overview In today’s economy, more...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2007 is on the horizon - and everybody is starting to figure it out!

    These last several weeks have been very exciting - starting with the release of Beta 2 for DPM 2007 at Tech-Ed ... and am writing this from the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). When I joined Microsoft two years ago, people would come up and ask either: 1) Why is DPM part of System...
  • Blog Post: Customer letter -- Thank you, DPM !!!

    Here is an email that I received from a DPM early adopter which was just too cool not to share. This customer has a distributed-infrastructure, is mid-market sized, and is using DPM 2007 beta 2 to protect Exchange 2007 SP1 beta (partipating in two Microsoft early adopter TAP/RDP programs - in production...
  • Blog Post: Start your Evaluations !!!

    The DPM website has been updated ( www.microsoft.com/DPM ) - with new information on the upcoming release of DPM 2007, pricing/licensing details, and best of all - new downloads. As some of you may have heard from our recent demonstration at SQL PASS or from the DPM newsgroups, we have a release candidate...
  • Blog Post: New video - DPM LICENSING details

    DPM 2007 has a really simple licensing model: DPM Server - for the back-end platform(s) Standard DPML - for file protection Enterprise DPML - for file and application platform There aren't any Open File managers, library agents, etc. You don't have to buy # Exchange Agents, #...
  • Blog Post: How does DPM really protect data?

    Just because you know how DPM 2006 works ... you don't know DPM 2007. That statement is a little bold, since many folks know both products -- but lately, I have heard a surprisingly large number of assumptions from people on how DPM2007 does what it does -- or what its capabilities actually will be...