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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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Learn about DPM 2010 protecting data to the Iron Mountain cloud

    In May, I am happy to hang out with my friends from Iron Mountain in two events: Tomorrow, May 20, I will be at the Minneapolis Iron Mountain facility. Similar to last month, when I went spoke at their Chicago event ( see blog post DPM in Chicago ), we will be talking about DPM 2010 and IRM’s...
  • Blog Post: ESG reviews DPM 2010 appliance from i365

    Don’t ya love it when some of your friends connect with your other friends – and you didn’t even know until they were already connected ?! Well – some of my friends at i365 make a very cool DPM appliance that combines DPM 2010 and i365’s EVAULT software to deliver “ Best for Windows ” and “ Heterogeneous...
  • Blog Post: DELL’s System Center Essentials solution announced

        Am really excited to announce that DELL is partnering with Microsoft to deliver a solution around System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 ! From my perspective, this is a great match for SMB customers who often rely on Dell for their hardware and use Microsoft OS’s and applications.  SCE...
  • 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: 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: Thinking of building a DPM Appliance? Check out what the Moose did

    One of the most exciting things for me to see is when partners start building service and product offerings around the products that I am blessed to manage.  Having come from a reseller/integrator background before joining data protection vendors, I am always particularly excited when a regional...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: DPM Disaster Recovery Webcast – April 15th

               What better day to talk about ‘disasters’ than tax day in the US !?! On Wednesday, April 15th, I’ll be giving a TechNet Webcast on ‘Disaster Recovery with Data Protection Manager and Iron Mountain’. http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails...
  • Blog Post: Resellers and Integrators - back up your customers !

    Last week, I spoke at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. It wasn't my normal 60-90 minutes on " Protecting SQL " or " Protecting Exchange " or even just an overview of DPM. This time, I was just 15 minutes of a " Business Opportunities in Windows Virtualization " - specifically, teaching...
  • Blog Post: DPM at MMS 2011

    If you are coming to the Microsoft Management Summit 2011 next week, you have some great opportunities to learn more about Data Protection Manager. We have four breakout sessions with DPM.  I will be at all four talks but am sharing the stage this year with some great SMEs from the DPM community...
  • Blog Post: Featured WhitePaper on TechTarget

        What’s New with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 While traditional data protection tools provide visibility into the complete IT infrastructure, they are often substantially more complex, hindering the management of cross-platform environments. This expert e-guide...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Are you looking for a DPM server -- try a Data Protection appliance from Dell

    One of the common questions that we hear around DPM is " What hardware should the DPM Server be run on? " I can offer a couple different answers. Start with the Official Answer -- please consult the hardware requirements list on the DPM website There is also the "engineering" answer - which is...
  • Blog Post: AVIcode 5.7 now available !

    Tweet YES !!!   It is here !! And not just the bits, but also the details on how SMSE / SMSD customers can get it ! Last month, I caught up with my friend Gordon McKenna – CEO of Inframon and Microsoft MVP at TechEd 2010 Europe.   He has been bringing AVIcode technologies to his customers...
  • Blog Post: Webcast : Overview of AVIcode

    Two Microsoft MVPs that normally specialize in System Center Operations Manager are offering a webcast in January to let the world know why they are excited about AVIcode and its acquisition by Microsoft, as part of the larger System Center management story.   Click here to register for the AVIcode...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the HP Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances – X1000 and X3000

    This is a very good day to be in storage and a Windows network administrator – because HP just announced that they are shipping storage appliances that are powered by Windows Storage Server 2008.  For more on the WSS08 release last month, check out these blogs: May 5 - Announcing Windows Storage...
  • Blog Post: 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”. We...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: Redmond Channel – Partner Guide to Data Protection

    There is a new Partner Guide on Data Protection that was just released on Redmond Channel Partner’s online site.                                                     ...