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  • 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: TechTarget write-up on DPM 2010

    Hi DPM Fans !! Yesterday, we did a TechNet webcast on what is coming in just a few weeks with the Release Candidate for DPM 2010. Well, “ Good news travels fast ”, as our friends at SearchWindowsServer.com (Tech Target) have already done a write-up on what they heard. Other than one misspelling of “DMP...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Get your First Look at DPM v3 – Tuesday, May 5

    Happy Cinco de Mayo !! As a Texan, my friends and I already had plans to celebrate this occasion, but now we have one more excuse to raise a tall margarita -- the next generation of Data Protection Manager. At 11:00 AM Pacific US time – we will be doing a TechNet webcast for customers and partners who...
  • Blog Post: LEGO Rock Band Announced

    Earlier today, it was announced that: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games have joined forces with the LEGO Group, Harmonix and MTV Games to merge two of the most popular videogame franchises with the creation of LEGO® Rock Band® . The unique family-friendly music experience is currently...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate – now available

    I could say a lot of fluffy marketing stuff, but the most important thing to say is – COME AND GET IT ! We are very excited to announce that the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 is now available for public download.   Download the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 If you would like to see more about...
  • Blog Post: Co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons has died -- Gary Gygax 1938-2008

    source : http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9885383-7.html?tag=nefd.only Gary Gygax, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, died on Tuesday at the age of 69, due to heart problems. I never met Gary nor have I been to a D&D convention - and I think the last time that I rolled a 20-sided dice was...
  • 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: Microsoft acquires AVIcode, Inc.

    Tweet Today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of AVIcode, Inc.  Read the official blog here . We hope that the rest of the Operations Manager community is as excited as we are about the enhanced capabilities that the AVIcode technologies bring to Systems Monitoring, including not only .Net application...
  • Blog Post: Today is RTM day for DPM and SCE !!!

    It is hard to imagine that today has finally arrived.   It has been so long in the making, and yet it seems like time flew by. For my friends who may not be as geeky as me – today is the day that we announced that the next generation of both products that I manage has been Released To Manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: New DPM 2010 TechNet Forums

    Last week, the DPM TechNet Forums were reorganized – so that it is easier for you to ask your question to the right group of experts -- and for them to answer you within context: DPM DPM Tape DPM Disaster Recovery DPM File protection DPM Exchange protection DPM SharePoint protection DPM SQL protection...
  • Blog Post: JBuff leaving Microsoft

    After 5.5 years, I am leaving Microsoft. When I first joined, it was after 15 years in the backup/recovery and high availability market.  I joined to be part of DPM v1, which had been in market for about a month, because the idea that Microsoft producing its own backup solution could change how...
  • Blog Post: Now available – DPM Upgrade Advisor

      Easily, the 2nd most common question that I hear regarding DPM 2010 is: How do I upgrade to DPM 2010 RTM ? The most common question is “ when will it be available ”, to which I reply: Evaluation is available now at DPM 2010 Evaluation Software Full Packaged Product will be available by June 1st...
  • 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: Operations Manager 2007 R2 lands Microsoft as a Gartner Magic Quadrant ‘Leader’

    In December 2010, Gartner released its latest Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis (ECA) . Microsoft was very pleased to see that in consideration of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, Gartner placed Microsoft in the Leader Quadrant of its ECA MQ . To read Gartner’s ECA Magic Quadrant...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the beta for DPM 2010

    YEP!  It’s here! For those that have been waiting all Summer … it is finally here and we are excited to have you start trying out the 3rd generation of Microsoft’s backup and recovery solution for Windows environments. For a perspective from the DPM development team – check out their blog . To read...
  • Blog Post: New Sales Promotion -- get DPM Server licenses when you purchase System Center SMSE's

    For those that are unfamiliar with DPM 2007 licensing, I just recorded a licensing podcast on Edge.Technet.com This is the 3rd of many installments on point topics over DPM 2007 SP1 - and I will continue to blog here as new ones post every week or so.  Check out the series of podcasts on Edge ....
  • Blog Post: Why SP1 for DPM 2007 is cool

    For the official announcement of SP1 -- please check out Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007 is now available on the DPM Product Team blog ( yes, I wrote that one too ). Here are some good links on Service Pack 1 What is new in Service Pack 1 http://www.microsoft.com/SystemCenter/DataProtectionManager...
  • 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: Now enrolling for the Operations Manager 2012 CEP

    At TechEd 2011, we announced that the OpsMgr 2012 Community Evaluation Program (CEP) is now taking applications. What is a CEP Many of you are likely familiar with Microsoft TAP’s, Technology Adoption Programs, where a small pool of customers partner with our engineering teams to preview and provide...