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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: 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: 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: TechNet Webcast : DPM 2010 Release Candidate preview

    DPM 2010 is getting sooooo close !! For months, it seemed far away, but with the calendar now officially 2010, it is time to sprint to the finish line. Last year, I said that we would have a Release Candidate for DPM 2010 shortly after the holidays. True to our word, please join us this Thursday,...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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 2007 SP1 - what is coming soon

    Hey folks, Now that IT Forum in Barcelona is over, I can start sharing more details on what all is included in Service Pack 1 for DPM 2007.  We are feverishly trying to get all of our content updated to talk about the new capabilities, but there is still more to do - as every protected workload...
  • 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: DPM 2010 session at TechEd Europe 2010

    Wow !!   I delivered the session yesterday and the really fast folks at TechEd Berlin already have it online !!  Tweet MGT308 -- Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 in the Datacenter This session will focus on leveraging DPM’s protection and recovery capabilities in large datacenters. ...
  • 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: Audio - What's new in DPM 2007

    Released this week, a Microsoft TechNet Radio interview - hosted by my good buddy and IT Pro Evangelist Matt Hester - interviewing me on what is coming in DPM 2007. Originally posted at http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/tnradio/archive/sep112007.mspx . But to save you one mouse click, here...
  • Blog Post: New webcast - How to Protect SQL Server with DPM 2007

    From Tech-Ed 2007 last month. Its about an hour long and includes "how does it work" and demo's for protecting and recovering SQL. Check out the video
  • 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: Frustrated with Backup and Management? Don’t bang your head into the wall.

    David Mills, another Product Manager in System Center, recently recorded this video. I will confess that David is my wingman for almost everything that I am doing in System Center this year, so I especially like the actual head-banging.  I may actually just take those few seconds and make it an...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Storage Server 2008 – WAA HOO !

    I am really excited to announce the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Storage Server 2008.  Let me tell you why: For me This is the culmination of my first 3.5 years at Microsoft.  Prior to joining Microsoft, I had been a Microsoft MVP in Storage – so I have been involved with this...
  • Blog Post: Video - Technical Introduction of DPM2007 ... from Tech-Ed 2008 US

      From July 2008 in Orlando -- this was the first of three breakout sessions on DPM2007. This session covers: - Installing the DPM Server - Configuring the DPM Server disk and tape - Deploying DPM agents from the administration console - Setting up Data Protection - Recovering Data Click here to...
  • Blog Post: Are you coming to MMS 2011 ?! I am !

    Last week, Microsoft held TechReady 12 for our internal sales and field teams.  This was an exciting event because we gave them a sneak peak at the very cool technologies and sessions that we will delivering publicly at MMS 2011 next month.   For the products that I am blessed to support...