All Backed Up

System Center Data Protecton Manager (DPM) and Essentials (SCE) dude ... as well as Husband, Father, Gamer, Geek, Scout leader, Christ follower and Microsoft marketeer

All Backed Up

  • My favorite Windows Sidebar gadget – Outlook calendar appointments

    I am starting my New Years’ Resolution early by sharing some of the non-System Center geek things that make my life easier or better. The Windows Sidebar is not new, having been first introduced with Windows Vista.  And most of us probably have the...
  • 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...
  • Xbox Family Game Recommendation – Crash of the Titans

    In my opinion, Crash is one of the less appreciated kid-gaming characters out there. Sure, we've all heard of Sonic and Mario, but Crash the Bandicoot? Why not ?! Crash of the Titans is the first Crash title that I've played (though my boys have played...
  • Jason at TechEd Australia 2010

    Hello to all my friends Down Under ! Am so excited to be back for my third TechEd Australian event.  This week, I will be delivering/co-delivering four sessions: Thursday, 13:45 -- MGT303 – Introduction to System Center Essentials 2010 – in Meeting...
  • DPM 2010 Licensing Info

    With DPM 2010 now on the Microsoft price list, I wanted to take the opportunity to clarify some changes in the licensing between DPM 2007 and DPM 2010. Please note, I am not a certified licensing specialist, nor am I staring at a SKU chart.  The...
  • Go make a Snowflake - and other Christmas gadgets worth checking out

    I love the Internet gadgets that come out around the holidays.  My favorite so far has to be the " Go Elf Yourself " from OfficeMax... where you insert your own headshots on little elf bodies and they dance for you.  It will literally...
  • 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...
  • Jason and DPM at TechEd New Zealand

    Am back in Auckland for my third TechEd !   This promises to be a great week, so here is where you can catch me and hear more about DPM 2010: Monday @ 14:55 – SVR215 – Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010, Part 1: Technical...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • DPM 2007 Launch - Day 2

    Things keep going well for DPM at IT Forum. The booth stays swamped with interested folks - and we have a great team of up to 4 DPM experts at the booth at a time -- and they are staying busy the whole time ! From my perspective, today was about the first...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • My Xbox 360 has its own blog

    Everybody is blogging . I've been blogging myself (here) at Microsoft for almost a year -- with my sincere thanks to all of you who read this . Recently, I started contributing to some larger blogs within Microsoft, including: SYSTEM CENTER - the family...
  • When does an email signature look like a race car ?

    When you start putting a whole bunch of advertizing graphics on it.   This is a relatively meaningless post, but I needed to try out some links and thought it was humorous when I got done.   And even if you aren’t in the US, just take a...
  • Family Game Recommendation -- Cooking Mama

      For those of you who follow my gaming recommendations, you've heard lots about my two sons, ages 7 and 9 -- and the games that we play together.  But there are two other gamers in my family, whose ages are 3 and 29-and-holding -- and their...
  • 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...
  • Xbox Family Game Recommendation – Family Game Night by Hasbro

    FINALLY !! Old fashioned family games -- on Xbox!! The classics -- Yahtzee, Scrabble, Connect Four, Sorry, Battleship, and others... This month, on Xbox Live Marketplace Arcade, Hasbro released a really cool shell, where you will find yourself...
  • 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...
  • Why is Windows Storage Server only available through OEM’s ?

    I get this question every once in a while – so I thought I would offer my perspective on this. To answer that, let me do a short reminder of what a Windows Storage Server is: We started with the mainstream Windows Server operating system – and tune it...
  • Partner Webcast on DPM and Appliances from i365

      If you are Microsoft Partner, I’d like to invite you to an upcoming webcast on March 15 at 9AM Pacific time . Go to your Microsoft Partner portal and look up MGT116AL which talks about helping System Center customers with their Backup and Recovery...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • MCP certification business card

    Every once in a while, I find a clever applet that I’d like to share.  This one is the “MCP Virtual Business Card”. www.MCPvirtualBusinessCard.com It uses your LiveID and then allows you to do all of the normal business card contact info, as well...