Words and Software

Technical writing/user assistance in Microsoft.Azure Intelligent Systems Service (ISS). (old: Data Protection Manager and Operations Manager)

January, 2007

  • DPM 2006: FAQ updated

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for DPM 2006 has been updated. The refreshed document includes references to DPM 2006 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and also clarifies the guidance on the amount of data that can be protected by a single DPM server. The updated answer is as follows:

    DPM has been tested successfully in our labs with a single DPM server protecting 30 servers with 6 terabytes (TB) of data. However, this is not a hard limit on what DPM can support in terms of capacity. Some customers are using a single DPM server to protect more than 10TB of data spread between 50 servers. The exact number of servers that can be protected by a single instance of DPM will vary with server configuration, network bandwidth and the data profile (distribution & churn).

    (If you're interested, the previous answer was "DPM is designed to protect up to 6 terabytes of data, from as many as 30 file servers, on a single DPM server.")

  • Microsoft language, in a cloud

    This is only tangentially related to technical writing, but a post by Matthew Stibbe brought to my attention an interesting analysis of Microsoft language over the years. It's an interactive tag cloud, covering 1976 to 2006, on Todd Bishop's Microsoft Blog. I dragged the slider back and forth for awhile, first looking to see what leaped out at me, and then looking for how often "computer" or "Windows" or "Internet" were the big message.

    Some of the timepoints are taken from documents on a narrow topic (such as an email from Bill Gates on "Our smartphone strategy - responding to Symbian"), but many are from product launches, keynotes, finanacial analyst meetings, and interviews. In April 2004, "radino" caught my eye. I didn't click through to read who was really being referred to -- I prefer to think they were discussing Blue Oyster Cult. In the same cloud are "silly", "hey", "huh", and "blah".

  • Error code catalog updated for SP1

    If you previously downloaded the DPM 2006 Error Code Catalog and are now running DPM SP1, you'll want to download a new copy. Same link and download page, but the document has been updated to include SP1-specific error codes.

  • KB 922510 published

    I recently posted about an SP1 error that refers the user to a Knowledge Base article, KB 922510. Sometimes the wheels of publishing seem to turn slowly, but at last I can announce that KB 922510 is live.

  • Protecting SQL Server

    We have a great webcast coming up at the end of this month, explaining SQL Server protection using either DPM 2006 or DPM V2. Put it on your calendar: January 31, 2007, 9:30 AM Pacific Time. More details...