sys center dpm If you’re like me, you might have declined to setup DPM thinking you don’t have adequate hardware to do some testing and learning.  Well, now you don’t have to.  Jason “All Backed Up” Buffington has informed me that his motley crew has just posted some cool new labs.

Virtual Labs are nice.  You have the opportunity to test drive our products via a VMRC ActiveX control in your web browser.  The process is simple and painless.  Sure beats setting up the environment yourself.

The DPM team released three labs and there are more on the way.  See Jason’s blog post at http://blogs.technet.com/JBUFF/archive/2009/04/01/try-DPM-2007-SP1-with-just-a-web-browser.aspx for the full details on the Technical Overview, SQL Server and SharePoint DPM labs.

I also told Jason today that the name for his blog reminded me of a certain skit Phil Hartman used to do on Saturday Night Live.  Grin.