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  • Blog Post: Service Level Dashboard 2.0 for System Center Operations Manager Released!

    The Service Level Dashboard is an application built on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. It is designed to work with an existing Operations Manager 2007 R2 infrastructure configured to monitor business-critical applications. The dashboard evaluates an application or group over a time period that the administrator...
  • Blog Post: Maintaining SharePoint's SQL Backend

    Many of Microsoft's enterprise-level applications use SQL Server on the back end to host data, content, etc. CRM, Operations Manager, Sharepoint... You get the idea. While many companies have Database Administrators (DBA's) to manage their business-critical databases (perhaps the ones holding customer...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Exchange 2007 with Data Protection Manager 2007 - Walkthrough

    Time for part two of my DPM 2007 Series ( Part 1 showed installation ), Protecting Exchange 2007 with DPM 2007... Let's Go! Let's start with required reading, and then I'll walk through the process with screenshots: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Protects Exchange Server Datasheet Protecting...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 30/500

    System Center Essentials is one of the coolest and most useful programs coming out of Microsoft this year. SCE is targeted at small and midmarket businesses that want some of the monitoring, software distribution, and reporting capabilities as our enterprise apps ( System Center Operations Manager and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager

    One of the pillars of System Center is the new Virtual Machine Manager. Beta 1 has been out since last August, and at the Microsoft Management Summit last week, Microsoft announced the pending release of Beta 2. A lot of great coding and features have been coming out of the VMM team, and I can't wait...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit – Free Recordings

    If you were not able to make it to MMS, or were unable to clone yourself to attend all the sessions taking place at the same time, fear not!  Over 160 sessions across 5 technical tracks are now available at Digital MMS. http://www.mms-2012.com/digitalmms You can take a Windows PowerShell crash course...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2007 Webcasts

    Some of the most exciting products that will come out of Microsoft over the next year (in my opinion) are in the Management space. While Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and SMS (Systems Management Server) have been out for a few years, they have primarly targeted large Enterprise environments. A new...
  • Blog Post: Evalu'08

    I just ran into the following contest on a banner ad of all places... It looks like if you try out any of our current line of products (Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, DPM, and the like), you are entered to win some killer prizes! https://www.microsoft.com/Infrastructure/Evalu08/ All you have...
  • Blog Post: You say potato, I say potaaaahto

    At Microsoft, we have some product names that do not always roll off the tongue ;) The problem is compounded when we start adding service packs to revisions to product families. Right now, for example, I am testing Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2 . Try saying that three times fast! To that end, our...
  • Blog Post: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Documentation

    Jason Buffington’s Book on Data Protection for Virtual Data Centers is now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble , but while you are waiting for the UPS Man to arrive, the DPM Content Publishing team has been hard at work on documentation to help you plan, run, and troubleshoot your installation...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager Beta 2 released

    I have previously noted that Beta 2 of System Center Virtual Machine Manager was on it's way. Tonight it dropped. Here is a preview of the major upgrades in this release (and this is just touching on a significant list of improvements and feature enhancements): Completely new, easy-to-use and intuitive...
  • Blog Post: TechEd–Awesome Free Training in HD

    With summer starting soon (at least in the Northern Hemisphere), work slows down as folks head out for vacation.  What better time to kick back and watch a TON of technical content from some of the smartest folks at Microsoft? I’m not sure when Channel 9 got so awesome, but they have a killer platform...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Training Videos

    GREAT collection of training videos for several aspects of the new System Center Operations Manager 2007 . Source: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/mom/opsmgr/webcasts.mspx Diagnostics and Recoveries Presenters: Steve Wilson, Microsoft This video introduces the use of diagnostics and recoveries...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit - Videos Posted

    As I have mentioned earlier, Microsoft's Management products (under the System Center brand) are going to be a huge focus this year. Last week, the Microsoft Management Summit took place in San Diego, and I will try to cover some of the announcements in upcoming posts. In the meanwhile, the System Center...
  • Blog Post: A Book to Buy

    No... not Harry Potter. Judging by my trip to Costco today, every living human being on the planet has already bought a copy ;) If you run (or plan to run) Microsoft Operations Manager , there are two books you must have in your library: Essential Microsoft Operations Manager by Chris Fox (if you are...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualization Pipeline

    In a previous post , I alluded to the fact that there were some awesome things in the pipeline in regards to Virtualization coming from Microsoft. One of the folks on the Longhorn product team has recorded a demo of virtualization in Longhorn, and I think you'll like what you see! In this demo you will...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Deployment Released!

    Unified Tools and Guidance for Desktop and Server Deployment Automation. Download it today! We are pleased to announce the official release of the Microsoft Deployment Solution Accelerator! Microsoft Deployment is the next version of Business Desktop Deployment (BDD) 2007. Microsoft Deployment, the fourth...
  • Blog Post: Installing Data Protection Manager 2007 - walkthrough

    Data Protection Manager (hereafter DPM) is an awesome addition to the System Center suite of management products. While DPM 2006 worked well for backing up file servers, DPM 2007 now handles: Blending continuous data protection with traditional tape backup Protection for Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Download Center fairy has been busy!!!

    Some highlights... Windows Media Services 2008 for Windows Server 2008 This software is an optional supplement to Windows Server 2008. In Windows Server 2008, the Streaming Media Services role (which includes the latest version of Windows Media Services) and remote administration tools are not included...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Design Guide and Virtual Labs

    The Design Guide has been released and is available via the documentation link on TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb498235.aspx Or directly http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/4/d/74deff5e-449f-4a6b-91dd-ffbc117869a2/OpsMgr2007_DesignGuid.doc There are also two more Virtual Labs...
  • Blog Post: Vista and SMS Management Packs Released

    Two new management packs for System Center Essentials 2007 (SCE) and System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Opsmgr): Windows Vista Client Monitoring Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 The Windows Vista Client Monitoring Management Pack is built on the Windows Diagnostics Infrastructure in Windows...
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft uses System Center Operations Manager 2007

    While many companies wait until Service Pack 1 to qualify and roll out any new Technologies, at Microsoft we put our technologies into production use at a very early stage. I have personally been running Windows Vista for the last 1 1/2 years, and my email has been coming through Exchange 2007 with Unified...
  • Blog Post: Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline

    If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face.  First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows.  The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Service Level Dashboard

    YAASAFTSAT (AKA Yet Another Awesome Solution Accelerator From the Solution Accelerator Team) :) Check out the new Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Beta for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 RC1 This free Solution Accelerator collects and monitors operational measurements for your line of business ...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2010 Resource Kit Now Available

    System Center Essentials 2010 has been out a few months ( download Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 Trial ), and already there is a Resource Kit available! The System Center Essentials Resource Kit includes: Essentials Server Migration Advisor Published Software Certificate Update...