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  • Blog Post: System Center Catalog now on Pinpoint

    You may or may not have noticed it yet, but the System Center Catalog has been transitioned over to Microsoft Pinpoint , which should be your first stop to find out about all the different management packs, connectors, extensions and applications available from Microsoft and its partners for System Center...
  • Blog Post: The Right Tools for the Job = SCE 2010 + DPM 2010

    Underscoring its commitment to providing midsize businesses with cost effective solutions for managing both physical and virtual IT environments, Microsoft today announced the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Essentials 2010 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010. System...
  • Blog Post: System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta released!

    Today, we’re happy to announce the beta release of Data Protection Manager 2012, with the latest and greatest System Center data protection capabilities. In its fourth generation, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 builds on a legacy of providing unified data protection for Windows...
  • Blog Post: Why don’t you back up? (well)

    Barbara Imbert at Seagate recently blogged about Symantec’s 2010 SMB information security survey .  As a summary of the findings: 74% are Somewhat/Extremely concerned about information protection 42% lost confidential/proprietary information in the past 12 months 100% saw losses – lost revenue &...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2010 Kicks Off in Las Vegas

    Hello from Las Vegas, where we just kicked off the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2010. This year’s theme is Manage the Future: Desktop to Cloud. This theme really reflects where IT systems management is headed right now. During customers conversations the past 6 months, and conversations at MMS so...
  • Blog Post: DPM 2010 Release Candidate webcast preview

    Hopefully you have been enjoying the DPM 2010 beta since September, but we are almost finished with the Release Candidate and our last milestones towards delivery. Please join us this Thursday, January 14 at 9:00 AM Pacific US Time to see what is coming in the Release Candidate We will demonstrate the...
  • Blog Post: Midsize Customers Benefit From New System Center Solution

    It’s fun and gratifying to have customers come back to you with positive feedback and evidence that you’ve delivered a solution which adds value to their business. Coming right on the heels of the System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010 launch, we’ve been out talking to early-adopter...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Influencers Live Meeting (2.2.10 at 10:00 am PST): SharePoint and System Center

    On Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. PST, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers entitled, “Microsoft SharePoint and System Center,” presented by Jason Buffington , Microsoft technical product manager. Please note: This Live Meeting presentation is exclusive...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting for Influencers: System Center for Exchange 2010 on 12.2.09 at 10:00 am PST

    Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, December 2, 10:00AM PST, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers on “Managing the New Mail Infrastructure: What you need to know about System Center for Exchange 2010,” presented by Leslie Kitz, Microsoft Product Manager. Join information...
  • Blog Post: SCE 2010 Installation and Operations for Dummies

    Written by a kind of “crash test dummy.” Check out and comment on David Elliott’s experiences installing and operating System Center Essentials 2010 , from square one. In his words, “… if I succeed in getting it up and running, then I should derive some pretty spectacular benefits from it.  Ours...
  • Blog Post: The Medium IS the Message?

    Over the past week, I spent some time thinking about what an impact either really effective or ineffective communication can have on businesses or society as a whole (yes, I tend to get philosophical sometimes). I also thought about how my birthday is this week and wondered whether I’d effectively communicated...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2010 and Exchange Server 2010

    A few weeks ago, while I was in Redmond, I had the chance to sit down with Leslie Kitz (also in the System Center team) to talk about how DPM 2010 adds to what Exchange 2010 does for data protection and availability. After talking about how DPM 2010 stacks up and supports Exchange Server 2010, we jumped...
  • Blog Post: Hockey Helmets, PCs and Laptops

    If you’re an IT administrator working in a smaller IT department, I’m sure you feel like banging your head sometimes as you find yourself reacting to end-user issues throughout your busy day. Somebody needs that new application installed, someone else is running out of disk space and yet another person...
  • Blog Post: DPM wins data protection roundup from Redmond Magazine

    August 1, 2010 – Paul Schnackenburg reviewed four backup products – and DPM 2010 came out on top. A few excerpts from the article include: Now in its third incarnation, DPM has grown to be a serious contender for backing up all Windows-based workloads in an efficient and reliable manner. The strength...
  • Blog Post: Data Protection Manager 2010 Release Candidate – now available

    We are very excited to announce that the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 is now available for public download. Download the Release Candidate for DPM 2010 If you would like to see more about what the RC looks like, please watch our TechNet Webcast from last month, titled “ Get Ready for DPM 2010 ”. Some...
  • Blog Post: Bytes by TechNet – on DPM 2010 client backups

    “Listen or watch Bytes by TechNet Interviews today!”   Get insights or IT solutions from IT Professionals and the latest Microsoft news in a fun and practical format. Watch Bytes by TechNet Interviews featuring influential IT Professionals, from the community and Microsoft, around a variety of topics...
  • Blog Post: New Whitepaper – How to protect Hyper-V with DPM 2010

    Over the next several weeks, we are pre-releasing several whitepapers around DPM 2010’s Release Candidate. The first WP to be released is about how to protect Microsoft Virtualization environments – including Hyper-V R2, Hyper-V and Virtual Server 2005 R2 sp1. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010...
  • Blog Post: Backing up the Internet – with DPM 2010

    Here in System Center, we are always excited to hear when an expert customer or partner is able to leverage our technology in new ways. One of our System Center Influencers has figured out how to back up the Internet itself – using DPM 2010. We’re not exactly sure how, because I thought we cut that feature...