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  • 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: Influencer Review of the 2.2.10 Live Meeting: SharePoint and System Center

    Hat tip to Bob Cornelissen for his write up of our most recent Live Meeting on SharePoint and System Center , given as part of the System Center Influencers Program (wait… what’s that ?). At the end of his write-up, Bob has this to say: It is no secret that I just love the System Center line of products...
  • 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: Scale and Performance improvements in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

    Hi everyone, recently we recorded a look into the new scale and performance improvements we will ship in ConfigMgr 2007 R3. There are 3 main areas of enhancement being made to the core capabilities of ConfigMgr. These are as follows: Delta Active directory Discovery – AD discovery has 2 main tasks. Discovering...
  • 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: Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector Update

    To help our customers accelerate their testing and deployment of Windows 7, we are really pleased to announce an update to the ACT Connector for Configuration Manager. The Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector (ACT Connector) assists administrators with collecting the necessary computer and application...
  • 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: LiveMeeting Recap: System Center Support for Exchange 2010

    Earlier this week we held the fourth of our Live Meeting sessions with member of the System Center Influencers Program , this one on System Center support for Exchange 2010 , presented jointly by Leslie Kitz, Jason Buffington, and Jon Lecroy. For a write-up from one of our very own influencers, Marnix...
  • 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: Microsoft “gets” Small Business

    This week, a new report from Compass Intelligence ranked Microsoft as #1 among the top technology vendors that are effectively serving small businesses. Stephanie Mehta at CNN Money.com published an article this week that listed the top ten vendors, with Microsoft going from #6 last year to #1. Ms. Mehta...
  • Blog Post: System Center Essentials 2010 Release Candidate Available!

    For those of you waiting on the edge of your seat for Microsoft's integrated virtual and physical IT management solution for midsize businesses, the Release Candidate is here! Microsoft® System Center Essentials 2010 provides a unified IT management solution that enables you to simply and efficiently...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager and Intel vPro integration

    Hi everyone, recently at the Intel Developer Forum , we sat down with our friends at Intel and recorded a demonstration of the integration between ConfigMgr 2007 SP2 and Intel vPro. The video is now live, and is available here on Edge. I hope you find it useful. For more information, please visit: System...
  • Blog Post: Deploying SCE 2010: An Amateur’s Perspective

    As I mentioned in an earlier post on this blog , David Elliott has been busy doing a production deployment of System Center Essentials 2010 for his small business. Now, SCE 2010 is really intended as a midsize business IT management solution (up to 500 PCs and 50 servers), but small businesses, as he...