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  • Blog Post: Reaching Out to Our Community

    Or, The Importance of Being Earnest Hey, there. I'm Dave, one of the folks behind the scenes who's working on getting our team blog and other broad reach marketing vehicles tuned into the real concerns and priorities of the System Center community online. Just to give you a little evidence I really...
  • Blog Post: Community Matters at MMS: Day 1

    Think I’ve convinced Garth Jones to post an article/blog post on user groups, special interest groups (SIGs), and study groups, which could be very helpful to those looking for info on how to engage/start such communities… when he does post it, I’ll be sure to link to it and tie the info into our influencers...
  • Blog Post: Common Sense Approaches to Social Media Marketing

    Just saw this article this morning—came over the Microsoft news service. Definitely interested to see that Microsoft rated well as a social media marketing company according to Charlene Li. My own experience suggests we have a long way to go from changing our megaphonic, push marketing to something much...
  • Blog Post: Future is Now: New Social Media Tools on TechNet

    Stuff to help you connect online with people and resources... I was a part of the team that was building these services a while back, and now I'm happy to report they've really started to bring it together. Here's some text from the official (internal: shhhhhh!) announcement: Today Microsoft announced...
  • Blog Post: System Center Management Pack Extension Contest

    OFFICIAL RULES UPDATED: May 14, 2010 to reflect new deadline for entries, June 30, 2010. PLEASE NOTE: It is solely your responsibility to review and understand your employer's policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions. If you are participating in violation of your employer...
  • 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: TechEd Europe 2010 Day 1: Voices from the Community

    We’ve been seeing quite a bit of chatter on the “internets” about the goings-on at TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin, and it’s great to see the diverse impressions of attendees as the event happens. Net Noteworthies The announcements and news about a range of things—including Hyper-V Cloud , the VMM SSP 2...
  • Blog Post: Leaving Las Vegas

    Just got back from Vegas and find myself somehow in front of my computer monitor again in my office here in Redmond. Thought I'd just share some of my perspective on my five days in Las Vegas at MMS 2008 , our singular yearly event with the broad community of IT pros invested in the infrastructure management...
  • Blog Post: MMS Day 1/2 Recap from the Community Lounge

    A day of ramping up, getting a feel for the space and the mission. The Community Lounge area is pretty much set up for hocking our wares. Apologies for the poor image quality, but here’s the basic set up with Joey and Adam in the background, editing fresh video for TechNet Edge . Also managed to...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2010 Days 2-4: Blogs, Tweets, and Videos

    The first day’s keynote out of the way, online chatter about TechEd Europe 2010 turned to session reporting, the announced naming of Configuration Manager 2012 (formerly “v.Next”), and continued absorption of Microsoft’s initiatives in cloud computing, Hyper-V Cloud in particular. To give you a kind...
  • 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: MMS Day 2: Demos, Swag, and More

    Today started, like yesterday, with a keynote of note: this one with Brad and a stellar cast demoing new features and products for the desktop. Among others, the collected audience saw Jeff Wettlaufer demo a deployment of Windows 7 out to 20-some XP machines, all in something like 15 minutes using Config...
  • Blog Post: A Note on New Server Branding

    Just occurred to me to give you a little info on the new branding/logo you've probably been seeing here and there for System Center and other products. At TechEd in Orlando this year, the new server branding was unveiled, boasting a new set of logos and design patterns for Microsoft server products....
  • Blog Post: Live from Las Vegas!

    Events, Videos, Interviews & More from the Microsoft Management Summit 2008 in Las Vegas Find here collected System Center-related info, news, and more from MMS 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada (April 28-May 2, 2008). See also the MMS 2008 site and the MMS 2008 Virtual Press Room . ...
  • Blog Post: A Matter of Influence

    Every once in a while, things you’ve worked on for longer than you care to remember, but seemed for way too long to go nowhere fast, just kind of “gel.” This week, amid all sorts of pre-MMS, pre-Convergence madness, we had a moment like that, and I’d like to cap off the week by making sure that I don...
  • Blog Post: RE: Facelift for Nexus SC

    Quick note to acknowledge that I've made some changes to this blog, mainly to update its appearance to bring it in line with current brand standards. Not everything has been optimized yet, in particular the older dark background meant we needed to use white versions of our logos. Now, on account of the...
  • Blog Post: Promotion Motion, What’s Your Notion?

    Sorry, couldn’t resist. For some reason that ol’ “Schoolhouse Rock” song bubbled to the surface of the boiling cauldron of my brainpan in these hyperactive days before MMS and Convergence . But, let me get to the point, straightway: We’ve got 3 promotions in flight, the tail end of one and two others...
  • Blog Post: Management Pack Enthusiast? Announcing a New Contest Open to the Community

    We’ve got promos galore heading into the spring , but I want to call out one in particular that we’re really excited to be sponsoring. The Management Pack Extensions Contest , which we are officially launching today with our friends from System Center Central, is all about creating add-ons or extensions...
  • Blog Post: Technet EDGE record hit

    Happy Holidays everyone, we got some really exciting news this morning. The System Center and Windows 7 Technet Edge video recently recorded with Brad Anderson, CVP recorded the highest single month viewership, 29278, in EDGE history. This means a few things. First – you guys are really interested in...
  • Blog Post: New System Center Vista Sidebar Content Search Gadget

    Wanted to bring to your attention a neat little bit of code that some colleagues in our user assistance/docs org have developed and released to the Live Gadget Gallery: a Web content search gadget for System Center . This gadget offers the following features: Search all of System Center or scope by product;...
  • 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: Quick Take on Our First Live Meeting for Influencers

    Today we at last put together what I hope to be the first of many Live Meeting sessions for the members of our influencers program . Sacha Dawes, a technical product manager on our team, presented on end-to-end monitoring of IT services in the datacenter. We had a healthy attendance--around 30 or...
  • Blog Post: What Community Outreach Can Do

    An email just fluttered into my inbox today that caught my eye, from Jason Buffington, one of our technical product managers, calling attention to a great blog post from one of our customers in the community. Basically, the customer was grateful for receiving direct help from the DPM crew at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Blog Posts by System Center Influencers

    Get the feed. Below are the most recent posts from several of the members of the System Center Influencers Program . Note that Microsoft does not review the content or endorse it in any way; we present this content in a feed form for your information and convenience. (In the event that the feed refuses...
  • Blog Post: Service Manager Blog Now Online

    Actually, been online for at least a month or two, as far as I can tell. But want to give you the link and make sure you're aware of what's going on. Why? Because Service Manager is on the way soon ( available currently in beta ) and keeping you informed about this and other System Center developments...