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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: 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: 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: 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: 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...