One, two! One, two! And through and through
  The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
  He went galumphing back.

~Lewis Carol

I recently went to see the new Alice In Wonderland movie with my family and really enjoyed it. You haven’t seen the Mad Hatter until you’ve seen Johnny Depp play the Mad Hatter. Sometimes it’s hard to sit through movies based on childhood stories you’ve heard over and over again, then Hollywood tries to make them hip, relevant to current times, or weave in some socio-political message that was never intended. So, I was quite prepared to let my eyelids close behind my 3D glasses and turn to my daughter when the credits were rolling and say something like, “Did you like it, honey? That wasn’t bad, was it?” Instead, I found myself enjoying every last minute of CGI-enhanced eye candy and the intermittent thick Scottish brogue of the Mad Hatter as he muttered silly nonsense.

Underland (not Wonderland) is the less-than-happy world Alice falls into and finds under the oppressive rule of the evil, giant-cranium Red Queen. There is also a terrifying dragon type beast called the Jabberwocky at the Red Queen’s command. Okay, here’s the analogy transition…Underland is not unlike the world that hangs like a dark cloud over smaller IT departments relegated to using lightweight tools and manual processes to painfully slog through each day keeping their Jabberwocky (infrastructure downtime, lost productivity, PC issues, etc.) at bay.

Spoiler alert!

The only way for Underland to be free of the Red Queen and the oppression in their lives is for Alice to slay the Jabberwocky with the vorpal sword, and slay the Jabberwocky she does – pretty cool fight scene, if a bit short for my taste. So…fear not, oppressed IT administrators of midsize IT departments – your Vorpal Sword is at hand and it’s name is System Center Essentials 2010. And, no, you don’t have to pinch yourself like Alice does to check whether she’s asleep and dreaming, you can find good evidence that your Vorpal sword is quite real and effective. Check out these recent reviews, then download the RC to check it out.

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ZDNet UK - A highly recommended management tool for SMEs, Microsoft's updated System Center Essentials is much easier to deploy and now comes fully equipped to manage virtual as well as physical resources.

V3.co.uk - Virtualisation support, slicker installation and much improved console added in latest release

Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

MadDaver

David Mills

Sr. Product Manager

System Center

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