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  • Blog Post: VDI is for Every Customer, but not Every Desktop

    For those that don't know, I came to Microsoft a few years ago as part of the Softricity acquisition . While adding many talented people to Microsoft, the acquisition also brought application virtualization technology. At the time that technology was called SoftGrid, but the product name has since...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager Reporting Dashboard Beta released

    We are pleased to announce the Beta release of our Dashboard Solution Accelerator.  The System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers utilize a browser based graphically rich reporting experience that showcases the robust reporting capabilities of the world’s leading system management...
  • Blog Post: How New Efficiencies in Software Can Help Businesses Go Green

    It is widely known that companies have become more conscious about their impact on the environment, and with the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaching, I wanted to provide a lens on how some of us in Redmond think about the green implications of technology, efficiency and the  environment ....
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure Architecture Guide – Part 1

    Hey everyone, I wanted to make you aware of a new Architecture Guide now available for the Azure platform.  How do you build applications to be scalable and have high availability? Along with developing the applications, you must also have an infrastructure that can support them. You may need to...
  • Blog Post: Got Questions on Desktop Virtualization? You’re Not Alone…

    As I've written many times in this blog , virtualization is much more about how and why you use the technology than what it can do. Desktop Virtualization is a great example of the promise (and the potential pitfalls) that virtualization offers customers. I'm sure for many of you, when it comes...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back, Moving Forward: System Center and Virtualization

    Today, I wanted to take a look back at 2009. It is simply amazing when you look at where Microsoft® System Center and Microsoft Virtualization were at the beginning of the year and where we are today. When we started 2009, we were really still promoting the new releases of Windows Server® 2008 Hyper...
  • Blog Post: Are You A Collaboration Basket Case?

    As an old-school backup guy, one of my favorite sayings is: “ If you are putting all your eggs in one basket, it better be a good basket ” It’s true for Virtualization (which I will talk about in a future post) and it’s true for collaboration platforms like Exchange or SharePoint. And when I refer to...
  • Blog Post: The More Things Change…Well, You Know

    Looking back at 2009, the first thought that comes to mind is the old phrase, “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” Wondering where this quote came from, I decided to “ Bing ” it. Of course, the results led me to lots of websites with quotations about change. Here are some other “change...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization: A Stepping-Stone to the Cloud

    Hello again! I know it's been a while since I've written a blog, but since my last post I have spent time taking care of a new baby and blogging (and everything else ☺) takes a back seat to that. What I did want to talk about today is a great technical conversation which is happening on the...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Reality: Why Microsoft® Virtualization Solutions Deliver Value When Compared to VMware®

    Hello everyone. This week, I want to cover a topic that has been discussed on numerous blogs, articles, and even tweets over the last several weeks. The topic is the cost comparison between Microsoft and VMware virtualization solutions. As many of you know, we often cite the fact that for server virtualization...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back (and Forward) – It all Seems to be About Unified Management

    December is a great time to look back at the year as a whole: Most things are winding down, so it is nice to appreciate what happened so far And yet, there are some projects that we are in the home stretch for. So with all of my travelling obligations over, it is a time to buckle down for four weeks...
  • Blog Post: System Center Hits “Big Easy” for TechEd

    If you’re coming to the “Big Easy” ( New Orleans ), for TechEd North America , and you work in a midsize business, be sure to come see us at the Microsoft Demo Station Stations for SCE 2010 and DPM 2010 , to see how we’re making virtualization and IT management “Big Easy” for midsize businesses! We also...
  • Blog Post: How System Center Aligns to Gartner’s Top 10 Technology Trends

    A while ago, my colleague Jeff Wettlaufer posted a blog that presented a post on CIO.com that presented the “ 5 Must-have IT Management Technologies for 2010 .” Of the areas Jeff presented, it was great to see how System Center is already forging ahead to enable the delivery of those technologies and...
  • Blog Post: SCE 2010 + DPM 2010: HOT at TechEd 2010!

    When heading down to New Orleans for TechEd North America a couple weeks ago, my mind wandered back to the TechEd three years ago In Orlando where we launched SCE 2007, the very first System Center IT management solution Microsoft specifically built for midsize businesses. Yes, I got a bit teary-eyed...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Living in a Virtual World

    It never ceases to amaze me how fast our world can change around us. The quote "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." from the classic 1980's movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off has never been more true. I really believe that virtualization is one...
  • Blog Post: System Center Service Manager 2010: An Integrated Platform for IT Service Management

    Last Tuesday saw the announcement of the eagerly awaited RTM of Service Manager 2010 (build 5826) with the immediate availability of the product trial .  The announcement was highlighted in Brad Anderson’s blog that covered the opening of MMS as well as in the Service Manager team blog … and now...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 - Small Things That Make a Big Difference

    The past 3 weeks I have been very busy preparing for and hosting webcasts for TechNet dealing with the new products (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Exchange 2010) that Microsoft will be releasing this month. While discussing some of the new features and updates in Windows 7, I was struck by...
  • Blog Post: Time for New IT Tools? SCE 2010 & DPM 2010 Launch!

    If you’re like most people, you’ve faced a maintenance or repair job that was bigger than the tools in your toolbox. Maybe your in-sink disposal got jammed when one of your kids decided it would be a fun place to “blend” their sibling’s favorite miniature stuffed animal? So, you needed a basket wrench...
  • Blog Post: HP and Microsoft Team up for the Next Generation of IT

    Hi all - Today Microsoft and HP announced a $250 million engineering, sales and services partnership to advance cloud computing and help customers better use IT for business success. You can read the press release and watch videos of executives commenting on the agreement here . This is a...
  • Blog Post: Delivering Solutions Built on Next Generation Infrastructure-to-Application Models with HP

    Hi everyone, recently Microsoft announced a joint investment agreement with HP to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive integration of a technology stack to date, from infrastructure to applications, through sales and services. It is exciting to think about how this will substantially improve customer...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

    I am delighted to announce that Opalis Software -- the leader in IT process automation software -- is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Microsoft. This acquisition will deliver great new functionality to the Microsoft System Center family. Opalis Software brings capabilities that deliver...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Beta released

    With the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day upon us, today, we are very pleased to announce the release of ConfigMgr 2007 R3 Beta.  Power management is at the core of the ConfigMgr 2007 R3 release, and addresses the need that many organizations have to monitor and reduce both power consumption and CO2...
  • Blog Post: Cutting through the FUD: Facts you should know about Hyper-V and System Center

    I originally posted this on my Virtualization Planet blog but I wanted to post it again here because of the importance of the message. Recently, there have been a number of articles and blog posts that I feel are overly critical of Hyper-V and System Center to a fault. While it’s within anyone’s right...