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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: Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 Beta Released

    As virtualization continues to grow, the need to easily and systematically update VMs becomes increasingly  important.  The Solution Accelerator Team (SA) has been working diligently to address this and has recently announced the VM Servicing Tool 3.0 Beta. VMST 3.0 helps organizations reduce...
  • Blog Post: Happy Data Privacy Day … from System Center

    Yes, it really is an established day.  Check out http://dataprivacyday2010.org/ : Data Privacy Day is an international celebration of the dignity of the individual expressed through personal information.  In this networked world, in which we are thoroughly digitized, with our identities, locations...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 3.0 – Now Available!

    Hey everyone, we wanted to update you on a recent beta announcement.  We are pleased today to announce the release of Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 for download.  VMST 3.0 helps you reduce IT costs by making it easier to update offline virtual machine libraries, templates and virtual hard...
  • 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: Faster Application Delivery with Microsoft Cloud Services

    During Bob Muglia's Keynote address at TechEd North America 2010 , he talked about the many benefits organizations can gain by moving to the cloud. One thing he talked about was how an organization can scale services through shared hardware. This allows for self-service capabilities, as well as ...
  • 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: Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Videos

    Hi everyone, we had some requests this week to get some demos (re) posted on Configuration Manager 2007 R3 and the Power Management.  So, here they are.  Have a great weekend.  We will get some more up early next week! Some links for you Configuration Manager 2007 R3 RC Update now available...
  • 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: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 Released

    Today the System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit V2 went live on the Microsoft Download Center. This release is a follow up to our original release back in 2007. With this V2 release we re-introduced the Delete Group Class , MP Troubleshooter , Preload Package and Send Schedule Tools from the...
  • Blog Post: What’s in store for MMS ……

    I thought I would re-post this video, in case some of you missed the original release.  We had a chance to catch up with Brad and talk about what is in store for MMS this year.  It is going to be a stellar event……… Some resources for you: MMS 2010 Website link MMS also has a twitter hashtag...
  • Blog Post: What Program is right for my organization?

    Hey everyone, we have had some questions about what program means what, and what is the best way to evaluate, or provide feedback on System Center Configuration Manager v.Next  technology.  The list below attempts to position the different programs available and what they involve.  The...
  • Blog Post: Configuration Manager 2007 R3: Power Management - Traditional Barriers to Power Management

    Good morning everyone, starting with yesterday’s introduction to what is it and why is Power Management important, we thought we would continue our series on Power Management and talk about what are the typical issues, challenges or blockers IT face when trying to implement Power Management policy. ...
  • Blog Post: What Are Midsize Customers Saying About System Center?

    It’s always very validating to have customers come back to you with positive feedback and evidence that what you worked so hard to build is adding value to their business. We’re fresh off the launch of System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010 , so we’ve been out talking to early...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Test Drive Program Update

    Good morning everyone, we wanted to get you an update on the ConfigMgr 2007 R2 Virtual Machine Test Drive Program.  The VM that has been available up until now has just expired.  We have now gone through the process of re-arming the time limit for the VM, and this update is now available here...
  • 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: Meet Operations Management Experts at our MMS Panel Session (EB01)

    At MMS 2010 this year in Las Vegas we have a panel of experts ready to address your Operations Management questions at our EB01 Operations Management - Ask the Panel of Experts session, running on Wednesday 21st from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in Veronese 2501A.  With expertise across all products in 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: Configuration Manager 2007 R3: Power Management . What is it and why is it important?

    For many years, IT client power management has been an area of challenge for many organizations. While energy-saving desktop and laptop hardware has been available for some time, power-saving settings are often disabled out of fears of data corruption, to support nightly IT operations, or simply from...
  • Blog Post: Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable, The Last Mile: Pilot and Deploy Windows® 7

    Good morning everyone, we are about to start a really interesting Panel Webcast, hosted by Mark Russinovich.  Come and  join Microsoft Technical Fellow, Mark Russinovich, as he will be leading a discussion around the process of planning, testing, assessing and rolling out Windows 7 in an enterprise...
  • Blog Post: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard: now available

    The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard lets customers keep track of application and operating system deployments, security updates, the health status of computers, and IT compliance with key regulations—with an easy to use, customizable dashboard.   The dashboard has...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Technical Overview: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 and R3 (Level 200)

    This morning I am delivering a webcast on Technet regarding some exciting new releases in our System Center product lineup.  I hope you can join us.  Here is the link to the event.           Jeff Wettlaufer  Sr. Technical Product Manager System Center