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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: 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: Using SCE 2010 to Slay the IT Jabberwocky!

    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...
  • 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: 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 Team Lights Up Convergence US in Atlanta

    On April 24-27 members of the System Center Essentials and Data Protection Manager teams were in Atlanta at Convergence US for the launch of SCE 2010 and DPM 2010 . This Microsoft Dynamics event was held at the Georgia World Congress Center with over 8,000 customers, partners, press, and staff onsite...
  • Blog Post: Great article on ZDNet

    Good morning everyone, I wanted to make you aware of a new ZDNet article from a trip through EMEA the  System Center team did showcasing the ‘Best of MMS’.  Ryan O’Hara was interviewed by Roger Howorth on the state of the System Center business and the article is now live.  Check out ...
  • 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: The System Center team is heading to Europe

    Hey everyone, the System Center Team is heading to Amsterdam for the week of  Feb 8th.  We will be in town presenting to the EMEA Infrastructure, Deployment and Management Council at the Microsoft Netherlands Schiphol Office .  While the event is not open to the broader public we are around...
  • 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: What’s a CP-901 and how did I get here?

    Hello - my name is David Mills and I’m a Senior Product Manager on the Microsoft System Center marketing team. I’ve been with Microsoft for almost 10 years now and for the past four years, I’ve been involved in product planning and technical product management focused on the IT Management needs of midsize...
  • 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: Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0 - Now in Beta Release!

    We are excited to announce the beta release of the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool v3.0.  If you’ve used version 2.1, you know that it offers free, tested guidance and automated tools that let you safely service offline virtual machines in your SCVMM library. VMST 3.0 builds on this functionality...
  • 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: Hello from TechEd EMEA in Berlin

    Hello everyone. This week, I’m in Berlin for TechEd EMEA 2009. TechEd EMEA is a great event, where I get a chance to not only present on Microsoft Virtualization but also meet with real IT professionals, that use our products every day. I’ve already presented a couple times on Hyper-V and Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: How Management Drives Consolidation and Virtualization

    Hello everyone. It’s been a couple weeks since I last posted but I was on a much needed real vacation (one without daily E-mails or relatives). :) Without a doubt, one of the most important new technologies in IT today is Virtualization. And it’s very easy to see why. Virtualization, especially server...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: The Drive for Efficiency through 2009

    I just had a fantastic conversation with some analysts about Systems Management, and the increasing world of complexity on the client, and in the datacenter. I crossed back through campus on a rare sunny Redmond morning, and found one of the latest CIO.com newsletters had arrived, and there was a link...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2010 – An Inside Look

    I have been an attendee at many a Trade Show, and have seen the good and the bad, but I never knew how much work went into putting one of these things on, until coming over here to Microsoft. These past 6 months, I have been involved with both MMS 2010 and TechEd North America 2010 from the inside...