TechNet Webcast: Protecting Your Exchange Server with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) (Level 300)

Just got notification of this:

The Data Protection Manager Beta Team would like to remind you about the Exchange Protection demo tomorrow.

“Exchange Protection and Recovery” In this webcast, we show you how to use Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) to protect servers running Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2003. DPM is a key part of the Microsoft System Center family of management products, designed to help you manage your Windows-based network environment.

Join Jason Buffington, DPM Technical Product Manager for a Live Meeting @ 9:30 AM (PST) on Thursday, February 22nd.

Register online:

Audio will be delivered via VoIP and questions may be submitted with the Live Meeting tool. To receive audio, you must have the full Live Meeting Console installed and not just the web portion. Sound checks will be done both 10 minutes and 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.


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Microsoft launches Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Test Drive Program

Cool Check it out! ..

Source: Microsoft launches Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) Test Drive Program

The Microsoft VHD format is the common virtualization file format that provides a uniform product support system, and provides more seamless manageability, security, reliability and cost-efficiency for customers.

You can get the full list here:

It includes:

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 VHD
  • Exchange Server 2007 VHD
  • ISA Server 2006 VHD
  • SQL Server 2005 VHD


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Virtual PC 2007 is now available

Its here .. go get it …

Use Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 to run multiple operating systems at the same time on the same physical computer. Switch between virtual machines with the click of a button. Use virtual machines to run legacy applications, provide support, train users, and enhance quality assurance.

Virtual PC lets you create separate virtual machines on your Windows desktop, each of which virtualizes the hardware of a complete physical computer. Use virtual machines to run operating systems such as MS-DOS, Windows, and OS/2. You can run multiple operating systems at once on a single physical computer and switch between them as easily as switching applications—instantly, with a mouse click. Virtual PC is perfect for any scenario in which you need to support multiple operating systems, whether you use it for tech support, legacy application support, training, or just for consolidating physical computers.


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You might have seen me moan about my Netgear SC101 and how rubbish it is.  Well the straw that broke the camels back happened last weekend when I “lost” one of my two SC101s and potentially all the data on it.  I have switched both of them off and will try and get the data off them next week.

In the mean time I have just purchased a Synology CS-406e Cube Station with 4x 320gb SATA drives.  The total price was a bit steep but I need a NAS that actually works, and Duane recommended this one (

I will build it next week and give my progress and views.  I will also compare it against my SC101

In addition I will also build a Windows Home Server using the 4 IDE disks that my SC101 has and I will let you know how that goes too.