Try DPM 2007 SP1 – with just a web browser

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We are really excited to have recently launched 3 TechNet Virtual Labs (vLabs) on DPM 2007 SP1. 

Virtual Labs is a very cool offering where we’ve taken the same Hands-On Labs that you could try at Tech-Ed, IT Forum, Microsoft Management Summit or any other Microsoft conference – and we’ve hosted them on a monster virtualization server farm.  The result is that you can open your browser, start a lab, and your very own lab environment will spin up for about 3 hours.  Go through the student manual – or just play with the features that you want to learn about.  At the end of your time, the images reset (yes, there is a clock in the window).

TechNet vLab - DPMThink of the uses:

(1) We often hear from SharePoint administrators that their peers who manage SQL Server or Exchange are using DPM, and they want to learn more about their workload.   Well, after you have checked out how your buddy is using it in production in your environment, then log on and see how it will work on your application.

(2) Microsoft partners – now, you can demonstrate DPM to your customers, without setting up machines or VMs.  Just log on and demo!

(3) For technical reviewers who haven’t evaluated what is new in Service Pack 1 for DPM, check out the webpage on the new features – and then try out the ones that are most interesting to you in this lab.

We’ve posted 4 virtual labs for you:

Technical Introduction to DPM 2007 SP1 – a good basic start, with protection and recovery of Exchange 2007 and SQL Server 2005

How to protect SQL Server with DPM 2007 SP1 – more focused on deeper scenarios, including some data migration from SQL 2005 to SQL 2008

How to protect SharePoint with DPM 2007 SP1 – here is your chance to see whole farm protection, with single item restore – nuff said!

How to protect Exchange with DPM 2007 SP1 – lets you protect whole storage groups, but shows how to restore SGs, DBs, and mailboxes/items in a supported way.

This is a great way to get started with DPM.   And if there are scenarios or other environments that you’d like learn more about, let me know.  Oh, and by the way, there are lots of other virtual labs on TechNet that you might enjoy as well.  (they aren’t as cool as DPM, obviously, but still good stuff)

As always, thanks for reading

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