Moving on - to Developer Division Performance Engineering

With the release of SCCP 2007 I’ve now been through two complete product cycles of what started out as a little research project called "Indy" — and that seems like more than enough! So I’ve moved over to the Performance Engineering team in Microsoft’s Developer Division. The division’s flagship product is Visual Studio, and our…


Announcing the beta release of System Center Capacity Planner 2007

We’re pleased to announce the beta release of System Center Capacity Planner 2007! SCCP 2007 provides sizing, architectural guidance and best practices for customers to plan their deployments of Operations Manager 2007 and Exchange 2007. Essentially, it can predict how much hardware you’ll need for a deployment, and how that hardware will behave once one…


Flash demo of System Center Capacity Planner

We’ve had these bits bouncing around for way too long, but now they’re finally linked to from the SCCP home page. So revel in the glossiness of An Introduction to Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2006 🙂


More ways to learn about System Center Capacity Planner

The great thing about Microsoft webcasts is that they’re archived. So even if you miss the upcoming live webcast on “Implementing SCCP 2006”, you can still watch it at your leisure (well, as long as your leisure includes a broadband connection). This also means that you can also watch all the previous webcasts about SCCP….


Upcoming webcast about System Center Capacity Planner

Just a quick note that in 3 weeks, Chris Henley will be hosting a public webcast about SCCP 2006. Click on the link to register – it’s free! Implementing System Center Capacity Planner 2006Monday, June 26, 2006 11:30 A.M.–1:00 P.M. Pacific TimeJoin us and get the information and guidance you need to plan and complete…


Getting back into the saddle

I’m easing back into blogging after taking 6 months off – the good news is this means I’ve got a big backlog of topics… I’d like to start off by thanking Neil Hobson for writing a great two-part overview of System Center Capacity Planner on He gives the reader a walkthrough of our various…


Where can I get System Center Capacity Planner?

Short answer: System Center Capacity Planner is on TechNet disc 0422, which went out this month. We’re actually “featured content” — I think this is what we get in return for exclusivity! System Center Capacity Planner (SCCP) ships this month and is only available to TechNet Subscribers. SCCP employs state of the art modeling technology…


System Center Capacity Planner 2006: SHIPPED

The Indy team just handed over our final bits for System Center Capacity Planner 2006. Barring any last-minute mishaps or recall-class bugs – memorably defined by our test manager as “causing the death or permanent disfigurement of small furry animals” – there’ll be an official RTM email later this week, and then all you lucky…


System Center Capacity Planner at Exchange Connections

I’m helping out on the SCCP booth at Exchange Connections in San Diego this week, and we’re handing out hundreds of CDs with our beta refresh bits. To give feedback after trying it out, you should be able to pull down the help menu and see a little “Community Forum” link, that would take you…


Why we've posted a beta refresh of System Center Capacity Planner

A week ago we updated the public beta of System Center Capacity Planner. This “beta refresh” of SCCP is now dependent on the release candidate of .NET Framework 2.0, instead of being dependent on their beta 2 release. Shipping this refresh took a lot of effort from the SCCP team, and causes extra confusion for…