I was going to do The next part of setting up my Dell Covet as a data centre install System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) on it etc. and I have to be honest I got stuck because SCOM 2007 R2 is not really that keen on SQL Server 2008 R2, and while I was researching this at home my phone and broadband died putting me way behind. 

While I was offline I have reset everything to run on SQL Server 2008 sp2 (sp1 or later is needed for this) and then I remembered about various announcements at the War on Cost event run by Inframon least year specifically the various next versions of the System Center suite were discussed..

War on Cost event: Attack the Costs and Complexity of managing mobile devices in your enterprise
War on Cost event: Microsoft Private Cloud Story
War on Cost event: Microsoft Keynote - Desktop and Security Convergence

War on Cost event: Keynote from Gordon McKenna, CEO at Inframon

War on Cost event: Microsoft keynote - Datacenter to the Cloud
War on Cost event: Heterogenous Management with Operations Manager 2007
War on Cost event: Operations Manager R2 and V.Next
War on Cost event: Service Manager - the Better Together Story

War on Cost event: System Center Configuration Manager v.Next Highlights
War on Cost event: Datacenter IT Process Automation (Opalis)

On the basis of this , I have now decided that rather than doing a load of screencasts on what has been out there for some time I will postpone this project until I get my hands on the beats of vNext of SCOM etc.

So until then I will ask you to tune into my TechDays onLine session on tomorrow on building  a Private Cloud.By a strange coincidence Gordon McKenna CEO of Inframon  and a System Center MVP will be joining me live to share his experiences and views as well as taking you through the demo rig we have setup in the Microsoft Technology Centre (MTC)in Reading which has a working private cloud built on System Center and Hyper-V. 

BTW if you have been on one of these TechDays Online sessions before in our we have sorted out our audio issues (we have some decent microphones) and we have prizes.

If you can’t make it or want to watch earlier videos in the series the same site has those recordings too.