May, 2010

  • TechNet Magazine–May 2010 Edition


    magazinemay2010Editor’s Note: Keeping Tabs on Remote Offices

    With the myriad challenges you face every day as an IT manager, keeping a corporate network running that supports all sorts of remote offices has got to rank somewhere near the top. You have all the standard challenges—providing the right applications, ensuring certain performance and service levels, maintaining bandwidth and capacity planning, ensuring a rock-solid backup and disaster recovery plan—and now you have to do it from miles away. And there’s often no one at the remote office who “speaks IT.” Read more...

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers: Plan Carefully for RODCs

    Read-only domain controllers are new features of the Active Directory Domain Services in the Windows Server 2008 R2 and they represent a fundamental change to how you’d typically use domain controllers.

    Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core: Securing the Branch Office Connection

    Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to make fundamental changes to how you can deploy and leverage domain controllers (DCs) in remote environments.

  • Can you manage your Windows Datacenter Edition servers with System Center Essentials 2010

    One of our partners build a 4 node Hyper-V cluster with Datacenter Edition and wants to use System Center Essentials 2010 to manage the Virtualization layer. As SCE 2010 can manage up to 50 Machines it is the ideal solution for his environment.

    However According to the TechNet article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/bb422876.aspx) we only support Windows Server Standard and Enterprise Edition.

    Our Product team confirmed to me that you can manage the Windows Datacenter Edition with SCE. The reason why it’s not on the supported list yet is because we are still finalizing the test. But they confirmed that there is no technical reason not to do it.

  • Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 now open!

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    The Beta 2 for the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 5.0 is now open.

    Join the beta review program and help influence the development of the toolkit. To participate, register for the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2 at Microsoft Connect.

    The MAP Toolkit 5.0 is an agentless tool designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide automated discovery and assessments. This Solution Accelerator performs an inventory of heterogeneous server environments and provides you with usage information for servers in the Core CAL Suite and SQL Server, SQL Server 2008 discovery and assessment for consolidation, Windows 2000 Server migration recommendations, and a readiness assessment for the most widely used Microsoft technologies—now including Office 2010.

    Is your organization spending valuable resources planning its IT infrastructure? Participate in the MAP Toolkit 5.0 Beta 2. Take an early look at this release, and provide timely feedback to help ensure that the MAP development team builds the tool to best meets your needs.

  • Belgian Best of MMS session are online

    A couple of weeks ago we organized a Best of MMS event together with our local MVP’s and SCUG user group. We’ve published all the sessions onto the Belux page on TechNet Edge

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    Session 1: Belgian Best of MMS: System Center State of the Union

    In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. In this session we will give you an overview of the different announcements made at MMS.

    Session 2: Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager
    This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the 'eureka' configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session.
    Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen http://www.scug.be/blogs/

    Session 3: Belgian Best of MMS: Introduction into Service Manager
    Service Manager is about to RTM – are you ready? Learn more about the capabilities, how to design and deploy a Service Manager infrastructure. After this session you will have insight in how Service Manager works and how to implement it in your infrastructure.
    Speaker: Kurt Vanhoecke  System Center Service Manager

    Session 4: Belgian Best of MMS: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010
    The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010, so this session (the 1st in a 4 part series) will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios.
    Speaker: Mike Resseler System Center Data Protection Manager

    Session 5: Belgian Best of MMS: Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010
    For organizations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first
    Speaker: Mike Resseler Blog Mike

    Session 6: Belgian Best of MMS: Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview
    This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management
    Speaker: David De Backer – Technology Advisor Microsoft Belux

    Session 7: System Center Configuration Manager vNext
    In this session we present Microsoft’s vision for user-centric client management, and demonstrate improvements from Configuration Manager 2007. This session promises to be very interesting. We demonstrate a functioning product to showcase some of these major improvements, so you know you can't miss it!
    Speaker: Kenny Buntinx - System Center Configuration Manager

  • Registration for TechEd Europe is open

    Register for Tech∙Ed Europe by 5 July and Save €500

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    Tech∙Ed Europe returns to Berlin this November 8 – 12, for a full week of deep technical education, hands-on-learning and opportunities to connect with Microsoft and Community experts one-on-one.  Register by 5 July and receive your conference pass for only €1,395 – a €500 savings.


    Arrive Early and Get a Jumpstart on Technical Sessions

    Choose from 8 pre-conference seminars led by Microsoft and industry experts, and selected to give you a jumpstart on technical learning.  Additional fees apply.  Conference attendees receive a €100 discount.  

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    Tech∙Ed provides the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s suite of released, or soon to be released, products, solutions and services. Tech∙Ed is for technology professionals who are involved in implementing, deploying or building solutions using Microsoft technologies.  Learn more about Tech∙Ed Europe.