April, 2013

  • Best of MMS 2013 organized by Belgian System Center User Group

     

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    It has been a few weeks since the official Microsoft Management Summit 2013 had place in Las Vegas. So it’s time to provide the Belgian System Center Community a nice off-line event to share in-depth System center knowledge/presentations.

    During this event we will be joined by Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for System Center Configuration Manager (aka The Godfather of ConfigMgr).  He’s been in the Configuration Manager product group for the past 20 years, working on all versions of the SMS/Configuration Manager product.

    Wally will provide you with 2 in depth sessions. The other sessions will be presented by the Belgian Enterprise Client Management and Cloud & Datacenter MVP’s and other SCUG members with in depth technical knowledge with surrounding System Center technologies.

    We are currently in the process looking for a "cloud & datacenter" Program Manager that will be Wally Mead’s Counterpart for the datacenter track.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity to socialize with fellow System Center administrators and consultants to exchange knowledge, meet with one of the most popular Microsoft speakers of all time and have a nice lunch with 2 Belgian ConfigMgr and 5 Cloud and Datacenter MVP’s.

    We hope you will join us for an event designed to stimulate new thinking and forge lasting relationships among a remarkable group of IT professionals.

    Note: This event will not be recorded so make sure you attend in person to learn about all the new features in System Center!

    We will have a lottery where we will give away a TechED Europe 2013 ticket !

    Reserve your ticket for Best of MMS 2013 here on Eventbrite:

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    Below you will find the prelimanary agenda ( subject to change ) :

    Timeslot

    DataCenter Track

    Client Track

    08.00 – 09.00

    (60 Minutes)

    Welcome and  registration

    09.00 – 09.15

    Keynote

    09.15  – 10.15 
        
    (60 Minutes)

    Availability Strategies for a Resilient Private Cloud (Didier van Hoye – MVP)

    Wally Mead (To be updated)

    10.15  – 11.15 
        
    (60 Minutes)

    Monitoring Azure with SCOM 2012 and  use GSM to monitor your websites globally.

    (Dieter Wijckmans)

    Mobile Device Managment with ConfigMgr\Intune: a complete overview

    (Nico Sienaert)

    11.15 – 11.30

    (15 minutes)

    Break

    11.30 – 12.30

    (60 Minutes)

    Service Manager - (To be updated) – (Kurt van hoecke – MVP)

    Configuration Manager 2012: Data Collection (Kim Oppalfens)

    12.30 – 13.30

    (60 minutes)

    Lunch Break

    13.30 – 14.30

    (60 minutes)

    Business Continuity with System Center (Mike Resseler – MVP)

    Wally Mead (To be updated)

    14.30 – 15.30

    (60 minutes)

    What’s New in System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager (Kurt Roggen – MVP)

    ConfigMgr 2012 High Availability and   Disaster Recovery (Tim De Keukelaere)

    15.30 – 15.45

    (15 minutes)

    Break

    15.45 – 16.45

    (60 minutes)

    System Center 2012 SP1 Simplifications and Upgrades

    (Valerie Siroux)

    "Notes from the Field" of Configuration   Manager 2012 Sp1 Implementation and Upgrades

    (Kenny Buntinx – MVP)

    16.45 – 17.45

    (60 minutes)

    Jeopardy quiz (To be confirmed)

    17.45 -   19.15

    Networking Drink

     

  • Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service General Availability

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    Today we announced the general availability of our Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) support! With this release Azure Virtual Machines and Virtual Network move out of Preview and are now ready to use for your production apps.

    With Azure Virtual Machines you can deploy and run durable VMs in the cloud, provisioned from prebuilt templates or alternatively upload your own custom-built VMs.  All this in a matter of seconds!  Azure Virtual Network allows you to securely bridge between your on-premises infrastructure and your infrastructure in the cloud. This gives you the flexibility to run your workloads where you want, but manage them all in the same way.

    Whether you want to securely extend your on-premises network to Windows Azure or you want to create a virtual private network with persistent private IPs..

    Let’s look in more detail into what we have announced today:

    • For memory intensive scenarios, we are now introducing two high-memory compute instances: 4 core x 28GB RAM and 8 core x 56GB RAM. With these VM sizes you can run even larger workloads on Windows Azure, for example SharePoint Server or SQL Server workloads.
    • We have added several new VM image templates to the Image Gallery, such as SQL Server 2012, BizTalk Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013 images. These images also come with hourly billing, so you don’t have to pay for an upfront license.
    • We have updated the SLA for Virtual Machines and Virtual Network.  For VMs that have 2 or more instances deployed in the same availability set, we have a 99.95% SLA for external connectivity.  For Virtual Network, we guarantee a 99.9% Virtual Network Gateway availability.
    • As of this announcement, Virtual Machines and Virtual Network are now supported by Microsoft Support staff, so you can confidently run your production apps on Azure.

     

    On top of all these great features, we’re also announcing significant pricing reductions to our Windows Azure PaaS and IaaS VM pricing. You can expect to see from 20% (Virtual Machines) to 33% (Cloud Services) price reductions! These new prices are effective as of June 1.  And as of today, we’re also adding 50 hours of free memory-intensive-instance hours to our member offers and 90-day trials.

    For a more detailed description of the announcement, you can check out Scott Guthrie’s blogpost.

     

    If you don’t already have a Windows Azure account, you can sign-up for a free trial and start using all of the above features today.  Did you know that you already have a lot of free Azure resources as part of your MSDN, MPN or BizSpark membership?

    If you want to learn more about our Windows Azure IaaS capabilities, don’t forget to listen in on our dedicated IaaS webcast on April 30. If you want to experience this great technology hands-on, join us for our Azure IT Camp on May 6.