April, 2006

  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    Remote Management Capabilities in Windows Vista. Bit of a mis-leading title. The challenges here are: heterogeneous hardware & software, multiple protocols and security models, ports & firewall exceptions and packet filters. Cross platform...
  • MMS 2006 - third Keynote

    Ron Markezich - our CIO Proactive Management Strategies at Microsoft IT Basically Ron's presentation was about we use our own stuff. We have to 'dogfood' everything (i.e. run our business on beta software - we don't release products until our customers...
  • Virtual Vista

    I've been asked a few times now about how to get Windows Vista running inside Virtual PC and/or Virtual Server. Finally here's the answer: First up, to get it working you are going to need the latest Virtual Machine Additions that come with the current...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    WSUS 3.0 The next version of Windows Software Update Services - due out in the first half of 2007 (beta 2 later this year). It's goal is to become the best management solution for Windows and to really enhance the infrastructure. I recon they'll do...
  • MMS 2006 - conclusion

    Well, that's it. I left home last Saturday morning at 7:00 and will be home tomorrow (Sunday) mid-morning. Add on a few days of jetlag and I've spent ten days at MMS. Was it worth it? In a word - Yes. This was the best conference I've ever been...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    Software Virtualisation - ending DLL Hell once and for all I saw a demo of this the other day at one of the keynotes - but hadn't quite got my head around it (wasn't entirely sure I understood what was going on) - I do now (I think?). The presenter...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    System Center Capacity Planner 2006 WOW - that's clever. This is our prescribed method for deploying both MOM 2005 and Exchange 2003. Future releases will include guidance for SQL, SharePoint, Active Directory and others. SCCP offers best practice...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    Deploying Windows Vista clients with SMS Sorry, but I've seen this before too many times (so my interest was low). SMS shipped an Operating System Deployment Feature Pack (OSD) a couple of years ago. We are updating that feature pack to support...
  • Dave in San Diego..

    I'm spending the week in San Diego attending the Microsoft Management Summit 2006. I've just come out of the first keynote presentation delivered by Bob Muglia (VP for Server & Tools). Basically his presentation was an overview of what's on for...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    Management in Windows Vista. Three big goals: Maintain PC Configuration, Simplify Configuration Management & Desktop Troubleshooting and Task Automation. This was a very good session with loads of demos. The big thing to help maintain the...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    SMS v4 - sorry "System Center Configuration Manager 2007" Beta 1 wasin February. There'll be a refresh in June/July. beta 2 is due Q1 2007 and we should ship in H1 2007. This session was also nearly all demos. The new Console is task based with...
  • MOM Licensing - feedback works...

    I was presenting at a couple of TechNet events the other week in Cork & Galway. Part of my session was demonstrating how to extend MOM to do "other things". I'd read the Irish TechNet Newsletter the other week, where Darren Dillon ( http://blogs.technet...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    System Center Essentials 2007 Designed for small & medium businesses (not confirmed, but 'probably' 10 servers & 500 workstations). Kind of MOM & SMS & Reporting Manager in one box. One Console, with different 'spaces' for each...
  • MMS 2006 - second Keynote

    WOW - that was pretty good. Kirill Tatarinov (Corporate VP, Windows Enterprise Management Division) covered off System Center - current & future. He positioned System Centre as the vehicle to deliver the "Manage Complexity, Achieve Agility"...
  • MMS 2006 - sessions

    Microsoft Management Summit 2006 - breakout sessions. Been to a couple of pretty good sessions his morning (and flitted in and out of a few "not-so-good" ones). Pretty lame session on Data Protection Manager (DPM) - I lasted about 5 minutes before...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    Virtual Server update You can run over 1000 operating systems in Virtual Server (i.e. they are compatible). Microsoft Supports lots more than you'd think (we now support various versions of red Hat & SuSE Linux as well as Microsoft OS's - have...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    Data Protection Manager - how it works Started off with the pain points (Recovery is unreliable & painful. Backup is too complex & slow. Costs are too high). Then to the ideal customer (medium sized data centers with 5-99 servers or large enterprises...
  • MMS 2006 - breakout sessions

    MOM v3 - sorry "System Center Operations Manager 2007" Beta 2 is due in Q2 2006 (next month or two) and we'll ship in Q4 2006 (November/December). We have a R2 release scheduled for 12 to 18 months after we ship (early 2008). This session was nearly...