Dave in San Diego..

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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 the week.  He covered off how Microsoft's "People Ready Business" messages touch IT.

His quick messages around how Windows Vista will work within businesses was pretty clear: Security & Compliance, Empowered Professional, Enabling the Mobile Workforce and Optimising the Desktop Infrastructure.  He was explaining how Vista, MOM & SMS will work together and let slip that the next version of MOM will monitor Vista - Desktop monitoring.  We got a little demo of using Group Policy to manage USB device installation restrictions (what devices are allowed or not) - better that filling the USB connector with epoxy.

We learned that what used to be codenamed "Monad" (our new command line scripting shell) is now called the "Windows PowerShell" - it looks pretty cool.  It's got things like auto-complete, the ability to do whatif's and validate before executing the command.  Exchange 2007 (used to be known as Exchange 12) will be the first product that uses it (it's GUI system manager, will just execute PowerShell commands).  The next version of MOM will also use it.

We got a bit on Longhorn Server - more later..

And got a demo of the next version of SMS - how Windows Vista, Longhorn Server and SMS will handle Network Access Protection (NAP) - pretty neat.  SMS finally has drag & drop and looks way easier to use (the update wiward has gone from 18 steps to 5).

A long piece on the Dynamic Systems Initiative and some product name anouncements:  MOM becomes "System Centre Operations Manager 2007", SMS becomes "System Centre Configuration Manager 2007" and he anounced "System Centre Service Desk" (our ITIL/MOF based, SDM-based CMDB that is fully integrated into our other management products and includes all our product knowledge).  We saw a demo of using Service Desk to deploy an update; issuing a change request, initiating a workflow and finally calling SMS to deploy the update.  He also showed the self service portal.

Looks like I've got a pretty exciting week ahead of me, so watch this space.  More after the sessions...


  • ..Rather helpful information you have here. Grazie!

  • E evidente che il luogo e stato fatto dalla persona che realmente conosce il mestiere!

  • um... buoni, realmente buoni luogo e molto utile;)

  • Lo trovo piuttosto impressionante. Lavoro grande fatto..)

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