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At the Microsoft’s Management Summit (MMS 2011) Microsoft announced the availability of BETA 2 of System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
“What are the new big improvements?”
I was just getting to that. Here’s a quick summary:
“User-Centric Management” / “Flexible Delivery of Applications”: This SCCM version acknowledges and supports the fact that people often have many different devices or ways of connecting and accessing business services. Wouldn’t it be great to give someone certain applications or configurations, and then just choose different versions or deployment methods of those applications based on the particular device being used, or how it’s currently connected? It’s like another layer of abstraction… Person A gets these apps. These apps can be deployed these many different ways to these several devices. And the deployment adjusts automatically. Very smart.
“On-Demand Applications”: I think this means we have a new portal for self-service, where a user can pick and choose applications; and only those that make sense for (or have been allowed for) that particular person.
“Unifying Management Tools”: Do I need to use separate tools to manage application deployments, OS deployments, App-V, MED-V, VDI, or even Citrix XenApp deployment? Nope. Not anymore. And you’ll be using SCCM 2012 to manage your Windows Phone 7 and Nokia Symbian devices, too.
“Simplify IT Processes to Reduce Costs and Support Compliance”: You can record and manage baseline configurations.. and then automatically monitor for changes away from the baseline, and automatically remediate the situation. Cool, huh?
“Simplifying Management Administrative Improvements”: This means there are big improvements in how the architecture in larger organizations can be defined and deployed. For example: you won’t need as many primary Configuration Manager sites now that throttling and scheduling on distribution points has been improved.
…and that’s just a sample of some of the improvements.
For more information, check out the Beta 2 page here.
And download SCCM 2012 Beta 2.
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This Wednesday (March 16) at I’ll be hosting the first of what I hope will be many (several already scheduled… more to follow) of what we call “IT Manager Community Chats with Kevin Remde”. Our first one is going to be with Microsoft’s Tharun Tharian, a Sr. Product Manager for SQL Azure. You’ll learn about what SQL Azure is, what it does, and most importantly, why you will want to consider it in your business.
“So, this is just another webcast?”
No! If you just want to listen, that’s fine. In fact, these are added to the series feeds (below), and you can subscribe using your favorite podcasting software for an automated download if you choose. But the benefit of attending these chats LIVE is that it is an opportunity for YOU to ask questions of our guests. So if you have questions about our subject, please join us LIVE and get your questions answered.
And if you want to check out the other recordings that we made last year, check out the series landing page here.
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And… Hey Kansas City! I’m going to be doing #2 in the new series in front of a live audience! If you’re attending our TechNet Event that morning, or even if you just want to drop by before the webcast starts, you’re invited to join us live and ask questions right then and there during our conversation. We’ll be talking with Group Product Manager Chris Van Wesep all about the big announcements made at this year’s Microsoft Management Summit about the newest System Center tools, and how they work with “the cloud”.
(That chat hasn’t been officially scheduled yet, so watch this blog and my twitter feed for that announcement.)
Update: Here is the registration page for the March 29 Chat: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032481528&Culture=en-US
“Say Kevin.. you don’t look anything like your photo.”
Yeah.. well… I didn’t pick the photo. Or the different title they selected. Oh well. Maybe I’ll have them fix it. But actually, I think I like their photo choice better than my ugly-and-outdated mugshot.
Tonight at the South-by-Southwest (SXSW) conference, Microsoft announces the release-to-the-web of Internet Explorer 9. According to the IE 9 site, the final bits will be available after 9PM Pacific time, tonight. (March 14, 2011)
I’ve been enjoying the Release Candidate for a few weeks now, and I’m fairly well impressed. Entirely my opinion, but things are just more snappy. And as I understand it, that’s the whole point.
Well.. that and several other very good reasons to get this version:
Check it out, and download it, from here: http://www.beautyoftheweb.com/
For you IT Pros, you can find support details (such as guides for administration and deployment) at the TechNet Site, or the Springboard Series page.
And here is the IE 9 Product guide.
(Here is the Release Candidate of the Administration Kit for now.. but I’m sure the final version will be available there soon.)
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Today at the 2011 Microsoft Management Summit Microsoft announced the availability of the BETA of the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager – SCVMM 2012
Here are more details you should check out:
“What are you most excited about in this release, Kevin?”
Oh wow… several things I’ve seen, just off the top of my head:
I’m downloading mine right now!