Are you familiar with the SMSe?  What about the eSML?  Well, to cut a long story short, the eSML (Enterprise Server Management License) is now the SMSe (Server Management Suite Enterprise) and basically, it’s a single license for all 4 of the core System Center technologies:

- Virtual Machine Manager – For Virtual Estate Management
- Operations Manager – For Centralised Monitoring
- Configuration Manager – For Centralised Patching, Deployment, Image Management etc
- Data Protection Manager – For Centralised Backup of Windows, Exchange, SharePoint, SQL etc

You can obviously buy these separately, and they’ll all provide different benefits to an infrastructure, however, as a suite, you can really drive towards a self-managing, dynamic infrastructure, with management technologies that understand one another, can work effectively together, and really streamline an environment.

Buying the technologies is one thing, but implementing them is something different entirely.  With that in mind, I’d like to bring the following course to your attention:

44HOL004 - The Systems Center Suite - SMSe Technical Bootcamp

“The SMSe Bootcamp is a dynamic, new 3-day training course from the System Center Technical Readiness team which brings together the core products from Microsoft’s System Center Suite in a series of “Real World”, datacenter management scenarios. The course has been specifically designed for Technical Consultants to give them the skills and understanding they need to successfully implement the System Center Suite for customers and end users. The course consists of a series of instructor led, hands on labs (HOL), which guide the student through the steps required to both successfully configure and use System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr), System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 (DPM) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) in conjunction with core datacenter applications such as Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 running on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform”

For just under £200, for a 3 day course, I’d say it’s exceptional value.  Not only will you get hands on experience with the technologies as a set of technologies, not just a disparate set of tools, but you’ll also get a look at a new 5 day POC engagement kit for partners that is designed to give you all the materials and scripts you need to carry out a complete Proof Of Concept for a customer around the System Center Suite.  You’ll also get a look at some of the Microsoft Technical Resources that are available to you to help you out with any aspect of your experience in implementing and using the System Center Suite in the field.

Great Value! :-)