I know I know – I’m going webcast-crazy!
This one is separate from the others, as it’s open to everyone, Partners, Customers, enthusiasts, geeks, whoever! All you need to do is head on over to this registration link and sign up! Once signed up, surely you want to know what’s on offer? Well, yes, I’ll provide that in good time, but wouldn’t you like to know what was in DPM 2010 beta first? Check out one of my older posts for that!
Well, the Release Candidate build is almost complete, and this webcast will demonstrate, among other things, new Windows client protection capabilities, the new SQL/SharePoint/Exchange protection and recovery features, as well as the enhanced Disaster Recovery scenario. We’ll also update you on our auto-healing/auto-scaling features, as well as a few surprises that weren’t in the beta. I’m intrigued!
It’s 90 minutes long, and will take place on Thursday 14th January @ 17:00 GMT. For those of you in the UK, you should be wrapped up, with dinner ready, and time to spare, before The One Show :-) It’ll be recorded no doubt, so if you do miss it, don’t panic.
Again, register here!
I know, I could have just posted all of the upcoming Academy Live Webcasts in one post, but I wanted to logically group them together to make it easier for people to find and filter those that they are specifically interested in. The first batch were all Windows Server 2008 R2 related, and these beauties are all System Center related. Some of you may say, why does this post have the word ‘important!’ in, yet the WS2008 R2 post, didn’t – is that less important? No, it’s not that the WS2008 R2 sessions are less important, however, if you’re a Partner right now, doing virtualisation and core infrastructure work, System Center is a huge opportunity, particularly if you’re a System Integrator, services-driven business, however if you’re a customer, the opportunity to standardise, comprehensively manage, and extract efficiency from your current investments, has never been greater.
This first one is useful to see how Microsoft can manage a whopper of an estate, using the same tools that can manage an estate with just a few servers. Both System Center Operations Manager, and Configuration Manager, are improving all the time, with their most recent releases (R2 for SCOM, and the upcoming R3 for SCCM) driving innovation in management still further, yet provide it at a low entry cost for customer environments.
WNS172PAL: How Microsoft IT Manages the Datacenter with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
Presented by John Birrell-Levine
Friday 29th January – 17:30-18:30 GMT (Click here to calculate your local time)
With a 21,000-server footprint across production and managed labs, Microsoft uses the System Center product suite to efficiently manage the datacenter. Asset inventory, security compliance, and service monitoring are the key services that Microsoft IT provides for datacenter platform customers.
I mentioned earlier, the opportunity for both Partners and Customers around System Center, both from a future, and current technology investment perspective. The following 2 webcasts will hopefully illustrate to you, Microsoft Partners, exactly what I’m talking about.
MGT58PAL: Selling Management with SharePoint 2010
Presented by Leslie Kitz
Tuesday 19th January – 16:00-17:00 GMT - (Click here to calculate your local time)
SharePoint management in the datacenter is a relatively new value proposition for your customers. After this session, you’ll be able to tell your customers why they should manage SharePoint and why System Center is THE solution for managing SharePoint 2010. With configuration, deep monitoring and remediation, virtualization and protection capabilities, System Center is the most comprehensive SharePoint management solution to date.
MGT59PAL: Selling Management with Exchange 2010
Tuesday 26th January - 16:00-17:00 GMT - (Click here to calculate your local time)
Your customers should be managing their Exchange 2010 deployments with System Center. This session will recap the cost benefits of managing Exchange and highlight the improvements we’ve made to the Operations Manager 2007 MP for Exchange 2010 that decrease resolution times and take proactive monitoring to a whole new level.
Admittedly, those descriptions aren’t my words, but hopefully they give you a brief indication of the opportunity out there. If you’re a SharePoint Partner, and you just do SharePoint, you’re probably very good at it. You’re probably efficient, quick at deployment, and the customer is happy with the work you’re providing, but are you selling yourself short? Once that SharePoint site is in, is that it? Door closed, see you next time? Do you ever get involved in the monitoring, the protection, the patching, or the virtualising of that SharePoint estate, or do you let someone else come in and do that, and you’re not really bothered who it is? Could it be you? The great thing about the System Center suite, is it’s cost is massively outweighed by it’s value. From monitoring through to protection, System Center offers customers a comprehensive management platform, and the same applies to Exchange too. So the cost to acquire these technologies is low, your services revenue increases because of the extra days onsite, yet at the same time, you’ve provided that customer with a comprehensive management solution which can encompass not only their SharePoint and Exchange estates, but out to their servers, their storage, their clients and more. Trusted Advisor is what you’ve become, and the ROI of the project increases, due to factors such as man-hours spent fire-fighting problems – problems that were reactive, and are now proactively handled. It’s powerful stuff, and that’s the reason that behind SharePoint, System Center is Microsoft’s fastest selling product to $1Billion.
MGT57PAAL: System Center Pricing and Licensing Update - January 2010
Presented by Diane Prescott and Sean Suydam
Wednesday 27th January – 16:00-17:00 GMT - (Click here to calculate your local time)
Understand the key System Center pricing and licensing changes and how to use them in your conversations with customers to sell today. This session will bring together all of the recent changes we’ve communicated and help you position this news in your accounts. We’ll cover System Center changes in the ECAL, the new Client Management Suite, SMSE & SMSD changes, and upcoming product launches including Service Manager. We’ll also provide a quick recap of the System Center licensing model along with resources for the field to assist you with your customers’ pricing and licensing
If you’re not sure on the pricing and licensing changes, and want a quick update before the session, you can check out this blog post here.
I’ve seen these events build up and build up in my inbox, and I’ve been desperate to get them onto the web for all to see, so here goes! Please note, all these sessions are Windows Server 2008 R2 related. There will be separate posts on System Center management, and also, Virtualisation. Enjoy!
WNS161AAL: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 Migration, Imaging and Deployment Deep Dive
Presented by Jeremy Chapman
Tuesday 19th January – 16:00-17:00 GMT (Click here to calculate your local time)
New tools are available for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 to ease imaging, deployment and migration from previous versions of Windows. In this Academy Live, we will drill into the new toolset for building and editing system images, migrating data and performing OS deployment. If you or your customers are still using Remote Installation Services (RIS) and related Windows Server 2003 or earlier tools for client or server deployment, this session bring you up to speed with the latest technologies and capabilities
WNS173PAL: How Microsoft IT Leverages Security Enhancements from Windows Server 2008 R2
Presented by Ryan Vatne
Wednesday 27th January – 16:00-17:00 GMT (Click here to calculate your local time)
Windows Server 2008 R2 offers significant security enhancements related to network access, branch offices, enforcement, and applications control. Learn how Microsoft IT leverages these enhancements to provide a safer and more secure environment for Microsoft employees and partners.
WNS174PAL: How Microsoft IT Leverages Internet Information Services 7.5 in Windows Server 2008 R2
Presented by Chad Kraykovic
Wednesday 3rd February 16:00 – 17:00 GMT (Click here to calculate your local time)
Microsoft.com is one of the busiest domains in the world with 301 million unique visitors each month. Learn how Microsoft manages Microsoft.com by leveraging the Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 enhancements in Windows Server 2008 R2. IIS 7.5 provides significant enhancements for performance, security, diagnostics, and administration
Firstly, a happy new year to you all! If you celebrate Xmas, I hope you had a good one, and if not, I hope you had a relaxing time out of the office.
It seems like ages since I wrote a blog post! 18th December to be precise, which was my last day before a Christmas and New Year break. Zoom forward to 2010, and yet again, there’s a tonne of things to talk about, and not enough time to get it down in words! For those of you interested, my App-V 4.6 series on Virtualboy TV is nearly complete, and is just undergoing the finishing touches on the cutting room floor, plus, as an extra treat, just before Xmas, one of my friend’s, and fellow Matt’s, this time from Quest, came over to record a number of videos on vWorkspace 7.0 on a Microsoft platform. Expect to see these soon!
Anyway, I’m sure many of you have heard about this Windows Server 2008 R2 poster by now, but for those that haven’t, it’s quite a useful reference piece, targeting key Windows Server 2008 R2 technologies by graphically describing the operations and features of those components. In this poster, they’ve included updates to Active Directory Domain Services, Hyper-V R2 features, File Services updates, improvements to IIS, Remote Desktop Services (including VDI), BranchCache, Server Management and the new DirectAccess technologies.
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So, you think the PDF is cool? Well, how about going one step further and going into DeepZoom? You’ll need Silverlight, but trust me, it’s worth it…
You can navigate around the poster using the mouse, you scroll wheel, and the buttons in the bottom right of the screen. You can also put it into full screen using the far-right button. Hat tip to James O’Neill for showing me the (silver)light on this one…
That’s it for now, more posts to come soon, including information about upcoming events around System Center, which, if you’re a Partner who’s revenue’s are driven by services, you won’t want to miss them…