A heads up for most of you with regards to more licensing changes afoot!

For those of you who have been reading this blog over the past few weeks and months, you’ll have heard me mention System Center Service Manager, which is a new ITIL/MOF Process & Change Management solution, which will be part of the System Center family of technologies.  We also announced, a good few weeks back now, that SCSM will be incorporated into the System Center Management Suite when it launches, and there will be a price increase for the suite(s) in July 2010.  So, that is how things are changing from a Datacenter perspective, and before anyone asks, I don’t know whether System Center Service Manager will be available on it’s own, or whether it’s only acquisition method will be as part of the suite(s).  For anyone purchasing (or has already purchased) the SMSe or the SMSd before July 1st, you’ll get Service Manager thrown in for nothing.

One thing that we still need to consider however, is how this impacts us from an end client perspective.  Does Service Manager have any client elements to it?  Yes.  What about System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2?  Yes.  What about System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2? Yes.  Oh, and Data Protection Manager?  Yep, that too!  Some of these technologies give you the ability to buy individual Client ML’s (Management Licenses, think CALs), for your desktops/devices, thus allowing those to utilise the technologies.  Does Service Manager fit into this category?  Can I purchase a Service Manager Client ML for my desktops or users?  I don’t know that just yet, however, one of the ways of getting hold of all of the System Center Client MLs, together, is through the System Center Client Management Suite, which I guess, will acronym down to CMS.  So, SMSe/d for the servers, and CMS for the clients.  So far, the only way to get hold of this CMS, is through the Enterprise CAL, which is an all encompassing CAL for your desktops, and includes tonnes of technologies, as shown in exhibit A, below:

CALSuites

On to the webcasts…

System Center

Notes from the Field: Selling the New Client Management Suite and Service Manager

Presented by Nate Shea-han and Kelly Wagman

Tuesday, March 30th 2010 – 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

The New Client Management Suite from Microsoft is just around the corner. A key part of Enterprise CAL, the suite will include Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and Service Manager. Learn from sellers that are already having success how to position this suite to compete and win in client opportunities – and how to get more in up sale or expand your opportunities to generate the most revenue per sale.  Learn about how this suite has been a part of their winning strategy

Register for this webcast, here.

Building on the System Center theme, there’s another great webcast coming up around helping Partners to build solutions with System Center, designed for the Mid-Market sized businesses:

Opportunity Knocks: Selling System Center in the Midmarket

Presented by Jason Buffington and David Mills

Thursday, March 25th 2010 – 16:00 – 17:00 GMT

As you probably already know, midsize businesses struggle with using disparate IT management tools and manual processes to keep their infrastructures up and running. In many cases, they’re simply not aware of the management and virtualization technologies available to help them cut costs with virtualization, increase IT performance and simplify your management tasks. In this webcast, we’ll introduce you to Microsoft’s latest virtualization and management technologies built into, System Center Essentials 2010, Data Protection Manager 2010 and Hyper-V. Next, we’ll show you the opportunities these solutions provide partners for expanding their roles as trusted advisors, delivering increasing business value and winning more business.

Interested?  Register here.

Virtualisation

OK, moving on from just System Center now, to look at Virtualisation:

Microsoft Integrated Virtualization - From the Desktop and Datacenter, to the Cloud

Presented by Kenon Owens

Friday, March 26th - 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

As Virtualization Technologies mature, Companies have more choices as to how and with what they will use to realize the value virtualization provides. They may have chosen one solution before, but now they have a choice, and they may not know what to do. How can multiple differing virtualization technologies coexist in my infrastructure? How do I move from what I am using today to something that has the capabilities I need, is a better value, or integrates better with my management technologies? Learn how your existing VMware infrastructure can coexist with Microsoft Virtualization, and how you can use Microsoft Virtualization to augment and enhance your existing Virtualization solution. If you want to migrate to Microsoft Virtualization learn the steps you need to perform to move from one to the other, and how to run your dual virtualization vendor strategy for as long as you want.

Register here.

Coexistence and Migration Strategies Between VMware to Microsoft Virtualization

Presented by Kenon Owens

Monday, March 29th 2010 - 16:00 - 17:00 GMT

As Organizations begin to see the Value of Virtualization and adopt different Virtualization Technologies, they may want to know what’s next? Who can help me realize the benefits of virtualization today, and prepare me to leverage my existing investments into the future? Learn how the Integrated Virtualization Solutions Microsoft delivers today can help you realize the Better Value, Improved Availability, and Business Agility that Virtualization provides, and can help you prepare for the future. Whether you are concerned with ensuring the Services you provide in the datacenter can achieve the levels you promise, or that you can deliver the access to these Services for your customers, be they internal or external, come learn how Microsoft gives you a variety of choices in how to leverage virtualization from the Desktop and Datacenter, to the Cloud.

Register here for this one.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Desktop Virtualization Licensing:  A Detailed Look at VECD and VDI Suite Licensing

Presented by: Max Herrmann; Balagopalan Nikhil

Thursday, 25th March 2010 – 17:00 – 18:00 GMT

With organizations increasingly looking to deploy VDI within their environments, IT needs to understand how to license out their virtual environments in order to be fully compliant. However, Microsoft licensing for VDI can be confusing for some organizations to completely understand, and still remains the largest area of escalations that the product teams receive. This session is designed to go over the different components of the Microsoft VDI stack, and understand the VECD and VDI suites licensing models and use rights.

Register here!