Firstly, apologies for the short notice on some of these sessions – the email with their details literally landed in my inbox this morning!  Here’s everything you need in terms of information, and don’t forget, if you can’t make the session, register anyway, and you’ll be made aware of when the recording is online so you can watch it at a later date.

MGT80PAL: Implementing System Center Essentials 2010
Presented by: Prajyot Saran
24th June 2010 – 6pm GMT
Level:  200

This session will provide the sales positioning of System Center Essentials 2010, as well as demonstrate setup of the SCE 2010 server and initial configuration of the software updates, agent monitoring, and reporting functionality. This is a recommended pre-requisite for selling SCE 2010.

Topics Include:

  • Installation
  • Configuration
  • Administration
  • Reporting
  • Notification

For me personally, if you’ve never seen SCE in action, and are just keen to understand the end to end story, understand the key functionality it provides, and see some of it in action, this could be a very valuable hour of your time.

If you are interested, you can register here.

MGT81PAL: How to Manage Servers in Midsized Businesses
Presented by: Birojit Nath; Vikas Madan
29th June 2010 – 6pm GMT
Level:  200

Whether those servers are physical or virtual, midsized businesses need similar capabilities as enterprise management but in an easy-to-use, unified toolset. System Center Essentials (SCE) 2010 brings together monitoring, deployment and virtual management technologies from the System Center enterprise products into a single console that is designed for midsized businesses with 50-500 PCs and up to 50 servers. In this session, we will look at monitoring those physical and virtual servers for health, deploying new servers and even migrating older physical servers to virtual for easier management.

Topics include:

  • Managing Datacenter Application Workloads (MOSS /Exchange)
  • Importing Management Packs
  • Overrides
  • Managing Virtual Machines Using SCE 2010
  • Distributed Applications
  • Synthetic Transactions.

I’m almost tempted to treat this like a part 2, following on from the introductory session on the 24th June, as this particular session goes that little bit deeper, into the specifics of managing key workloads like Exchange, SharePoint, and Virtual Machines.  It’s also starting to introduce you to concepts like overrides, which can be very useful, trust me!  Distributed Applications are also a very cool way of visualising a set of key related pieces of an infrastructure, and allow you to roll up monitoring to a more relevant, simplified level.

If you’re interested, you can register here.

MGT88PAL: Understanding How Citrix Extends the Microsoft System Center Desktop Management Solution
Presented by: Sean Donahue, Barry Flanagan
29th June 2010 – 8pm GMT
Level:  200

This session will guide the attendees through the new integration features that are being developed by Citrix on top of multiple System Center products including the XenApp Connector for Configuration Manager that allows the System Center Admin to deliver and manage applications to the XenApp farm. Barry will also demonstrate the integration work of XenApp delivering App-V packages through Receiver and Self Service provisioning with Dazzle.

We’re seeing more and more integration with Citrix technologies now, with improvements made on almost a daily basis., which is great to see as it really does help to centralise different parts of the infrastructure.  XenApp now integrates with System Center Configuration Manager, which means the SCCM, who’s in change of delivery of OS’s, patches, applications and more, can now better integrate with the Citrix technologies, which may have been, traditionally, the ‘Citrix guy’s’ remit.  They’ll also talk about the inclusion of App-V components within the Citrix receiver, enabling App-V applications to be deployed more effectively with XenApp, and thus benefit from some of the ways users can access applications with Citrix, through interfaces like Dazzle.

If you’re interested, you can register here.