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Last chance to sign up for the UK System Center launch event
Click here to register for the event titled "Manage your core infrastructure from Desktop to Data centre" The event takes place on the 15 January 2008 from 9am until 5pm in London. The details of the event are as follows: A new style of launch event from Microsoft – multiple presenters demonstrating...
27 Nov 2007
How to Manage a Microsoft Infrastructure Webcasts covering Systems Centre
There is a wealth of information available via the Managing a Microsoft Infrastructure webcasts area of Microsoft.com . There are webcasts on Microsoft Systems Centre including Operations Manager(SCOM), (SCE) Essentials and Configuration Manager(SCCM) - it's a great place to become familiar with the...
31 Jul 2007
System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is due to be Released To Manufacture (RTM) at the end of August
Larry Orecklin ("General Manager at Microsoft focussed on the System Center family of Management products and Virtualisation") has announced that System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is due to be Release(d) To Manufacture (RTM) by the end of August. This is good news as SCVMM provides the means...
15 Aug 2007
Where can I find recordings of key sessions from Microsoft Management Summit(MMS)
Right here! There are several interesting recordings including discussion of System Center Operations Manager, an update on the Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI). Note: click on the name of the speaker to hear/watch the associated session recording: The keynotes from both Bob Muglia (Senior Vice President...
23 Aug 2007
Want to hear the best content from the Microsoft Management Summit 2008?
The Windows Management User Group are meeting up on Tuesday 13th May at Microsofts office in Reading from 18:30 onwards. Its free to attend. Two of the leaders to MMS and will share their highlights with you. Full details are available on the WMUG website as listed in this post In addition, Paul Collins...
8 May 2008
How is System Center Data Protection Manager licensed? What is the difference between Standard and Enterprise editions?
I've been speaking today in Falkirk (Scotland) and have been asked "what's the difference between Standard and Enterprise editions of DPM?" - the answer lies on the Data Protection Manager 2007 Licensing page which goes into great detail regarding the options for purchasing System Center Data Protection...
27 Nov 2007
Windows Management in Server 2008 podcast
Thanks to Cliff Hobbs for sharing the link to a TechNet Radio session (podcast) that goes into detail about the Management features of Windows Server 2008 (formerly known as "longhorn server"). It's a 40 minute podcast which is available in WMA and MP3 formats. The session is described as follows...
16 Jul 2007
What is the best security feature of Windows Server 2008?
There are plenty to choose from including the following: Read Only Domain Controller BitLocker on the server Active Directory Rights Management Active Directory Certificate Services Integrated firewall with IPSec task based interface Architectural improvements Increased scope...
26 Mar 2008
How does Microsoft's System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM) work?
A few moments ago I presented at Microsoft Ltd's Architect Insight Conference near Windsor Castle in England. My session discussed architectural approaches to security management in a virtual World including a discussion explaining how System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM) works. It's important...
28 Apr 2008
TechNet Conversations Podcast Show with Cliff Hobbs talking Management
Welcome to the TechNet Conversations show of the 31st August. It's available as a WMA and an MP3 . This week we are joined by Cliff Hobbs - an expert in management technologies. Cliff is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), a leader for the Windows Management User Group (WMUG) and the author...
31 Aug 2007
Would you like free technical support to help you deploy Windows Server 2008, System Center, SQL 2008, IIS7, Compute Cluster, Forefront & Sharepoint
As Eileen mentioned IT Pro Momentum is our programme to help you deploy our latest technologies - if you'd like to take advantage of free technical support and gain (online) access to Microsoft experts then feel free to email the appropriate Evangelist. All we ask for in return is for you to share your...
11 Nov 2007
Free event in London covering Windows Mobile and System Centre Mobile Device Manager
There a literally a handful two handfuls (not that that's really a word!) of places left for the Windows Mobile and System Centre Mobile Device Manager TechNet event that's taking place in London in the morning of 26th of February. All you have to do is follow the link to register for free. It's a great...
28 Jan 2008
How to centrally manage Vista's BitLocker encryption? System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) has the answer
Many people (outside Microsoft) have cited concerns over how to manage Windows Vista's Bitlocker encryption feature set for large groups of machines. The native Active Directory functionality works pretty well and covers the automatic publication of the recovery keys so that you can both meet corporate...
21 Aug 2007
How Microsoft Implements System Center Operations Manager 2007
Thanks to Kurt Shintaku for posting about TechNet Radio's podcast detailing how Microsoft Implements System Center Operations Manager 2007 . The show is described as follows: "As a first step in building an end-to-end solution, Microsoft IT used System Center Operations Manager 2007 to consolidate...
16 Jul 2007
All dates are now confirmed for our TechNet On The Road Q2 tour
Thank you to those of you who spread the word about places being available on our Q2 TechNet On The Road tour - there are still some places available but we now have enough people to make the shows viable. We really didn't want to disappoint anyone by cancelling any of the sessions so it's good news...
19 Nov 2007
System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is very cool
System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) has been my star of the show for our week of intensive technical training (TechReady). I love the way it produces Powershell scripts as you operate the GUI - taking the mystery out of how to script. Building a dynamic datacentre on any scale - even if just...
31 Jul 2007
System Center Configuration Manager is now at Release Candidate 1(RC1) (not RTM as previously stated) - it's effectively SMS v4
Note: This post has been amended as I originally stated that SCCM was at RTM - apologies for the confusion As Rob Marshall mentions , System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is now in the Release Candidate 1 (RC1) state - it's the replacement for Software Management System (SMS) v3. The folks...
14 Aug 2007
How to manage machines that live on the internet as advocated by the Jericho Forum
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) includes an important new feature termed "Internet-Based Client Management". There is a growing trend for large organisations to have remote workers who hardly ever connect to the corporate network. The Jericho Forum (named after the first walled city) are...
18 Aug 2007
How to manage mobile devices via group policy - enter System Center Mobile Device Manager
I've wanted to write about this for ages...Finally we've announced System Center Mobile Device Manager (SCMDM) - it's due to be released in the first half of next year. Today the story for managing Windows Mobile devices centered around Exchange Server 2007 which provides the means to enforce basic policy...
6 Nov 2007
What are the dates and locations for the UK Windows & SQL Server 2008 launch tour?
Many of you have asked me both by posting comments to my NAP post and also at the main launch event last week in Birmingham If you'd like to register and find out the exact details for the locations then browse to the Launch tour area of the HeroesHappenHere website . Note: The Keynote will not...
28 Mar 2008
What will System Center Configuration Manager do for me? What does it give me that SMS didn't?
John Orefice has written a great paper titled SMS Evolved: A Powerful New Solution to Manage Your Systems for this month's TechNet Magazine . John explains in some detail important advances including "binary delta replication" which solves the problem of how to minimise the network traffic resulting...
20 Aug 2007
How to add a user role in System Center Operations Manager
Unlike Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 includes effective role based security. There's a high degree of granularity available allowing the administrator to define exactly which operations are available and what information can be viewed on an Active...
29 Aug 2007
Join us for technical dive into Microsoft Virtualisation Management technologies
For one day only we'll be hosting an event at our Microsoft Campus near Reading titled Microsoft Virtualisation and Management technologies - if you would like to join us and are able to be in Reading for the day then all you have to do is visit the registration site and sign up - it's free of charge...
11 Jun 2008
Upcoming System Center webcasts
TechNet Webcast: Reporting with System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Level 200) Wednesday, September 26, 2007 8:00 A.M.–9:00 A.M. Pacific Time TechNet Webcast: Security and Enterprise Features of System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Level 200) Wednesday, September 26, 2007 9...
12 Sep 2007
How many Virtual Machines do Microsoft run with SCVMM?
I was surprised to see that our formal data centre hosts 1224 Virtual Machine instances on only 86 physical hosts - that's a pretty good consolidation story. It's all managed with System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and has been running on beta software with zero impact on their Service Level...
7 Sep 2007
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