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  • Blog Post: Encounter Experts in the MMS 2010 Community Lounge

    One of the things we’re introducing this year to deepen community engagement at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas (April 19-23, 2010) is something we’re calling “Experts Encounters.” Concept On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Community Lounge (adjacent to Registration...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting on 6.3.10: Overview of System Center Management Packs with Demo

    On Thursday, June 3, 2010, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Pacific, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for the community, titled “Overview of System Center Management Packs with Demo,” presented jointly by Vlad Joanovic , Sr. Program  Manager, and Dan Rogers , Principal Program Manager Lead, with special...
  • Blog Post: Featured Influencers for September

    We are pleased to recognize Bob Cornelissen, Theo Carpenter, Ben Lee, Tim McFadden, and Klaus Seidel in our community as they were notably involved in September. Not only are these influencers members of our System Center Influencers Program but have also been active by participating in our first Live...
  • Blog Post: Community Matters at MMS: Day 1

    Think I’ve convinced Garth Jones to post an article/blog post on user groups, special interest groups (SIGs), and study groups, which could be very helpful to those looking for info on how to engage/start such communities… when he does post it, I’ll be sure to link to it and tie the info into our influencers...
  • Blog Post: Common Sense Approaches to Social Media Marketing

    Just saw this article this morning—came over the Microsoft news service. Definitely interested to see that Microsoft rated well as a social media marketing company according to Charlene Li. My own experience suggests we have a long way to go from changing our megaphonic, push marketing to something much...
  • Blog Post: Future is Now: New Social Media Tools on TechNet

    Stuff to help you connect online with people and resources... I was a part of the team that was building these services a while back, and now I'm happy to report they've really started to bring it together. Here's some text from the official (internal: shhhhhh!) announcement: Today Microsoft announced...
  • Blog Post: System Center Management Pack Extension Contest

    OFFICIAL RULES UPDATED: May 14, 2010 to reflect new deadline for entries, June 30, 2010. PLEASE NOTE: It is solely your responsibility to review and understand your employer's policies regarding your eligibility to participate in trade promotions. If you are participating in violation of your employer...
  • Blog Post: Influencer Review of the 2.2.10 Live Meeting: SharePoint and System Center

    Hat tip to Bob Cornelissen for his write up of our most recent Live Meeting on SharePoint and System Center , given as part of the System Center Influencers Program (wait… what’s that ?). At the end of his write-up, Bob has this to say: It is no secret that I just love the System Center line of products...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2010 Day 1: Voices from the Community

    We’ve been seeing quite a bit of chatter on the “internets” about the goings-on at TechEd Europe 2010 in Berlin, and it’s great to see the diverse impressions of attendees as the event happens. Net Noteworthies The announcements and news about a range of things—including Hyper-V Cloud , the VMM SSP 2...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Live Meeting for Influencers on 5.13.10: User Centric Computing and Configuration Manager v.Next

    Apologies for the short notice, but we’ve got a great Live Meeting coming up this week that you should tune into… On Thursday, May 13, 2010, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Pacific, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers entitled, “User Centric Computing and Configuration Manager...
  • Blog Post: Leaving Las Vegas

    Just got back from Vegas and find myself somehow in front of my computer monitor again in my office here in Redmond. Thought I'd just share some of my perspective on my five days in Las Vegas at MMS 2008 , our singular yearly event with the broad community of IT pros invested in the infrastructure management...
  • Blog Post: System Center Vista Gadget to Be Decommissioned

    Some of our friends in the community have in the past year made use of a Vista desktop gadget that we put together to send out news and announcements. Because of expense in maintaining the gadget and its feed, we've decided to decommission it, effective January 15, 2010. But all is not lost! As a replacement...
  • Blog Post: Scale and Performance improvements in Configuration Manager 2007 R3

    Hi everyone, recently we recorded a look into the new scale and performance improvements we will ship in ConfigMgr 2007 R3. There are 3 main areas of enhancement being made to the core capabilities of ConfigMgr. These are as follows: Delta Active directory Discovery – AD discovery has 2 main tasks. Discovering...
  • Blog Post: MMS Day 1/2 Recap from the Community Lounge

    A day of ramping up, getting a feel for the space and the mission. The Community Lounge area is pretty much set up for hocking our wares. Apologies for the poor image quality, but here’s the basic set up with Joey and Adam in the background, editing fresh video for TechNet Edge . Also managed to...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe 2010 Days 2-4: Blogs, Tweets, and Videos

    The first day’s keynote out of the way, online chatter about TechEd Europe 2010 turned to session reporting, the announced naming of Configuration Manager 2012 (formerly “v.Next”), and continued absorption of Microsoft’s initiatives in cloud computing, Hyper-V Cloud in particular. To give you a kind...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2009 All A-Twitter

    Or, more aptly, SOME a-twitter… Twitter was going to be used at MMS regardless of anything we might do, but we wanted to provide a simple and easily understood structure for the real-time 1-to-many, short-form conversation that Twitter can foster. Accordingly, we used the mms09 account for broadcast...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Influencers Live Meeting (2.2.10 at 10:00 am PST): SharePoint and System Center

    On Tuesday, February 2, 2010 10:00 AM-11:00 AM. PST, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers entitled, “Microsoft SharePoint and System Center,” presented by Jason Buffington , Microsoft technical product manager. Please note: This Live Meeting presentation is exclusive...
  • Blog Post: MMS Day 2: Demos, Swag, and More

    Today started, like yesterday, with a keynote of note: this one with Brad and a stellar cast demoing new features and products for the desktop. Among others, the collected audience saw Jeff Wettlaufer demo a deployment of Windows 7 out to 20-some XP machines, all in something like 15 minutes using Config...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting for Influencers: System Center for Exchange 2010 on 12.2.09 at 10:00 am PST

    Mark your calendars! On Wednesday, December 2, 10:00AM PST, we are hosting a Live Meeting presentation for System Center influencers on “Managing the New Mail Infrastructure: What you need to know about System Center for Exchange 2010,” presented by Leslie Kitz, Microsoft Product Manager. Join information...
  • Blog Post: January Blog Contest Winners: Leandro Carvalho and Michael DeNapoli

    Special shout out to Leandro Carvalho and Michael DeNapoli, who were our January blog contest winners, posting blog content about the January theme: Microsoft Virtualization . As congratulations, they each will receive a $100 gift certificate. Take a moment to read the winning blog entries Understanding...
  • Blog Post: MMS 2009: Live in Las Vegas

    Events, Videos, Interviews & More from the Microsoft Management Summit 2008 in Las Vegas Find here collected System Center-related info, news, and more from MMS 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada (April 27-May 1, 2009). See also the MMS 2009 site . Can't make it this year? Watch keynotes and videos...
  • Blog Post: Don't miss End-to-End Monitoring of IT Services in the Datacenter Live Meeting on 9/15

    Please join us for a Microsoft Office Live Meeting open exclusively to members of the System Center Influencers Program. If you aren't a part of our System Center Influencer program send your bio and Windows Live ID to scnetsup@microsoft.com . Tuesday September 15, 2009 11:00 AM PST As a...
  • Blog Post: Partner Confab and MMS Q&A with Brad Anderson (Videos)

    Coupla new videos coming in the immediate wake of MMS 2009, each starring our very own Brad Anderson. This a video with a business partner from HP, Scott Farrand, to talk about HP’s Insight Control for System Center: And this a video of Brad at the MMS 2009 Community Lounge, holding forth on the business...
  • Blog Post: LiveMeeting on Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy: Thursday, Nov. 19, 8:00 AM PST

    Join us Thursday, November 19, 8:00 AM PST for a LiveMeeting session on “Microsoft’s Integrated Virtualization Strategy, Products and Solutions” presented by Kenon Owens, Technical Product Manager. This LiveMeeting is exclusive to members of the System Center Influencers Program (which is also open to...
  • Blog Post: A Matter of Influence

    Every once in a while, things you’ve worked on for longer than you care to remember, but seemed for way too long to go nowhere fast, just kind of “gel.” This week, amid all sorts of pre-MMS, pre-Convergence madness, we had a moment like that, and I’d like to cap off the week by making sure that I don...