Day 3 of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2005 started out with a keynote address by Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft Corporation. His speech began by first apologizing for last year's MMS. He was not able to make it as planned due to a critical meeting between Microsoft and the European Union.

In his speech, Steve outlined three big "buckets" in illustrating Microsoft's commitment to Enterprise Management - DSI, Intelligence, and Interoperability.  Steve reiterated what Kirill mentioned in his Day 2 keynote that Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) is now real through the System Center family of management products and later this year with Visual Studio 2005.  A couple of years ago, many analysts were saying that DSI "feels a little bit fluffy."

For Intelligence, Steve introduced Francois Ajenstat, Group Product Manager for SQL Server, to demo the upcoming SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services. The demo created a report that is interactive, which means that you can drill in to a specific number for more information.

For Interoperability, Steve introduced Bill Anderson, Senior Product Manager, to demo how we can run Windows Server 2003 on a Sun system, and how MOM can detect if a Sun's hardware component (i.e. cooling fans) is removed. As instructed by Bill, Steve pulled out two cooling fans from the Sun system.  Bill humored the audience by saying that this illustrates a case when a CEO decides to "dabble at IT."

Lastly, Steve mentioned that another commitment is to lower the total cost of ownership (through Security, Longhorn, Deployment, and Virtualization).  To illustrate this (for deployment), Bill Anderson introduced the "Wall of Fire" (a series of computers displaying the Windows bitmap), where approximately 100 computers running Windows 2000 and Windows XP Professional, will be remotely reimaged to Windows XP SP2, all through Systems Management Server (in about 10.5 minutes). 

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