- TechEd North America 2012 summary - Tue, Jun 19 2012
- Microsoft Management Summit 2012 - What you missed - Fri, May 4 2012
- Configuration Manager (SCCM. getting started: CD-B207, what’s new: CD-B330)
- Operations Manager (SCOM, what’s new: FI-B317)
- Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM, what’s new: SV-B206)
- Data Protection Manager (SCDPM, what’s new: FI-B405)
- App Controller (VMM self-service portal plus. intro session: AM-B305)
- Orchestrator (task/job automation)
- Service Manager (user service desk)
- Endpoint Protection (previously Forefront. what’s new: CD-B332)
The Private Cloud ^Microsoft is claiming that if you implement most of these products, then you’ll be on your way to enabling the “Private Cloud” in your sever room. Checkout session SV-B308 where Young Chou details what the private cloud really entails, which I found enlightening. The key takeaway for me is that virtualization of your servers is just the first piece in making your own Cloud infrastructure. You also need:
- Self-Service (Limited number of clicks to deploy a new system, high level of OS and server app deployment automation)
- Resource Pooling (Standardization plus optimization plus systems management)
- Elasticity (Grow and shrink number of virtual machines based on demand)
A few popular sessions ^Are you a SCCM guru? Then Configuration Manager “State of the Union” CD-B102 will catch you up, and they also pitted common scenarios in SCCM 2007 R3 against SCCM 2012 (spoiler: 2012 killed it). A little quirky and fun.
- For OS deployment, a good bet is to search sessions by Michael Niehaus and Johan “I write a script” Arwidmark.
- In the troubleshooting arena (a skill I am always trying to hone) you want to check out Laura Chappell’s SV-B407 “Top 10 Reasons the Network is Slow” for some Wireshark kung-fu, and CD-B347 Troubleshooting Windows 7 Deployments for a exhaustive list of MDT and SCCM log locations and tips by Ben Hunter.
- Vlad Joanvic and Matt McSpirit have a unique session “Understand How Hyper-V and System Center Stand Up against the Competition” AM-B323.