Programma System Center Summer Night 2016 bekend!

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Nog een kleine maand te gaan en dan is het zover –  de System Center Summer Night 2016! De afgelopen week hebben we hard gewerkt om het programma rond te krijgen. En met succes! Naast keynote spreker Andrew de la Haye hebben we een groot aantal Microsoft sprekers, Microsoft MVP’s en experts bereid gevonden om te komen spreken tijdens de System Center Summer Night. Een gevarieerd programma met maar liefst 9 sessies, uiteenlopend van Azure Stack tot The Modern Workplace, Incident response team tot Infrastructure as Code en van Configuration Manager Sneak Preview tot een blik op de toekomst van het internet!

Mede dankzij onze sponsoren hebben we de luxe om ook de toegang tot dit evenement GRATIS aan te kunnen bieden (hier over later meer). Inschrijven voor de System Center Summer Night 2016 – op donderdag 23 juni – doe je hier.

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Should I use Service Management Automation (SMA) or System Center 2012 – Orchestrator?

An actual question that is asked regurlarly. Hereby in short some pro’s and con’s to consider.

Orchestrator

In System Center 2012, System Center 2012 SP1, and System Center 2012 R2, the Orchestrator component enables you to automate business processes and IT operations in your data center without scripting or programming. Orchestrator is a feature in System Center 2012. If you already have System Center 2012 installed, and you do not plan to install Windows Azure Pack, use Orchestrator.

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  • Automate business processes and IT operations in your data center without scripting or programming.
  • You can also use PowerShell cmdlets to run other System Center 2012 components/Cmdlets.
  • Let you use integration packs that are not covered by PowerShell. (Example : Leveraging Service Manager)

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Greatness of a small country: Client-, Data- and Cloud Management

Today was exciting day for the Dutch community as the new website of System Center User Group Netherlands was launched. Theme of the new website is “Dutch Clouds” by Dutch famous painters (1400 – 1600 century) with a wink of the past and glimpse to the future cloud developments.

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The renewed website is part of a range of new initiatives to better serve the Dutch community and beyond. In addition, the organization of the user group undergoing renewal with IT-pro’s Helmer Zandbergen (MCT), James van den Berg (MVP), Robert Smit (MVP) and Ronny de Jong (MCT) and communication/organization brain Brenda Kager.

As mentioned the user group has the ambition to better serve the community with various (new) initiatives, meetings, guest speakers, webcasts and intensify cooperation with various User Groups by organizing joint events like Experts Live and System Center Universe 2014.

Looking forward to see you!

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http://www.scug.nl/

Better together…TechEd & MMS! #SysCtr

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Today Brad Anderson announced from now on that MMS will be merged with TechEd event. How come?

The objective is simple:  Provide attendees a better opportunity for knowledge gathering and technical growth. By drawing together a larger community to this combined event, every attendee will have a dramatically wider range of experts and luminaries (both from the industry and within Microsoft) to learn from and engage.

TechEd 2014 will be your single best source for the latest news, trends, resources and deep technical education. Also, the System Center team is already preparing to teach the deep 300- and 400-level content you’ve come to expect at MMS. There will also be expanded Early Bird pricing options, dedicated Management Meet & Geek opportunities, dedicated Management Instructor-Led Labs and Hands-on Labs, structured and unstructured networking opportunities tuned to the Management community and broader communities, and other unique MMS experiences.

This is a big transition, and I understand and respect the concerns that accompany this type of strategic move. The content and operational experts behind both events are already working together to ensure that this new event surpasses what you’ve come to expect from TechEd while delivering everything you require from MMS.

Read the complete blog post of Brad Anderson here. The new format of TechEd NA 2014 take place at May 12-15, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Overview of Settings Management in R2 & “Wave E”

As you might know Microsoft has started upgrading the Windows Intune cloud service to the next version, Wave E  which will be (GA) available on October 18th together with System Center R2.

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With the arrival of these new product versions Microsoft introduces a lot of new features and settings related to Unified Device Management #UDM (formerly known as Mobile Device Management #MDM). Some new features are:

  • Extended Windows Intune connector
  • Native Self-Service Portal App for Windows iOS & Andriod platform
  • Support for Work Folders
  • Resource Access
  • Selective Wipe

Ronni Pedersen provides in a blog post a complete overview of all new features comming with R2 and wave E.

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System Center 2012 Update Rollup 2 available for download #sysctr

Recently Microsoft has released an update rollup package for their System Center 2012 product suite. The update package contains updates for the following System Center 2012 products:

  • App Controller
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • Service Manager
  • Virtual Machine Manager

For an overview of all solved issues go to http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2706783/en-us

The update packages for App Controller, Orchestrator, and Virtual Machine Manager are available from Microsoft Update. Additionally, the update packages for Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and Service Manager are available from the following Microsoft Download Center websites:

Data Protection Manager

http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30413

(http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30413)


Operations Manager

http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30421

(http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30421)


UNIX and Linux Management Pack update for Operations Manager

http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=29696

(http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=29696)


Service Manager

http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30410

(http://www.microsoft.com/download/details.aspx?id=30410)

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Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 Update 1 Beta 1—Now Available for Download

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 is now available for download!

Download MDT 2012 Update 1 Beta 1 now! [http://connect.microsoft.com/site14/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=8689]

Download the latest release to stay up-to-date on your deployment needs. New features and enhancements make large-scale desktop and server deployments smoother than ever!

This release expands your deployment capabilities with support for the latest software releases, including Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, and System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1 Community Technology Preview.

Notable new features include:

· Support for using the DaRT 8 Beta with the Windows 8 Release Preview version of the Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK).

· New “Build Your Own Pages” support for User-Driven Installation (UDI), enabling IT pros to create new wizard panes using simple drag-and-drop operations – no coding required.

· Integration with System Center Orchestrator, enabling task sequences to invoke Orchestrator runbooks at any point in the deployment process.

· Completely reworked “Roles and Features” logic, supporting both installation and removal, as well as providing a new Lite Touch wizard pane for selecting roles and features to install at deploy time.

· Support for PowerShell 3.0 to make it easier to run PowerShell scripts inside task sequences on Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, and Windows PE 4.0.

· Simple monitoring functionality for Configuration Manager task sequences, leveraging the monitoring capabilities provided initially in MDT 2012 for Lite Touch deployments.

· Improved “boot from VHD” deployment capabilities, supporting both bare metal and refresh deployments.

Learn more

Visit the MDT home page: http://www.microsoft.com/MDT [http://www.microsoft.com/MDT]

Get the latest news straight from the MDT team: http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/ [http://blogs.technet.com/b/msdeployment/]

MDT works with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and Security Compliance Manager to help you plan, securely deploy, and manage new Microsoft technologies—easier, faster, and at less cost. Learn more at http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators [http://www.microsoft.com/solutionaccelerators].

Uninstalling SCSM 2012 – Error opening installation log file #sysctr

As part of the installation of SCSM 2012 Beta in my lab-environment I crossed an issue with uninstalling the previous installed version of SCSM 2012 (build CTP1).

Of course we don’t have the intention to make it a habit uninstalling SCSM J – but it is not always unavoidable in test-environments. Although the log files were not in place I was able to uninstall SCSM 2012 by simple click similar to “running elevated rights”. I’m local admin on the particular box without UAC enabled.

Workaround

Open your control panel and shift-right-click
Programs and Features and select Open in new process

There you go…uninstallation process completed successfully! And now on with all the beauty SCSM 2012 Beta offers…

Comprehensive Resource for Licensing and Pricing

Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront Licensing Guide

The Windows Server, System Center, and Forefront Pricing and Licensing Guide is a comprehensive and detailed source of licensing information for the abovementioned brands. Download and print the Guide for specific product level pricing and licensing information.

This guide provides licensing information for the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system and Microsoft System Center datacenter solutions. It includes updated licensing information and scenarios for:

  • The Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 operating system.
  • System Center solutions, which IT administrators can use to manage physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, client computers, and devices.
  • The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Suites, solutions that organizations can use to allow users to access desktops running in the datacenter.
  • The Enrollment for Core Infrastructure, a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA) program that enables enterprise customers to purchase core infrastructure suite products under one enrollment for a three-year term at a reduced price.

The guide can be downloaded here

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/buy/pricing-licensing.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/licensing-options/enrollments.aspx#tab=1

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/default.aspx

Thanks to Richard Hicks which pointed me to this useful guide.

Looking ahead to 2011: What’s on the Microsoft calendar

It’s that time: Time to start plotting the travel schedule and penciling in the Microsoft events (that we know about so far) for the new year.

CES 2011: CEO Steve Ballmer is the kick-off CES keynoter on January 5 at 6:30 p.m. PT. Microsoft execs are remaining tight-lipped about what’s on the agenda, but early leaks have indicated that Ballmer is going to talk about Microsoft’s and its partners’ plans in the slate/tablet space (again, like he did last year). While some are expecting Microsoft to share details about plans to port Windows to ARM and/or about Windows 8, I’m thinking Windows Embedded is a more likely topic — and possibly the operating system that will be behind whatever kind of new slates/tablets the Softies unveil at the show this year. The Windows Embedded team has posted a CES press preview article, making it seem as though Windows Embedded Standard devices will be one of the big pushes for the company at CES.

Dynamics CRM 2011 launch
: The virtual (Webcasted) launch event is January 20, 2011, for Microsoft’s “CRM 5″ release. The Online version of the product will be available in January; the on-premises version in the first quarter of 2011.

Mobile World Congress 2011
: In February (14-17 in Barcelona), Microsoft is expected to talk up some of its future update plans for Windows Phones at the show. Maybe we’ll hear a bit about “Mango,” the next release of the Windows Phone OS (possibly 7.5) that some of my tipsters have said will deliver in-browser support for HTML5 and Silverlight.

Microsoft MVP Summit: This year, the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) invite-only summit is slated for February 28 to March 2 in Bellevue, Wash.

Game Developers Conference 2011: Could Microsoft be ready to share more about its future plans for Kinect by February 28? (GDC runs from February 28 to March 4 in San Francisco in 2011.)

Microsoft Management Summit 2011: In Las Vegas from March 21 to 25, MMS will be dedicated to the latest on all products and services management-related. Expect possible updates on Windows Intune, the various System Center products, virtualization and more.

Convergence 2011: The annual confab for Microsoft Dynamics ERP/CRM customers and partners is April 10 to 13 in Atlanta. There will be news around the upcoming versions of Microsoft’s four ERP suites, no doubt — and maybe even some very early CRM 6 talk (?).

Mix ‘11: A beta of Silverlight 5 is one of the expectations for this year’s Mix, which is happening (sadly again) in Las Vegas from April 12 to 14. Maybe we’ll see the final Internet Explorer 9 release at Mix, as well.

TechEd 2011: Microsoft’s annual educational conference, where the talks (typically) focus on already-announced products, is happening from May 16 to 19 in Atlanta this year. Who knows: Maybe we’ll hear more about the Office 365 rollout (which my sources are hearing will happen around the first week of June).

E3 2011: This year’s game extravaganza is June 7 to 9 in Los Angeles. As usual, lots of Xbox, Xbox Live, games and game peripherals should be on the agenda.

Worldwide Partner Conference 2011: It’s off to Los Angeles again this year for Microsoft’s annual partner confab, taking place from July 11 to 14.

Professional Developers Conference 2011: No dates or location on this one (yet), but many Microsoft watchers are expecting this year’s PDC to be where Microsoft rolls out a public beta (or at least a Community Technology Preview) of Windows 8.

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Any other Microsoft-specific events already in your calendar? How does your calendar look like? What’s on top of your mind for 2011? My personal calendar will be determined with upcomming Microsoft System Center 2012 releases. I’m looking forward to explore these new releases. In particular the integration of managing on-premise and off-premise infrastructures,which will become more and more ‘transparent’ or ‘seamless’.

For now I wish you all the best for 2011