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TechEd BOF Session Proposal Voting

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My BOF session has been selected for TechEd. Now it’s tome to vote!



Come and join us during this BoF on System Center. Time to sit down with fellow System Center users, share your experiences and issues with System Center in the real world and got them solved!
If you have some System center related questions but never dared to ask or found no one to answer them this is a BoF you wouldn’t want to miss! Come join Simon Skinner, Maarten Goet and Alexandre Verkinderen to discuss lessons learned around System Center in general in an Open Forum discussion.


You can vote here:

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Tech Ed Europe: Vote For The Sessions You Want To See

10:44 am in Uncategorized by alkin

You have the ability to influence what sessions will be shown at Tech Ed Europe.

Go to There you can see a list of sessions that have been shortlisted for possible inclusion into Tech Ed Europe.

One of my sessions has made the short-list.  Enter “Opalis” into the Keyword search box, and you’ll pull up the session “Opalis & System Center better together” or “System Center… Leveraging the suite”.  Check it out and see what you think.  If you think it would make a nice addition to Tech Ed Europe, please vote for it.  And make sure you check out some of the other great sessions that could potentially be available as well.



Alexandre Verkinderen

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Registration for TechEd Europe is open!

12:42 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Tech∙Ed Europe returns to Berlin this November 8 – 12, for a full week of deep technical education, hands-on-learning and opportunities to connect with Microsoft and Community experts one-on-one.  Register by 5 July and receive your conference pass for only €1,395 – a €500 savings.



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Unique Opsmgr 2007 training event (Belgium) : Management Pack Development Course

5:23 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Hi all,

I am very proud to be able to announce that we will be able to host a Unique Opsmgr 2007 training event in Belgium.

Is the average training not meeting the depth of technical content you need? Would you like the receive your training from someone that received the prestigious MVP Award? Wished you could receive training from someone that co-authored a book on the topic he is teaching? Are you looking for real 400 level training? Want training from a consultant with plenty of real-life experience? Ever wished you could receive training from the folks that gave those sessions at Teched (Us or Europe)? Here is your chance!

What is being delivered?

The  Management pack development course organized by Infront Consulting & RealDolmen


This class is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge they require to create a custom Management Pack. The hands-on labs in this class will walk the attendees through the process of creating a custom Management Pack from the design and planning stages through to the creation of reports. This class will use a ‘popular’ application and step through the MP development process as an exercise that results in a production quality MP that can be used in a production environment. This class will use the Exchange Server 2007 MP developed by Microsoft as an example.

Who is delivering this?

Delivered by a very senior level MVP specializing in the System Center Suite of Products, experience gained with working with large enterprise customers giving them the ability to bring their real-life know-how to their training deliveries.

When will this take place?

This unique 4day training event will take place from Thuesday the 17th of November till Friday the 20th of November 2009 included.

Class will be from 9 AM till 5 PM, with a break before and after noon and a lunch at 12:00 AM.

Where Does it take place?

This event will take place at the training facilities of the “RealDolmen”

Industriezone Zenneveld
A. Vaucampslaan 42
1654 Huizingen

tel: +32 2 362 56 17

What is it going to cost?

The course will cost 2150 € (Excl tva.) for the 4 day training including a lunch.

Where do I Sign up?

More info about the event, and details on how to signup for this event can be found here:

Please be advised that seats are limited and that there are currently no plans for repeating this event!

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Day 2 of teched 2008 Barcelona

11:08 am in Uncategorized by alkin

At day 2 one of the sessions I followed covered the future of opsmgr. They announced that at the end of this month the beta of Opsmgr R2 will be available, RC is for Q1 of 2009 and RTM in Q2 2009. For opsmgr 10, the next version we will have to wait until H1 of 2011.


Microsoft also announced the availabiltity of opsmgr R2 on their website:

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 will introduce new and enhanced capabilities including extending its monitoring capabilities to Unix and Linux servers and workloads, the ability to report on service levels across IT availability and performance, enhanced system and web monitoring capabilities, and more.

The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta will be available for public download towards the end of November 2008, through Microsoft Connect.  Please check back soon for more information on how to obtain this exciting new beta, and see the System Center Blog for announcements and updates.

Product Overview

Datasheet: Monitoring Cross Platform environments with System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
Datasheet: Monitoring Cross Platform environments with System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

Overview of the upcoming support for monitoring cross platform environments through the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta, including benefits, features, and supported environments.

White Paper: Managing Your Unix/Linux Systems with Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions
White Paper: Managing Your Unix/Linux Systems with Operations Manager 2007 Cross Platform Extensions

This paper discusses how Operations Manager 2007 R2, using its integrated Cross Platform Extensions, can help data centers and large IT organizations:

  • More easily identify and resolve issues in a cross-platform environment
  • Manage both Microsoft and non-Microsoft environments as simply and efficiently as possible
  • Improve service levels and visibility across Microsoft, Unix, and Linux platforms


Here are some interessting new features of Opsmgr R2:

  • enhanced servic level tracking
  • proces monitor template :

Now you can monitor the wanted and unwanted running processes! This is a great feature, as a lot of my clients want this. So you will be able to not only monitor running services, but also processes. When for example opsmgr detected that an unwanted process is running you can run an automatically response to kill the process. But there is no auto resolving.


  • oledb monitor template improved
  • performance and usability
    • management pack import:

The way we import management packs is improved. Now I’ve to go to the mp download site, downoad my mp, install it and import it. With opsmgr R2 you have the possibility to download and import the mp’s directly from your console. So you have the choice to import a local mp or to use the webservice and search for mp’s directly from your console. Opsmgr will automatically check for missing dependency’s and propose the mp’s you should import to resolve the problem. After you selected a category of mp’s or a specific mp opmsgr will download the mp and import it.


    • one click maintance mode:

Now when it’s required to physically power down a computer for maintenance. Now it’s a 3 step process. You have to put the computer into maintance mode, the health service and the heatlh service watcher. You have some powershell scripts that you can download  . With R2 you don’t have to run any scripts anymore. You have to possibility to put an entire computer into maintance mode.


    • agent proxing healthservce guid is resolved:

Now you have to run a sql query or a powershell script to find the matching computer name of healthservice guid. Not anymore in R2!


    • new overrides view :

In R2 we will have a nice overrides summary page with all the overrides we created.


    • Webconsole:

Now we can use the healthexplorer into the web UI.


  • scalabilty

They have done a great job on the UI perfomance side. scrolling 2000 alerts is now running like a charm!


  • cross platform monitoring

Cross platform will be a part of the R2 installation. Microsoft is looking with some vendors to put a scom agent directly into the linux/solaris distribution. With the R2 version we will have some new specific templates to monitor unix services and unix/linux logfiles based on regular expressions. But now we have a nice test button to test our regullar expression!




Alexandre Verkinderen

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First day at teched Barcelona

2:51 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

I’m now at teched Barcelona and my first impressions? WOOOOW! Everything is very well organized, free wifi, everything is taken care off you even get free metro tickets! I arrived Sunday morning  and took the opportunity to visit Barcelona and of course, my first dinner was paella! :-) After that I went to the forum to collect my badge and went to the “ask the experts” (ATE) briefing. I’m standing at the system center/SCE ATE stand. So if you’re in Barcelona come and join me!


The next couple of days I’m going to try to blog some interesting things/announcements.


Announcements of today:

  • Operations manager 2007 R2 beta end November
  • Windows 2008 R2 will be launched together with Windows 7



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