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Download Microsoft System Center 2012 Pre-Release Products

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System Center solutions help you manage your physical and virtual IT environments across datacenters, desktops, and devices. Using these integrated and automated management solutions, you can be a more productive service provider for your business. System Center captures and aggregates knowledge about systems, policies, processes, and best practices so that you can optimize your infrastructure to reduce costs, improve application availability, and enhance service delivery.

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Available System Center 2012 Products:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager RC provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
  • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection RC, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 RC provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 Beta provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
  • System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 RC provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
  • System Center App Controller 2012 Beta provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
  • System Center Service Manager 2012 Beta provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.

Belgian Best of MMS session are online

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A couple of weeks ago we organized a Best of MMS event together with our local MVP’s and SCUG user group. We’ve published all the sessions onto the Belux page on TechNet Edge


Session 1: Belgian Best of MMS: System Center State of the Union

In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. In this session we will give you an overview of the different announcements made at MMS.

Session 2: Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager
This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the ‘eureka’ configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session.
Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen

Session 3: Belgian Best of MMS: Introduction into Service Manager
Service Manager is about to RTM – are you ready? Learn more about the capabilities, how to design and deploy a Service Manager infrastructure. After this session you will have insight in how Service Manager works and how to implement it in your infrastructure.
Speaker: Kurt Vanhoecke  System Center Service Manager

Session 4: Belgian Best of MMS: Technical Introduction to Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010
The release of DPM 2010 is just a few weeks after MMS 2010, so this session (the 1st in a 4 part series) will cover installing a new DPM 2010 server, and then provide an overview of the core capabilities and enhanced protection/recovery scenarios.
Speaker: Mike Resseler System Center Data Protection Manager

Session 5: Belgian Best of MMS: Systems Management in Midsized Organizations with System Center Essentials 2010
For organizations up to 500 PCs and 50 servers, Microsoft is releasing System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to provide service monitoring, software deployments and updates, and management of physical and virtual machines. This single product is designed for midsized organizations, so this session will be full of demonstrations as we look at each of the major aspects of SCE 2010, including server and client monitoring, software deployment and patching, virtualization management and migration, and how to get started with easy setup and configuration. Come see it here first
Speaker: Mike Resseler Blog Mike

Session 6: Belgian Best of MMS: Opalis IT Process Automation: Introduction & Technical Overview
This session will walk you through the Opalis workflow designer demonstrating along the way how to integrate System Center products with other IT tools to create automated processes. You will also see how Opalis customers have automated best practices for incident management, provisioning and change management
Speaker: David De Backer – Technology Advisor Microsoft Belux

Can you manage your Windows Datacenter Edition servers with System Center Essentials 2010

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One of our partners build a 4 node Hyper-V cluster with Datacenter Edition and wants to use System Center Essentials 2010 to manage the Virtualization layer. As SCE 2010 can manage up to 50 Machines it is the ideal solution for his environment.

However According to the TechNet article ( we only support Windows Server Standard and Enterprise Edition.

Our Product team confirmed to me that you can manage the Windows Datacenter Edition with SCE. The reason why it’s not on the supported list yet is because we are still finalizing the test. But they confirmed that there is no technical reason not to do it.

TechNet Event: Best of Microsoft Management Summit 2010

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Best of Microsoft Management Summit 2010

Best of MMS 2010 will provide the opportunity to learn more about IT Management solutions from Microsoft and how you can adopt them in your datacenter. MMS is an annual event in Las Vegas where we deliver deep technical content on our latest management solution offering.

In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. This year 5 of our Belgian Experts from the System Center User Group will attend this event and bring back all the valuable information and present them to the Belgian IT Professionals.

You have the choice to either attend this event in person or follow it by using live-meeting.

Agenda of the day

  • Overview of announcements made at MMS in Las Vegas
  • System Center Configuration Manager vNext
  • The top 20 “Must Have “ customizations in Operations Manager
  • Introduction into Opalis
  • What’s new and what changed in Data Protection Manager 2010
  • What to Expect from Service Manager
  • Technical Overview of System Center Essentials 2010

Full Agenda

May 11, 2010

Microsoft Office
Da Vincilaan 3
1935 Zaventem

Register now

SQLUG Event: What is SCOM 2007 R2 and how can it help in managing SQL Servers.

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What is SCOM 2007 R2 and how can it help in managing SQL Servers.

Managing SQL Server requires insight in the state and performance of the underlying infrastructure, OS and individual SQL components.
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 cannot only give you that insight, but it can be reused in a broader application/service monitoring view.
This session focuses on the out-of-the-box capabilities of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 but also shows you how a distributed application can easily reuse these capabilities to provide an extra step in monitoring.

Registration is now open at

Manage your Virtualized infrastructure with System Center Essentials 2010

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I often get the question if you can use System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to manage your Virtual Infrastructure. The answer depends on how many virtual machines you want to manage today and in the future. SCE 2010 includes Virtual Machine management but only a subset of the capabilities of System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Let’s have a look at the differences:


Essentials 2010





VM Cloning



Candidate Identification



Physical to Virtual Conversion



Virtual to Virtual Conversion



Migration across physical machines



Virtualization Reports



Monitoring VMs



Physical resource optimization (PRO)









VM configuration & properties



VM state



Checkpoints (Snapshots)



64 bit guest OS



Hardware Assisted Virtualization



Live thumbnail



Synthetic Network Support



Import VM (multiple VHD + snapshot)



Configure advanced network settings



Inspect Disk



VMWare Management



Self-service console



If you don’t need VMWare management and the self service portal you will be able to use SC2010.

There is also the licensing aspect that you need to take into consideration:

Licensing for Managed Virtual Machines in Essentials 2010
Essentials 2010 is licensed per device. Only physical computers consume server or client management licenses and are required to have a license. However, Essentials is limited to managing up to 50 server operating system environments and 500 client operating system environments. For example, you might have purchased licenses to manage 20 physical servers, are managing all 20 physical servers, and are also managing 30 virtual servers. Because you are managing 50 server operating system environments, you cannot manage any additional physical or virtual servers.

In conclusion you can manage 50 servers being Virtual or Physical and you only need to license your physical servers.

Watch the What’s New with System Center Essentials 2010 webcast for more information.

Do you want to know how Microsoft IT does Virtualization?

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Come to the TechDays 2010 and attend the following session:

Virtualization in Microsoft IT

Lessons learned in 5 years of implementing Microsoft’s virtualization platform and System Center Virtual Machine Manager, driving from 5 pilot Virtual Server 2005 hosts to 1100 virtualization hosts with 7000 Hyper-V guests. The changes in the computing hardware, storage solutions and Networking implementations. And what we envision for the next two years.

Techdays: Opalis session in the IT Pro track

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I’ve just added a new Opalis session in the IT Pro track.

IT Process Automation with System Center and Opalis
In this session OpsMgr MVP Maarten Goet  will talk about how IT Process Automation or Run Book Automation (RBA) can orchestrate tasks across systems and automate large volume or highly repetitive tasks. Maarten will demo the Opalis integration server integration with Operations Manager 2007 R2 and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. Get a hands-on approach with this session how to drive down cost through automation and improve service performance and availability through standardizing process and execution.

Check out the TechDays session builder and filter on IT Pro tags so you have a clear view on the different Infrastructure related sessions.

System Center Service Manager Integration with Product Manager Nigel Cain

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In this session, we will take a detailed look at how Service Manager integrates with Operations Manager (SCOM) and Configuration Manager (SCCM) to help you to more effectively manage systems in your data center, learn how to define and manage business services, manage change to those services and create incidents when components fail or degrade.

Speaker: Nigel Cain, Senior Program Manager

Nigel Cain is a Senior Program Manager in the Virtualization & Datacenter Management team responsible for driving customer focused design and development efforts.  His primary product responsibilities include System Center Service Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager.  Nigel joined Microsoft in 1998 as technical consultant and moved into a Program Management role in 2003. Since then he has worked on a number of different products and initiatives but his primary focus has always been on solutions that make Microsoft technologies easier to manage

Agenda Thuesday, January 19, 2010

  • 18:00 Registration and lunch
  • 18:45 Welcome
  • 19:00 System Center Service Manager Integration  by Nigel Cain
  • 21:00 Q&A and drink


Architect Forum: Connecting your Business Objectives with IT initiatives

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As Infrastructure Architects, you obviously are passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in IT infrastructure technology and want to keep in touch with the upcoming technology trends.
Evenly important, and increasingly important in these crisis period, is that you need to clearly connect business objectives with IT initiatives, in order to make sure that business understands the value of the IT platform and hence will free up those critical budgets for your initiatives. Below you can find the links towards the different sessions.


Connecting IT to Your Business Objectives: A conversation about the Microsoft Optimization Models

Is it possible to connect business objectives with IT initiatives? Haven’t we tried too many times just to find that it is too hard? Well, in this session we will go through a proven process to asses you current Infrastructure and Business Productivity capabilities using the Microsoft Optimization Models, and proceed to demonstrate the new Infrastructure Capabilities Integration business solution catalogue for horizontal and industry solutions, which are the latest addition to the Microsoft Optimization Framework then we will go through a practical example of how to bridge a set of example business objectives to with their corresponding IT initiatives.


Are you designing your User Experiences? How does Dynamic IT feel in the real world?… a proven CIO conversation

Can you say that you design the experience your user has on the IT environment they use day to day? Since 2003 Microsoft has been promoting the Dynamic IT initiative and producing software that delivers on this vision. The Dynamic IT vision promotes a virtual infrastructure, an Infrastructure that is designed for operations, a model based management tool set, and best practices such as ITIL, all of these to enhance the quality, reach and operational tempo of an IT organization, and by doing such, also enhance the end users experience. In this session we will go over several scenarios where we will compare current real world scenarios such as new en user desktop deployment, developers environment management, web service monitoring, and remote branch deployment to highlight not only the difference but with demonstrations how does it actually look and feel to have a Dynamic IT working for you and your end users.


Microsoft Software Roadmap: Portfolio Strategy For IT

As the role of IT continues the shift from cost cutting and efficiency to business strategy and people enablement, you need partners who are well positioned across the depth and breadth of technologies.  Technologies which enable you to implement a Dynamic IT environment. Technologies that fit within your plans for a Services Oriented Architecture and fit well with the future promise of Software Plus Services.  Technologies that you can trust to provide the best reliability and security.  Technologies that work together to amplify the impact of the people in your organization.  In this workshop you will have a chance to see and discuss Microsoft’s Software Roadmap of enterprise class technologies for delivering a People Ready Business from infrastructure to productivity applications.