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Welcome to contoso.se! My name is Anders Bengtsson and this is my blog about Azure infrastructure and system management. I am a senior engineer in the FastTrack for Azure team, part of Azure Engineering, at Microsoft.  Contoso.se has two main purposes, first as a platform to share information with the community and the second as a notebook for myself.

Everything you read here is my own personal opinion and any code is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties.

Anders Bengtsson

MVP
MVP awarded 2007,2008,2009,2010

My Books
Service Manager Unleashed
Service Manager Unleashed
Orchestrator Unleashed
Orchestrator 2012 Unleashed
OMS
Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Best of MMS Sweden 2011

Best of MMS is approaching! Only a couple of weeks away now! I will deliver a session at Best of MMS in Stockholm/Sweden, session title is “How to build A+ runbooks”. It is a level 300 session around runbook design, how to build good looking runbooks that works in the real world. There will be a large number of System Center Experts speaking at the event, so bring all your System Center questions.

See you in Stockholm! More info about the event here.

Best of MMS [Stockholm/Sweden]

Best of MMS is approaching! Only a couple of weeks away now!

I will deliver two sessions at Best of MMS 2010 in Stockholm/Sweden. My first session “Operations Manager 2007 R2 tips and trix” is a level 400 session with a lot of good tips from the field. I will show a number of custom solutions and solutions to problems I often see at customers. I guess there will also be some Opalis demos in this session too… 

My second session is toghether with Microsoft Sweden, “Reduce support costs and improve business alignment with System Center Service Manager”, it´s a level 200 session, in which you will learn how Service Manager lowers the cost of incident and problem resolution and provides a streamlined approach to change management by providing integrated knowledge of configuration items and the ability to easily assess the current health state of IT services by seamlessly integrating the activities between Service Manager, System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration manager.

There will be a number of System Center experts speaking at the event, for example my Operations Manager MVP colleagues Björn Axell, Gordon McKenna and Simon Skinner so bring all your Operations Manager questions!

 See you in Stockholm! More info about the event here

Summer Camp, MMS and TechEd

Microsoft Summer Camp (Stockholm/Gothenburg)

I will be talking at Microsoft Summer Camp 2010. During these two sessions you will get a overview of all the System Center products.

Microsoft System Center

During this day you will get a overview of the System Center products, including System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and Service Manager 2010. You will see how the products can work togheter to deliver a dynamic datacenter, including control, security and flexibility. I guess we will talk vNext too 🙂 Sign up for Stockholm or Gothenburg.

Handle your IT processes with Service Manager and Opalis

Service Manager is the latest product in the System Center family, here we connect technique, people and processes. During this session you will see how we can integrate current System Center products to get a dynamic CMDB. We will show you how to handle change management, incident management and problem management. We will also show you Opalis and how Opalis can help us build run book automation and support your processes. Sign up for the session in Gothenburg or Stockholm . Don´t miss this chance to learn a lot and see cool demos!

Best of MMS (Stockholm)

Best of MMS Sweden 2010 will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions and technologies from Microsoft and how to apply them in your organisation. This 2-days event will provide you with an understanding of the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. The event will covering current System Center products as well as a lot of information about vNext. I will be talking about Operations Manager (of course!) and Service Manager during this event. More info here

Microsoft TechEd Europe (Berlin)

I just signed up for Microsoft TechEd Europe in Berlin. It is a couple of months away, but sign up now to get the best price and hotels. I will be working among the System Center booths so please stop by and discuss all the cool products and features in the current versions and in vNext. More info here. See you in Berlin.

Microsoft TechDays 2010

I will deliver a sessions at TechDays 2010 in Örebro/Sweden. My session “Operations Manager 2007 R2 tips and trix” is a level 400 session with a lot of good tips from the field. I will show a number of custom solutions and solutions to problems I often see at customers.

I will also spend time in the exhibit area as my employer Atea is the main sponsor for the event, so stop by and say hi. See you in Örebro!

 

More info about the event here

Windows 7 Tour [Sweden]

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Atea, Knowledge Factory and Cornerstone will this fall visit 7 cities in Sweden on the Windows 7 Tour.

We’ll show you Microsofts new client operating system Windows 7 in cooperation with their simultaneously released server operating system Windows Server 2008 R2. On top of this we’ll add the management software suite, including System Center, and show you why they’re stronger together.

Speakers:
Me, Anders Bengtsson from Atea
Lasse Frändeby from Cornerstone
Joachim Nässlander from Knowledge Factory

City / Date
Umeå 12/10
Sundsvall 13/10
Borlänge 14/10
Stockholm 15/10
Malmö 20/10
Göteborg 21/10
Karlskrona 22/10

Tour site (in Swedish): http://www.cornerstone.se/sv/ExpertZone/Windows7/tour/

Meet MEET and get to know Exchange 2010 [Sweden]

Wednesday 2:nd of September MEET (Microsoft Extended Expert Team) is hosting an After Work at Grodan in Stockholm, Sweden. The exact location is Grev Turegatan 16. The topic of this night is Exchange 2010, and if you’re into Exchange or the technologies related to Exchange there’ll be a whole bunch of knowledgeable experts to meet. If you’re in Stockholm, pass by and grab a beer! The more the merrier!

Microsoft Summer Camp 2009

I will be talking at Microsoft Summer Camp 2009. During these two sessions you will get a overview of all the System Center products.

System Center

During this session you will get a overview of the System Center products, including System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager, System Center Data Protection Manager, System Center Virtual Machine Manager. Sign up for the session here.

System Center Service Manager

This session will focus on Service Manager 2010. Service Manager focus on automated MOF/ITIL process for example Incident Management, Self-Service IT Portal and Change Management. It also integrates with the other System Center products and Active Directory. Sign up for the session here

Don´t miss this chance to learn a lot and see cool features!

Technet Online Seminar about Cross Platform

Welcome to Microsoft TechNet Online Seminar for IT pro. Microsoft Sweden will deliver a number of online seminars for IT pro during this spring. Björn Axell and I will present on of them, at April 23, “Managing non-Microsoft devices with Operations Manager 2007 R2”. We will show you how to monitor your Linux and UNIX machines in Operations Manager the same way as you handle your Windows machines today.

Register here, the seminar will be in Swedish

Microsoft TechDays 2009

Björn Axell (also Ops Mgr MVP) and I will deliver two sessions at TechDays 2009 in Västerås/Sweden. Our sessions are

  • Operations Manager 2007 och System Center Essentials Tips and Tricks
  • Managing Unix/Linux with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cross Platform

In our first session we will be showing a lot of tips and tricks from the real world, answers to common questions, and ways to work with the products to get more out of them. In our second session we will be showing how you can monitor non Microsoft boxes with Operations Manager 2007 R2. Of course there will be a lot of demos.

You can find more info about the event here

Notes from the Ask The Experts Booth

During TechEd EMEA I have been working in the Ask the Expert booth, discussing Operations Manager. There have been some really good questions during the week.

Q: What´s new in Operations Manager 2007 and when will it be released? A: I wrote a post about R2 yesterday, read it here. R2 will be RTM around May/MMS 2009.

Q: Can I monitor multiple forests with Operations Manager? A: Yes you can. The new AD MP supports multiple forests. Andy has a good summarize about the new AD MP here.

Q: Where do I start with Operations Manager 2007? A: If you want to read a book, I recommend this book. If you want to read online, you will find all MSFT documents regarding Operations Manager here. Microsoft have also released a new version of their course, more info here. If you want to download an evaluation copy you can do that here.

Of course there were also a lot of questions about cross platform and monitoring non Microsoft devices with Operations Manager. In this demo Barry Shilmover uses Ops Man to manage an application that is spread across SQL Server, Oracle, MySQL, Apache, and IIS, hosted on Windows, Solaris, Suse, and Redhat. You can also read about the cross platform extension in this blog post.