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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 awarded 2007,2008,2009,2010

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

System Center Service Manager Roadmap

Yesterday I attend at Michael Nappi session “System Center Service Manager Product Overview”. During this the roadmap of Service Manager was shown.

  • 2008 H2, Beta 1 (early December or end of November, will not include the self-service IT portal)
  • 2009 H1, Beta 2 (summer 2009, will include the self-service IT portal and will also be feature complete)
  • 2009 H2, RC
  • 2010 H1, RTM

Service Manager three big investments areas are:

Automated MOF/ITIL process

  • Incident Management
  • Self-Service IT Portal
  • Change Management

System Center Integration

  • System Center Configuration Manager
  • System Center Operations Manager
  • Active Directory

Extensible platform

  • Publik SDK
  • Linked framework
  • Management pack extensibility

Ops Mgr 2007 R2

R2 will include a number of new things. One of the really big news in Ops Mgr 2007 R2 is cross platform capabilities. 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. Other news are integrated service level reports and dashboard, better performance and a number of improvments in the console for example new monitoring templates.

The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Beta will be available for download end of November. You can read more about Ops Mgr R2 here.

TechEd Hands-On Labs

This morning I have been on MCT proctor briefing at the conference center. There was a lot of activity going on in the building today, a lot of things that needs to be ready for tomorrow. Along with other things during the briefing we tried the hands-on labs. I must say that TechEd hands-on labs this year is at a higher level than earlier year, at least the management and operations (MGT) labs.

There are both introduction labs but also a number of advanced labs like Ops Mgr labs about cross-platform monitoring, SAP monitoring and about building connectors in Visual Studio. There are also a number of good labs about SCCM, SCE and DPM. Some example of labs are upgrade from SMS 2003 to SCCM 2007, how to configure branch office distributed points, distribute OS with SCCM, SCCM native mode and how to protect both Exchange and SQL with DPM.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to try Microsoft products and cool features!

Microsoft TechEd EMEA 2008 IT Professionals


I will attend at Microsoft TechEd in Barcelona, will be working in the Hands-on-Labs (HOL) and Ask-the-Experts (ATE) areas. If you are plannig to go, come by and say hi. You can find more info about the event here

System Center Virtual User Group

As you might have read earlier, the System Center Virtual User Group was launched, on March 27th. It’s a user group dedicated to providing resources for education and collaboration between users of Microsoft System Center technologies everywhere. Check it out at www.systemcenterusergroup.org.

To get the user group off to a fun start, we were discussing the possibility of hosting a contest for the best custom System Center solution, and need to know if you’d be willing to participate. Please read the following, and then post a comment to this thread if you would be willing to play.

The contest would showcase the best custom System Center community solution for a number of categories, including custom Management Pack (Opsmgr / Essentials), Configuration Pack (SCCM), Scripts (any System Center product), etc. Users would submit their entries to the site for judgement by a panel of System Center experts. Prizes would include XBOX 360 (for the overall winner), a Zune for the first couple of runners-up overall, and then books and miscellaneous prizes for the runners-up in each category.

Would you be willing to participate?
If so, register on the site (free) and add a comment to this post. If it looks like there will be a good number of participants, we will announce something official in the next few days! So, what are you waiting for?

Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona

I have registered for Microsoft IT Forum in Barcelona. If you are plannig to go, send me a e-mail and we can meet for some beers and chat.