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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
- Publik SDK
- Linked framework
- Management pack extensibility
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.