Microsoft Management Summit 2013 Keynote - Liveblog

The Microsoft Management Summit conference is underway and the kickoff keynote is set to begin soon. Join us for a live blog of what Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of program management in Microsoft's Windows Server and System Center Group, has to say about the future of enterprise-related topics!


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15:37 Christopher White Welcome to this live event. Coverage will begin shortly.
16:10 Marcel Klum test
17:00 Christopher White We lost all internet connectivity in the conference hall minutes before the keynote. Looks to be back up now.
17:00 Christopher White Vijay Tewari showing a demo of how to span storage across the cloud as well as internally. Number of IOPs actually improved.... Huh?
17:01 Christopher White For those interested - I believe they said Channel9 should be streaming soon.
17:01 Christopher White Some of the highlights: Dominos pizza has 15000 VMs and only 2 admins... Using Hyper-V for virtualization and Systems Center 2012 for management.
17:02 Christopher White Other highlights: Hyper-V scales better than VMware - 32x larger virtual disk, twice as many VMs in a 64 node cluster
17:05 Christopher White Open Daylight - MS officially announced platinum sponsorship with that organization.
17:06 Christopher White Anyone know what OpenDaylight is? I need to look into that. :)
17:06 Christopher White Many organizations are using public clouds themselves without IT input - more reason to unify and give the customers what they need to do their job within the organization.
17:09 Christopher White Matt McSpirit, technical product manager, showing us a demo on application insight and monitoring
17:12 Christopher White Another interesting tidbit -- Sundance Institute had a SAN failure a week before the film festival started. Luckily they used StorSimple to backup to Azure and there were no blips at all for the festival!
17:18 Christopher White Pretty awesome example of testing user experience from anywhere in the world of how your app responds from around the globe. Included with System Center 2012.
17:22 Christopher White System Center 2012 can take in library of runbooks to increase automation -critical because, for example, Azure does 50,000 changes a DAY.
17:25 Christopher White Entire building lost Internet - not just the conference - before the Keynote started.
17:26 Christopher White Used their Nokia Lumias to get internet for the demos until the hotel got the Internet back up and running. :)
17:27 Christopher White Building Clouds - Microsoft - has Powershell scripts to allow you to automate your builds.
17:28 Christopher White Windows intune is in produciton or trail by 35000 unique customers in the world.
17:32 Christopher White In the last year, there's been 1.2 billion smart cloud connected devices sold.
17:32 Christopher White Most people in their 20s believe BYOD is a right.
17:33 Christopher White vision: Enable people-centric IT
17:34 Christopher White Access policies to applications, data, files, that first of all begin with the user, what is their identitiy in AD, and what rights should they have?
17:34 Christopher White Overlay that with access rights that control access based upon the device itself. (is it domain joined, for example)
17:34 Christopher White Finally, access policies and privs based on their network location - are they on the corporate network or not?
17:34 Christopher White People-Centric IT: Who is the user? What is the devivce? Where are they working?
17:37 Christopher White Microsoft stealing a page from Meraki? "Modern devices should be managed from the cloud." #MMS2013
17:37 Christopher White Everything starts with identity - active directory.
17:50 Christopher White Microsoft has put AD into the cloud - "Windows Azure Active Directory"
17:50 Christopher White (lost internet again - sorry for the delay)
17:50 Christopher White They're demoing the fact that you can publish applications and they can be installed via Intune instead of having to connect to your intranet.
17:51 Christopher White It gives a consitant experience across all devices - iOS, Android, Windows RT/Pro, etc.
17:52 Christopher White How do you protect the data?
18:35 Christopher White Internet access went down at the hotel again, so we weren't able to end the live blog properly, sorry about that everyone. As one person said, "I bet Microsoft just got a discount on the conference!" :)
18:35 Christopher White The keynote is over, but we'll summarize our thoughts later.
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BEG them for a system center essentials update. Its MUCH MUCH MUCH easier to use then configuration manager.

hands and knees beg lol

Yes - they're doing some demos right now. Anything in particular you want to know? We have access to ask the experts directly for you!

I've never used SC Essentials, but I will agree that SCCM 2012 is not designed for use by anyone who hasn't taken a course on how to use it. It's extremely illogically designed.

Using it for nothing but SC Endpoint Management and Windows Updates is hard enough to get setup to make me want to pull my hair out. It is probably great in a large enterprise, but when you have about 50 computers you are trying to manage (got the SCCM license from Forefront Endpoint Protection), you don't want all this complexity, and it makes simple tasks a pain.

The interface for System Center 2012 looks pretty straight forward - very Windows-8 like. But I'm just watching a live demo.

System center essentials has everything built into it. scup(system center updates publisher) is built in. With configuration manager you have to use scup separately.

Also System center essentials all 3rd party software gets downloaded as a windows update. meaning you just go to windows update on the client computer and click check for updates. your 3rd party software that you setup will download from their.

with configuration manager you have to install a separate client to every machine. then the 3rd party software will install from that client.

Essentials is much easier to use . Also because it uses windows updates 3rd party programs are much easier to get installed on all the machines.

Essentials is much better for small and medium companies that do not have 1000s of computers.