To Be UNLEASHED: System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, Service Manager 2012

Technical Deep Dives of two System Center Components

09/07/14

The Difference Between End of Mainstream Support and End of Extended Support

Microsoft announces end of mainstream support for Windows 7, Windows 2008, and Windows 2008 R2

07/13/14

MMS: Back to the Basics?

MMS; System Center, user group conference Midwest Management Summit to be held November 10-12

07/02/14

Twenty five years ago today...

It was 25 years ago today (well, this month - March 12, 1989) that Tim Berners-Lee introduced the idea of the World Wide Web in a proposal for an information system, although until 1995 there was limited practical commercial access....

03/21/14

What's New with Configuration Manager in System Center 2012 R2

Previous posts here and here discussed changes to several of Microsoft's System Center 2012 components with the R2 release, that being Orchestrator and Operations Manager, respectively.The changes to Configuration Manager, beginning...

11/17/13

What's New with Operations Manager in System Center 2012 R2

System Center 2012 R2 adds some new capabilities and changes to Operations Manager. These include:Fabric Monitoring: Closer integration with Virtual Machine Manager. The Virtual Machine Manager R2 management pack introduces...

10/19/13

Does Orchestrator Change in System Center 2012 R2?

With the System Center 2012 R2 release just around the corner, a big question for many is what's changed in the various components. The answer for Orchestrator: not much.Orchestrator is still 32-bit. The consoles are not updated. The...

10/08/13

MMS 2013: In the Cloud

It is cloudy in Las Vegas today, but even if the sun was shining, Microsoft is definitely "in the cloud" when it comes to System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012. That, of course, could get a little interesting when your demos are...

04/08/13

System Center Advisor now free of charge

Without much fanfare on March 6, Microsoft announced System Center Advisor will be free for Microsoft customers in supporting countries (a list of countries is available here).System Center Advisor, originally code-named "Atlanta,"...

03/11/13

Unappreciated Software Installations

I don't know about you, but I try to be aware of what software is installed on my home computer. This makes it somewhat annoying when I go to install an update to Adobe Reader (or other software) and suddenly discover that along with...

03/02/13

InformIT - Author of the Week

Had a nice surprise in my inbox this morning - one of my coauthors for the upcoming System Center 2012 Orchestrator Unleashed book sent me an email congratulating me on being the Author of the Week on InformIT.com (it's there this...

02/25/13

Microsoft's Software Battles (some of them, anyway)

With Microsoft's vast reach in the marketplace, it seems the company regularly has an area where it is trying to be better than the competition or has a challenger to one of its many products. This is nothing new, its been going on...

02/16/13

Google vs FTC: Google 1, FTC 0

About 6 months ago, Google made the news for bypassing Apple's Safari browser settings for guarding privacy. Google, of course, claimed it would never do anything nefarious, that it was only reversing Safari protection for users who...

08/13/12

The Downside of the Microsoft Marketing Machine

CIO Insight tells us consumers are holding back on buying PCs - either awaiting the arrival of Windows 8 devices or buying tablets and smartphones. IDC reports that anticipation of Windows 8 devices has (predictably) led to sluggish...

07/18/12

Microsoft's Lost Decade and Server Management

Andy Patrizio, in this blog post, continues discussing his thoughts on the Vanity Fair article, "Microsoft's Lost Decade." This last article mentions some things Microsoft has done right!One thing he mentions is the growth of Windows...

07/18/12

How About that Surface?

On June 18, 2012, Microsoft announced their Surface tablet, to be available in Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro flavors. The Surface is a bit of a departure from traditional Microsoft announcements, as it uses Microsoft rather than OEM...

06/23/12

What's up with Google Drive?

Now that Google has rolled out their competitor to Dropbox and Microsoft's SkyDrive, and both the Dropbox folks and Microsoft have made adjustments in their products to respond to what Google offers, let's take a step back to see...

05/13/12

NOW@MMS 2012 - the world of connected devices

The second day keynote at MMS traditionally discusses Configuration Manager. That was extended a bit this year to include Microsoft's cloud-based service for device management, InTune.The world has changed from the one-user-one...

04/18/12

NOW@MMS 2012 - the cloud is here

Several years ago, the theme at the Microsoft Management Summit was the Journey to the cloud. Today, its NOW.Are you ready? - NOW. Are you building for the future? - NOWThis year, for the 10 year anniversary of MMS (previously known...

04/17/12

is BYOD a good idea?

For years, companies have debated whether to let employees expense their personal cell phones rather than issuing a separate phone for business use, and if so, how much control to have over them in terms of vendors and carriers. It...

04/09/12

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