That's right! MMS 2011, scheduled March 21-25, is officially sold out. This hasn't happened for several years; between the recession and the Icelandic volcano in 2010, attendance has lagged a bit recently.
This should be an interesting year for attendees. Last year, the message was cloud, cloud, cloud. Look to that continuing, but with the v.Next (2012) versions of the various System Center scheduled for release beginning late this year and into 2012, it should be an ideal time to hear where Microsoft is going with v.Next and how that might affect your current implementations. It's certainly not too soon to begin planning for those changes.
For one, all new releases are anticipated to run on 64-bit servers only, e.g. Windows Server 2008 R2 and above. If you're still running your installations on Windows 2008 or Windows 2008 32-bit, you won't be able to upgrade, as you'll need to use new hardware.
Looking at the list of scheduled breakout sessions, there's a mix of information on best practices and uses for the current version of products as well as sessions on the upcoming releases.
With all the hype going on about the various System Center v.Next rollouts, lets not forget Windows 8 Server. Maybe we'll get some hints on that as well.
If you want to find me, come to the System Center Operations Manager 2008 R2 Unleashed book signings / giveaway Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-2 and 3-4 pm at the ClearPointe booth, booth #122. I'll also be at the keynote session to report on what's new in System Center land, as well as at various breakouts.
Kerrie Meyler, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, MCT, is an independent consultant and trainer with over fifteen years of experience in IT. While at Microsoft in Field Technical Sales for four years she focused on infrastructure and mangement, presenting at numerous product launches. Kerrie has presented Operations Manager 2007 at TechEd 2007, MMS 2009, MMS 2011, and internal Microsoft conferences, receiving company recognition and awards including a SPAR MGS award. Kerrie worked with Microsoft Learning to develop functional specifications for the original Operations Manager Microsoft courseware, 2550: Implementing Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 and did the beta teach for that course.She also participated in development for several System Center certification exams.
Kerrie is the lead author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed, System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed, System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed and System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed.
Check out an excerpt from System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, Chapter 3: Looking Inside OpsMgr.
You can also check out an excerpt from System Center Configuration (SCCM) Manager 2007 Unleashed, Chapter 3: Looking Inside ConfigMgr.
Read a sample chapter of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed at Chapter 1: Introduction and What's New.
You can also read a sample chapter of System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed at Chapter 1: Introducing Opalis Integration Server 6.3 and System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed at Chapter 1:Service Management Basics.
System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed was selected as the September, 2011 book giveaway for Microsoft Subnet.