Announcing the Tech.Days Online Microsoft Management Summit, 21st April from 1pm


With the Microsoft Management Summit having taken place last week, we were inspired to set up a new Tech.Days Online Conference to showcase the System Center suite of products. So here goes....

On Thursday 21st April from 1pm we will be putting on a Tech.Days Online Microsoft Management Summit, where you can get up to speed with how Microsoft’s current portfolio of management tools, the System Center suite, can empower you in your cloud computing journey and help you manage a wide range of different devices in your organisation. With a breadth of topics presented by industry IT management experts, this virtual summit provides a “can’t miss” opportunity to be among the first to learn about current technologies spanning System Center, Windows Server, and Windows Azure. Witness the power of being able to use a common toolset, in a consistent way for your desktop, datacenter, cloud infrastructure and applications and get a good grounding on what is available currently before learning what is coming in the next versions of the products at the UK’s best of MMS event in London in May. You can access the sessions with Live Meeting or watch them a few days later.

Please find the full agenda below and register here.

Session One



Live Meeting link

Microsoft System Center: From the Desktop to the Datacenter to the Cloud
(Cliff Evans, Microsoft)

Join us for an overview of: how Microsoft can help IT operations evolve to embrace cloud computing; how you can enable the efficiency and flexibility of the private cloud; and how you can optimize, secure and manage your datacenter today. Learn how Microsoft's cloud and datacenter vision will be enhanced over the next 18 months, with upcoming releases and additional enhancements to the products you use today including: Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Service Manager, Configuration Manager and Opalis.


Track One Live Meeting link

Track Two Live Meeting link

Session Two


System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Technical Update

(Ellis Paul, Microsoft)

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is the latest release of Microsoft's flagship monitoring product. This session will give you a technical overview of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 platform as well as covering the latest developments which have taken place since the R2 release. Topics will include, cross platform monitoring, MP Templates and Service Level Tracking as well as cumulative updates for SP1 and R2, new tools for diagnosis and troubleshooting, and new support for monitoring in the cloud.

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 Technical Update

(Andy Taylor)

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3 is the latest release of our flagship System Center product. This session will give a technical overview of the latest features included in the new R3 release. Topics will include Power Management, Scale and Performance improvements, and OS Deployment enhancements. This session will also cover the most recent additions to the core product, such as the Dashboard and MDT 2010, as well as providing critical planning information to help your organisation prepare for the next release of Configuration Manager, (v.Next), currently in beta.

Session Three



System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 in the Datacenter

(Anthony Tyler, Microsoft)

This session will focus on leveraging DPM’s protection and recovery capabilities in large datacenters. We will look at how DPM protects and recovers application workloads such as SQL, Exchange and SharePoint - as well as virtual machines within Hyper-V. The session is full of demonstrations, including that of the new self-service restore capability for database administrators. We will also look at combining on-premises and off-premises protection, using both DPM’s built-in replication mechanisms as well as cloud-based DPM-partner repositories

System Center Service Manager 2010 – A Deep Dive on How to Automate ITIL or MOF

(Paul Collins, Microsoft)

Learn how Service Manager, through the power of its integrated platform, makes it easy to implement change, incident and problem management. Learn how easy it is to create and maintain a baseline CMDB. Learn how to get immediate value while maintaining your legacy systems through integration with Opalis.

Session Four



Extending System Center Operations Manager with AVIcode Application Monitoring

(Gordon Mckenna, Inframon)

Microsoft recently acquired AVIcode. Join us to discover what is new in application monitoring for Microsoft customers through the AVIcode technologies, as well as other solutions from our partner community in extending Operations Manager and possibly find the solution to your immediate end-to-end service monitoring needs. Come and see the latest technology within the System Center family and understand the breadth of monitoring options currently available

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Advanced Virtualization Management

(Julius Davies, Microsoft)

In this session you will learn how the advanced management capabilities of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 can manage your Virtual Infrastructure effectively and efficiently. Learn how to provision VMs in the most efficient way, and see how PowerShell enables automation and saves you a lot of time. This session will also cover what’s new in Service Pack 1 for SCVMM 2008 R2, and you will take away lots of useful PowerShell scripts, troubleshooting hints, cool tips and tricks, and best practices to help manage your virtual Infrastructure.

Session Five


System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0: The Private Cloud Story

(Clive Watson, Microsoft)

Join us for a walk through Microsoft's new private cloud story. Learn how to build your own, internal private cloud solution with Microsoft Hyper-V, System Center Virtual Machine Manager and the new Self Service Portal 3.0. See how you can drive more efficient use of your IT infrastructure using batch processing and chargeback reporting putting you back in control of your costs.

Opalis: Introduction and Technical Overview

(Greg Charman, Microsoft)

What is Opalis? How is Opalis being used by customers today? Where does Opalis fit in with System Center? Join us to discover the answers to these and many more questions about this industry-leading Automation, Integration and Orchestration technology


Click hereto register. There will be a dedicated Q&A session at the end of each track, but please start posting your questions through this blog, or to @technetuk using #uktechdaysmms and we will endeavour to answer them.

Live Meeting Update

Sorry to those of you using Macs – we're having a problem connecting Live Meeting to Macs. Our friends across the pond are on it, but we doubt it will be fixed in time for this online conference. Sorry.
For those of you using Internet Explorer 9, this problem has now been solved. But there is still a slight 'but' – so we'll send out special instructions on how to join once you've registered.

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