Monday, April 23, 2012

Useful Information from MMS 2012 Las Vegas

Last week I was at Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas. With 5,500 delegates the event was sold out! It was a nice week with lots of useful information about Microsoft System Center 2012 and Microsoft Private Cloud. Besides the fact that there were many Configuration Manager 2012 sessions to follow, the Microsoft Private Cloud exams released at this event also. Therefore I scheduled two exams and it will approximately take 8 weeks for the final score. I had close contact with a lot of suppliers on ConfigMgr (add-ons) and OpsMgr (management packs).

Here's the information I have gained partly during MMS:

System Center 2012 & MS Private Cloud

  • System Center 2012 is released officially on Tuesday April 17th 2012, during the Microsoft Management Summit
  • All System Center 2012 products has some kind of integration with each other
  • Live Migration is greatly enhanced in SCVMM 2012 & Network Virtualization in SCVMM 2012 available
  • The new "MCSE: Private Cloud" exams (71-246 & 71-247) are available for Beta testing now
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) is reinvented for the cloud, "MCSE: Private Cloud"
  • You must have good understanding of all MS Private Cloud products to have a good change

Windows Server & Windows Client
  • Windows Server 8 is called Windows Server 2012 from now on, and will be released this year (2012)
  • MCITP Windows Server 2008 has become MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) Windows Server 2008
  • App-V 5.0 and UE-V (User Experience Virtualization) are available for download now
  • There will be four Windows 8 client versions released, Windows 8 (x86/x64) and Windows 8 Pro (x86/x64)
  • Metro style will be supported in ConfigMgr 2012 around the Windows 8 release, isn't that cool?!

Configuration Manager 2012

  • Configuration Manager 2012 and Endpoint Protection 2012 are RTM now
  • In ConfigMgr 2012 it will be possible to publish Metro style apps and Microsoft store apps
  • Migration tools are really useful to migrate ConfigMgr 2007 components to ConfigMgr 2012
  • Application approval in ConfigMgr 2012 and Service Manager 2012 is possible
  • New Package Conversion Dashboard available for application migration, which is a seperate download
  • App-V integration in ConfigMgr 2012 requires a App-V 4.6 client, otherwise it won't work
  • You can simulate installation and removals for all kind of applications (e.g. MSI, App-V, XenApp)
  • Package Conversion Dashboard has a deep integration in the ConfigMgr console, but must be installed seperately
  • Citrix XenApp publications visible in ConfigMgr console now, publish as XenApp or App-V package
  • Citrix Receiver is publishing apps deployed by ConfigMgr 2012, as XenApp or App-V package

Windows Intune & Embedded Device Manager
  • Windows Intune pre-release announcement on April 18th 2012, during the Microsoft Management Summit
  • With Windows Intune you can control and publish apps to iOS and Android devices
  • With an Exchange connector, Windows Intune can manage Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) connected devices
  • Windows Intune will support multiple Exchange policies, ConfigMgr will not (yet)
  • Device Manager 2011 SP1 integrates with ConfigMgr 2007, Device Manager 2012 integrates with ConfigMgr 2012
  • New in WEDM 2012: Software distribution & Software updates (above Compliance, Collections and Device imaging)

Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012

  • Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2012 is RTM and available for download now
  • Much of new features in MDT 2012; it will give you way more value on top of ConfigMgr functionality
  • With DaRT tools in MDT 2012 it's possible to have remote control functionality in WinPE step
  • MDT 2012 will have support for the new application model in ConfigMgr 2012 too
  • In MDT 2012 there's continued support for ConfigMgr 2007, isn't that good news?!

Mobile Device Management
  • Microsoft will provide deep management of almost all mobile devices, including Windows Phone, Android and iOS

Next year MMS 2012 will be in New Orleans, Louisiana. Hope to be there again for my 3rd Microsoft Management Summit!

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