During the past year Microsoft has released many new System Center management products and technologies. MMS 2008 provides the best possible opportunity to learn about the features these new releases offer and the solutions they enable within your IT environment. Many topics will focus on the tips, tricks and best practices developed during real world deployments of these new product versions.

Integrate IT

The theme of this year’s Microsoft Management Summit is Integrate IT, reflecting the increasingly complex world of IT Management and the key role integration has to play in reducing complexity while maximizing flexibility, availability and performance.  Sessions will therefore show how the latest wave of management solutions support:

  • Integration with your business objectives
  • Integration across your IT disciplines
  • Integration between your management products and technologies
  • Integration across platforms and vendor boundaries

Hands-on Labs

As in previous years, MMS 2008 will provide a rich set of management Hands-on Labs, allowing you to try out all of the new products live, experiencing the many solutions that these new System Center products enable. Lab topics typically cover scenarios such as deployment, upgrade, configuration and administration across a wide range of solutions and technologies.

Recent and Future Product Releases
The recent product releases which will be covered in detail during MMS 2008 include:

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007
  • System Center Essentials 2007
  • System Center Remote Operations Manager 2007
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
  • System Center Capacity Planner 2007
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • Desktop Optimization Pack for SA
  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0

In addition during the event there will be early looks at some releases due to ship during the coming year, including:

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1
  • System Center Mobile Device Manager
  • System Center Service Manager

Management Technologies and Solutions

The content at MMS 2008 will also include topics covering a number of Microsoft’s existing management products, technologies and solutions including:

Management Products

  • System Center Data Protection
    Manager 2006
  • System Center Capacity
    Planner 2006
  • Microsoft Forefront

Management Solutions

  • Windows Server Update Services
  • Group Policy
  • WS-Management / WinRM
  • WMI
  • Microsoft Windows PowerShell

Given the heterogeneous nature of today’s IT space, cross-platform and cross-vendor management is also key to managing the environment. Consequently, some sessions will also cover:

  • Management of Linux, *nix, Macintosh and mobile platforms
  • Management of server and desktop hardware
  • Management of network infrastructure
  • Integration between System Center management products and other common management consoles

Typically, session and hands-on lab topics address one or more of the following scopes on a specific topic:

  • Deep technical drilldowns into current or future products and technologies
  • Best practices for common real-world scenarios covering the lifecycle of various management solutions including
    • End-to-end application monitoring
    • Software update management
    • Operating System and application deployment
    • Desired Configuration Monitoring
    • Network Security
  • Comparisons between different management solutions available including:
    • Identifying the best Software Update solution for your environment
    • Selecting the best OS deployment and upgrade solutions for your servers and desktops
  • Real-world experience (“Tips-and-tricks”) from Microsoft staff, Industry consultants and customers like yourself