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Microsoft Managment Summit Begins! #mms2013

MMS is an event that happens annually and is a place like no other for Systems Managment people.  Figure at least half the systems Managment professionals in the word are going to be here in Vegas this week.  I will share what I see as time goes on over the week.
Sadly, these won’t be the normal thought out posts I have.  No, instead these will be more in the reporting concept.  My apologies for this temporary change.
Keynote thoughts:
There are two many systems management products targeting to many separate technologies.  Need to simplify.  This is a valid issue that is seen everyday.  The Microsoft idea is that this needs to stop.  Their offering is System Center to do it all.  In all reality, this is a real issue that needs to be looked at.
BYOD [Bring Your Own Device] is going to be the norm and no longer the exception.  This is something Microsoft is pushing, but unlike some I think they are just trying to be ahead of the curve.
Can some of your demos… the keynote was killed because Mandalay Bay lost internet access.  In this case, Microsoft didn’t and this is turning into a small disaster over it. However, in the end you can try doing a massive presentation with just a cell phone hot spot.
Odd facts stated at the keynote:
Skype does 2 million minutes a day.
20% of all enterprises use Office 365. (Wow!  I had no idea.)
50% of workers in their twenties view BYOD as a right, not a privilege.
Stay tuned!

Technology Spotlight: System Center 2012 Unified Installer, Disaster?

By Robert Meyers, MCITP

As we have all waited with baited breath, Microsoft System Center 2012 has been released.  Now that it has been out for a few months and I have been done both lab and production installs, and our team has done more of the same, it is time to discuss some of these new products.  So where better to start than the new and improved installer?

Microsoft writes, “System Center 2012 – Unified Installer is a tool that provides a single-user-interface experience for the installation of [all] seven System Center 2012 components, including all prerequisites and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Unified Installer provides a means of distributed installation from a central point using the existing component Setup.”  Does that sound awesome?  You bet.

Now how many people here have heard the old saying that Microsoft only gets things right on the third incarnation?  Let’s just say this is not the third incarnation.  After speaking with multiple System Center implementers there seems to be a problem.  We all are averaging only about 50% success rate in installing the suite with this tool.

So, if you are in a lab environment, give it a try.  If you are implementing it without a schedule, give it a try.  When this works it is like a dream.  When it doesn’t… it is nearly impossible to troubleshoot.  So, if it doesn’t, you may have your work cut out for you.

So my take on the System Center 2012 Unified Installer? This product is an unmitigated disaster and an unfulfilled dream.  Microsoft, please fix it.

 

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