Microsoft Management Summit 2012 – Update: Day 2

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Hello from the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2012 in Las Vegas!

It’s only half way through the second day of the conference and already there have been some exciting announcements!

The opening Keynote of MMS 2012 was held this morning (Wednesday 18th April) and was presented by Brad Anderson who is the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft’s Management and Security division. During his presentation he announced the general availability of System Center 2012.


Some key takeaways of his presentation were:

– Cloud Computing is the methodology of delivering services to end users via a pool of infrastructure which scales via automation and self-service.
– Microsoft have worked with many large TAP customers (100,000+ seats) to help develop and validate System Center 2012.
– Windows Server ‘8’ has been renamed Windows Server 2012 and commits to launch this year.
– More powerful cloud solution platform when combined with System Center 2012.


In the annual ‘State of Union’ session, some interesting and exciting facts about the development of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager were discussed, we found these quite interesting and some of them are:

– ConfigMgr 2012 has been in development for 4 years and is the largest engineering release by the ConfigMgr team, ever.
– 25 customers from 11 countries in 15 different industries involved in the TAP with over 450,000 end points managed by ConfigMgr 2012 RC2.
– TAP customers included large companies such as Dell, Boeing, Nokia and Sprint.
– Over 190 scenarios validated, 2,500 applications managed and 650 ConfigMgr 2007 to ConfigMgr 2012 migration jobs run.
– Product team drank 32,832 cans of coke & 90,896 starbucks coffees during development and engineering of ConfigMgr 2012


These are just some of the figures that were presented showing that Microsoft have put a lot of time and effort in the development and testing of not only ConfigMgr 2012, but the entire System Center 2012 suite and their key message is that it’s ready for production now.

The opening keynote can be viewed on demand [here](


Additional Information:

– Talk to your Thomas Duryea account manager in order to arrange a meeting with myself to see how the system center suite can benefit you.
– Understand the new System Center Licensing model ([More Information can be found here](
– Come in for a demo at Thomas Duryea and see our System Center Solution on top of our Cisco UCS and EMC storage platform.


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Jarrod Vassallo, Solution Architect and;

Sam Lewis, Senior Consulting Engineer