Since Microsoft stopped their Microsoft Management Summit and integrated it into their TechEd it still felt like a void was left there in the System Center space. Of course the MMS in the old days started as a community thing and in the end it ended up as a Microsoft conference with some community input. And of course now it was gone.
Well, the community decided to step back in! (yeah i better not include too many smileys here).
User groups and MVP's and other community leaders and experts are jumping in and now the Midwest Management Summit (so also MMS in short) has been born. It is filled with great speakers, many from the community and MVP sides from all over the world. It is gearing up to be a great event and specialized into the field of System Center in connection also with PowerShell, Clouds and so on.
Have a look at this great lineup of sessions in the schedule: http://mms2014.sched.org/
Next I can inform you that I also will be speaking there in two sessions along with my long time friend, SCOM specialist and MVP Cameron Fuller
Check out our sessions here: http://mms2014.sched.org/speaker/bob.cornelissen
I hope to see you there. If you are attending the MMS, please feel free to catch me there and have a chat! That is also what these community based events are all about. I am very much looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the upcoming events in November. I will be attending the MVP Summit and this MMS of course!
Just now Microsoft announced the wave of main events of next year. The expected event which brings together several tech events like TechEd and Management Summit and Exchange/Lync/Sharepoint/Project conferences into one big event. Well here it is and it is called Microsoft Ignite. Scheduled May 4 to May 8 in Chicago. Read more about it on this page:
This page also lists some of the other conferences in the year like Convergence, Build and WPC.
The absolutely fabulous System Center Universe 2014 is today, 30 January 2014 in Houston during the whole day. In my case in Europe it is the second part of the afternoon until passed midnight.
Check out this great agenda with top speakers:
I am definately going to watch remotely through the live stream. I have been told that efforts will be made to record the sessions as well for later reference in case we need to miss something due to other lesser obligations such as work or sleep or whatever. Tssss
There are a good number of User Group locations where you can also watch the live stream in the comfort of the company of your System Center friends from nearby.
In past years our friends at Catapult Systems did a great job of organizing this event both on location and online. It has even gotten a following of other separate System Center Universe events in Europe and Asia at least. Fantastic! Not only fantastic that there are events in different parts of the world, but also in timing. Because there is no more MMS and it is merged with Teched USA there has to be more opportunities to talk about SYstem Center during the year and also in different locations. Of course never forget the User Groups which are very active all over the world. As you know I am also involved in one ( WMUG NL ). That is why we can appreciate any community based effort and I am happy to see many people also from Microsoft joining in to help with these kind of initiatives.
Also a shout out to our friends at the SCU and Houston and of course our friends at Catalpult Systems from the Dutch user group: Windows Management User Group Netherlands !!! Good luck and have lots of fun over there!
So go ahead and watch this edition of SCU !!!
Today, 22 January 2014 will be the first WMUG NL user group webinar of the year.
Our good friend and MVP Didier van Hoye is presenting: Troubleshooting Hyper-V Live Migration performance issues. It is going to be a great session and I can't wait
We start at 8 PM Amsterdam time zone.
The session will be hoested on Live Meeting through this link:
If you are connecting directly from the Live Meeting client:
Meeting ID: 643CCK
Attendee Entry Code: xGW9"7&"Q
Come join us at the Windows Management User Group Netherlands for these webinars!
We have several planned and there might be more on the way, depending also on speaker availability. If you are a potential speaker and interested in presenting a technical topic just contact me through bob at thedomainnameofmyblog.
According to a post from Brad Anderson the release date for several products will all be the same: 18 October 2013.
These are of course Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, SYstem Center 2012 R2 as main components.
Because these products were developed together and work together to form a number of great new scnearios these are also now release together and will work together as well.
So lets get ready for this!
Especially for our friends from the Netherlands and Belgium:
The next user group meeting from WMUG NL is at 17 September in De Meern in the Netherlands. The evening's topic is Virtualization and has great speakers like Ruben Spruijt, Henk Arts and James van den Berg !!!
Get more information and a registration link through this link (in Dutch): http://wmug.nl/2013/07/30/%ef%bb%bf-17-september-wmug-nl-bijeenkomst-met-als-thema-virtualisatie/ .
More information on the specific subjects these speakers will talk about will be shared on that page soon.
Hope to see you there!
First of all my apologies to all non-Dutch readers of this blog. A part of this posting will be in Dutch since it’s mainly targeted at the Dutch audience. It’s is all about a new User Group in the Netherlands, Windows Management User Group Nederland (WMUG).
WMUG is founded by Marnix Wolf, Peter Daalmans, Kenneth van Surksum and myself Bob Cornelissen. WMUG is aimed at everything involved with managing IT environments based on Microsoft technology. WMUG will serve as a platform for everyone involved with Microsoft technology. Besides the Microsoft technologies there is also room for other mainstream technologies like VMware and Citrix to name a few. It also creates the possibility not only to attend sessions but also to present sessions on topics people excel in. So WMUG is all about the community and for the community.
With the user group we want to provide a platform for and by people involved with managing the Microsoft Windows platform. Our first session will be held on the 22nd of May this year.
Nieuwe gebruikersgroep ziet het levenslicht
Op 22 mei zal de eerste bijeenkomst van de Windows Management User Group Nederland (WMUG NL) plaatsvinden. De WMUG NL zal zich richten op alles wat met het beheren van Microsoft Windows te maken heeft en wil een platform bieden voor iedereen die zich met het management van Microsoft Windows bezig houdt. Of je nu kennis wilt delen door evenementen bij te wonen of tijdens een evenement een presentatie wil houden, de WMUG NL biedt het platform.
Wat kan je van de WMUG NL verwachten?
Periodiek zal de WMUG NL bijeenkomsten in Nederland organiseren, tijdens deze bijeenkomsten zal het laatste nieuws en specifieke kennis over een product met de aanwezigen gedeeld worden. Natuurlijk zijn de avonden interactief zodat u uw ervaring ook met de aanwezigen kunt delen. Tevens zal de WMUG NL webcasts en een Nederlandstalig forum hosten.
Over wat voor producten wordt gesproken?
De focus van de WMUG NL beperkt zich niet alleen tot Microsoft producten zoals de System Center 2012 suite, de Windows familie en de virtualisatie oplossingen van Microsoft. Wij willen juist ook de combinatie maken met andere producten van bijvoorbeeld VMware en Citrix, denk dan aan VMware ESX of Citrix XenServer als virtualisatie platform ten opzichte van Hyper-V.
Wie of wat is de Windows Management User Group?
WMUG NL ben jij! Opgericht door een viertal actieve community leden, wil je echter meehelpen om dit nieuwe platform tot een succes te maken neem dan gerust contact met ons op, je bent van harte welkom! Want zoals gezegd, de community is er voor iedereen.
Hopelijk zien we je tijdens ons eerste evenement, je kunt je hier inschrijven. Wees er snel bij want de beschikbare plaatsen zijn beperkt. Meer informatie over ons eerste evenement op 22 mei vindt u hier.
Neem contact op via firstname.lastname@example.org
We hopen u tijdens onze eerste bijeenkomst te ontmoeten,
Kenneth van Surksum
This user group is for the community and by the community!
Nice, the MMS 2011 conference session DVD set just came in! Wow, it has three DVDs this year. Also shows that there is a lot of content (keynotes, breakout sessions, hands-on labs, slidedecks, vendor stuff). Will be sure to watch a few videos again soon.
Because of questions from two customers about high availability for Hyper-V virtual machines and NOT similar hardware between the hosts I was clicking around and found an interesting checking tool for processor compatibility for hosts that you want to add into a hyper-v cluster. This is because if virtual machines fail over and they discover they cant run the same processor feature set the failover will fail. And you might find out too late (like when it needs to failover!). Of course the ideal route would be to buy two or more exactly identical hosts and connect those to storage to create the cluster with. But in this case I was asked to check if I could find a combination with not similar machines and see if we can somehow make the virtuals higher available.
So first of all the technet page on hyper-v clustering (classic failover clustering but a page further the CSV live migration is also discussed).
And I found this tool the "Virtual Machine Migration Test Wizard":
With this one you can check in existing clusters, but also adding a machine to an existing cluster or just checking which machines you have running could be placed together in a cluster. This is all based at first on processor feature compatibility and is probably not the only thing you should check for
And in the comments of that page somebody also made a link to a short video explaining the why and how of this tool:
So, now lets see if I can play around with this a little.
As you might have heard Robert Bakker from Microsoft Netherlands organized that we could watch the keynote at their office through a live stream and have pizza afterwards. As one of the great things of the MMS is networking, we at least could meet up with a number of old friends again.
Stefan Stranger made a short video of our experience there.
At least we did get to see Raymond Chou and Marcus Oh!!!
Thanks Robert for organizing this and thanks to Stefan for the impression