MMS 2009 provides the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions and technologies from Microsoft and how to apply them in your organization. This year the topics will focus on how integrated solutions can help to lower costs and increase efficiency while maximizing availability.

Physical Virtual Powerful

The theme of Microsoft Management Summit is Physical – Virtual – Powerful, reflecting how integrated management of both physical and virtual environments, across the data center and on the desktop, can lead to powerful yet cost-effective solutions.

Sessions will also show how System Center products and solutions can help you capture and aggregate knowledge about your infrastructure, policies, processes and best practices to build manageable systems and automate operations in order to reduce costs, improve application availability and enhance service delivery.

One area of focus at MMS 2009 will be how to apply virtualization techniques within existing IT implementations with demonstrations of how such solutions can be deployed, configured and managed effectively. Managing the deployment and configuration phases of such initiatives will be discussed with an emphasis on the efficiency gained through optimal virtualization design.

Learn from the Experts

The sessions at MMS 2009 will again be presented by the top experts in the Windows IT Management. Staff from the Microsoft product teams representing the System Center, Windows Server, Windows Client, Security and Solution Accelerator teams will be covering the latest releases, updates and solutions available for IT Management.

In addition many industry experts and consultants will be presenting the latest best practices and real-world tips and tricks they have developed on customer sites. This includes topics presented by the internal Microsoft IT team, who are typically the first to deploy and manage all Microsoft IT solutions in a live environment.

Finally, you will also be able to hear from your peers – other members of the IT community who have advice, real world lessons and powerful shortcuts to share. Customers actively using Microsoft products to manage their IT environment will be presenting real-world case studies based on their own experiences.

Hands-on Labs

Hands-on Labs, always one of the most popular offerings at MMS, return with even more topics in 2009. Once again a wide range of self-paced and instructor-led lab topics will be provided, allowing attendees to try out a variety of products, solutions and technologies live. Lab topics will cover scenarios such as deployment, upgrade, configuration and administration across a wide range of environments.

This year new lab topics are being added to demonstrate how to integrate multiple products to implement solution scenarios such as “Data Protection and Disaster Recovery” and “End-Point Security Management”.

System Center Solution Scenarios

Some of the solutions enabled by System Center products which will be described in detail during sessions and labs at MMS 2009 will include:

Solutions for Dynamic Datacenters

  • Configuration Management
  • Server Compliance
  • End-to-End Monitoring
  • Data Protection and Recovery
Solutions for Dynamic Desktops

  • Adaptive Application Delivery
  • Client Infrastructure Monitoring
  • End-Point Security Management
  • Simplified Windows Vista Deployment
  • Remote PC Diagnostic and Repair
  • Configuration Compliance
Solutions for Managing Microsoft Applications

  • Optimizing SharePoint
  • SQL Server Management
  • Windows Server Management
Solutions to Optimize and Secure Your Core Infrastructure
Learn how you can optimize and better secure your core infrastructure with integrated management and security solutions from Microsoft that reduce system complexity to help control costs, improve service levels, and increase business agility.

Current and Future Product Coverage

Microsoft Management Products and Technologies which will be covered by topics during MMS 2009 include:

  • System Center Capacity Planner
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007
  • System Center Essentials 2007
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
  • System Center Mobile Device Manager 2008
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for SA (MDOP) including:
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
  • System Center Service Manager

Management Technologies and Solution Accelerator Topics

The content at MMS 2009 will also include topics covering a number of Microsoft’s existing management technologies and Solution Accelerators.:

Management Technologies
These topics cover critical management components delivered as part of the Windows platform, providing key management services.

  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0
  • Windows PowerShell
  • Windows Installer
  • Windows Server Manager
  • WMI / WinRM / WS-Management
Solution Accelerators
Microsoft Solution Accelerators are free, authoritative resources designed to help IT Professionals proactively plan, integrate, and operate IT systems.

  • Desktop Accelerator Suite
  • Server Accelerator Suite
  • Virtualization Accelerator Suite
  • Security Accelerator Suite
  • IT Compliance & Governance Accelerator Suite
  • Collaboration Accelerator Suite

Heterogeneous Management Topics

Given the broadly heterogeneous nature of today’s IT space, cross-platform and cross-vendor management is also critical to managing the environment effectively. Consequently, a number of sessions during MMS 2009 will focus on:

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