Activities are rolling ahead for this year’s Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), which will be held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas from April 7th through April 12th. For those of you with a bend for country music, you might also be aware that the Association of Country Music awards are taking place on the opening day of the conference in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (I’m still trying to figure a way to take advantage of that!)

What is Microsoft Management Summit?

Microsoft Management Summit is an annual conference dedicated to IT management. It offers five days of hands-on-labs, presentations, and community events with Microsoft staff, Microsoft MVPs, and other industry experts. If you’re involved in any aspect of systems management, including configuration, operations, virtualization and help desk, this conference is likely to have something of interest to you. If you’ve not yet registered, it’s not too late (although you will have to arrange your own hotel accommodations).


This year, sessions are being presented in eight different technical tracks:

  • Access & Information Protection
  • Application Management
  • Desktop Client
  • Desktop Virtualization
  • Infrastructure Monitoring & Management
  • Service Delivery & Automation
  • Unified Device Management
  • Windows Server & Azure Infrastructure

As you might expect, that content will be heavily wrapped around Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012.

MMS Content Online

If you can’t attend, don’t worry, because all of the session content is also published online. MMS 2012 offered over 160 sessions, and you can review any of the session content from MMS 2012 online today with just a social networking logon (WindowsID, LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook). The 2013 content will be available online shortly after the conference ends, and there are currently 305 sessions listed in the content catalog.

MMS Presentation

I will be co-presenting a session with Kent Agerlund titled Managing Third-Party Updates with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1. Kent is a Senior Consultant with Coretech A/S in Denmark and a Microsoft MVP. He blogs on the Coretech blog and recently authored a must-read book about implementing Configuration Manager 2012 in small- and medium-sized organizations. In our presentation, we’ll be talking about the various ways Configuration Manager can be used to manage and deploy third-party updates. The presentation is currently scheduled for Sunday, April 7th at 5:00pm PDT. (Which should get me out in time to go party with my ACM friends, eh?)

SolarWinds Booth #712

SolarWinds will also have a booth in the Expo Hall, so come by and say Hi! We’d love to meet you, chat with you, show you some products you don’t yet have, or help you answer any questions about the ones you do have. You’ll find us in Booth 712.

Webcast with Wally Mead

To kick off that week’s worth of festivities, this Thursday (March 28th) at 11:00am CDT, SolarWinds is hosting a webcast with Wally Mead. Wally is a well-known expert in all things related to Configuration Manager. He and I are going to chat (well, he’s going to chat, I’m just going to ask questions and listen) about:

  • Service Pack 1 enhancements in Configuration Manager 2012 (and there are a LOT of cool enhancements!)
  • Using Microsoft Intune with Configuration Manager for mobile device management
  • The educational opportunities at MMS2013, including presentations and the hands-on-labs.


Plus a special bonus: Questions from the viewers! If you register now for the webcast, you’ll have an opportunity to submit a question of your own for Wally. We’re going to pick the best of the best tomorrow (Wednesday), and Wally will answer those questions live in the webcast Thursday. Hope to see you all there!