At last week's Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas
, Microsoft execs tried to pitch their vision for cloud computing to the 5,300-plus systems administrator attendees of the meeting.
They promised that the shiny new features of Microsoft System Center 2012 will revolutionize our lives. In the keynote, the features all demoed perfectly.
But we weren't there for the keynotes—we were there for the education sessions.
Sessions are about reality—how we take the System Center software and make it work in our environments, with a limited budget and resources.
This isn't to say the MMS crowd doesn't get excited about Microsoft's management products—we do, and we know that's weird. (Talk at the closing party for MMS included discussion of who got their photo taken with Wally Mead—"He’s like the father of ConfigMgr!”)
We just happen to be the same people who have spent more of our lives reading Microsoft knowledge base articles and banging our heads against obscure errors than we would like to talk about.