Monday, April 8, 2013

MMS 2013 Kicks Off - Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

It's that time of year again when the Microsoft Management Summit 2013 kicks off in Las Vegas for a week of System Center sessions, community networking and of course a little fun (it is Vegas)!

I've been lucky enough to be able to attend MMS 2011 and also MMS 2012 and coming back here for MMS 2013, I sure feel like a veteran now! The week ahead for us attendees is packed full with sessions, instructor led labs, certification tracks and meet and greets.

Yesterday (Sunday) saw us register for the event (the registration process was a million times more efficient than last year's madness) and receive our swag which included a new laptop bag, a handy little zipper case for packing our power supplies, a pen, a 1GB USB key, a notebook, an MMS 2013 badge and a flashing necklace light which doubles up as our MMS 2013 closing party access key.

Although I'm not a huge fan of the bag this year (it's more to do with my own personal dislike for those type of laptop satchels than the actual quality of the bag itself), I've spoken with some other attendees and they're more than happy with it.

After registration there were a small number of sessions available to whet our appetite for the week ahead and myself and Damian Flynn headed into a session on "Updating 3rd Party Applications with System Center". The session was pretty cool and demonstrated how to use SCUP and SCCM to maintain your non-Microsoft applications - such as the never ending update app Java!

When we finished with that session, it was into a really cool private meeting between the attending System Center MVP's and Microsoft's Brad Anderson.

Today (Monday) is when the event kicks off fully and we have an early 08:30 start to attend the Keynote Speech before we then get stuck into the days packed schedule. If you want to see the Keynote Speech live, then make sure you're logged onto the official MMS 2013 micro-site and also the Channel 9 MMS 2013 channel. Links for both are below:

I'll try to keep the blog updated over the coming days so stay tuned!

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