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2014 in review

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

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The Best things Life are Free

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Santa

In the spirit of Christmas, while you were all creating your wish lists for Santa, I created a list of free Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses. Consider it my gift to you. I’m not suggesting that you skip out on the festivities and complete some training but perhaps this is something to integrate into a New Year’s resolution.

Merry Christmas.

Course Name Audience Product  Theme 
Licensing Windows Server 2012 R2 IT Generalist Windows Server Fundamentals
Understanding Active Directory Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
Windows 8.1 Deployment Jump Start IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2 Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Moving to Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Windows 8.1 Update for Enterprise Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
What’s New in Windows® 8.1 for IT Professionals IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials IT Generalist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Windows Azure Pack: Infrastructure as a Service Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System Center Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Microsoft Azure IaaS Deep Dive Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Advanced Tools & Scripting with PowerShell 3.0 Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Security Fundamentals IT Generalist Windows Server Fundamentals
Microsoft Desktop Virtualization Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
What’s New in System Center 2012 R2 Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
VMware to Hyper-V Migration Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Office 365 ProPlus Deployment for IT Pros IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
DevOps: An IT Pro Guide IT Generalist Windows Server DevOps
The Microsoft Hybrid Cloud: Best Practices Guidance Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Automation
Transform the Datacenter Immersion V3 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Migrating VMs from Amazon AWS to Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Migrating Legacy Windows Server to 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure IT Generalist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Windows 8.1 To Go IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Mobility
Defense in Depth: Windows 8.1 Security Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows 8.1 User Readiness Toolkit Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Server 2012 R2 Virtualization Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
Windows Performance Jump Start IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
What’s New in Windows 8.1 Update Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Server 2003 End of Support Migration Overview Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager & Windows Intune Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
MDOP User Experience Virtualization Deep Dive Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Server MCSA Certification Objective Domain Review IT Generalist Windows Server Fundamentals
Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
What’s New in Windows 8.1 Security Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Virtualizing & Managing SQL Server Microsoft Cloud OS Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Networking IT Generalist Windows Server Fundamentals
“Corporate Apps Anywhere”> Anytime with Microsoft Azure RemoteApp” Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Microsoft Azure: Site-to-Site VPN Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Automation
Automating the Cloud with Azure Automation Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Automation
System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Management Pack Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
Preparing for the Windows 8.1 MCSA Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
Windows Intune for IT Professionals Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Mobility
Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Jump Start: New Choices Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
MDOP Application Virtualization Deep Dive Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Phone 8.1 Enterprise Mobility Management Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Mobility
Cloud Network Automation: DDI/IPAM Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
What’s New in VDI for Windows Server 2012 R2 and 8.1 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Server 2012 R2: Server Management and Automation Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
The Server and Cloud Enrollment Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Hybrid Cloud Workloads: Disaster Recovery and High Availability Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Utilizing SysInternals Tools for IT Pros IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Hybrid Cloud Workloads: Storage and Backup Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Expanding Office 365 with Enterprise Mobility Suite IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Mobility
System Center 2012 R2: ITIL for IT Pros Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
System Center 2012 R2 Advisor for IT Pros Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Small Business: Migrating from Windows XP to Windows 8.1 IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
IT Service Management with System Center 2012 R2 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Small Business: What’s New in Windows® 8.1 for IT Professionals IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Deploying a Configuration Manager 2012 R2 Hierarchy Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Windows 8.1 Modern LOB Application Deployment Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Hybrid Cloud Workloads-Websites Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Licensing the Microsoft Private Cloud Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Enhanced Windows Data Encryption Training Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Move to Hybrid Cloud with System Center & Windows Azure Jump Start Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Automation & Self-Service with System Center 2012 R2 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Windows Application Compatibility and Migration Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Enterprise Mobility Immersion V3.1 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
App Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012 R2 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Infrastructure Provisioning and Management with System Center 2012 R2 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Infrastructure Monitoring with System Center 2012 R2 Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Windows Server 2012 R2 Access and Information Protection Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
Virtualizing & Managing SharePoint with Microsoft Cloud OS Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Small Business: Windows 8.1 Modern LOB Application Deployment IT Generalist Windows Server Enterprise Device Infrastructure
Windows Server 2012 R2: Web and Application Platform IT Generalist Windows Server Fundamentals
System Center 2012 SP1 Automation Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Service Management Automation with Windows Azure Pack Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Hybrid Cloud Automation
Hybrid Cloud Workloads SQL Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Datacenter Cloud Extension
Windows Server 2012 R2: Using IP Address Management (IPAM) Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Azure Resource Manager DevOps Jump Start IT Generalist Windows Server DevOps
Securing Your DM Infrastructure with Role-Based Admin Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Enterprise Mobility
Virtualizing & Managing Exchange with Microsoft Cloud OS Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Infrastructure Modernization
Powershell Essentials Infrastructure Specialist Windows Server Fundamentals
C# Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners Developer
Programming in C# Jump Start Developer
Windows Store App Development Essentials with C# Refresh Jump Start Developer
Advanced Windows Store App Development using C# Refresh Jump Start Developer
Designing Your XAML UI with Blend Jump Start Developer
XAML Deep Dive for Windows & Windows Phone Apps Jump Start Developer
Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start Developer
Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Refresh Jump Start Developer
Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start Developer
Building Windows Store Apps for iOS Developers Jump Start Developer
Gaming Engines for Windows 8 Jump Start Developer
Windows Phone 8 Development for Absolute Beginners Developer
Building Apps for Windows Phone 8 Jump Start Developer
Applying ALM with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start Developer
Administering Visual Studio TFS 2012 Jump Start Developer
Software Testing with Visual Studio 2012 Jump Start Developer
Developing ASP.NET MVC4 Web Applications Jump Start Developer
HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners Developer
Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start Developer
Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start Developer
Developing Windows Azure and Web Services Jump Start Developer
Building Business Apps with Visual Studio Lightswitch Developer
Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions Developer
Introduction to C++/DirectX Game Development Developer
Porting Unity Games to Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone Developer
Windows 8.1 UX Design Jump Start Developer
Windows Azure Web Sites – Deep Dive Jump Start Developer
What’s New in Visual Studio 2013 Jump Start Developer
Developing SharePoint Server Advanced Solutions Jump Start Developer
C++: A General Purpose Language and Library Developer
Windows 8.1 Developer Training: Geek Edition Developer

What’s in My … Messenger Bag?

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My Surface Pro 3 512 GB / Intel Core i7 Just arrived today. I’ll let you know how far off base Mitch is shortly.

The World According to Mitch

As I have written previously I recently picked up a Microsoft Surface Pro 3, and despite a couple of minor annoyances it truly is a wonderful device. Because I have not been traveling as much as I did over the past few years, I have taken the opportunity to downsize my carry-load.

My sister called me a couple of weeks ago with the news that her new company device would be a Surface Pro 3, and asked me what accessories she should make sure she picks up. We had a conversation about the keyboard, battery life, and so on. Jennifer and I don’t speak all that often, and it was a nice excuse to talk.

Last week a friend and fellow MVP told me that his device was being delivered shortly. He knew that I had downsized my carry load, and with that knowledge, and knowing that we have the…

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BitLocker To Go Best Practices

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BitLocker To Go is Microsoft’s removable media encryption solution. It uses the same underlying disk encryption technology as BitLocker (for fixed disks) but is designed to address the use cases around removable media. For example, sensitive data is copied to a USB key and lost. If the key is protected with BitLocker To Go, if the key is found, the data is unreadable on a device that hasn’t viewed the data previously without a PIN. This renders the data essentially useless except by an authorized user.

There are dozens of configuration options managed through policy objects that can be used to control BitLocker. There is plenty of information already on TechNet here.

I’m not going to get into the fine details of each individual policy. I’m going to provide a framework to help you decide what combination of configuration options will meet a particular use case. Most organizations need to understand how they want to implement BitLocker To Go. A good starting point is to by considering the following questions:

  1. Do you want to enforce the encryption of removable media or leave encryption to the user’s discretion?
  2. Do you want to prevent the reading of data from removable media not authored within the organization (E.g. read a key from a vendor, or a personal a user’s personal unencrypted key)
  3. Do you want to prevent writing to unencrypted removable media devices?

Most organizations will not want to leave the decision whether or not to encrypt removable media to the discretion of the end user. This involves a training burden and sound judgment by the end user. Ultimately there is no way to ensure or measure compliance.

Typically, an organization will want to ensure compliance. This involves creating a process to centrally encrypt USB keys and have a request/authorization process for users that need to right to keys.

  1. The scenario for USB keys is something like the following:
  2. Users can read from unencrypted USB keys (personal or from partners, vendors, etc.)
  3. Users are prevented from writing to unencrypted keys
  4. Users who need to write to a USB key go through the request and approval process.
  5. The Service Desk encrypts a key and delivers it along with the PIN and use instructions.
  6. Users are prompted for a PIN on first use of an encrypted key on a particular machine and can then write to the key
  7. If USB key is lost or stolen, it cannot be read except on a machine that has previously read the Key or by entering the PIN (or smartcard)

To implement the above scenario the following GPOs can be used as a starting point:

Group Policy

Setting

Allow users to apply BitLocker protection on removable data drives

Disabled

Allow users to suspend and decrypt BitLocker protection on removable data drives

Disabled

Do not allow write access to devices configured in another organization

Disabled

Do not install BitLocker To Go Reader on FAT formatted removable drives

Enabled

Require password for removable data drive

Enabled

Allow Data Recovery Agent

Enabled

Omit recovery options from BitLocker setup wizard

Enabled

Save BitLocker recovery information to AD DS for removable data drives

Enabled

Do not enable BitLocker until recovery information is stored in AD DS for removable data drives

Enabled

Require use of smart cards on removable data drives

Enabled

Notes from the field: How to demo with Windows 8.1 and Hyper-V

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I often get asked to do presentations at conferences or user group meetings and although I drive a mean PowerPoint, I feel that showing the actual product and putting it through a few laps adds value and credibility to the production. I’m doing a user group presentation in Montreal next week and I was setting up for it with a colleague of mine. HE asked some interesting questions about why I was setting up my laptop a certain way and I realized that I take for granted that I have been cursed by the demo and presentation gods so many times that I have a few tricks up my sleeve to thwart them. Here are a few of the things I do to minimize the impact of unknown venues with unknown networks:

  1. Always have a backup of your presentation and and demo VMs.  An external drive and/or a cloud drive SkyDrive or Google Drive can be a real saviour when something unexpected happens.
  2. Always rehearse your demos in the environment you will be presenting in to see how it runs and looks in the venue. Make any changes or restructure the presentation to accommodate for any issues. You don’t want to be surprised on camera.
  3. Have a backup internet connection avaialbe. A portable hotspot or a mobile phone that has internet connection sharing (like my Nokia Lumia 920)
  4. Always have a local demo available, even if it’s just a screen recording like Camtasia (full disclosure: TechSmith gives Microsoft MVPs free Camtasia and SnagIt licenses – I also like Faststone Capture since it is inexpensive and also runs as a portable application from a USB key ). Relying on a remote demo is asking for trouble. If you can’t connect to your demo environment for some reason (VPN blocked, network stability, etc.). Also if something goes wrong in the remote location, it is very difficult to troubleshoot.
  5. If you have multiple systems as part of your demo (virtual or physical) consider using the Sysinternals tool  BGINFO or a custom wallpaper with the machine name and/or description to make the different systems readily apparent to the audience (and sometimes to you).
  6. Make sure your passwords are current and you know what they are.  Consider setting demo password properties to “never expire”.
  7. Set the task bars on your remote demo systems to be in a location other than your primary system so that you don’t get confused as to which task bar you are launching from.
  8. Explain to the audience the limitations of the demo environment (hardware, data sets, connections to complementary systems, etc.) so that they understand why your demo is designed in a particular way and that it may not be reflective of how a production implementation would work.

I’ve been using Windows 8 and 8.1 since both were in customer preview and I’ve really come to depend on Hyper-V for my demo environment. Before windows 8, I would either boot Server 2008 R2 (or server core) to have a hypervisor available (see my previous blog post about that environment. Before that I would use VMware Workstation or Virtual Box. But they weren’t ideal for every use case as they are type 2 hypervisors not type 1.

I’ve got a few tricks that I use in my demo environment to help build it out and make it present better:

  1. Don’t rely on the Hyper-V Virtual Machine Connection. Enable remote desktop services in your VMs and connect them to an internal network. This allows you to do two things that you cannot do with the Virtual Machine Connection:
    1. Adjust the screen resolution to meet the needs of the display devices at the venue
    2. Map local resources like USB drives and printers.
  2. A cool feature in Windows 8.x and Server 12.x is the ability mount an ISO directly in the OS. Unfortunately, you can’t mount an ISO that is connected through RDP device mapping. You will get the following error:

However, you can mount it in the host OS, it will appear as a DVD drive, and then you access it from the guest VM:

If the demo VM(s) need(s) an internet connection, I like to use ICS to share my wireless connection with my demo VMs. I like this better than the Hyper-V virtual switch bridge because the IP addresses won’t keep changing with the venue. This makes it easier to RDP to them. For step-by-step instruction on how to share a wireless connections try these posts:

  1. Using ICS

  1. Using the virtual switch

You want me to pay twice? Why aren’t more organizations SCEPtical?

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I’m not a licensing expert and I don’t play one on TV but it occurs to me that many organizations are paying twice for their endpoint protection solutions. I have been involved in over two dozen System Center 2012 Configuration Manager deployments and only one of the organizations was even mildly interested in System Center Endpoint Protection. My understanding is that the System Center Endpoint Protection (SCEP) CAL is included in the System Center 2012 Configuration Manager CAL. So at least from a licensing perspective if you already have Configuration Manager, you have SCEP. So why are organizations paying Symantec, McAfee, Trend, or some other endpoint protection vendor in addition to Microsoft? I understand that SCEP may not fit the bill for some organizations and that they may have specific requirements that need to be addressed by their chosen solution but doesn’t it make sense to at least evaluate the SCEP option – especially if you have already paid for it? What are some of the possible reasons that SCEP is flying under the radar of most organizations?

  1. Microsoft isn’t in the Gartner Magic Quadrant, they are in the Challenger’s quadrant.
  2. There have been very few independent reviews of SCEP apart from one pseudo review since it really isn’t a stand-alone product but part of a suite.
  3. Microsoft isn’t really pushing the solution since there is no financial upside (the product is already sold, just not deployed).
  4. Organizations are complacent and don’t have the time or desire to make a change.

What are some of the reason’s that an organization might want to try out SCEP?

  1. Save money! The license is already owned as part of Configuration Manager. Why continue to pay another provider until you’ve at least evaluated it for your particular use cases?
  2. Minimize infrastructure and administrative overhead. Configuration Manager already has the infrastructure for managing client configurations and moving software and updates to them as part of software distribution and patch management solutions. This is essentially the same managing endpoint policies and distributing malware signature files. Why maintain a duplicate infrastructure for third party endpoint clients and signature files and train administrators on multiple products?
  3. Unified security posture visibility. When you need to understand your complete desktop security posture, do you want to get one report from your endpoint solution and another form your patch management solution to and try to correlate the data to understand your actual security posture? Wouldn’t you rather have a single repository for all of the relevant data and be able to create a unified report? What about integrating endpoint protection policies with compliance management built in to Configuration Manager?

What are you waiting for? Start being SCEPtical. Turn on System Center Endpoint Protection!

Hyper-V vs. vSphere…and the Winner Is Service Manager?

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I often get asked why I like Hyper-V or why I don’t like VMware. The answer, strangely, isn’t about technology. Anybody that knows me well, knows that I’m not a technology bigot. Meaning I don’t get fanatical about particular companies or pieces of technology. In my house we have six tablets. A Surface RT, a Surface Pro (soon to be replaced by a Pro 2), 3 Android tablets, and an iPad. They all get used on a regular basis. There is no favourite.  Just a preference for one device over the other based on the particular use case in question and the strengths of each device at addressing that use case. I’ve used VMware products for years and I like them. They have met many of the requirements I’ve had for a long time.

So how does this relate to Microsoft vs. VMware? Well, I see a lot of fanaticism over VMware. A large percentage IT Pros really love it and many are fanatical about it. They are quick to criticize alternatives (like Hyper-V) without having all of the facts. Another issue is that most people see the results of past consumption and mistake it for current market trends. Let me explain that with an example. Currently Android phones outsell iPhones however, most people see more iPhone sin use that Android phones because iPhones have been around longer have had past sales success. What is being seen is phones that were purchased over the last several years still in use.

Enough digressions. Back to Microsoft and VMware. Historically, VMware has had the edge over Microsoft in the hypervisor market. With Hyper-V 3, most experts would agree that the gap has narrowed enough that for most organizations, the differences are insignificant from a pure technical capabilities perspective. It’s like choosing between a Honda and a Toyota. Both vendors have offerings in every major segment. Most consumers would be equally well served by a Camry or an Accord but preferences still abound. In the virtualization world, there are many other factors to consider such as migration costs, retraining, new licensing, etc. VMware has had very strong technical offerings for a long time and the investments made by many organizations can’t easily be shifted. Of course, historically, there are many examples of a technically superior product being eclipsed (BetaMax vs. VHS, Amiga vs. PC, FLAC vs. MP3). It also isn’t about first or early movers in a market. Consider Blackberry losing 33% market share in 2012 while Android now has nearly 80% market share in the smartphone market. Of course, depending on when you read this the current market share may be very different.

So back to my previous statement “It isn’t about technology”. I’ve shown examples of a superior product losing out as well as examples of an early mover with a dominant market position being eclipsed by a relative newcomer. If not technology, what’s it about then?

Well, I’m an IT Pro. Any IT Pro worth his salt will tell you that the three key elements of a successful IT rollout of any system are People, Process, and Technology. Not necessarily in that order, but all three ingredients are required for success.

As I’ve mentioned previously, VMware has great technology and Microsoft is no slouch either. We can remove people from the equation since both Microsoft and VMware have access to the pretty much the same talent pool and really, the people that matter most aren’t the vendor’s staff but the enterprise customers’ datacenter staff. So a talented VMware administrator could easily be a talented Microsoft administrator. Using the same logic, you might conclude that the processes that are used in enterprise datacenters would also be a wash between VMware and Microsoft implementations and for the most part you’d be right. However I believe Microsoft has an edge. Here’s why:

Microsoft has a long history of supporting cloud/online services that process billions of transactions a year. Consider Hotmail/Outlook.com, XBOX Live, Office 365, Azure, as a few examples with revenue Microsoft has had to develop some fairly robust processes for managing their datacenters. This isn’t new for Microsoft. Consider the ITIL based Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) currently at version 4.0 has been around since 2000. VMware doesn’t have an online services history to learn the hard lessons of datacenter management or the history of helping customers manage their datacenters from a process perspective. Microsoft has taken the battlefield tested processes they’ve used for over a decade and incorporated many of them into one of the newer and lesser known products in the System Center suite, Service Manager.

Service Manager helps organizations align business processes with technology delivery to create efficiencies in service delivery. The product is tightly integrated with the rest of the system Center suite (especially products like Operations Manager, and Configuration Manager) as well as Active Directory.  The rich CMDB provided by Service Manager helps to manage the inevitable VM sprawl that accompanies virtualization.  It is also  a great platform to bolt on a  SAM/ITAM solution like the one from Provance (Full disclosure:  Provance is headquartered a few kilometres from my homeand I know many of their staff professionally – We’ve worked on joint projects and I’ve had more than a few drinks with them over the years.).

Until VMware has a similar offering, organizations that want to enable IT Service Management (ITSM) best practices, will find it much easier with a Microsoft private cloud solution than with a VMware solution.

BTW – Market share numbers for last year shows an interesting trend in the hypervisor adoption rates:

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Source – Wall street Journal / IDC

Are we in the midst of a Blackberry like decline for VMware?