The SCOM clock – struck me as funny this morning…

Our youngest uses a stylish piece of SWAG as his alarm clock.  Its a Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 clock, given away at MMS 2008.

Pictures here (you can click the picture for a larger view):

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Since he’s been in school, we’ve not had to worry about shutting off the alarm in the mornings.  The alarm wakes our son, and then it goes off in it’s own time.  Being out of school for the past few days for the Thanksgiving holiday, we have come to realize that this thing does not have a Snooze button, nor any way of turning off the alarm except to remove the battery!

A SCOM (OpsMgr) Alert you CAN’T turn off!  Maybe there’s a MSKB about it somewhere.

The “official” word has gone out about the MMS 2008 Hands-on Lab Walkthrough DVD

I just received an email today concerning what we’ve been chatting about for the past couple days.  It’s not a secret any longer.  Here it is:

Dear MMS 2008 Attendee,

We are pleased to inform you that additional collateral has been created and is being sent to you.  The MMS 2008 Hands-on Lab Walkthrough DVD contains video recordings of the most popular Hands-on Lab topics offered during the event with an audio commentary, allowing you to review the labs with a step-by-step commentary explaining the key procedures covered. In addition, the DVD contains soft copies of the Hands-on Lab manuals used at the event.

This e-mail serves as confirmation that your MMS 2008 Hands-on Lab Walkthrough DVD set has been shipped and you should be receiving it within 1-2 weeks (International locations may take longer).  The DVD set has been sent via the U.S. Postal Service to the address included with your registration information.  

If you do not receive your DVD set within the specified time, please e-mail for further assistance.

Thanks again for your participation in MMS 2008!

MMS 2008 Team

The MMS 2008 Hands-on Lab Walkthrough DVD to be available for purchase from the Microsoft store

The MMS 2008 Hands-on Lab Walkthrough DVD is currently being shipped to be on-hand for purchase from the Microsoft store.  It should be available there soon.  I’ll let you know when it’s ready for purchase.

In the mean time, the MMS 2008 DVD is still available for purchase from there.

Current MMS 2008 DVD:

The “secret” MMS 2008 Hands-on Lab Walkthrough DVD

The DVD that showed up in my mailbox this weekend was a surprise to me, as it has turned out to be a surprise to others who attended MMS 2008.  Apparently, it was also a surprise to some folks at Microsoft, too.  Not that it showed up, but that it showed up AHEAD of schedule.  Since the DVD shipped AHEAD of schedule there was no chance for a major build-up about this DVD release.

The DVD is the result of a secret project that Microsoft has been working on for a while.  The DVD is a culmination of the most popular labs from MMS, with scripted manuals in the format similar to the breakout recordings.

The idea was that while not providing the full hands-on experience, it can at least provide some of the key lessons in a lab. 

The benefits are that:

  • They can be easily shared
    • No issues with massive VHD files and product licenses
  • They take less time to complete
    • The hourglass time has been edited out
    • No time wasted reading instructions
    • o Some 75 minute labs take only 15 minutes to walk-through

Take some time to check it out when you receive it and drop me a line to let me know what you think:  The MMS folks at Microsoft are needing your feedback so they can improve on this offering for MMS 2009.