MMS 2011 Day 2: The desktop keynote live blog

We're getting ready for the Day 2 keynote at MMS 2011, which is supposed to discuss the consumerization of IT. I fully expect to hear about desktop virtualization, apps, RemoteFX, and endpoints.

We're getting ready for the Day 2 keynote at MMS 2011, which is supposed to discuss the consumerization of IT. I fully expect to hear about desktop virtualization, apps, RemoteFX, and endpoints. I've heard some talk about demos with XenDesktop, and I'm anxious to see if we'll get a look at the elusive RemoteFX thin clients (don't hold your breath). I'll post updates here with the most recent at the top. 

You can watch the Day 1 keynote at, as well as take a look at my twitter notes from Day 1.

Ready? Here we go!

(The MMS 2011 Day 2 Keynote is over. Read from the bottom up to get our live take, and check back tomorrow for a writeup of my takeaways from MMS)

9:50 That's it for this keynote. The consumerization bits were really only in the first part, and I'm guessing by the fact that the Dynamic Memory demo was the same as what we heard about 5 months ago that we already know all of the public information about RFX and Microsoft's VDI initiatives. Still, a lot of information came out of this keynote. Next year MMS is at The Venetian again (where every room is a suite!). Sorry for the technical problems - we'll get it worked out next time!

9:46 InTune is on v2, and will be updated at a "cloud pace" with features being onboarded and released at frequent intervals. Microsoft expects this to become the premiere tool that people will use to manage their desktops from the cloud. Does that mean it will be the premiere tool that people will use to mange their desktops (that happens to come from the cloud), or do they expect that, for all cloud desktop management apps, InTune will be the premiere one. It sounds like semantics, but it all depends on whether organizations accept this in a widespread manor.

9:42 Seeing a demo of InTune. This really is cool stuff, and it's about time Microsoft put out a service like this. I think making it a cloud service is brilliant, actually. It's simliar to GoToMyPC or LogMeIn in that regard (as long as the machine is online and can contact the cloud service, you can get in), but the amount of items you can administer on one or many computers is amazing. Good work, Microsoft.


9:40 Having some serious internet problems, so the updates will come in blocks from here on.

9:37 Windows InTune is available TODAY. Managing PC's from the cloud. Who's using it? Is it a valuable thing? Will you replace or augment your existing management infrastructure with it? Will security departments let you? Don't get me wrong, I like the concept, but is it going to catch on.

9:32 Now we're watching SCCM managing Forefront. I'm curious who is using this now. By the applause here, you'd think it was a lot of people. So, if you're using it, post a comment below with your thoughts on it. I think the fact that you can manage it like this via SCCM (and especially now that it's in the core SCCM product) is pretty cool.


9:30 Forefront Endpoint Protection is moving from Enterprise CAL to the Core CAL. Everyone that has SCCM now owns Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010. Applause from everyone, except for the guys behind me that are too busy talking about help desk tickets.

9:25 Now we're seeing a Citrix XenDesktop running a video. My money is that it's using RFX, but it was actually a demonstration of a session running flawlessly on a fully loaded host with 120 sessions using Dynamic Memory.

9:22 Ha! PerfMon balked, Kleef took it in stride and launched a new PerfMon. Nice recovery! Also, proof that it's a live get bonus points for that in my book.

9:20 Blade server with 96GB of Ram got 85 virtual machines, and with SP1 with dynamic memory they were able to get 120 VMs. This is not news…we saw this at TechEd in November. It IS, however, a legitimate result. They used Logon VSI, and the demo process was very thorough. You can read about it in the comments of my TechEd Notes article from last November.

9:18 This demo is about using SCCM to filter desktops by machine type. SCCM now knows the difference between a physical and "personal" VDI desktop. It's a new hardware inventory class in CM, which you have to enable. I like it, but why isn't it just on by default? Since CM can now natively tell the type of client, you can policy accordingly for apps, updates, and so on. This really just automates something that I think people could do before with a little bit of manual labor.

9:12 Highest density of VDI sessions on Hyper-V in 2008 R2 SP1 (we've heard that before). RemoteFX and dynamic memory mentioned, and now it's demo time. Here comes Michael Kleef and Deb McFadden to show it off.

9:08 Just saw a demo of self-service apps. User went to a web interface and chose the app she wanted, which was then provisioned to her via SCCM. Providing apps that way isn't all that new, but the fact that the user did it on their own is impressive.

9:05 This is slick...You can do some more complex things, too, like superseding applications (it's intelligent enough to replace an older app with a newer one) based on policy.

9:03 Bill Anderson is giving a demo on SCCM Intelligent Application Delivery. Visio is set up as an application in SCCM, with three different deployment methods. App-V to VDI, App-V to Slate, and XenApp published. 

9:00 Integrates with Citrix...maybe the Citrix demo is coming up. I figured it would just be XenDesktop, but maybe there's some XenApp stuff in here, too.

8:58 Now we're hearing about making users productive anywhere. Interpreting policies realtime so that apps can be delivered in the most appropriate way. And with it all being device aware...the system can deploy apps in the most appropriate way. Called "Intelligent Application Delivery." Show me how it works!

8:54 This demo showed provisioning and wiping of a mobile phone. Except it was a Windows Mobile phone, so there's not as much of a WOW factor as there would be if it was something that wasn't Microsoft. Makes you wonder....

8:50 Wow...lost internet connection and lost last few posts. Bottom line is that SCCM will now policy and control Android, iOS, Symbian, and Windows Mobile devices! That's huge! Demo time. Check twitter for photos.

8:44 Beta 2 of SCCM 2012 is available for download. From what I'm hearing, this is a BIG deal, and is way more than just the evolution of SMS.

8:41 Brad Anderson is setting this up with an anecdote about how his family needs many devices, and how these kinds of devices are also entering the workplace. The blurring of the line between home and work. How do you deal with unique devices, personal PC's, corporate data on employee devices, etc... 

8:36 "This is the now generation....I want it now" blares the music. Sounds about right for a keynote about the consumerization of IT.


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