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What to expect at MMS 2012

This year’s Microsoft Management Summit will kick off in a few short days in Las Vegas, and we’ll be watching closely to find the new technologies and products that will impact IT pros in the coming months. Along with our Senior Executive Editor Ed Scannell, Jack Madden (from will be at the show, and he’s put together a list of topics he’ll be looking for from a desktop virtualization and consumerization perspective.

We’re expecting a lot of discussion about System Center 2012, which should officially launch next week. We’ll be paying particular attention to the updates to Configuration Manager and Virtual Machine Manager, any licensing information, and looking at how the revamped management suite ties into Microsoft’s overall cloud strategy. Of course, Windows Server 8, Hyper-V 3.0 and PowerShell v3 will be topics to keep an eye on, though there likely won’t be much news coming on these products during the show.

Are you attending MMS 2012? What are your plans – sessions you plan to attend, people to meet, parties to crash? What would you like us to cover? Let us know in the comments, or on Twitter (@WindowsTT).

If you can’t make it to Vegas, you can still watch the live-streamed keynotes from Microsoft Management and Security Division vice president Brad Anderson on both Tuesday and Wednesday, and breakout sessions will be archived. Follow the #MMS2012 hashtag for updates all week long, and look out for our news coverage here and on

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