I’ve never had a ‘proper’ test/development environment for System Center products. I’ve used both client systems and VMs I’d spin up through VirtualBox. That will be changing.
I placed an order a few days ago for a new server – featuring a 2.8Ghz Quad core Xeon and 12GB of ram, it will begin a brand new environment – and I’ll be screencasting all of the most relevant parts of it.
We’ll cover sizing, install, deployment, security – and move on to extending OpsMgr by utilizing the SDK service, designing custom reports – and a lot more.
In the mean time, while I painfully await the arrival of a shiny box from DHL, I’m working on the framework for 2 new side projects – one of which I think you’ll all be quite happy with; the much awaited SCOPE – System Center OpsMgr Powershell Extentions – a collaborative operation between me, Marco Shaw, Cameron Fuller, Pete Zerger and – you, possibly. We’re at the very early stages of SCOPE, and could definitely use people now and down the road – especially C# programmers and those familiar with creating PowerShell snapins. If you’d like to help, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know what you can do.