Extreme ConfigMgr: The Cruise Ship

In this series, I am moving away from technical posts to bring a bit of thought and humour. I will be writing about some what if scenarios in the world of systems management. In this first post we are looking at how a company might go about looking after the systems on a cruise ship, sailing around the open oceans.

Our cruise company is in the business of sailing paying customers around exotic destinations. Our customers enjoy the open oceans, having fun, drinking, eating and having their photo taken. Behind the scenes though a crisis is brewing. The problem is that the photographer seems to have a problem with his laptop and cannot download any of his images.

He keeps backups but this wont help sell any photos of people having a great time. No worries though, the ship has internet access. Why is this good? Well luckily for our photographer the cruise company manage their devices using System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and this also means that our cruise ship has a secondary site attached to the management hierarchy over the satellite internet connection back to HQ.

Panic over for the photographer as he finds out he can visit the bridge and reinstall his operating system on his laptop, not only will he get the upgrade he has been meaning to do for ages but thanks to user device affinity and user state migration all his local files and centrally managed applications will be reinstalled with content from the local distribution point on the secondary site.

In 40 minutes or so the photographer is back up and running with no lost data thanks to ConfigMgr.


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About Martyn

Martyn is one of the Senior Cloud Architects and DevOps Team Leader at one of the worlds leading Cloud Transformation Specialists Inframon. Martyn is responsible for the architecture of some of the largest Azure deployments in EMEA and is a advisor to a many businesses on their strategies. Martyn is a regular speaker at Microsoft events and community events on Azure and DevOps, giving his insight to a growing number of audiences.

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