Lowlands Unite 2017: Registration is open!

September 15, 2017 at 9:51 am in Uncategorized by Dieter Wijckmans

Hear hear. Registrations opened for Lowlands Unite 2017 Belgium edition. This Belgian event is in cooperation with http://www.wmug.nl and is a unique concept to exchange speakers between the dutch and belgian user groups. Mix this with international speakers and you know you’ll have an event you don’t want to miss…

The agenda’s for both tracks are live.

This year we are holding the event in Mechelen at a renovated old brewery:

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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get insights in the new techonlogies, notes from the field en mingle with experts and peers during our networking drink with the finest beers from Mechelen.

Register below and see you on the 19th of October!

Lowlands Unite 2017: Agenda CDM track

September 15, 2017 at 9:39 am in Uncategorized by Dieter Wijckmans

We are at full speed now organizing the Lowlands Unite 2017 Belgium edition. The next step is here! Showing you what we came up as an agenda in the CDM track.

CDM is becoming more and more a balance between on prem and cloud services. A lot of questions of attendees are around this subject. That’s why we have lined up a great mix of both on prem and azure specialist to answer some of your questions during the sessions and (probably) answer the rest during the breaks and networking drink.

Get insights from the field how you can easily take your datacenter to the next level on all fields.

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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity and register today!

Timeslot CDM Track Speaker Abstracts
08.00 – 09.00 (60 Minutes) Welcome and  registration    
09.00 – 09.15 Keynote Dieter Wijckmans Why Cloud services in your datacenter for your organization will become key
09.15  – 10.15 Rest Azured, Microsoft Cloud Demystified Kenneth Van Surksum

There is a lot of misconceptions about Microsoft’s public cloud offering Azure, especially for IT infrastructure administrators but also for it’s consumers. In this session, Kenneth van Surksum will demystify some of the most common questions when talking about public cloud, like:

 

·       Will moving our on-premise infrastructure to the cloud solve many of the problems we are facing today?

·       Can developers just consume Azure, or should they align the IT infrastructure department before starting to develop, and if so why?

·       Is Cloud computing a next generation virtualization platform?

·       Will we once we move all of our infrastructure to Azure be relieved migration headaches?

·       And much more….

 

Kenneth will share his experiences from implementing Azure solutions at customers with the audience. The goal of this session is to make people, who want to start working with Azure aware of the caveats so that they don’t make the obvious mistakes.

(60 Minutes)  
10.15  – 11.15 In the land of the blind, OMS is king Dieter Wijckmans So you are working with OMS. Pumping a lot of data in and seeing all the solutions being populated with cool graphs and animated when there’s something coming up. Ready to take visualizing your data a step further? Wouldn’t it be cool to have full control over what, when and where you present your data? Join this session to find out all the different options to visualize OMS data from OMS dashboard to Power-BI and back. Be creative and show the stakeholders just exactly what they want to see and really become the king in the land of the blind.
(60 Minutes)  
11.15 – 11.30 Break    
(15 minutes)
11.30 – 12.30 Sponsor slot – Savision Kevin Lee

Dieter Wijckmans (MVP)

 

Ever wondered what’s it like to have all the info you need by just clicking through a well layed out dashboard? Ask any SCOM admin how hard it is to come up with just the info needed to generate the perfect dashboard. Savision LiveMaps got you covered. Join this session to find out the latest and greatest in dashboarding and showing just that info needed to save the day!
(60 Minutes)
12.30 – 13.30 Lunch Break    
(60 minutes)
13.30 – 14.30 What if… you would manage your security like an airport? Peter Geelen o The people with a bit of traveling experience, know that security is like in airport operations…
 o Airport security operations are strongly regulated, by the same processes and procedures  … that apply to IT.
 o The number of accidents per operation is lower than any other means of transport…
 o What if … you run your cloud and data center like an airport?
(60 minutes)
14.30 – 15.30 Achieving Productivity without an on-premises infracstructure: Mission Impossible? Sander Berkouwer The daily announcements from Microsoft on cloud-based opportunities for organizations might give you the idea that your organization might be able to achieve productivity without an on-premises infrastructure, too. How do you, as a system administrator for a large organization, embrace these new possibilities and get rid of the square footage, cooling needs, firewalls and even your Domain Controllers? Can you go 100% cloud?
Dive into the full stack of Microsoft cloud possibilities and impossibilities with Sander Berkouwer (Directory Services and Enterprise Mobility MVP). With his ‘Trust, but verify’ view on these items, he’ll share his real-life experiences with bringing organizations to the cloud, embracing a dual cloud provider strategy and the often-overlooked exit strategies you’ll need to have.
Find out why Group Policies, VPNs and typical file servers are rapidly becoming remnants of a long-gone era in systems management and productivity. In the process, gain an end-to-end overview, featuring the latest and greatest Windows and Azure technologies to achieve the goals on your organization’s horizon.
(60 minutes)
15.30 – 15.45 Break    
(15 minutes)
15.45 – 16.45 Ransomware vs Sysadmin Erik Loef Ransomware is constantly evolving, let’s take a look at the evolution of Ransomware, especially last 2-3 years.
Demonstration of what happens when you click on the wrong document and how different Ransomware systems work
Let’s show the dark side of the ransomware (how do the criminals operate with ransomware as a service)
And what can you do as a sysadmin to mitigate these threats. Many tips & tricks wille be shared for this!
(60 minutes)
16.45 – 17.45 Managing Windows Containers with Docker  Els Putzeys  Containers are the latest buzz in IT technology. Containers enable you to isolate your applications from the underlying OS improving the deployment and reliability of those applications. Windows Server 2016 provides two kinds of native containers: Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers. These containers are created, managed and maintained with Docker.In this session you will learn about containers: what they do, why they are useful, how they work.
(60 minutes)
17.45 – 18.30 Networking Drink    

(60 minutes)

Reserve your ticket here!

Lowlands Unite 2017: Agenda ECM track

September 15, 2017 at 9:20 am in events by Dieter Wijckmans

W are at full speed now organizing the Lowlands Unite 2017 Belgium edition. The next step is here! Showing you what we came up as an agenda in the ECM track. We have again top notch speakers and even special guest David James (MSFT) to answer all your questions on the current ECM issues and where Microsoft is going with ECM in the future.

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Don’t miss out on this great opportunity and register today!

Timeslot

Client Track

Speaker

Abstracts

08.00 – 09.00 (60 Minutes)

Welcome and  registration

 

 

09.00 – 09.15

Keynote

 

 

09.15  – 10.15

(60 Minutes)

Session title : "New blips on the Configuration Manager radar"

Tim De Keukelaere

With the rapid releases sometimes it is difficult to keep up with the latest and greatest in features and updates for Configuration Manager Current Branch.
This session will give an overview of those features that you may have missed and how you can start using them in your environment. Mixed with a sneak peek on what features to expect in the near future and this should be the perfect session to kick off your day.

10.15  – 11.15

(60 Minutes)

Protecting Cloud Identities using the Enterprise Mobility suite (EMS) and Azure MFA

Ronni Pedersen

The vast majority of security breaches take place when attackers gain access to an environment by stealing a user’s identity. Over the years, attackers have become increasingly effective in leveraging third party breaches and using sophisticated phishing attacks. As soon as an attacker gains access to even low privileged user accounts, it is relatively easy for them to gain access to important company resources through lateral movement.

In this demo heavy session, you will learn how Azure Identity Protection, Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (Azure MFA) and the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite can help you to protect and secure corporate data and identities in the cloud.

11.15 – 11.30

(15 minutes)

Break

 

 

11.30 – 12.30

(60 Minutes)

Sponsor slot – 1E

Real-time Configuration & Security Management at Scale

Navin Bagga

As experts in systems management, and with over 20 years of experience in making SCCM work better, we have launched a new product, Tachyon, the fastest platform to query and control all your endpoints. It transforms urgent ad-hoc issue identification and resolution time from hours to minutes.

You achieve this by holding a conversation – live with every endpoint – as if you were at every device. This gives you the confidence and agility to move at the pace of any IT incident, security threat or compliance risk.

In this session we show how to:

•        Slash troubleshooting and resolution times – Find and fix application, configuration and operating system faults across all of your endpoints

•        Faster security investigation and response – Find and remediate the machines on your network that have been cyber-attacked by organized crime

•        Immediately action urgent business requests – Rapidly respond to regulatory compliance, security and software asset management (SAM) audits

12.30 – 13.30

(60 minutes)

Lunch Break

 

 

13.30 – 14.30

(60 minutes)

Ins and outs of the Configuration Manager release and shipping  process for Current Branch (CB) and Technical Previews (TP).

 

David James (Msft)

David James will discuss as director of engineering how the team does internal engineering to ship TP every month, and CB every 4 months, and why they have things like prerelease in the product. How to prioritize bugfixes in the weekly war-room discussions.

14.30 – 15.30

(60 minutes)

How to Manage Office 2016 on today’s clients

 

 

Mirko

All about Deploying Office 2016, old school or click to run, what are the things you have to have an eye on it, how to manage the language packs, what’s about the Versions and Builds, just all about it. Manage it with SCCM or Intune.

15.30 – 15.45

(15 minutes)

Break

 

 

15.45 – 16.45

(60 minutes)

Configuration Manager roadmap and Q&A

David James (Msft)

David James will talk about longer term roadmap investments, and why the team is doing things like cluster patching, real time scripts, Intune and SCCM integration, CMG , mixed with Question and answers.

16.45 – 17.45

(60 minutes)

Servicing your new Windows workplace like a boss.

Kenny Buntinx – Tim De Keukelaere

Servicing your windows clients and servers in a modern world requires some thorough rethinking of existing tools and processes. Based on real world experience and examples we will outline how to deal with challenges that Windows 10 , Windows Server and Office 365 introduce into your environment. From deployment and configuring to patching and servicing, learn how to manage & maintain your windows products like a boss. In this session you will learn to update , patch and servicing them from a 360 degrees angle.

17.45 – 18.30

(60 minutes)

Networking Drink

 

 

Hope to see you on the 19th of October

Register your ticket now:

Save the date: Lowlands Unite Belgium Edition: 19/10/2017 Mechelen

September 5, 2017 at 10:21 pm in Uncategorized by Dieter Wijckmans

 

We are so thrilled to finally announce the date for the Lowlands Unite Belgium Edition!

After a successful edition in Amsterdam last April organized by wmug.nl we at scug.be have started the preparation for the Belgium edition.

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Make sure to block 19/10/2017 in your agenda for our full day event planned at a unique location called Lamot @ Mechelen (http://lamot-mechelen.be/) .

This day will be a 2 track filled day with knowledge on ConfigMgr, Enterprise Mobility, Hybrid Azure , security and Identity related to Enterprise Management . Your ticket will give you access to both tracks.

Our first announced guest is already a very special onet: David James from Microsoft.  David is the director of product engineering and will deliver two sessions on the current and future releases of Configuration Manager.

David’s bio in a nutshell:

  • David James, Partner Director of Engineering, Configuration Manager, Microsoft
  • Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.
  • Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually SMS 2.0 SP2.
  • Has worked on every version of SMS/SCCM since.
  • Was an engineering manager in Intune, 2012-2015.
  • Outside of work, like to code, and dabble w/ music, and hang out or play w/ my kids.

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If you are working with Configmgr or Hybrid Intune you should definitely attend as Djam wants to hear your feedback to make the product even better with every Current Branch release or Technical Preview .

So are you ready for cool sessions and mingling with peers while enjoying a nice drink?

Block the date and keep an eye on your mailbox and our website http://scug.be/Events

More info and Agenda coming soon  !

Hope to see you in Mechelen 19th of october!!!

The Scugbe Team

SCUG Pre Summer Night: 15/06/2017: Agenda

June 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm in events by Dieter Wijckmans

A time for a well earned vacation with family and friends. But… Not before we had one last Scug.be evening before we go and relax!tumblr_n3pr6hgxll1sbafcao1_500-9736_thumb

This evening will again give you the opportunity to mingle with peers, learn something and meet your local community leaders to ask the questions right at the experts.

The formula is still straight and simple: we deliver  one session in the field of CDM and one in ECM with a lot of room to network.

The agenda for this evening:

18:00u – 18:30u

 

Registration and drinks

18:30u – 19:30u

Kurt Van Hoecke

Jan Van Meirvenne

Continous management

19:30u – 20:30u

 

Food + refreshments

20:30u – 21:30u

Kim Oppalfens

Collection evaluation revisited

21:30u – ….

 

Beers at a local pub

We are also starting a new concept! Listening to your feedback we are regularly going to change locations for the event to give everyone the opportunity for (at least once) get there without facing heavy traffic.

This edition: cheops is so kind to host the event at their offices and sponsor catering:

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Continuous Management (Kurt van Hoecke + Jan van Meirvenne)

The IT landscape is in a process of transformation. Cloud-based computing has entered the mainstream market and is changing the way we build and deliver services. With that transformation comes new capabilities and requirements. This includes the need for a management platform that can provide insights into new types of services that can change at an incredible rate.

Collection evaluation revisited (Kim Oppalfens)

All management activities in ConfigMgr target collections and thus collections are arguably the most important object to know about and get right. The split up of device and user collections in ConfigMgr 2012 was just a side-effect of much deeper changes under-the hood. In this session our goal is to dive under that hood and see what truly happens when you modify or update collections including incremental collections, collection query rules, collection evaluation, and limiting collections to name just a few.
What you will learn:

  • · Don’t use a CAS
  • · Collection evaluation in depth
  • · Incremental collection evaluation limits
  • · Proper limiting collection usage
  • · How to kill your DB – or better yet, how not to kill your DB with collection evaluation
  • · How to monitor collection evaluation and what to do when it goes wrong

This session will provide a timeline, past -present -future, on how the Microsoft management platform is evolving to cope with these trends.

So please register your seat ASAP as seats are limited and come and enjoy a Scug.be night before going on that long overdue vacation.

ScugBE: Sysctr night: Pre summer night 15/06/2017 in Antwerp

May 29, 2017 at 7:25 pm in events by Dieter Wijckmans

 

Summer is right around the corner!

A time for a well earned vacation with family and friends. But… Not before we had one last Scug.be evening before we go and relax!

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This evening will again give you the opportunity to mingle with peers, learn something and meet your local community leaders to ask the questions right at the experts.

We’ll have one session in the field of Cloud and Datacenter Management and one on Enterprise Client Management.

We are also starting a new concept! Listening to your feedback we are regularly going to change locations for the event to give everyone the opportunity for (at least once) get there without facing heavy traffic.

This edition: cheops is so kind to host the event at their offices and sponsor catering:

Cheops

So please register your seat ASAP as seats are limited and come and enjoy a Scug.be night before going on that long overdue vacation.

SCUG new year evening: Save the date 26/01/2017

January 5, 2017 at 10:50 pm in events by Dieter Wijckmans

 

WOW! We hardly recuperated from the new year madness or we are already planning our first SCUG evening of the year! 

The next SCUG evening will be held in the Microsoft Belux HQ and will again be a great opportunity to learn about the latest and greatest in the System Center / Azure area. Apart from the 2 sessions delivered by top notch speakers a SCUG evening is a great way to mingle with peers and get your questions answered by a wide variety of top experts in their particular field.

Those who already attended know I need to say no more… Just free up your schedule… Take that red marker and draw a fat circle around 26/01/2017.

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The program will come online shortly but  a sneak peak below:

Session 1: (Tim De Keukelaere / Kenny Buntinx): What’s the latest and greates in Microsoft ATA all about.

Session 2: (Filip Theyssens / Dieter Wijckmans): Asset management done right in System Center Service Manager.

 

For those who can’t wait. Register below and start the countdown! 10 – 9 – 8 ….

Scugbe: Sysctr Night winter edition 23/11/2016: Sponsor SCOOSP

November 14, 2016 at 11:49 pm in events by Dieter Wijckmans

Organizing events which are free to attend are not free to organize unfortunately. Therefore we and other user groups rely on generous sponsors who support organizing these events by contributing in the costs.

This evening in particular is sponsored by SCOOSP. This company is specialized in bringing you an easy to use self service portal for all your automation on top of Orchestrator, SMA and Azure automation.

More info on their website: www.scoosp.com

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You don’t have a ticket yet for our Sysctr Night winter edition on 23/11/2016 in Brussels?

Book it here. But please hurry as seats are limited!

 

IMPORTANT: Scugbe Winter edition date change (23/11/2016)

November 4, 2016 at 9:38 am in Uncategorized by Dieter Wijckmans

Due to logistic changes we had to change the date from 24/11/2016 to 23/11/2016.

Change-of-Plans

The session topics / speakers / venue all stay the same but we couldn’t wait any longer so we have our meeting 1 day earlier.

If you already booked your ticket and can’t make it: No worries. Just cancel your ticket. We’ll understand. If you didn’t book a ticket yet please do so and join us on the 23th of November in Brussels.

SCUG Evening 23/11/2016: Winter edition

October 28, 2016 at 2:34 pm in events by Dieter Wijckmans

YES! We are organizing a SCUG Evening again on 23th of november in Brussels!

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Those who have already attended a SCUG evening know that it’s a great evening to hang out with friends and colleagues, get 2 top notch sessions regarding the ever changing world of ECM (Enterprise Client Management) and CDM (Cloud and datacenter management), mingle with local MVP’s, peers etc

The agenda will be online very shortly but this is a first headsup to block your schedule and get your ticket already booked!

Oh and by the way… We will foresee drinks and food.

Book your free ticket below!