Scug Rocks! at MMS 2011

March 30, 2011 at 3:25 pm in ConfigMgr, ConfigMgr 2007, ConfigMgr 2007 R2, MMS-2011, SCCM 2007, SCCM 2007 R2, SCCM 2007 R3 by Kenny Buntinx [MVP]

Hello All,


Got back from MMS 2011 and finally rested enough to get going again, but man what a great event this was once more. I am especially glad with how well the different SCUG members at the convention did, not just me, but also Kenny and Mike did an outstanding job, some more details below, singing the praises of SCUG.

First of all, we had 3 people from SCUG Belgium presenting, me, Kenny and Mike all had sessions to deliver.

Mike presented a breakout session on Data Protection Manager, Kenny presented an R3 powermanagement Birds of a Feather, and joined me in the Ask the experts panel for Configuration Manager, while I delivered 2 breakouts a joined presentation with my esteemed MVP colleague Jason Sandys and a WMI birds of a feather.

For those of you unaware of what Birds of a feather sessions are, here is how the MMS team describes them: “These informal sessions allow small (<75) groups of attendees to meet and discuss a topic of common interest peer-to-peer or with Microsoft or Industry experts. Bring your questions, your experiences and your curiosity to these gatherings moderated by Microsoft staff, Industry experts or your peers.”

And the verdict is out!

First and foremost, the best session of the event, based on Evaluations was Kenny’s PowerManagement in R3 session that he delivered together with our Finnish ConfigMgr MVP Panu. Kenny apparently had a good informal session with about a dozen configmgr admins around that, job well done. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend because of other obligations in my schedule. My WMI BOF session came in second session of the event, so SCUG on top, woohoo. (Caveat, The best evaluated session of the event was about Clould, but with 9 evals it hasn’t received the necessary 10 evals to be taken into account for the officical ranking, but still 2nd and 3rd are pretty well regardless).

If we look at the breakout scores only, since BOF’s are a bit more intimate and have a tendency to score higher evals most likely because of this. Just looking at the breakouts, Kenny and I scored an 8th place for the entire event together with some of our esteemed ConfigMgr MVP colleagues with the ConfigMgr ask the expert panel. And I scored a 9th place with my session on ConfigMgr eventing, so I am pretty happy with that. If we look at just ConfigMgr sessions the results are even more impressive.

Top 3 in the ConfigMgr sessions

  1. Take Configuration Manager Onto the Eventing Track.
  2. Configuration Manager 2012 – Ask the Panel of Experts
  3. Configuration Manager: Hints, Allegations and Things Left Unsaid

My session about developping ConfigMgr powershell commandlets, didn’t go over that well though and scored well below average. So I guess powershell isn’t for me, and I have to stick to what I know and what I do best, which looks to become WMI and eventing more and more.

Last but not Least!

Mike Resseler our Data Protection Manager MVP delivered what has got to be an outstanding presentation on DPM together with 3 co-presentors. I unfortunately could not attend since I was presenting at the same point in time my Powershell session. But Mike scored an evaluation score well above the average of the Operations Management track. For a first presentation for an audience this large, that is a huge accomplishment that didn’t go unnoticed. Mike received a last minute invite to go to Teched US and not deliver one but 2 presentations on Data Protection Manager at Microsoft’s largest technology event of the year.

Mike has just recently become an MVP, the poor fellow hasn’t even had time to organize his MVP Celebration dinner with his fellow MVP’s, but has scored an MMS presentation, 2 Teched US presentations and a Teched Israël presentation in his first year as an MVP. As we like to say in Belgium “Good Busy”. I know for a fact that I hadn’t achieved anything close to that in my first year as an MVP.



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Kim Oppalfens – Sms Expert for lack of any other expertise
Windows Server System MVP – SMS

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