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ITPROCeed 2016 Speaker

2:05 pm in Community, Configuration Manager, Events by timdk

Tomorrow I will be presenting at ITPROCeed, Belgium’s biggest ITPro Conference.

Together with my partner in crime Kenny Buntinx I will be outlining a few pitfalls to avoid when upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch.

During this session we will bring our little black book with notes from the field. After this session you should be able to steer away from the troubles we have encountered during various upgrades.

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There will be time for your specific upgrade questions during the Q&A at the end of the session or you can simply talk to us at the event – we will be around for the entire day so do not be afraid to reach out!

Interested? It is not too late to register!

Hope to see you tomorrow!

Tim

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Technet Webinar: What’s new on the Configuration Manager horizon Debrief

8:15 am in Community, Configuration Manager, Enterprise Mobility Management, Events, Microsoft Intune by timdk

faq1Thanks to all who attended my webinar on What’s new on the Configuration Manager  horizon last Friday. As promised a quick debrief blog post to highlight and answer some of the questions from the Q&A.

Here we go:

Q: So you can do an in-place with 2012 right? And for side by side is the full new build?

In place upgrade scenario will be supported from the following:

  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP2
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
  • System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager SP1

Side-by-side migrations are not supported. A possible approach is to Setup a new vNext environment, then upgrade your existing environment to vNext and then migrate your objects to the new vNext environment you built in step 1.

Q: Will the Application Catalog site still depend on Silverlight?

Application Catalog will be merged into the new Software Center – no need for a separate web interface anymore.

Software Center has a new, modern look and apps that previously only appeared in the Application Catalog (user-available apps) now appear in Software Center under the Applications tab. This makes these deployments more discoverable to users and removes the need for them to use the Application Catalog. Additionally, a Silverlight enabled browser is no longer required.

Q: So no 2016 , no new UI, just monthly updates?

Yes, Yes, and no not really. :-)

There is a lot more to Configuration Manager than just the “as-a-service” approach. See the session recording for details.

Q: On-prem MDM will support iOS and Android as well as hybrid SCCM+Intune?

In the technical previews support is limited to Windows 10 devices only.

Currently there is no information if/when other platforms will get in scope.

Q: Will SQL Server AAG (AlwaysOn Availability Groups) be supported for an upgraded installation and not only for a new installation?

Currently not supported in the TP.

In future releases you will be able to move to using SQL always on, on already installed sites.

Q: Are there any Statements when ConfigMgr vNext will Support Server 2016 for deployment and for being used as Site Server OS?

I am not aware of any exact statements on timing. Do assume there will also be a ConfigMgr release at the time 2016 products are released.

Q: Can you make software available to the Windows 10 (Business) App Store?

There is no integration with the Business Store yet.

Q: Do you have a list of features you listed and what is in TP4 today?

Have a look here : https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn965439.aspx

Q: Are there changes in the app deployment for other os (mac / linux)?

There was a recent announcement where Intune support for Mac OS X was unveiled.

That article also indicates that: for customers using System Center Configuration Manager integrated with Intune to manage devices in a hybrid deployment, we’re excited to announce that all these same Mac OS X management features will be available in the upcoming major update to Configuration Manager.

 

Update 30/11 : Session recording has been made available here.

Until next time!

Tim

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Technet Webinar: What’s new on the Configuration Manager horizon:

2:05 pm in Community, Configuration Manager, Events by timdk

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Tomorrow I will be delivering a Technet ITPro Webinar on the next release of Configuration Manager.

During this session I will give a high level overview on what to expect from this new version.

The agenda in a nutshell:
– Roadmap for Configuration Manager
– High level overview of infrastructure changes and new features
– How to prepare for and get to the next version

At the end of the session there will also be a Q&A where you can fire away any questions you may have.

Registrations are still open so you can still join us! Click here for details.

Hope to see you there!

Tim

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MMS 2015 Debrief

10:56 pm in Community, Events by timdk

mmsEarlier this week I blogged about my stay in the US and my attendance at the MVP Global Summit during the first week. The week after the MVP Summit I have spent in Minneapolis attending the second edition of MMS – a three day conference organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group. Like last year the event took place at the Radisson Blu hotel located next to the Mall of America.

For this second edition the organizers held on to the winning formula of last year: lots of deep technical content, great sessions with extended Q&A, and a lot of opportunity to interact with speakers during or after the sessions. Add to that a nice list of Microsoft speakers and the 2015 edition was bound to be a success.

At the event I have attended quite some top notch sessions on a wide variety of topics. Next to technical content there is also a lot of show and entertainment: top sessions in that category kitagrie remain the Configuration Manager State of the Union session and off course the Jeopardy Quiz.

As a speaker I have teamed up with Dieter Wijckmans for a session on combining the forces of Configuration Manager with Operations Manager. Next to that I was part of the panel at the EMS Ask the Experts session on Wednesday afternoon and earlier that day I did a BOF session together with Jeff Gilbert. As a board member of the System Center User Group in Belgium I also participated in the MMS At Home session – which typically is the final session that wraps-up the conference.

Like last year this has been a top event in all aspects and above all also a great opportunity to meet up and hang out with friends. No doubt this event has a lot of potential for the future and as such it should not come as a surprise that the 2016 edition was announced already: this third edition will take place in May instead of the usual November time frame. Whether this means I should pack swimshorts for going to Minneapolis remains unclear. :-)

Make sure to mark your calendars for the 17th, 18th and 19th of May for MMS 2016! Registrations are already open!

To wrap up a few interesting links related to this event:

MMS 2015 Photo Album on Facebook
MMS 2016 Registration page
MMS 2015 Debrief post (w pictures) from Peter Daalmans
MMS 2015 Top 5 Insights by Cameron Fuller

Until next time!

Tim

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IT/Dev Connections 2015 Speaker

7:47 pm in Community, Configuration Manager, Events, Microsoft Intune by timdk

End of this week I will be heading to Las Vegas again for the 2015 edition of IT/Dev Connections. The event is taking place from the 14th to the 17th of September at the Aria Resort.

This year I will be delivering 2 sessions again with my regular co-speaker Kenny Buntinx. Both sessions are in the Enterprise Management and Mobility track:

# 1 – Securely Delivering Traditional Windows File Server Home Folders to BYOD Devices.

Discover the most hidden and underestimated Windows Server 2012 R2 feature, called Work Folders. Work Folders lets you leverage your file server investment while simultaneously providing end users with anywhere access to their data, from their work PCs to their personal devices. In this session you’ll learn about challenges for secure implementation and management not only with traditional home folders but also in the BYOD world. Discover how to deploy and manage Work Folders servers and clients, gain an understanding of how Work Folders operates end-to-end and integrates into your existing infrastructure, and learn how Work Folders takes advantage of capabilities such as multi-factor authentication, Workplace Join, and Selective Wipe to ensure that corporate data remains secure wherever it goes.

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#2 – Arming Your Mobile Workforce Warriors for the 21st Century

In today’s world, your mobile workforce will most likely have expanded significantly. Managing your ever-expanding legion of mobile warriors and their arsenal of devices can be a challenging task. During this session we’ll show how Configuration Manager and the Intune extensions can help you manage your troops and arm them with the correct tools for battle. Learn how Intune and System Center Configuration Manager make it easy to manage all your Windows, Windows Phone 8, iOS, and Android devices with a single pane of glass. We’ll walk through how to easily configure devices for your users by pushing Wi-Fi, VPN, certificate, and email profiles as soon as they’re enrolled. We’ll cover configuration and management of device settings; provisioning profiles for email, VPN, and Wi-Fi; and other native features that come through the standard Intune extensions.

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DevCon-Teaser1.Next to Kenny and myself there is a third SCUG.be member presenting at IT/Dev Connections: Dieter Wijckmans is going to rock and roll in the Cloud & Datacenter track. Have a look at his sessions here.

Similar to last year the three of us will be using the #meetthebelgians hash tag during the event. Will you help us get this hash tag listed into the Twitter analytics again for this edition? Make sure to do so, and most of all: reach out if you see us hanging around – we are looking forward to meeting you!

Registrations for the event are still open!

Hope to see you there.

Tim

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ITPROCeed 2015 Speaker

10:18 pm in Community, Events by timdk

2015-05-30_203420After a successful first edition in 2014 the next edition of ITPROCeed is only a few weeks away. The concept remains the same: a unique event organized and driven by the top Belgian ITPro user groups and strong support from Microsoft.

I’m happy and honored to be part again of this event and will be delivering two sessions:

    • In the first session I am teaming up with the three other Belgian ECM MVP’s: Nico Sienaert, Kim Oppalfens and Kenny Buntinx. In this session we will discuss the changes and new features available in the next Service Pack for System Center Configuration Manager 2012.
    • The second session will be with my regular partner in crime Kenny Buntinx and is entitled: delivering traditional file server workloads in a secure manner  to modern devices.

And there is a lot more: have a look at the full agenda which spans no less than 5 tracks here.

Also this year this will be a free event!

So mark your calendars for June 11th. Place to be is Utopolis in Mechelen.

More details and registration on the event website.

See you there!

Tim

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CMCE R2 Community Event Speaker

6:21 pm in Configuration Manager, Events, Microsoft Intune by timdk

CMCE-logo_klein2End of last year I received an invitation to talk at a community event in Zurich. This will be my first speaking engagement in 2015 and hopefully one of many.

On February 9th Kenny Buntinx and myself will be delivering two sessions entitled “Armoring your mobile workforce for the 21st century”. Focus for both sessions will be on Unified Device Management with Configuration Manager and Microsoft Intune. The first session will be a general overview and during the second session we will deep-dive further into the technical details and demonstrate some more advanced scenarios.

During this one day event we are joined by other top quality speakers who will be delivering multiple sessions on a wide range of topics.

More information and registration details can be found here.

Something to look forward to. Make sure to join us if you are around!

Tim

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MMS 2014 Debrief

6:46 pm in Community, Configuration Manager, Events, Microsoft Intune by timdk

2014-11-09 18.15.06-1Last week I was at the Midwest Management Summit (MMS) in Minneapolis, a three day conference organized by the Minnesota System Center User Group.

At this event I had the pleasure to deliver two sessions for which I again teamed up with my friend and ECM MVP Kenny Buntinx. Based on the feedback received on our sessions so far, we did well again at evangelizing Unified Device Management (UDM) with Configuration Manager and Intune.

Having a lot of time for Q&A made these sessions very interactive and allowed attendees to (hopefully) ask all their questions. If you did attend and have further feedback, questions, or comments please make sure to send them to Kenny and/or myself.

Next to speaking I also had the opportunity to attend some really nice sessions. As my focus is on Enterprise Client Management I was really pleased to see so many sessions on ECM topics on the schedule. Building a schedule for the conference was quite challenging.

Having these sessions delivered by community experts is a big plus as you have the chance pick up a lot of experience (and potential pitfalls) from the field. One really nice example of this would be the session on Pull DP’s with Todd Hemsell. Also the sponsor sessions were a great fit: I attended those from 1E and Secunia and really enjoyed the technical level of these sessions. No marketing fluff.

2014-11-10 18.06.17-1Another highlight for me was the talk on getting MMS right at home where the user group leads could share experiences. Next to that the event also brought back some of the best ingredients from the ‘old MMS’, for example the Configmgr State of the Union and the Jeopardy Quiz.

Overall this has been a really great event – except for the outside temperatures there are really no negatives I could think off. Winking smile

Although still to be confirmed I sincerely hope there will be a 2015 edition of this event! I for sure would love to attend!

Tip: looking for session content and want to grab it all in one shot? Check out this script to download the files.

Until next time!

Tim

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MMS 2014 Speaker

12:51 am in Community, Configuration Manager, Events, Microsoft Intune by timdk

MMS180x1501End of this week I will be on a plane to the US again. Destination this time will be Minneapolis where I will be attending the Midwest Management Summit, or MMS.

At MMS I will be delivering two sessions together with my friend and fellow MVP Kenny Buntinx. Our sessions are scheduled on Tuesday the 11th and both will be about Unified Device Management with Configuration Manager and Intune.

During the first session we will dive into the setup and configuration aspects while in the second session we will look more into practical scenarios related to mobile device management.

More details and a complete sessions overview can be found on the event website.

Interested? Registrations are currently still open so you can still attend!

Hope to see you there!

Tim

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IT/Dev Connections 2014 Debrief

10:22 pm in Community, Events by timdk

I arrived back in Belgium last Saturday after what has been a very exciting week at the IT/Dev Connections event in Las Vegas. A quick debrief of the event:

First of all a big thumbs-up to Megan, Angela, Rod and the entire team organizing the event. I honestly believe the ingredients and the recipe for this event are spot on. Great venue, awesome speakers and session content, plus plenty of social activity and networking opportunities.

2014-09-14 18.20.56Next to being an attendee I also had the pleasure to deliver two sessions with my friend Kenny. Our morning session was packed to the extent that a few people were without seats and had to stand up in the back of the room. The afternoon session was less crowded but I was pleased to see a lot of people from the morning session came back to see us.

I would like to take the opportunity again to thank everyone who joined our sessions. Further feedback, comments or questions on these sessions are always welcome. For those of you who submitted session evals: we were informed the feedback will be provided to us in the upcoming days and we will definitely take your input into account. Also make sure to check the session wrap-ups here and here.

From a networking perspective I honestly cannot start to describe and/or quantify what this events has meant to me. Not only did I meet a lot of new people, it has also been the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends from the System Center community that I had not seen in quite some time. This to me is worth even more than the excellent session content.

ITDev-MeetTheBelgiansOne last fun fact: based on the twitter analytics published by Martina Grom and Toni Pohl it seems that "the Belgians" have been very busy on Twitter as well during the entire event. Unknowingly we made it into the top of the statistics. Make sure to check out the full report here.

I had a fantastic time at the event and I am already looking forward to the 2015 edition of IT/Dev Connections! From what I heard more about that will be announced soon!

Until next time.

Tim