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ITPROCeed 2014 Debrief

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ITPROCeed_LogoLast week Thursday the first edition of ITPROCeed took place at ALM in Antwerp. This event was an initiative that rose out of the ashes of the Belgian TechDays, which Microsoft decided to discontinue after a successful last edition in 2013.

The organization and setup of this event was powered by the Belgian IT Pro community and it is the effort of the user groups in close cooperation –and with great support from– with Microsoft that has made this first edition of the event a great success.

ITPROCeed_Tweet_1From an attendee perspective there were 500+ registrations spread over the 4 tracks. The System Center track had the largest number of registrations – which proves System Center is still a very hot topic!

ITPROCeed_Tweet_4I had the pleasure to be a speaker at this edition and would like to take the opportunity to thank those attendees who attended the session on Unified Device Management I delivered together with Kenny Buntinx. Based on the photos on social media and the reactions on twitter it is always nice to see that people are ITPROCeed_Tweet_3enjoying our sessions. Furthermore I hope the winners of the Enterprise Mobility Management books by Jack Madden are having a good read as we speak.

For those who attended make sure to check out the ITPROCeed page on Facebook to see whether or not you ITPROCeed_Tweet_2made it to the photo albums. For those who did not attend make sure to check out what you have missed. For the social media addicts (and analysts) I can recommend the ITPROCeed wall on Eventifier.

I am sure everyone agrees that this first edition was a success. And this is only the beginning: the standard has been set. The bar can be raised. And for that the date of June 11th for the 2015 edition has already been pinned on the calendar.

See you at the 2015 edition of ITPROCeed!


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Technet Webcast – Configuration Manager 2012 Compliance Settings 101

5:20 pm in Community, Configuration Manager, Events by timdk

Metro-EventTomorrow I will be delivering a Technet Webcast on Configuration Manager Compliance Settings. The session starts at 10.00 AM (GMT+1) and I will kick off with a short overview of this very powerful feature, then outline how to implement it, and also cover and demonstrate some practical scenarios.

This is the session abstract:

Compliance settings, formerly known as DCM, remains one of the often unexplored features in Configuration Manager. During this session we will walk through the new capabilities and improvements of this feature in ConfigMgr 2012, discuss implementation details, and demonstrate how you can  start using it to fulfill actual business requirements.

Registrations are still open! If you want to join us, just click here to register.

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ITPROCeed 2014 Speaker

6:41 pm in Community, Events by timdk

itproceed_speaking_125x125Now that the Belgian edition of the Microsoft TechDays officially belongs to the past I am happy to see that new initiatives are being taken by Microsoft and the Belgian IT community to put new events on the agenda.

ITPROCeed is one of those events which will take place next week. The event is mainly focused on the IT Pro. With a total of four tracks (SQL, System Center, Azure and Office Services) there will be a broad variety of content being offered by various speakers.

I am honored to be a speaker at this event. Together with my friend and partner in crime Kenny Buntinx I will be delivering a session on mobile device management with Configuration Manager and Windows Intune. It is entitled Managing your hybrid Mobile cloud Workforce Demystified and below is the session abstract.

Do you need to manage Windows 8.1 / RT and/or other non-Microsoft mobile devices with Microsoft’s UDM Solution ( CM12R2 + Intune)? Do you need to provide functionality for deploying the new Intune Extensions such as email profiles, managing your MDM settings, configuring VPN and wireless profiles, deploying certs?

Compliance Settings , Company Resource Access and Intune Extensions delivered in Configuration Manager are mostly unexplored territory for the configmgr admin. During this session we will demystify these features for you.

Tickets for this event sold out a while ago – I hope you were in time to grab yours so you can be part of what will be the biggest IT Pro event in Belgium this year.

More details about the event can be found on the ITPROCeed website.

Hope to meet you there!


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BriForum London 2014 Debrief

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Beginning of this week I had the pleasure of delivering a session at BriForum in London. Together with my friend and ECM expert Kenny Buntinx we delivered a session entitled ConfigMgr 2012 R2 and Intune: Setup and Deployment Notes from the Field (with focus on Single Sign-on & ADFS).

BRIForum Session SignIf you attended the session (or had a look at the recording), and you are looking for the scripts and the “Workplace Join Hitman” powershell app we uncovered, please have a look at the post that Kenny published on his blog.

Also we are interested in your feedback and comments on our session – if you have further feedback and/or would like to ask some additional questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Kenny or myself.

As a first time attendee and speaker I would like to add that the entire BriForum experience has been awesome. Plenty of deep-dive technical content, a really nice venue and hotel arrangements. Excellent coffee and food. And, last but not least: I really enjoyed the networking opportunities onsite, the speaker dinner, and the VIG breakfast. What a great community! It has been a pleasure and an honor to be part of this.

For sure the 2015 edition of the event will definitely be on my radar.

Until next time!


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TechEd Europe 2013

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TechEdEUIf you were unable to attend MMS2013 and will not have the opportunity to attend Teched NA in New Orleans, then your next best shot at picking up the latest and greatest information on System Center will be at Teched Europe.

The 2013 edition of TechEd Europe will take place from the 25th until the 28th of June in Madrid, Spain. For those of you not familiar with the TechEd formula: TechEd is Microsoft’s premiere conference for IT Professionals and Enterprise Developers, offering the most comprehensive technical education across Microsoft’s products, solutions, tools, and services.

The event is not only the ideal opportunity to learn about the future of Microsoft products and test drive them in one of the many labs, it is also your chance to network with international product experts and fellow IT enthusiasts.

There will be a total of nine tracks, combining both ITPro and Dev content. Keynote speakers have just now been announced as well: Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server and System Center Program Management and Jon DeVaan, Corporate Vice President, Windows Development will be on stage for delivering the keynotes.

More information on the event can be found here.


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ConfigMgr 2012 Day

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System Center User Group Belgium invites you to Configmgr 2012 day on July 4th 2012 !

It has been a few weeks since the official Configuration Manager 2012 release in Las Vegas at MMS 2012. So it’s time to provide the Belgian Configuration Manager Community a nice off-line event to share information about the new release.

During this event we will be joined by Wally Mead, Senior Program Manager for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. Wally Mead has been with Microsoft for 20 years, he’s been in the Configuration Manager product group for the past 11 years, working on all versions of the SMS/Configuration Manager product. Wally will provide you with 2 in depth sessions and one surprise session that will be worth the whole trip!

The other sessions will be presented by the Belgian Configuration Manager MVP’s and SCUG members with in depth technical knowledge about System Center technologies. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to socialize with fellow Configuration Manager administrators to exchange knowledge and meet with one of the most popular Microsoft speakers of all time and have a nice lunch with the SCUG product experts. Join us for an event designed to stimulate new thinking and forge lasting relationships among a rema rkable group of IT professionals

I expect this is going to be the best ConfigMgr event of the year! If you are unable to attend the Best Of MMS event one month earlier, or you do plan to attend best of MMS but are up for some more deep diving into Configuration Manager 2012, this is an opportunity you cannot afford to miss.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, July 4, 2012 from 9:15 AM to 7:00 PM (GMT+0100)

Location: Business Faculty Brussel
St. Lendriksborre 6
1120 Brussels

Click here to register. Do it now before it is too late!

See you there!


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Community Day 2012

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imageThe Belgian community is organizing the 6th edition of Community Day! With 6 tracks and over 40 session this will be the biggest edition of the Community Day ever!

Community Day 2012 will take place on June 21st 2012 in Utopolis Mechelen and is a free event!

The System Center User Group will be presenting the following sessions:

  • How to automate your server provisioning
    Speaker: Christopher Keyaert
    Slot: Track 5 / IT Pro from 09.30 to 10.30 AM
  • App Controller: Installing, Configuring, Connecting to Private and Public Clouds, Working with VMs and the Library
    Speaker: Alexandre Verkinderen
    Slot: Track 6 / IT Pro from 05.15 – 06.00 PM

Also our fellow SCUG member Nico Sienaert, from Getronics, will be presenting an additional slot:

  • How does System Center deal with IT challenges of tomorrow like cloud, BYOD and Windows 8?
    Speaker: Nico Sienaert
    Slot: Track 4 / Dev & IT Pro from 02.30 – 03.30 PM

Event details, full agenda and registration information can be found here.

See you there!


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Microsoft Experience Days – Best of MMS

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In the upcoming weeks and months there are quite some interesting events on the agenda for the Belgian IT community. First one which I wanted to highlight are the Microsoft Experience Days which are scheduled on the 6th and 7th of June.

On the agenda for the second day are the following 3 tracks:

1. Private Cloud Launch – System Center 2012

Get an exclusive look into the future of cloud computing and start getting more from your IT infrastructure. Manage your apps more efficiently by locating and solving problems faster. Increase your VM density without increasing costs. And boost your efficiency by shifting seamlessly between the private and public cloud. Whatever your requirements, Microsoft’s cloud solutions give your business the freedom, flexibility and capacity it needs to keep on growing. Join us to experience the future, now.

More details and registration information can be found here.

2. Experience Windows Server 2012

By choosing to attend the "Experience Windows Server 2012" event you’re preparing yourself and your organization for the future. During this one day event you will discover how Windows Server is going beyond virtualization by scaling and securing workload, how it will enable the modern work style by giving people access to information and data regardless of the infrastructure , network, device or application they use to access it. And you will discover the power of many servers with the simplicity of one by efficiently managing infrastructure while maximizing uptime and minimizing failures and downtime.

More details and registration information can be found here.

3. Best Of MMS

This 1-day event will provide you with the best possible opportunity to learn about what’s new in System Center 2012 and with deep dive sessions on infrastructure management, service delivery & automation, application management, desktop & device management – which is an opportunity you won’t want to miss! Join the Belgian Experts (MVP) from the System Center User Group who attended and presented at MMS 2012 in Las Vegas. They will bring you the best content from MMS 2012.

More details and registration information can be found here.

Place to be is the following location:

  • Utopolis
    Spuibeekstraat 5
    2800 Mechelen

Only a few days left to register for this free event, so hurry up!

I will be attending the Best Of MMS track – Hope to see you all there!

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System Center Events in April 2012

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If you are looking for some System Center joy and learning opportunities in the month of April, the following are a few dates you may want to mark in your agenda:

1) April 12th -TechNet Live Meeting – ConfigMgr 2012 and non-windows OS, leaving the comfort zone.

ConfigMgr 2012 has gained a leading position over the past decade in managing Windows devices, and is the market leader in lifecycle management of these devices. Starting with Configuration Manager 2012 it will go beyond managing devices in the Windows family. Using a connector ConfigMgr will offer “light-weight” management of any device that connects to an Exchange mailbox. Additionally Microsoft announced support for managing Linux devices. For more information about the out-of-comfort zone features, attend this session.

Session given by Kim Oppalfens (MVP).

Full details and registration information  can be found here.

2) April 16th-20th – MMS2012

At Microsoft Management Summit the brightest and most skilled IT Professionals from around the world meet to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on technical training, sharing of best practices and interaction with innovators and pioneers in desktop and device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.

The event page can be found here. Note that the event has sold out a while ago already.

Tip: Myself and fellow Scug.Be members will be attending the event in Las Vegas. If you want to pick up the latest and greatest information from the event make sure to check out the SCUG blogs regularly.

3) April 25th – Private Cloud Roadshow in Brussels

Join our experts Kurt Roggen (MVP) and Mike Resseler (MVP) for this half day session about the private cloud infrastructure setup and how you can monitor it. Learn how to create your private clouds and how to deploy standardized applications or services into these clouds. During the final session we will show you how you can provide automation in your private cloud.

Details and event registration can be found here.

4) April 26th – Private Cloud Roadshow in Ghent

This content and agenda of this event is identical to the one in Brussels. Details and registration information can be found here.

Until next time!

Techdays Belgium 2012

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The next Belgian Techdays are scheduled for February 2012. For the past years the place to be was Antwerp, but for this edition  the event is moving to the south of Brussels  and will take place at Kinepolis Imagibraine in Eigenbrakel. A quick glance at the session scheduler shows the following System Center related sessions: […]