Tomorrow I will be joining a group of international community rock stars at the very first edition of the Lowlands Unite event in the Netherlands.
This full day event has two tracks: one for EMS / ECM and one for Azure / OMS / System Center. I will be presenting in the first track.
Topic for my session will be Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA). This is the session abstract:
Nowadays the topic of cyber-security has moved from IT and the datacenter to the highest levels of the boardroom. Attacks and threats have evolved significantly and have grown substantially in frequency and severity. Research shows attackers reside within a network undetected for months and stay below the radar of the IT security department. In many of those attacks, attackers compromise user credentials and use legitimate IT tools rather than malware to reach their objectives. In this session, we deep dive into Microsoft’s security product addition to the EMS Suite: Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA) . ATA helps to uncover and identify security breaches before any damage is actually caused. Learn how to design and implement ATA and see it in action using some real world examples.
Interested? It is not too late to join – registrations for this free event are still open!
More details can be found here.
Hope to see you there!
This edition I have the following things on the agenda:
- Holy Hybrid – Extending Your ConfigMgr Capabilities into the Cloud
- The Right Steps to the Right Upgrade Path from ConfigMgr 2012 and Windows Server 2008
- The New ConfigMgr Servicing Model in Depth
- Workshop: How You Can Digitally Transform Any Organization
For the pre-conference workshop I will be teaming up with fellow MVP’s Peter Daalmans and Kenny Buntinx. The breakout sessions I will be delivering with Kenny as well.
If you are attending make sure to stop by one of our sessions and say hi!
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.
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!
Tomorrow I will be presenting at the ECM CDM Day, a full day event organized by the System Center User Group Belgium. I will be on stage early in the morning delivering a session with my fellow SCUG members Kim Oppalfens and Kenny Buntinx.
Our session will be an overview session with a few –very good- reasons to consider upgrading to Configuration Manager Current Branch.
After this session there is plenty of more deep dive content and a unique opportunity to see two Microsoft Product Group Members: Jason Githens and Aaron Czechowski. They will be presenting a few sessions during the day. Last but not least we have another SCUG MVP on stage: Nico Sienaert. He will wrap up the ECM track before the networking drink starts.
More details on the event can be found on the SCUG events page.
Important: Registration will close any time now so if you’d like to join us please act fast!
Hope to see you there!
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.
Until next time!
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!
Earlier 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:
Until next time!