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.
Next 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.
One 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.
In a few weeks I will be heading to Las Vegas for IT/Dev Connections. This conference is taking place at the Aria Resort from September 15th to the 19th.
With MMS being discontinued, this is an event I have been really looking forward to for the past few months. Next to being a first time attendee I am also honored to be able to deliver 2 sessions in the Windows track.
The Windows track has a great line-up of speakers and sessions, and the keynote for this track will be presented by Brad Anderson, Corporate VP at Microsoft (blog).
These are the session titles and abstracts of the sessions that I will be delivering:
Session 1 : System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Intune: Setup and deployment Notes from the field, with a focus on Single Sign on.
This session dives into what you’ll do at the server level to drive System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager and Windows Intune integration for mobile device management.
The session includes real-life experience from the field to set up a subscription, connectors, certificates, Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS 2.0/2.1/3.0), DirSync, and workplace join scenarios among all possible server configurations that enable mobile device management.
Learn best practices for setting up AD FS from the field for user authentication and Single Sign-On; prepare for the challenges if you invested in previous AD FS 2.0/2.1 and want to take advantage of AD …
Session 2 : Managing your hybrid Mobile cloud workforce demystified with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2.
Do you need to manage Windows 8.1/RT, including non-Microsoft mobile devices, with Microsoft’s UDM solution (Configuration Manager 2012 R2 plus 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, and deploying certificates?
Compliance settings, company resource access, and Intune extensions delivered in Configuration Manager are mostly unexplored territory for the Configuration Manager administrator. In this session we’ll use numerous demos to demystify these features. …
Note that Kenny and myself will not be the only Belgians presenting at the conference. Also in the Windows track there will be 2 sessions from our fellow SCUG member Dieter Wijckmans and a session from Michael Van Horenbeeck. Together we will show some serious Belgian Community Power!
Interested? Registrations for the event are still open. Click here for details.
Hope to see you there!
Weekend again – and a few blips on the radar that I wanted to read up upon:
- Peter van der Woude has published an interesting blog post on How to install clients on Linux computers, when the Site Roles require HTTPS communication in ConfigMgr 2012
- Version 1.3.0 of the ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Prerequisites Installation tool has been released. More details and download links can be found here.
- A new version of the Right Click Tools is planned to be released next week.
- The Windows Intune cloud service is receiving another update which includes support for Windows Phone 8.1. But there is much more on the horizon as outlined in this post on the Windows Intune blog.
And off course there was TechEd NA – instead of individually listing up everything that caught my attention here are some quick tips:
- If you’d like to watch the keynote, you can do that here.
- For a good overview on the announcements that were made you can visit Stefan Stanger’s weblog.
- If you want to watch the session recordings and slides that were made available online, you can download them all at once using this script posted on msdigest.net.
See you next week!
Last week I promised to publish a weekly list of interesting “things” I see flying by during a busy work week on which I try to catch up over the weekend. This is my second post in the “Week in Review” category and here are the topics that caught my attention during this week.
- A Short Tour of the Windows Intune Documentation Library was published on Curah!.
- Released: KB2952686 – You cannot install an application by using stand-alone media in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1.
- For those attending TechEd NA next week make sure to check out the overview of Configuration Manager Sessions that was posted by Jörgen Nilsson.
- Sherry Kissinger has published an interesting article on how to retrieve Installed SQL05, SQL08, SQL12, SQL14 version information via ConfigMgr Hardware Inventory
- Brad Anderson, VP at Microsoft, has started a new series on Enterprise Mobility on his In The Cloud blog. Check out the full table of contents here. The first 2 parts on Vision and Evolution were published during the past days.
- Microsoft Project Mohoro is expected to be revealed next week. Some details have already been published here. Mary Jo Foley wrote about this new service as well in a recent article on ZDNet.
That’s it for this week. Happy Reading!
This is my first Week in Review blog post, so I will start with a quick introduction on what the purpose of these recurring posts will be: while at work at a customer there is a massive amount of information that I see flying by all the time. It comes from different sources: email, RSS, Twitter, LinkedIn, Etc. There is simply no time to track and keep up with all that information at that time. So if at first glance a piece of information seems interesting I add it to a list to review it in detail when more time is available. I try to keep track and clean-up my “to review” list by the end of every week.
As these bits and pieces of information may be interesting for others as well I will be sharing my list on a regular basis. To start of this initiative let’s have a look at the list for calendar week 18:
- In their Support Announcement for April 2014 article the ConfigMgr team has confirmed that Configuration Manager 2012 SP1 and Configuration Manager 2012 R2 in a SQL upgrade scenario. It is not supported to install a new site with SQL Server 2014. In the same article support for Application Virtualization 5.0 SP2 is announced.
- Also on the Configuration Manager Team blog is the article outlining the updates to the Configuration Manager Documentation Library for April 2014.
- Released: KB2923078 – Reporting Services installation fails on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 that has SQL Server 2014 installed.
- Released: KB2931044 – Discovery Data Manager slows when it rebuilds .ncf files on startup in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1.
- Session recordings from the TechDays in The Netherlands have been published on Channel 9. Plenty of interesting items to catch up on! Click here for a full overview.
- Shockwave in the world of ECM: Wally Mead has left Microsoft after 22 years to join Cireson. One of the first articles about it could be found on PRWeb. Is this an indicator the future of Configuration Manager as a product is at risk? Rod Trent has written an excellent article on the subject.
Happy reading and see you next week!
In case you missed the announcement mid last week: System Center 2012 R2 will be available on October 18th.
In important news today, we are extremely excited that on October 18th, eligible customers will able to download Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and use the latest update to Windows Intune. This is the same day that Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide.
Remember to mark the date on your calendars!
During the TechDays a few weeks ago I had the pleasure to present on System Center 2012 SP1. Together with other members of the System Center User Group we brought an overview of the improvements and new features Microsoft has introduced with Service Pack 1. I teamed up with System Center MVP Kenny Buntinx to talk about Configuration Manager.
If you missed the event and/or the session you now have the opportunity to have a look at the slides and listen to the session recording: