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Sunday, May 14
 

12:00pm

Sold Out! MMS 2017 Brewery Tour
Sold Out!
Are you coming into town for MMS 2017 Sunday and looking for something to do? Let's kick off MMS properly by visiting a local brewery or two. Plans are in the works already so clear your calendar for noon on Sunday, the 14th. Understand that if you do not get a ticket for the 60-minute tour, you can still attend and take a tour of the beers available in the taproom while the 60 minute brewery tour is happening.
Follow Fred Bainbridge on Twitter for updates, @FredBainbridge, #MMSBEER.


https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mms-2017-brewery-tour-tickets-31030297455

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Systems Consultant, Now Micro
End user experience expert with a specialty in application virtualization and user experience virtualization. Passionate about PowerShell and how it can make life so much easier! Operating System deployment expert. Current President of the Minnesota System Center User group.


Sunday May 14, 2017 12:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

MMS 2017 Welcome Reception Sponsored by Adaptiva
No need to register; just show and we'll give you your attendee badge.  Beer & Apps served.  ALL MMS ATTENDEES WELCOME! This is your opportunity to network, meet speakers and make some friends before drinking from the fire hose!

This year we're back in the new Parkview Meeting + Event Center which is right next to the Hard Rock Cafe out in the Mall.

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

CM Admin, Microsoft MVP, Wells Fargo
I manage 400K systems at Wells Fargo with ConfigMgr Current Branch. I work with the best team in the business and love my job. When I'm not putting in my 60 at Wells, I spend almost all my time on MMS.  I am also a founding board member for my local user group, the MN System Center User Group and run the website for it... Read More →


Sunday May 14, 2017 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Parkview Meeting & Event Center
 
Monday, May 15
 

8:00am

hAcKath0n - Attendees Vote on What to Code
Limited Capacity filling up

You have a feeling that something you are doing can be done smarter, better, faster, easier. You have an idea about a tool you would love to see in any of the System Center products.  Well bring that idea and either Microsoft, Coretech, or Cireson will get a fix by the end of MMS. That's right, you can get your change to CM made right at MMS.

You can assist us now by thinking up ideas and submit them here.

The best ideas chosen will win a Surface Pro! 

Attend the Results session Thursday evening to see code results and winners.

Moderators
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, Microsoft

Monday May 15, 2017 8:00am - 8:45am
Lakes B

8:15am

Navigating MMS (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

1st time at MMS?  We'll discuss how to get the most out of your time while at the conference.  Go grab a coffee (do you know your badge gets you a discount at Caribou?) and then come back and talk about MMS.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

CM Admin, Microsoft MVP, Wells Fargo
I manage 400K systems at Wells Fargo with ConfigMgr Current Branch. I work with the best team in the business and love my job. When I'm not putting in my 60 at Wells, I spend almost all my time on MMS.  I am also a founding board member for my local user group, the MN System Center User Group and run the website for it... Read More →

Monday May 15, 2017 8:15am - 8:45am
Cedar

8:15am

Navigating MMS (Option 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

1st time at MMS?  We'll discuss how to get the most out of your time while at the conference.  Go grab a coffee (do you know your badge gets you a discount at Caribou?) and then come back and talk about MMS.

Moderators
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Software Engineer, Wells Fargo
I work for a large Bank in the US. For ConfigMgr, talk to me about large hierarchies, inventory customizations, compliance settings, and reporting for the SQL and SRS-challenged.

Monday May 15, 2017 8:15am - 8:45am
Lakes CD

9:00am

Microsoft Azure Active Directory Identity Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Every single Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security project starts with Identity. Identity will be one of the foundations of your enterprise mobility strategy and it is super important to understand your identity models that Azure Active Directory provides. During this session we will take a closer look at Cloud Only, Synchronized, Federated and Pass-Through Identity models.

What you will learn:
  • Differences between Identity Models
  • What is Azure AD Connect and how to install and configure it

Speakers
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Kaido Järvemets is a developer, consultant, trainer specializing in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and PowerShell Solutions at Coretech. Kaido frequently speaks at European conferences and had his US debut as speaker at MMS April 2013. Kaido is well-known in the Configuration Manager communities where... Read More →
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Coretech US
John Marcum, Enterprise Client Management MVP, is a Managing Consultant with Coretech US. Starting with SMS 2.0, John has been highly focused on enterprise client management. Most recently John has become a leading expert in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security suite.


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Cedar

9:00am

SCSM IT Pros and Consultants Field Trip!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Dieter and Sam team up again at MMS to share experiences from the field of SCSM implementations. This session is not a click next but rather how to plan, deploy and operationalize SCSM in various industry sector customer environments (Banking , Education and ISV). The two authors of the SCSM cookbook take your on this value add journey and share how to avoid pitfalls and deploy to win.

What you will learn:
  • Real world planning and preparing for customer and internal implementation
  • Enterprise customer case studies
  • Lessons learned and recommended practices in similar scenarios
  • Fronting and controlling self-service and automation with SCSM
  • Tips and tricks from the field based on real customer and business experiences

Speakers
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Sr Technical Specialist, Cloud and Data Center MVP
Sam Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical specialist and trainer , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and coauthor of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Gasser

Dieter Gasser

Head of Product Management, itnetX
Dieter Gasser is an IT consultant and a management partner of itnetX AG, headquartered in Switzerland. He has a strong focus on the delivery and customization of Service Manager. Dieter has been working in IT for more than 16 years, and has focused on Microsoft technologies. He s... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Harriet A

9:00am

What’s new in Microsoft OMS? (Or Microsoft OMS Meets SpaceBalls)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
In this lighthearted session, Cameron and Greg will guide you on a whirlwind tour of what has changed in the last year with Microsoft OMS. This session focuses on Microsoft OMS and Azure including where there are crossovers between these products. If you haven’t been heavily involved in OMS in the last year this session will get you up to speed with what you need to know – quickly and with examples for how customers (and how the speakers) utilize both OMS and Azure on a daily basis.

What you will learn: 
  • What new solutions exist and how can these solutions be utilized in your environment·       How has the integration between OMS and Azure changed in the last year
  • What changes have occurred in the underlying platform and how can these changes make OMS more (or less) useful in your environment
  • How you can get more involved in the OMS community

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Strategist, Dell
Greg Ramsey, Enterprise Mobility MVP, is the Enterprise Tools Strategist at Dell, Inc. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Ohio State University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of Northwest System Center User Group. G... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
MTKA A

9:00am

Using PowerShell Classes to Build Command Line Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
One of the best uses of native classes in PowerShell 5 isn't for scripts, it's for creating useful custom toolsets for administrators to use on the command line. We will walk through the creation of native PowerShell .Net classes that simplify the administration of our servers.

What you will learn:
  • How to create .Net classes and enumerations natively in PowerShell 5 and up
  • Create .Net classes to represent servers and branch offices resulting in an easy to use command-line interface to the actual servers
  • Previous familiarity with .Net classes helpful but not required for this session

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Munro

Kirk Munro

Director of Learning Solutions, Learn on Demand Systems
Kirk Munro has been a PowerShell MVP since 2007 and spends almost all his time using and helping others learn how to use PowerShell. Kirk is also embracing cross platform and learning mobile technologies such as Xamarin whenever he can make the time.


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Lakes A

9:00am

Managing Servers using ConfigMgr and OSD
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
This is the session that a lot of server administrators have been waiting for. How can we use and twist ConfigMgr and the other System Center products to manage servers in our datacenter. There will be a high focus on automation and ensuring server compliance.

What you will learn:
  • Server OSD
  • Automating daily patch routines
  • To fly *Note: MMS 2017 cannot guarantee this. Even if we could, the insurance would be cost prohibitive.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →
avatar for Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Global Lead Developer, Coretech Global
You might have seen me in videos such as "Coretech Coffee Monitor" | Automate everything is my motto! and its what I do. | Besides producing music in my sparetime. That is when I actually have time off. Luckily I can automate my way of out most situations, which actually provi... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Lakes B

9:00am

Windows 10 Servicing with ConfigMgr (Option 1)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Matthew and Ami will show you how to utilize the Windows Servicing feature in ConfigMgr to deliver Windows 10 build updates to your organization and discuss various deployment options to meet your business needs. We will also demonstrate how to accomplish the same thing using Task Sequences and discuss the pros and cons of both scenarios. How about various end user installation choices?  We have you covered!  At the end of the session, we will discuss troubleshooting for various scenarios such as rollback and log files. And of course, good Q&A time!

What you will learn:
  • How to discover Windows 10 machines in need of a servicing update
  • How to utilize the ConfigMgr Windows Servicing feature
  • Learn how Task Sequences can be used to update Windows

Speakers
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Teegarden

Matthew Teegarden

System Administrator, Lifetouch
Matthew has worked in assisting organizations to improve productivity, services and processes within the System Center suite. In 2015 he was Vice President of the MN System Center Users Group – the largest System Center users group in the country and is currently a board member... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Lakes CD

9:00am

Configure ConfigMgr and SQL Server for Optimal Performance (Option 2)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
How to configure both ConfigMgr and SQL Server for optimal performance. We will do a deep dive giving you a combined knowledge from working with many clients, large and small. Leave you with know-how on how to make your sites better, faster and more reliable.

What you will learn:
  • Useful SQL queries
  • How to tune SQL & ConfigMgr for performance
  • Using PowerShell with SQL

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 7 years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering).
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Sr Consultant, Softchoice
Steve Thompson has developed numerous applications, honing his skills on SQL Server development and client/server applications. With a background in SQL Server, as DBA and advocate for SQL Server technology, Steve started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Nokomis BC

9:00am

The Holy Grail for Driver Management (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Tired of how you do driver management in ConfigMgr today? In this session we'll provide you with a method that 1) doesn't require you to import drivers into the driver catalog, 2) doesn't require you to modify your task sequences when a new hardware model needs to be supported, and 3) can dynamically detect what drivers to implement, yet still gives you full control

What you will learn:
  • More details about the new Download Content tasksequence step
  • A simplified way of installing drivers during OSDeployment
  • Some examples of how to make this approach super-dynamic

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
Harriet B

9:00am

Servers are Cattle, Not Pets - Infrastructure as Code
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Your children may be special snowflakes, but your servers shouldn't be. Join us as we walk through the Release Pipeline Model, and demonstrate how you can streamline total app stack deployments across your environment. Stop deploying updates - deploy infrastructure and apps. This session will have heavy demos with Windows Containers, Azure, PowerShell DSC, OMS, and more!

What you will learn:
  • Knowledge of how to deploy entire application stacks in minutes
  • Learn new technologies - OMS, Windows Containers, PowerBi,etc...
  • Learn the Release Model Pipeline - the future of deployments http://aka.ms/thereleasepipelinemodelpdf

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Mank

Christopher Mank

Chief Technologist, White Ficus
Christopher is the Co-founder and Chief Technologist at White Ficus and a Cloud and Datacenter MVP with a focus in ALM/DevOps and automation. He engages with customers to understand how they plan, build, test, and release software today and help them do it better with automation... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Architect, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, currently working for a large enterprise in Austin, TX. He is a board member of the Central Texas Systems Management User Group, an avid PowerShell scripter, a novice woodworker, and an experienced speaker with over 200 custom... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 9:00am - 10:45am
MTKA BC

11:00am

Focus Group 1 - Leading Change
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Change is a fact of life. Change is a source of anxiety for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. In this session we’ll discuss how leading change is a useful tool of the trade.


What you will learn:
  • The value of change
  • How to lead change when its needed or inevitable

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 11:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

11:00am

Windows Insider for Business - Can it Really Help me get Ahead of the Curve?
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Windows Insider for Business (WIfB) allows you to get ahead with your line of business application testing and helping Microsoft focus on issues more quickly.  All that is required is AAD login credentials.  Microsoft Modern Life-Cycle requires you to update your entire business within 12 months of the Current Branch for Business (CBB) release.  Chances are you have end users who are already opted into WI.  You might as well get a handle on the tech leaders as well as get all the benefits in enabling your business to be prepared.  
Creators Edition came out April 11th - Current Branch (CB).  Current Branch for Business (CBB) will be released about 4 months later.   


What you will learn:
  • How is Microsoft enabling Enterprise to use Windows Insider
  • Why you should care about Windows Insider for Business
  • How to turn it on and what you get as an ITPRO
  • How to review what your company is already doing that you had no idea was going on

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Senior Solutions Engineer, 1E
I am a Principle Consultant and Senior Solutions Engineer at 1E.  I enjoy regularly speaking at business and technical conferences on multiple continents.  I am a board member of CTSMUG, 1E Academy, patent holder, and frequent blogger.  I specialize in leading analysis, optimi... Read More →
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 11:00am - 12:45pm
Lakes CD

12:00pm

Focus Group 2 - MMS 2017 Career Internals
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:

Are you standing still in your career, or progressing?  Do you want to know how to maximize your career, your earning potential, and make a difference in your daily work?  This session is for everyone at MMS who wants their career to matter, whether they are just getting started, or they are maximizing a lifetime in IT.  We’ll begin with a presentation, but will also workshop specific scenarios for attendees.


What you will learn:
  • The top determiners of career satisfaction
  • How to prioritize and attack your goals
  • How to measure and hit your goals
  • Practical workshop of scenarios
 

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lasnoski

Nathan Lasnoski

Chief Technology Officer, Concurrency
I am responsible for leading all solution consulting efforts at Concurrency to deliver exceptional end-to-end business value to our customers. I direct consultants toward technical and process excellence, as well as promoting a culture of innovation and tenacity in our approach... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Mank

Christopher Mank

Chief Technologist, White Ficus
Christopher is the Co-founder and Chief Technologist at White Ficus and a Cloud and Datacenter MVP with a focus in ALM/DevOps and automation. He engages with customers to understand how they plan, build, test, and release software today and help them do it better with automation... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

Backup and DR Strategies for Your Business Running in Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
With Azure data centers coming up in all regions of the world, more and more enterprise customers are looking to migrate their business to Azure.  There are many questions and considerations enterprises must go through as they decide to embark on this journey. One such consideration is how well are they are protected when running their business in Azure and how do they achieve the same levels of protection as their current on premises backup and DR strategies. Traditional backup and DR players from the on premises world have taken the approach to provide this by simply “lifting and shifting” backup and DR solutions to run in an IaaS VM that compromises benefits of the cloud such as PAYG and freedom from managing backup and DR infrastructure. 

What you will learn:
  • How Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery has taken a cloud-first PAAS approach to deliver backup and DR for enterprise customers that offers the same levels of protection as the on-premises world with all the promises of the public cloud such a PAYG, no infrastructure, scale on demand etc.

Speakers
avatar for Islam Gomaa

Islam Gomaa

PFE, Microsoft
Islam Gomaa, System Center Premier Field Engineer at Microsof. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Montreal University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Islam enjoys his weekends biking, reading, and enjoying live music.


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis A

1:00pm

Advanced OS Deployment (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Join Johan and Mikael in this session where they will demonstrated Advanced OS Deployment with MDT, ConfigMgr and PowerShell OSD.

What you will learn:
  • Web Services, Wrappers, CustomSettings.ini, Driver handling
  • PowerShell and VB scripts, Customization, MDT Database
  • Hydration and Automation

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

1:00pm

Ask the MS ConfigMgr Product Team (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Chat with members of the Configuration Manager product team from Microsoft on your topics and questions. This will be a great opportunity to share your feedback. BYOQ, AMA.

One question per attendee please (so make it good!)

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Program Manager II, Microsoft
I work on Application Management + Software Center, Remote Tools, End-User Notifications, Windows 10 security features like Device Guard and more!
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Been in the industry for 20 years; in Microsoft for the past 14 years, and at Microsoft gold partner for 6 years (Windows 2000 Active Directory or Exchange 5.5 migrations anyone? :)) | As a PM I am responsible from the following features/scenarios in ConfigMgr product team: Upd... Read More →
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, Microsoft
avatar for Kerwin Medina

Kerwin Medina

Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
A Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, Kerwin is one of the most passionate and animated members of the System Center Configuration Manger development team. Kerwin is responsible for implementing some of the favorite community-suggested features in ConfigMgr current branch toda... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager. He works on Office 365, Application Management, End User Notifications, Azure Services, and Windows 10 security features like Windows Defender Applica... Read More →
avatar for D.C. Tardy

D.C. Tardy

Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft
D.C. is passionate about helping customers get to current branch. He was previously responsible for Cloud Management Gateway, on-prem MDM, SCCM client, server infrastructure/hierarchy, B&R and for service deployment of Windows Intune into Windows Azure. He is also interested in... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

Building the Ultimate Windows 10 UEFI Task Sequence (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Windows 10 deployments are going to become a critical business as usual process. With new Feature Updates coming out up to a few times per year, devices are going to be continually upgraded. New computer and break/fix are still important. In this session we will cover real world task sequences for the modern enterprise.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the ins and outs of BIOS to UEFI task sequences
  • Master the new MBR2GPT disk conversion utility
  • Create the killer in-place upgrade task sequences and wipe-and-load task sequences
  • Dynamic and drivers and BIOS updates

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Rading

Henrik Rading

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Henrik Rading is a senior consultant at Coretech A/S. | As a consultant Henrik has helped customers design, develop and implement enterprise management solutions for the last 18 years. | After joining Coretech in 2013, his primary role has been deployment of Windows Operating... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Technology Architect
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for almost 20 years (ever since SMS v1.2). He is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and runs the Arizona Systems Management User Group. He specializes in the design, architecture an... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet B

1:00pm

JEA: Just Enough Administration or Just Enough AWESOME?
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Just Enough Administration (JEA) is a more secure administrative delegation model that was introduced in PowerShell 5.0. JEA takes delegation to a new level, with easy to update RBAC settings, virtual accounts, per-user storage, and PowerShell DSC, all of which make management and use of JEA Endpoints much easier than before. Attend this session to see demos showing how to manage and use JEA, and learn why JEA is an important technology to leverage in your organization.

What you will learn:
  • JEA provides a Windows administrators with a very powerful delegation model.
  • With great power comes great responsibility - you should always take a minimalist approach to delegation with JEA, and audit your endpoints.
  • Building tools on top of JEA endpoints will make your job much easier in the long run.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Munro

Kirk Munro

Director of Learning Solutions, Learn on Demand Systems
Kirk Munro has been a PowerShell MVP since 2007 and spends almost all his time using and helping others learn how to use PowerShell. Kirk is also embracing cross platform and learning mobile technologies such as Xamarin whenever he can make the time.


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

Navigating Your Automation Options in Microsoft Azure
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Often, more than one option will do the job, but which will be most efficient and cost effective? In this session, compare and contrast your automation options and the use cases for azure automation components for infrastructure and application deployment, process automation, continuous integration and more, including: Azure Automation, Azure Batch, Web Jobs, Azure Functions, and Logic Apps. If cloud adoption and DevOps are on your corporate to-do list, this session will provide great insight into the resources you can leverage to move further, and faster.

What you will learn:
  • How each of these automation options works, how they are billed and where they fit in your automation strategy
  • How to mix, match & integrate Azure Functions with Azure Automation to great effect
  • See some of the automation tools you've never seen in action in real world use cases

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Consultant, Concurrency
Lee is a Systems Engineer at Concurrency. He is very active in managing and presenting at local user groups, conferences, and around the world. Lee is focused on Automation, Monitoring, and IoT using various Microsoft cloud services. Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter... Read More →
avatar for Pete Zerger

Pete Zerger

CEO, MVP, Lumagate, Inc, Lumagate, Inc.
Pete is an author, speaker, and 11-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has presented at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite, TechEd and System Center Universe. He has authored many... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet A

1:00pm

Flexera: Beyond Microsoft Patches: The Art of Patching the Right Things at the Right Time.
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Keeping up with the patching of non-Microsoft applications is a pain for you, but leaving those applications unpatched will get you in trouble with security teams and leave your company exposed to unnecessary risk. Join Kent Agerlund and Flexera Software to see how we can help you automate and accelerate patching of non-Microsoft applications using your Microsoft infrastructure.

What you will learn:
  • Why patching non-Microsoft is important
  • How to simplify the process of identifying and prioritizing patches
  • How to leverage you Microsoft infrastructure to patch all non-Microsoft applications
 

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director

Sponsors
avatar for Flexera Software

Flexera Software

Ken Hilker
Flexera Software delivers market-leading Software Vulnerability Management solutions enabling enterprises to proactively identify and remediate software vulnerabilities, effectively reducing the risk of costly security breaches. Our solutions leverage verified vulnerability intelligence to drive prioritization, and technology to integrate assessment and remediation, bridging the gap between IT security and operations and streamlining critical... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

1:00pm

T-SQL - The Basics of Querying Data from ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Learn how to use SQL Server Management Studio to create custom ConfigMgr queries. Learn the best practices of querying as well as the ConfigMgr view structure. ...Be ready to get even more data from ConfigMgr via SQL.

What you will learn:
  • The basics of T-SQL - how queries are structured, sorting and filtering data, querying multiple views.
  • How to work with different data types.
  • How to aggregate your results

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Chief Architect, Enhansoft
Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (CM07) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). | Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. | He is an active participant in... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Teegarden

Matthew Teegarden

System Administrator, Lifetouch
Matthew has worked in assisting organizations to improve productivity, services and processes within the System Center suite. In 2015 he was Vice President of the MN System Center Users Group – the largest System Center users group in the country and is currently a board member... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Understanding Windows as a Service – What’s New
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
There are a steady stream of improvements to the Windows as a Service processes.  In this session, we’ll check out these improvements, and make sure you understand what your organization needs to do to implement Windows as a Service.

What you will learn:
  • How is the Windows as a service process being simplified?
  • What is being done to address size challenges?
  • What Windows as a service changes can you expect to see in the future?

Speakers
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Coretech US
John Marcum, Enterprise Client Management MVP, is a Managing Consultant with Coretech US. Starting with SMS 2.0, John has been highly focused on enterprise client management. Most recently John has become a leading expert in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security suite.
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

The Best of Windows Server 2016
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Join this session for The Best of Windows Server 2016 - The New Foundation of your Datacenter. You'll get an overview of the new, exciting improvements that are in Windows Server 2016 and how they'll improve your day-to-day job. In this presentation Thomas Maurer (Microsoft MVP) will guide you through the highly anticipated innovations including: Hyper-V 2016 features, Nano Server, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica, Windows Server Containers, and more!

What you will learn:
  • Get an overview about the new amazing features in Windows Server 2016
  • New storage features like Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
  • New Hyper-V features such as Shielded VMs
  • Learn about Nano Server and basics about containers
  • The new editions, servicing model and licensing

Speakers
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Sr Technical Specialist, Cloud and Data Center MVP
Sam Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical specialist and trainer , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and coauthor of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Maurer

Thomas Maurer

Cloud Architect, itnetX
Thomas Maurer works as a Cloud Architect at itnetx gmbh, a consulting and engineering company located in Bern/Switzerland. Thomas is focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud Solutions based Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Windows Azure... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

3:00pm

Awesomize your Azure Stack Deployments with Azure Stack Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Have you ever wondered about any of these things: How do I deploy Azure Stack without a KVM?, How can I make it easier to connect to Azure Stack after deployment? How do I publish my own custom VM images? Can I make my public Azure match my Azure Stack environment? Can I manage Azure Stack infrastructure via PowerShell? Well come to this session to answer all of these questions and more. Join two Microsoft MVP's as they dive into the Azure Stack toolbelt. 

What you will learn:
  • How to get started with Azure Stack
  • How each of the Azure Stack tools can help you deploy and manage your Azure Stack
  • Learn how to be better armed to deploy Azure Stack faster and more efficient

Speakers
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Regional Solutions Director, Concurrency
Steve Buchanan is a regional solutions director with Concurrency, a five-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 17+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure architect t... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis A

3:00pm

Why We Want You to Migrate to SCOM 2016
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
If you are a SCOM admin or user, this is what you need to know about what is new in SCOM 2016. You will learn about the latest update rollup and how these newest features will make your job easier as a SCOM admin or consultant, as well as how it will the enhance the experience of all SCOM users.

What you will learn:
  • What are the new features in SCOM 2016
  • How the SCOM admin can benefit from migrating to this version
  • Find out the next steps to get to SCOM 2016

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Most know me as SCOM-Bob which kind of points to my main specialty for the last 10 years. However I have been working with more System Center products and of course OMS. Monitoring is my main thing and connecting the business to technology. Next to that I am involved in www.house... Read More →
avatar for Natascia Heil

Natascia Heil

System Center Analyst, Celanese Services GmbH
Server monitoring and data center automation specialist with System Center Operations Manager and System Center Orchestrator. Over 20 years of IT expierience. ITIL V3 intermediate SOA certification, MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management. I love to read, paint and dance.


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

ConfigMgr and PowerShell - What's Current in Current Branch (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Join Greg and Kaido as they journey through the latest and greatest ConfigMgr cmdlets for Current Branch! We will cover how the newest cmdlets supports scenarios in your everyday ConfigMgr admin life.

What you will learn:
  • How to use the latest Collection, Updates, Deployment, and Site ConfigMgr cmdlets (and more)
  • Understand how cmdlets have changed, so that you can begin planning/updating existing scripts and creating new ones with new functionality
  • How to debug ConfigMgr cmdlets

Speakers
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Kaido Järvemets is a developer, consultant, trainer specializing in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and PowerShell Solutions at Coretech. Kaido frequently speaks at European conferences and had his US debut as speaker at MMS April 2013. Kaido is well-known in the Configuration Manager communities where... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Strategist, Dell
Greg Ramsey, Enterprise Mobility MVP, is the Enterprise Tools Strategist at Dell, Inc. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Ohio State University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of Northwest System Center User Group. G... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

PowerShell and Intune - Automation in the Cloud!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Intune received an upgrade this year! With the new portal comes a new automation platform! See how you can use the new PowerShell Graph cmdlets to automate all things Intune! Do you need to move apps and policies from a dev environment to production? There's a PowerShell for that! Do you want to integrate Intune with your ticketing system? There's a PowerShell for that! Join us as we walk you through common real world automation scenarios to get the most out of your Intune experience!

What you will learn:
  • Automation scenarios with PowerShell and Intune
  • How to use the Graph API Cmdlets
  • What capabilities Intune has with PowerShell

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Operations System Engineer, Wells Fargo
Ryan is the author of the Powershell Right Click Tools and Recast RCT Free for Configuration Manager 2012. He works as a systems engineer for Wells Fargo and helps organizations design, implement and maintain their System Center environments.
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

3:00pm

Windows 10 Servicing with ConfigMgr (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Matthew and Ami will show you how to utilize the Windows Servicing feature in ConfigMgr to deliver Windows 10 build updates to your organization and discuss various deployment options to meet your business needs. We will also demonstrate how to accomplish the same thing using Task Sequences and discuss the pros and cons of both scenarios. How about various end user installation choices?  We have you covered!  At the end of the session, we will discuss troubleshooting for various scenarios such as rollback and log files. And of course, good Q&A time!

What you will learn:
  • How to discover Windows 10 machines in need of a servicing update
  • How to utilize the ConfigMgr Windows Servicing feature
  • Learn how Task Sequences can be used to update Windows

This session is also available here if you are on the waitlist for this one.

Speakers
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Teegarden

Matthew Teegarden

System Administrator, Lifetouch
Matthew has worked in assisting organizations to improve productivity, services and processes within the System Center suite. In 2015 he was Vice President of the MN System Center Users Group – the largest System Center users group in the country and is currently a board member... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

3:00pm

Defending the New Perimeter: Microsoft Cybersecurity in the Real World
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
The network perimeter as you once knew it is history, and your sensitive information must be protected from wherever it is accessed. The stakes are HUGE...just ask our politicians. In this one-of-a-kind session, we will examine the most controversial security breach of this century in depth, drilling down on all the ways sensitive information was siphoned from the Democratic political machine, and how it all could have been prevented with the Microsoft Cybersecurity Stack. Prepare for a session filled with intrigue, drama, and demos, with an in-depth tour of a comprehensive security posture that could have changed the course of history! P.S. No political views will be shared during this session. Just interesting backstory and solid security advice.

What you will learn:
  • How the perimeter has evolved, and with it, the cyber kill chain
  • How to shut the open doors used by threat actors in 90% of breaches,including the one used against the DNC
  • Implementing an agile post-breach line of defense to ensure you are aware of the breach, and have a plan for shutting it down

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Consultant, Concurrency
Lee is a Systems Engineer at Concurrency. He is very active in managing and presenting at local user groups, conferences, and around the world. Lee is focused on Automation, Monitoring, and IoT using various Microsoft cloud services. Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter... Read More →
avatar for Pete Zerger

Pete Zerger

CEO, MVP, Lumagate, Inc, Lumagate, Inc.
Pete is an author, speaker, and 11-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has presented at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite, TechEd and System Center Universe. He has authored many... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

T-SQL Queries: Report Fundamentals to Advanced Concepts
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Everyone wants reports, and there are tons of tools and technologies available for creating them. But no matter how great an Excel-crack you are, or how shiny and crisp your PowerBI reports look, there are still big challenges facing you, because regardless of which reporting tool you use you still need to know how to find your data, and how to query it from the database. This session is a step-by-step training for using native T-SQL to create queries which you can use in your ConfigMgr reports.

What you will learn:
  • Writing native T-SQL queries in SQL Server Management Studio
  • Creating views and stored procedures to save your queries
  • Querying System Center databases and using the queries in reports
  • A collection of sample queries is yours to take away

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Senior Consultant, itnetX AG
I work for itnetX in Switzerland where I implement bespoke solutions for customers. Nothing here is out-of-the-box. My work involves the automation of business processes and the integration of , not exclusively but mainly, Microsoft System Center Technologies. Come and talk to me... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Gasser

Dieter Gasser

Head of Product Management, itnetX
Dieter Gasser is an IT consultant and a management partner of itnetX AG, headquartered in Switzerland. He has a strong focus on the delivery and customization of Service Manager. Dieter has been working in IT for more than 16 years, and has focused on Microsoft technologies. He s... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

If You Simply Deploy Windows 10, You Failed (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Getting Windows 10 on to your computers is your last best chance to make significant change. Don't miss this opportunity to Cut the Boat Anchors (stop dragging forward the legacy junk) and Rip the Band-aids Off (take care of the things you should have done years ago). Jason and Nash are veteran systems management experts and will share how they are helping use Windows 10 deployments to greatly improve organizations. You won't find a better time to do the long ignored hard stuff, like rebuilding group policy, effectively letting legacy apps die, killing local admin rights, keeping everything updated, and building processes that are agile enough to keep up with the accelerating pace of change.

What you will learn:
  • How to describe to management the opportunities to improve IT effectiveness, efficiency, and security as part of Win 10
  • How to identify common Boat Anchors and winning strategies for cutting them off
  • A list of common Band Aids that need to be addressed, and how to deal with them during Win 10 migration

Speakers
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

5:00pm

ConfigMgr - State of the Union
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
In true MMS tradition this is all about what happened in the world of ConfigMgr and MMS in the past year. This session mixes the community viewpoint with the accomplishments as seen by the product team, as delivered by a must-see special guest from the Microsoft Product team. This year featuring Mr. David James!

What you will learn:
  • A helicopter view of the ConfigMgr industry from the Product group's point of view
  • A helicopter view of the ConfigMgr industry from the community's point of view

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, Microsoft
avatar for Kerwin Medina

Kerwin Medina

Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
A Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, Kerwin is one of the most passionate and animated members of the System Center Configuration Manger development team. Kerwin is responsible for implementing some of the favorite community-suggested features in ConfigMgr current branch toda... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Monday May 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD

5:00pm

Publishing Anything You Can Imagine to OMS Using the API
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Cameron and Islam will show you though a new method to upload data to Microsoft OMS eith or without an agent! This session will showcase multiple examples of data which we have integrated and visualized with Microsoft OMS. This will be a demo heavy session which you will not want to miss!

What you will learn:
  • How to use the HTTP Data Collector API for Microsoft OMS to upload any type of data that you want
  • How to use Automation jobs to gather to send the data you want to Microsoft OMS through the API
  • How to use Log Search to find your custom data and the tricks for identifying your own custom logs and custom fields
  • How to visualize your custom data using your own custom solution (or available community solutions)
  • How this data can be carved up in PowerBI to provide another level of data visualization

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
avatar for Islam Gomaa

Islam Gomaa

PFE, Microsoft
Islam Gomaa, System Center Premier Field Engineer at Microsof. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Montreal University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Islam enjoys his weekends biking, reading, and enjoying live music.


Monday May 15, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
MTKA A
 
Tuesday, May 16
 

8:00am

Real-World IoT for IT Pros
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
You've seen those flashy IoT demos but how can that help you at work? In this session, you'll learn about real world applications of the Azure IoT Suite to improve your organizations security posture and drive insights from IoT devices and data.

What you will learn:
  • Securing Device to Cloud, and Big Data solutions
  • IoT Data Stream processing and anomaly detection techniques
  • Real-Time Dashboarding and Data Discovery for IoT

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Consultant, Concurrency
Lee is a Systems Engineer at Concurrency. He is very active in managing and presenting at local user groups, conferences, and around the world. Lee is focused on Automation, Monitoring, and IoT using various Microsoft cloud services. Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter... Read More →
avatar for Pete Zerger

Pete Zerger

CEO, MVP, Lumagate, Inc, Lumagate, Inc.
Pete is an author, speaker, and 11-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has presented at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite, TechEd and System Center Universe. He has authored many... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Cedar

8:00am

PowerShell - Optimization for Speed
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
In PowerShell scripts, faster is not always better. But sometimes it is. We are going to look at what to do and what not to do to make your script fly when every millisecond counts.

What you will learn:
  • Speed and functionality tradeoffs of various looping structures and other flow control structures
  • Cmdlets and processes to avoid and why and how
  • How and when to balance speed with other scripting considerations

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Munro

Kirk Munro

Director of Learning Solutions, Learn on Demand Systems
Kirk Munro has been a PowerShell MVP since 2007 and spends almost all his time using and helping others learn how to use PowerShell. Kirk is also embracing cross platform and learning mobile technologies such as Xamarin whenever he can make the time.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

Configure ConfigMgr and SQL Server for Optimal Performance (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
How to configure both ConfigMgr and SQL Server for optimal performance. We will do a deep dive giving you a combined knowledge from working with many clients, large and small. Leave you with know-how on how to make your sites better, faster and more reliable.

What you will learn:
  • Useful SQL queries
  • How to tune SQL & ConfigMgr for performance
  • Using PowerShell with SQL

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 7 years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering).
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Sr Consultant, Softchoice
Steve Thompson has developed numerous applications, honing his skills on SQL Server development and client/server applications. With a background in SQL Server, as DBA and advocate for SQL Server technology, Steve started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

8:00am

Newness and Coolness in ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Program Managers from Microsoft dish on the latest and greatest in ConfigMgr functionality and provide insight into what’s coming in future releases.

What you will learn:
  • Which ConfigMgr Technical Preview feature is shiniest
  • What features are on the horizon for ConfigMgr
  • How you can get started with some of our latest features immediately (demos!)

Speakers
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Program Manager II, Microsoft
I work on Application Management + Software Center, Remote Tools, End-User Notifications, Windows 10 security features like Device Guard and more!
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager. He works on Office 365, Application Management, End User Notifications, Azure Services, and Windows 10 security features like Windows Defender Applica... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

8:00am

P2P2P2P - Making the most of P2P tech in ConfigMgr CB
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:

Breaking News - Express Updates and BranchCache and PeerCache - all the gossip!
Covering Peer Cache Best Practices/BranchCache Integration/Dashboards - the whole 9 yards. How to configure your boundaries for Peer Cache, potential gotchas, how to optimize your deployments to ensure maximum Peering, and how to measure success with some OOB and snazzy Custom Reports and dashboards.

What you will learn:
  • Exciting news! NDA until the session!!
  • What's the difference between PeerCache and BranchCache
  • When to use what technology
  • The limits of each of each technology and how they work
  • How to implement this in your own environment

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
During his 19 year career in desktop deployment he has become a leading expert in designing and implementing Microsoft based system management solutions. He has been responsible for deploying an impressive 1.2 million desktops at a wide range of organizations, including several F... Read More →
avatar for Phil Wilcock

Phil Wilcock

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
Phil is a former Microsoftie, was a Co-Founder of 1E, and now co-runs the mighty 2Pint Software, who specialize in making lovely Systems Management Software based around Microsoft Peer To Peer technologies and fancy Network Booting over http. He likes to answer complicated questi... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

8:00am

Real-World OS Deployment Samples
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Jörgen and Johan will deep-dive into a real world OS deployment task sequence with Configuration Manager, including using web services, scripts, and PowerShell. We also cover Bitlocker, UEFI, MBAM, dynamic application deployment and much much more. This session will inspire you to do OS deployment in new ways and make your day-to-day work easier!

What you will learn:
  • Use Powershell to call web services and use it to make your environment more secure
  • Deploy an image and apply Bitlocker using MBAM and other security features
  • Deploy applications, settings and roles dynamically using MDT, Powershell and webservices to make deployment more dynamic

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

8:00am

Collection Evaluation Revisited (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
All management activities in ConfigMgr target collections and thus collections are arguably the most important object to know about and get right. The split up of device and user collections in ConfigMgr 2012 was just a side-effect of much deeper changes under-the hood. In this session our goal is to dive under that hood and see what truly happens when you modify or update collections including incremental collections, collection query rules, collection evaluation, and limiting collections to name just a few.

What you will learn:
  • Don't use a CAS
  • Collection evaluation in depth
  • Incremental collection evaluation limits
  • Proper limiting collection usage
  • How to kill your DB - or better yet, how not to kill your DB with collection evaluation
  • How to monitor collection evaluation and what to do when it goes wrong

Speakers
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →
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Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet A

8:00am

VMWare: Modernizing Windows 10 Management for the Mobile-Cloud Era
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Rolling out Windows 10? Then this is the session for you! Join Jason Roszak, Director of Product Management at VMware, as he lays out how customer’s countless desktop management pain points have influenced his team into building a unique solution for today’s IT. He demos how, for the first-time, IT can use this single solution to efficiently deploy, manage and secure Windows 10 endpoints across all networks, any use case, and whether or not the device is joined to the domain.

What you will learn:
  • Simplify OS deployment and push configuration policies and OS patches instantly to any device
  • Streamline Win32 application packaging and delivery – make it as reliable and easy as mobile apps
  • Protect the OS, apps and data proactively with the right policies and auto-remediate any compliance violations

Sponsors
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VMware

VMware
VMWare, a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, accelerates our customers’ digital transformation journey by enabling enterprises to master a software-defined approach to business and IT. Airwatch is a comprehensive unified endpoint management platform wit... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

8:00am

What’s new in Windows 10 Creators Update
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Learn about all the significant new features and changes in Windows 10 1703 (the “Creators Update”) that will affect you, the IT pro, and your organization.

What you will learn:
  • What new Windows 10 features have been introduced for deployment, management, security, and productivity
  • What changes have been made to existing Windows 10 features
  • What’s changing with Windows as a Service

Speakers
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Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →
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Marius A. Skovli

Managing Consultant, Coretech
A technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company Coretech. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 11 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Serv... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet B

10:00am

A New Language for Log Analytics
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Log Analytics has a new language!  If you're at all familiar with Log Analytics, you know that one of its selling points is its powerful query language that lets you retrieve and analyze data collected from a variety of sources.  And that language is about to get even more powerful.  In this session, we'll introduce you to Kusto which is the language currently used for Application Insights and is now being implemented for Log Analytics.  We'll build several sample queries from and contrast it with the current query language.  We'll show off new features such as the ability to join tables and add dynamic custom fields and also how we can use machine learning smart operators to further analyze patterns and insights from the data. 

What you will learn:
  • Difference between Kusto and current Log Analytics query language.
  • Difference between using Kusto for Log Analytics and Applications Insights.
  • How to use different language features such as joins and custom fields.

Speakers
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Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
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Brian Wren

Senior Content Publisher, Microsoft
Brian Wren is a Senior Content Developer with Microsoft focusing on OMS technologies including Log Analytics and Azure Automation. He has produced extensive documentation and training materials for System Center, most notably management pack authoring in Operations Manager, and... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis A

10:00am

Quick and Dirty SCOM Primer for Those Being Thrown into the Deep End of Monitoring
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
If your budget doesn't support a specialist, this session breaks SCOM down to its base elements and presents them in more digestible pieces to allow faster understanding of the behemoth that is SCOM. Data Flow, Storage, Object Relationships, and Transport Mechanisms are the bits that make all of the rest of the system easier to learn.

What you will learn:
  • Deeper understanding of Operations Manager
  • How to tune your monitoring environment
  • How to address pre-established SCOM
  • How to make monitoring useful to your operations team

Speakers
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Nathan Foreman

Solutions Engineer, C.H. Robinson
I'm a hands-on tinkerer, the kind of person whose warranty gets voided in a week because I wanted to see how it worked. Whether it's mechanical or software I'm interested in getting to the gears to figure out how it works. Day to Day I work as a Solutions Engineer at a Fortune... Read More →
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Cole McDonald

Sr. Technical Analyst, Beyond Impact
Owner and operator for one of the first few web dev firms in MN. I used script assisted standardization, early applied fuzzy logic, and what is now called DevOps; all before Y2K. | | I was most recently given the opportunity to shift back toward DevOps from the Server Adm... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

10:00am

ConfigMgr Engineering Team – How we Ship Current Branch (Behind the scenes)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
This session will discuss processes and tools use by the engineering team to ship a quality Current Branch (as well as Tech Preview) to you. 

What you will learn:
  • How we make decisions as to what features and fixes make it into a release
  • HIow we measure quality
  • How we process customer feedback
  • TAP (Early Adopter) Participation
  • ConfigMgr CB Fast Ring Enrollment and Participation
  • How we analyze telemetry data

Speakers
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Dune Desormeaux

Program Manager II, Microsoft
I work on Application Management + Software Center, Remote Tools, End-User Notifications, Windows 10 security features like Device Guard and more!
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David James

Director Software Engineering, Microsoft


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

OSD Front-Ends (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
OSD Frontends provide interaction at OS deployment time soliciting input from users, providing feedback to users, or performing other activities that built-in tasks cannot handle (or at least cannot handle well). User input include whatever is needed for the OS deployment to successfully complete and that cannot be automatically determined. Examples include things like time zone, computer name, Active Directory OU, and software. Frontends can also provide pre-flight checks, provide feedback to the interactive user, and basically anything that is needed. This session will cover all the aspects of getting started and using an OSD frontend in your OS deployment efforts and task sequences.

What you will learn:
  • Don?t use a CAS
  • HTAs suck
  • How to make your task sequences interactive
  • How to use a front-end to validate that a system is ready to be "imaged"
  • How to customize a front-end
  • Whether you should build a front-end or use one from the community

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Rading

Henrik Rading

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Henrik Rading is a senior consultant at Coretech A/S. | As a consultant Henrik has helped customers design, develop and implement enterprise management solutions for the last 18 years. | After joining Coretech in 2013, his primary role has been deployment of Windows Operating... Read More →
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Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

Reporting, SQL 2016 and ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
ConfigMgr is a great product but where would it be without reporting? In this session, we will look at what SQL 2016 brings to the table with ConfigMgr Reporting. How do the various reporting tools including Power BI, Report Builder, SQL Server Data Tools and SQL Server Management Studio, fit into the mix. Throughout the session there will be lots of tips and tricks and what are the pros and cons for each.

What you will learn:
  • What tools can be used to query and report on data within the ConfigMgr Database
  • How to customize SQL Server Reporting Services to match your corporate identity
  • The tips and tricks to reporting, SQL 2016 and other tools

Speakers
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Garth Jones

Chief Architect, Enhansoft
Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (CM07) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). | Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. | He is an active participant in... Read More →
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Matthew Teegarden

System Administrator, Lifetouch
Matthew has worked in assisting organizations to improve productivity, services and processes within the System Center suite. In 2015 he was Vice President of the MN System Center Users Group – the largest System Center users group in the country and is currently a board member... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

10:00am

Customizing Windows 10 - Part 1 of 2 (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Jorgen, Nash, Gary & Mark come together to show you how to customize Windows 10 in the Enterprise. Part 1 will show you what you can do to give your users an elite experience. Start Menu layouts, default applications, context menus, and more, make Windows 10 great again by making it your own.

What you will learn:
  • What you can customize in your Windows 10 installations including fixed and variable start menu layouts, default applications, file associations, context menus, user profile pictures, and more
  • Deploy these customizations during OSD.
  • See what not to customize and why

Speakers
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Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
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Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →
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Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Getting Acquainted with Windows Upgrade Readiness
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
The clock is ticking before Windows 7 is no longer supported! Do you have a good plan to test your applications and drivers for a Windows 10 upgrade? Good news, millions of people have already taken the plunge for you and have shared their results. By using this big data set you can analyze your environment quickly and get a detailed report outlining very specific issues that you will likely encounter allowing you take a proactive approach to the last windows migration you will ever do!

What you will learn:
  • Configure, deploy, and collect data from the Windows Upgrade Readiness application, part of the OMS offering.
  • Quickly dissect and act upon information provided by this cloud offering
  • Address potential application or driver issues during your Windows 10 migration and continued servicing.

Speakers
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Fred Bainbridge

Systems Consultant, Now Micro
End user experience expert with a specialty in application virtualization and user experience virtualization. Passionate about PowerShell and how it can make life so much easier! Operating System deployment expert. Current President of the Minnesota System Center User group.
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Sr Design Engineer, MNSCUG
I am a past MNSCUG president, I currently serve on the board. I work at Ameriprise Financial where I support the asset management company of Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently in house Configuration Manager admin. I also lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and development ac... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

MDT and PowerShell, Volume 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
At the last MMS, we talked about doing MDT task sequences in PowerShell instead of VBScript.  In this session we’ll look at the progress and talk about the road forward.

What you will learn:
  • How the PowerShell Deployment (PSD) solution fits with existing MDT functionality
  • What additional features have been added since the introduction of PSD
  • What is the roadmap forward (and from your perspective, what should it be)


Speakers
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Andreas Hammarskjöld

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
During his 19 year career in desktop deployment he has become a leading expert in designing and implementing Microsoft based system management solutions. He has been responsible for deploying an impressive 1.2 million desktops at a wide range of organizations, including several F... Read More →
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Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - Cloud and Datacenter Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same Azure/OMS/SCOM/SCSM/SCVMM challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
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Max Fritz

Senior Systems Consultant, Now Micro Inc

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA BC

12:00pm

Focus Group 3 - ConfigMgr Client Health
Limited Capacity filling up

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same challenges with ConfigMgr Coient Health. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
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Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
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John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Coretech US
John Marcum, Enterprise Client Management MVP, is a Managing Consultant with Coretech US. Starting with SMS 2.0, John has been highly focused on enterprise client management. Most recently John has become a leading expert in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security suite.

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cedar

12:00pm

Focus Group 4 - Education and IT
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderators
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA A

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - OSD
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same ConfigMgr or MDT Operating System Deployment challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - PowerShell
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same PowerShell challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes A

12:00pm

Security Reality Check - Avoiding the Next WannaCry
Limited Capacity seats available

You've seen it in the news. Join Duncan, six time MVP anf FBI InfraGard member, to avoid being a statistic. Learn about the right tools to recover, as well as how to implement proper monitoring to maintain security posture going forward.

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Senior Solutions Engineer, 1E
I am a Principle Consultant and Senior Solutions Engineer at 1E.  I enjoy regularly speaking at business and technical conferences on multiple continents.  I am a board member of CTSMUG, 1E Academy, patent holder, and frequent blogger.  I specialize in leading analysis, optimi... Read More →
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Duncan Mcalynn

Principal Engineer, Security, Ivanti
As a nearly 20-year veteran of Information Technology with a laser focus on Systems & Security Management, Duncan McAlynn, is a driven and passionate IT professional. He is a contributing author/editor to several books, magazine publications, and websites as well as a popular presenter at many Microsoft events. These activities have led to him receiving the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for six consecutive years and being named a member of the FBI InfraGard division. Duncan has held a number of certifications and awards including 6x Microsoft MVP, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Harriet A

1:00pm

Gain Super Insight with OMS and a Proper SCOM Design
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Have you ever had that situation that your monitoring solution doesn't really give you that awesome experience that you thought? Are you swamped with tons of alerts and no idea how to get out of this situation? Well, that is actually great, since you are one of the perfect candidate to attend this session! In this session you gain insight and understanding how to setup a true proactive monitor solution using either pure OMS or a hybrid solution with SCOM. But how should you map this great technology to any kind of business value? Well,that is of course also covered and after this session you will probably be very motivated to get things started. Join Robert Hedblom (MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management) & Cameron Fuller (MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management) to learn secrets on how to create your own success by providing a TRUE proactive monitoring experience!

What you will learn:
  • How to approach proactive monitoring in your environment
  • Leverage and understand the power of OMS
  • Understand how SCOM and OMS could cooperate
  • How to start build concepts within OMS

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
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Robert Hedblom

MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management, sumNERV AB
Robert Hedblom is a well-known external partner and also internal partner at Microsoft due to his high skillsets and experience when it comes to designing scenario driven solutions based on the System Center stack, Azure and Windows Server technologies. | | Roberts focus as a C... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

Configuration Manager High Availability and Disaster Recovery - Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
ConfigMgr and SQL Server have HA (High Availability) options available. Come learn from two industry experts about what is new with ConfigMgr HA and what are SQL Server Always On Availability Groups. This session with contain deep technical content.

What you will learn:
  • How to properly design and configure SQL Server AlwaysOn availability groups
  • How can ConfigMgr be made HA
  • Using SQL Server AlwaysOn availability groups in Azure

Speakers
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Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 7 years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering).
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Steve Thompson

Sr Consultant, Softchoice
Steve Thompson has developed numerous applications, honing his skills on SQL Server development and client/server applications. With a background in SQL Server, as DBA and advocate for SQL Server technology, Steve started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Managing BitLocker Using MBAM (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Everyone knows why it is good practice to encrypt their volumes, but not many think of the management of the recovery keys, and how to enforce company policy. Join Jason Sandys and Henrik Rading as they take you through the benefits and how-tos of implementing Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) in integration with Configuration Manager.

What you will learn:
  • Gain knowledge of MBAM infrastructure and common implementation scenarios
  • Learn about common implementation pitfalls
  • Be able to implement and use MBAM in your own organization when you get back home
  • Deploy MBAM and BitLocker as part of your OSD Task Sequence

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Rading

Henrik Rading

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Henrik Rading is a senior consultant at Coretech A/S. | As a consultant Henrik has helped customers design, develop and implement enterprise management solutions for the last 18 years. | After joining Coretech in 2013, his primary role has been deployment of Windows Operating... Read More →
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Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

I don't Git it! Source Control Management Deep Dive with TFVC and Git
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Christopher and Nate will dive into source control management, TFVC vs. Git, branching, pull requests, and common Git commands like push, pull, fetch, commit, etc. We'll also look at some visual Git tools to make life a little easier when it comes to authoring code of all shapes and sizes.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the use and benefits of source control
  • Learn the difference between source control providers like TFVC (TFS) and Git
  • Understand what Git is, how it works, and why it's so popular

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lasnoski

Nathan Lasnoski

Chief Technology Officer, Concurrency
I am responsible for leading all solution consulting efforts at Concurrency to deliver exceptional end-to-end business value to our customers. I direct consultants toward technical and process excellence, as well as promoting a culture of innovation and tenacity in our approach... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Mank

Christopher Mank

Chief Technologist, White Ficus
Christopher is the Co-founder and Chief Technologist at White Ficus and a Cloud and Datacenter MVP with a focus in ALM/DevOps and automation. He engages with customers to understand how they plan, build, test, and release software today and help them do it better with automation... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

Upgrade to Windows 10 - Full Scope (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
This session touches on what admins need to do in their environments to get ready for Windows 10. We will look at tools such as Windows Analytics and Upgrade Readiness and how to use the telemetry data to come up with a project plan. We will also talk about how to plan for the infrastructure needs as well. Finally, we will review the servicing needs of Windows 10 and the environment after it is rolled out to production.

What you will learn:
  • By the end of this session you should feel ready to tackle the Windows 10 roll out in your enterprise
  • How to use telemetry data to come up with a project plan
  • Infrastructure requirements not just limited to ConfigMgr
  • Overview of servicing the environment after successful deployment

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
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Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet B

1:00pm

Integrated Threat Management: Brought to you by Windows 10 and Office 365
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Microsoft has recently released a way to see a consolidated view into client side threats currently in your environment which provides the intelligence and allows you to proactively perform a post-breach analysis to quickly identify the threat, quarantine compromised devices, track down the root cause and get back to a healthy state. See how these new capabilities can significantly strengthen your security posture against modern threats.

What you will learn:
  • How to onboard and utilize Windows Defender ATP to thwart modern attacks on Windows 10
  • How Exchange Online ATP can further enhance protection of your clients and how it works better together with Windows Defender ATP
  • What a modern attack might look like, how to detect it and respond post-breach with these tools

Speakers
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Christopher Barnes

Microsoft Delivery Manager, Coretek Services
Chris is the Microsoft Delivery Manager for Coretek Services (Yes, the one with a K), overseeing project delivery for all Microsoft Engagements. | | He has a passion for ConfigMgr, Windows 10, EMS, ATA, Security, and all things technical.
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Chris Shalda

Microsoft Solutions Architect, Coretek Services
Over the last 10 years, Chris has advanced from an entry-level IT role to an Enterprise Consultant, and is now the Microsoft Solutions Architect for Coretek Services (yes, the one with a ‘K’). He is passionately curious about technology, particularly in the areas of Azure, EM... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

1:00pm

Dell: Client Command Suite: The Easy Way to Manage Dell Client Devices
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Warren and the Dell team will demonstrate the Dell Client Command Suite tools and discuss the hardware management strategies that are needed to be successful with Windows 10. We will also give a sneak peak of our new release of our Configuration Manager integration. But that's not all! We will discuss Desired State Configuration with our PowerShell provider, Driver management strategies, vPro Provisioning and much more! Finally, we'll take as many of your questions as we can cram into this jam packed session!

What you will learn:
  • What the Dell Client Command Suite is and how you can get it and use it today (Hint: it's free!!!)
  • Hardware requirements for new Windows 10 features and how to plan to configure them easily before you need them
  • How to easily provision vPro systems
  • How to maximize your Configuration Manager capabilities and save you time when managing Dell client devices

Sponsors
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Dell

Dell
At Dell we understand that manageability is critical to your success. This is why we lead the industry with the most manageable client and server hardware. Our management tools integrate with industry leading consoles like Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager to ensure that you can do your job efficiently and effectively... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

Parallels: Extend Corporate PC Compliance Requirements to Mac via Microsoft ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Learn from Peter and Danny how leveraging your ConfigMgr environment to manage Macs with Parallels Mac Management will help you regain control and ensure compliance across your entire network.

What you will learn:
  • How to Find and enroll Macs via ConfigMgr
  • Deploy content – packages, applications
  • Filevault 2 Disk Encryption
  • Software Updates using WSUS
  • Image deployment

Speakers
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Senior Consultant, Coretech Global
Peter is a Senior Technical Consultant with Coretech Global with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded five times as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility Suit... Read More →

Sponsors
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Parallels

Parallels
Parallels software helps businesses support, control and manage how users use their favorite devices and preferred technology, whether it’s Windows, Mac, iOS, Android(TM), Chromebook, or the Cloud. IT teams can solve challenges created by cross-platform environments including sea... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet A

1:00pm

Customizing Windows 10 - Part 2 of 2 (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Gary, Mark, Jorgen, and Nash return (as Jedi?) to bring you knowledge of the force, er, Windows 10 build update process, and how to manage and maintain your customizations between builds. Upgrade task sequences, configuration baselines, group policy, and more, you will be shown a myriad of ways to keep your systems in their customized state.

What you will learn:
  • Determine what method(s) of managing customizations will work best for you organization
  • Apply these settings organization-wide or scope some of them based on business units
  • Learn how the build update process affects these customizations and how to maintain them between updates

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

Azure Operationalized
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Azure is a huge undertaking. Don't get caught with your pants down. How does an organization get started? What does an IT team need to think about before launching into Azure?

What you will learn:
  • How to select what to move to Azure and what are your prerequisites
  • Azure governance and processes
  • How to manage your Azure platform

Speakers
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Regional Solutions Director, Concurrency
Steve Buchanan is a regional solutions director with Concurrency, a five-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 17+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure architect t... Read More →
avatar for Natascia Heil

Natascia Heil

System Center Analyst, Celanese Services GmbH
Server monitoring and data center automation specialist with System Center Operations Manager and System Center Orchestrator. Over 20 years of IT expierience. ITIL V3 intermediate SOA certification, MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management. I love to read, paint and dance.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Configuration Manager High Availability and Disaster Recovery - Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
You've asked, you've waited and asked again.  We listened and listened an now the time is here.  Come hear how Configuration Manager plans to solve high availability.  Not just for the database, but also for the site server.  We first introduced support for SQL Server Always On Availability Groups in the SCCM 1602 release.  Now we are ready to introduce Site Server High Availability.  That's right, true site server HA coming to a hierarchy near you.

What you will learn:

  • How Primary Site Server high availability works
  • Using SQL Always On for HA / DR
  • Considerations using SQL Always On and Site Server High Availability
  • What is available in SCCM Technical Preview 1705

Speakers
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Been in the industry for 20 years; in Microsoft for the past 14 years, and at Microsoft gold partner for 6 years (Windows 2000 Active Directory or Exchange 5.5 migrations anyone? :)) | As a PM I am responsible from the following features/scenarios in ConfigMgr product team: Upd... Read More →
avatar for D.C. Tardy

D.C. Tardy

Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft
D.C. is passionate about helping customers get to current branch. He was previously responsible for Cloud Management Gateway, on-prem MDM, SCCM client, server infrastructure/hierarchy, B&R and for service deployment of Windows Intune into Windows Azure. He is also interested in... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

Modern Device Management; Myth vs. Reality
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Description: Come learn a practical approach to moving systems management functionality from the traditional heavy ConfigMgr to the modern cloudy Intune.  This session will focus on the modern management features that traditional organizations can adopt today without wholesale leaving their existing investments and needs behind. We will also look at the gaps that still exist between marketing and reality when it comes to Modern Device Management.

What you will learn:
  • The first baby steps a ConfigMgr admin can take start with Intune
  • How to adopt Windows Update for Business while still using ConfigMgr for reporting
  • How to use Configuration Service Providers (CSPs) in both Intune and ConfigMgr
  • Understand the gaps that exist today in modern device management-only scenarios, and strategies for removing them as blockers

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Sr Design Engineer, MNSCUG
I am a past MNSCUG president, I currently serve on the board. I work at Ameriprise Financial where I support the asset management company of Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently in house Configuration Manager admin. I also lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and development ac... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis A

3:00pm

The Holy Grail for Driver Management (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Tired of how you do driver management in ConfigMgr today? In this session we'll provide you with a method that 1) doesn't require you to import drivers into the driver catalog, 2) doesn't require you to modify your task sequences when a new hardware model needs to be supported, and 3) can dynamically detect what drivers to implement, yet still gives you full control

What you will learn:
  • More details about the new Download Content tasksequence step
  • A simplified way of installing drivers during OSDeployment
  • Some examples of how to make this approach super-dynamic

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

ConfigMgr and PowerShell - What's Current in Current Branch (Option 2)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Join Greg and Kaido as they journey through the latest and greatest ConfigMgr cmdlets for Current Branch! We will cover how the newest cmdlets supports scenarios in your everyday ConfigMgr admin life.

What you will learn:
  • How to use the latest Collection, Updates, Deployment, and Site ConfigMgr cmdlets (and more)
  • Understand how cmdlets have changed, so that you can begin planning/updating existing scripts and creating new ones with new functionality
  • How to debug ConfigMgr cmdlets

Speakers
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Kaido Järvemets is a developer, consultant, trainer specializing in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and PowerShell Solutions at Coretech. Kaido frequently speaks at European conferences and had his US debut as speaker at MMS April 2013. Kaido is well-known in the Configuration Manager communities where... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Strategist, Dell
Greg Ramsey, Enterprise Mobility MVP, is the Enterprise Tools Strategist at Dell, Inc. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Ohio State University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of Northwest System Center User Group. G... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

3:00pm

OSD Front-Ends (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
OSD Frontends provide interaction at OS deployment time soliciting input from users, providing feedback to users, or performing other activities that built-in tasks cannot handle (or at least cannot handle well). User input include whatever is needed for the OS deployment to successfully complete and that cannot be automatically determined. Examples include things like time zone, computer name, Active Directory OU, and software. Frontends can also provide pre-flight checks, provide feedback to the interactive user, and basically anything that is needed. This session will cover all the aspects of getting started and using an OSD frontend in your OS deployment efforts and task sequences.

What you will learn:
  • Don?t use a CAS
  • HTAs suck
  • How to make your task sequences interactive
  • How to use a front-end to validate that a system is ready to be "imaged"
  • How to customize a front-end
  • Whether you should build a front-end or use one from the community

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Rading

Henrik Rading

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Henrik Rading is a senior consultant at Coretech A/S. | As a consultant Henrik has helped customers design, develop and implement enterprise management solutions for the last 18 years. | After joining Coretech in 2013, his primary role has been deployment of Windows Operating... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet B

3:00pm

Getting Started with Windows Containers, Docker and Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
In Windows Server 2016 Microsoft released their first version of Windows and Hyper-V Containers. In this session you will get an overview of how containers work and how you can use them for your deployments , as well as how you can get started with Containers and Docker on Windows 10, Windows Server or on Microsoft Azure.

What you will learn:
  • The basics of Containers
  • Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers
  • How to create Containers and deploy containers to host and the Cloud

Speakers
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Sr Technical Specialist, Cloud and Data Center MVP
Sam Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical specialist and trainer , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and coauthor of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Maurer

Thomas Maurer

Cloud Architect, itnetX
Thomas Maurer works as a Cloud Architect at itnetx gmbh, a consulting and engineering company located in Bern/Switzerland. Thomas is focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud Solutions based Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Windows Azure... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

SquaredUp: SCOM: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle - Automatic Application Discovery
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Join Squared Up Founder and Product Architect, Richard Benwell, and discover how to put your SCOM infrastructure data into the context of your enterprise applications using Visual Application Discovery and Analysis (VADA). Includes special guest, customer case study.

What you will learn:
  • How to automatically discover, map and save your applications, including viewing live health and performance data across complex application stacks
  • How to integrate SCOM with external data like OMS, Service Manager, ServiceNow and Splunk behind a single-pane of glass and all within the context of specific apps
  • How Purdue University have used SCOM, OMS and VADA to solve the challenge of true end-to-end application monitoring (special guest speaker, Shawn Williams)

Moderators
Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet A

3:00pm

Conditional Access from A to Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Conditional Access is the basis of protecting your corporate data. Join Peter and Jörgen to learn different ways of configuring Conditional Access. Currently it is hard to find out what you can do with all different flavors of Conditional Access - for instance Enterprise Mobility + Security, Microsoft Azure, System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch and Windows Server 2016 AD FS. Learn what services in the cloud and on-premises you can use to and how they fit into the complete Conditional Access story of Microsoft and how you can use them to allow access to internal and external resources.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how to identify the different components that are part of conditional access
  • Learn how to protect your corporate data by enabling conditional access

Speakers
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Senior Consultant, Coretech Global
Peter is a Senior Technical Consultant with Coretech Global with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded five times as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility Suit... Read More →
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

3:00pm

Secure Your Workstations (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Mark, Gary, and Troy will show what a desktop administrator can do to keep their workstations secure. Gain the upper hand in the never-ending battle to prevent security breaches. You will see some of the major advantages from a security perspective behind Windows 10.

What you will learn:
  • Implement the newer XTS-AES algorithm when encrypting your systems with BitLocker.
  • Use Credential Guard to protect against Pass-the-Hash attacks.
  • Learn about AppLocker and Device Guard to see how you can secure your systems at the application and kernel levels.
  • Analyze or create group policy settings with the Security Compliance Manager tool. - If there is time . . .

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Troy L. Martin

Troy L. Martin

Technical Architect, 1E
Troy is a Technical Architect at 1E, which entails providing technical direction for 1E technologies, assuring their qualities in efficiently managing hardware, systems, users and other end points. Troy is well known in the Configuration Manager community as a speaker and subject... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

5:00pm

MDT - Malt Delivery Toolkit
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
It's no secret that IT and beer share a close relationship; there's a reason every IT conference serves cold brew. So for the engineering-inclined, it just makes sense that you might want to try your hand at creating your own beer. Well, we're here to get you rolling. We'll cover the basics of brewing before we jump in to some advanced stuff to really get you making seriously good beer. We'll even tell you how one might go about using Windows 10 IoT to automate your brewing.

What you will learn:
  • Essential equipment to get started brewing your own beer
  • Tips for successful brewing and ways to avoid common mistakes
  • How to make brewing easier and more accessible

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Systems Consultant, Now Micro
End user experience expert with a specialty in application virtualization and user experience virtualization. Passionate about PowerShell and how it can make life so much easier! Operating System deployment expert. Current President of the Minnesota System Center User group.
avatar for Phil Schwan

Phil Schwan

Solution Architect, Netrix
Desktop engineering expert with nearly twenty years of Windows desktop administration and engineering experience. Specializes in SCCM and EMS. Avid runner and homebrewer.


Tuesday May 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Lakes A

5:00pm

MMS Every Month at Home - User Groups
Limited Capacity seats available

Return of the popular session on how to make a user group or make one better.  Several new groups sprouted up after last year and we can share strategies to bring in speakers and sponsors.

Join regional user group leaders and MVPs as they share with you how to get the same value you are getting right now from this conference right at home each month. This conference is actually just a big user group run by the same people. These speakers built user groups years ago which have grown into monthly local conferences where they fly in well-known speakers while feeding members food and beer! You'll learn how to: 
  • Start a new group or grow your own so that it won't cost you or your members a penny
  • Learn and share information to help you get your job done and excel in it
  • Hold regular meetings where folks get to learn how others get the job done
  • Find sponsors to pay for food & beer for the meetings
  • Get your website going for free
  • Balance sponsor time with non-sales time
  • Expand your membership and find more people
  • Get free Office 365 for your group
  • Get locals to become involved and feel ownership in the group
  • Figure out when and where to meet
  • Decide how often to meet
  • Adapt and grow
You really need to understand the value a local user group can bring to your home town and how it can enhance your standing in the community. You'll see this session held in a user-group format. No need to wait until next year's MMS!

Moderators
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Senior Solutions Engineer, 1E
I am a Principle Consultant and Senior Solutions Engineer at 1E.  I enjoy regularly speaking at business and technical conferences on multiple continents.  I am a board member of CTSMUG, 1E Academy, patent holder, and frequent blogger.  I specialize in leading analysis, optimi... Read More →
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Senior Consultant, Coretech Global
Peter is a Senior Technical Consultant with Coretech Global with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded five times as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility Suit... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Operations System Engineer, Wells Fargo
Ryan is the author of the Powershell Right Click Tools and Recast RCT Free for Configuration Manager 2012. He works as a systems engineer for Wells Fargo and helps organizations design, implement and maintain their System Center environments.
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Sr Design Engineer, MNSCUG
I am a past MNSCUG president, I currently serve on the board. I work at Ameriprise Financial where I support the asset management company of Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently in house Configuration Manager admin. I also lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and development ac... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

CM Admin, Microsoft MVP, Wells Fargo
I manage 400K systems at Wells Fargo with ConfigMgr Current Branch. I work with the best team in the business and love my job. When I'm not putting in my 60 at Wells, I spend almost all my time on MMS.  I am also a founding board member for my local user group, the MN System Center User Group and run the website for it... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Strategist, Dell
Greg Ramsey, Enterprise Mobility MVP, is the Enterprise Tools Strategist at Dell, Inc. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Ohio State University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of Northwest System Center User Group. G... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →
avatar for Marius A. Skovli

Marius A. Skovli

Managing Consultant, Coretech
A technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company Coretech. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 11 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Serv... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Architect, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, currently working for a large enterprise in Austin, TX. He is a board member of the Central Texas Systems Management User Group, an avid PowerShell scripter, a novice woodworker, and an experienced speaker with over 200 custom... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Technology Architect
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for almost 20 years (ever since SMS v1.2). He is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and runs the Arizona Systems Management User Group. He specializes in the design, architecture an... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Chief Architect, Enhansoft
Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (CM07) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). | Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. | He is an active participant in... Read More →


Tuesday May 16, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Lakes CD
 
Wednesday, May 17
 

8:00am

Backup is Dead! Restore is Born in the Cloud!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Ok - everybody is talking about the cloud but HOW can I leverage the true power of cloud-based-restores? During this session Robert Hedblom (MVP) and Steve Buchanan (MVP) will present actual concepts that are based on multiple cloud services that will provide a scenario driven solution based on actual restore scenarios. By empowering the concept you will get a deeper understanding of HOW and WHY you should combine the different possibilities within OMS and other Azure based components. Join us in this session and get the latest and greatest information on HOW and WHY regarding restore and disaster recover. Remember, the concept of backup is dead!

What you will learn:
  • How to think regarding restore concepts
  • How you can leverage the power of Azure
  • Azure Backup design considerations
  • Azure Backup Server technologies
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2016
  • Instant-restore concepts

Speakers
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Regional Solutions Director, Concurrency
Steve Buchanan is a regional solutions director with Concurrency, a five-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 17+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure architect t... Read More →
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management, sumNERV AB
Robert Hedblom is a well-known external partner and also internal partner at Microsoft due to his high skillsets and experience when it comes to designing scenario driven solutions based on the System Center stack, Azure and Windows Server technologies. | | Roberts focus as a C... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Cedar

8:00am

Building Smarter Alerts and Workflows in SCOM and PowerShell with AI and Other Popular Buzzwords
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Single Pane of Glass! Machine Learning! Synergizing! You know your environment better than anyone else. You've spent the last year since MMS 2016 creating PowerShell solutions for the little everyday tasks in your data center or Azure subscription. We can wrap those in a decision tree and allow your environment to save you time by doing all the heavy lifting for you and your technicians.

What you will learn:
  • Leverage your existing workflows using fuzzy logic decision trees
  • Learn to automate your automation
  • Build out auto remediation using your own company procedures

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Senior Consultant, itnetX AG
I work for itnetX in Switzerland where I implement bespoke solutions for customers. Nothing here is out-of-the-box. My work involves the automation of business processes and the integration of , not exclusively but mainly, Microsoft System Center Technologies. Come and talk to me... Read More →
avatar for Cole McDonald

Cole McDonald

Sr. Technical Analyst, Beyond Impact
Owner and operator for one of the first few web dev firms in MN. I used script assisted standardization, early applied fuzzy logic, and what is now called DevOps; all before Y2K. | | I was most recently given the opportunity to shift back toward DevOps from the Server Adm... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

8:00am

OMS, ATA and Azure Security Center mixer
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Security is an immensely important subject, and keeping your environments up to speed and secure is essential. However often you do not see how your networks are under attack and what you can do to remediate these situations. This session will show you Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA), Azure Security Center and more tools with Microsoft OMS and mix them together in ways not seen before!

What you will learn:
  • OMS Security features
  • Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)
  • Azure Security Center
  • And how we can mix things together!

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Most know me as SCOM-Bob which kind of points to my main specialty for the last 10 years. However I have been working with more System Center products and of course OMS. Monitoring is my main thing and connecting the business to technology. Next to that I am involved in www.house... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

8:00am

ConfigMgr Data Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Benjamin and Steve will review lessons from the field. There is a lot of data within an ConfigMgr database, what are some effective solutions to retrieve that data? Come and learn.

What you will learn:
  • Power BI: Best practices, data staging and data flow considerations
  • Custom reports: Some of our favorite custom reports will be demonstrated
  • Understand the new Data warehouse 

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 7 years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering).
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Sr Consultant, Softchoice
Steve Thompson has developed numerous applications, honing his skills on SQL Server development and client/server applications. With a background in SQL Server, as DBA and advocate for SQL Server technology, Steve started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

8:00am

Managing Windows 10 with Configuration Manager (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Aaron & Avi from the Configuration Manager product team will discuss and demo new features for Windows 10 lifecycle management.

What you will learn:
  • How to enhance your Windows 10 security strategy using Configuration Manager
  • What versions of Configuration Manager can manage which versions of Windows 10
  • What you need to do to stay current with Windows 10

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager. He works on Office 365, Application Management, End User Notifications, Azure Services, and Windows 10 security features like Windows Defender Applica... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

8:00am

ConfigMgr Compliance Settings - Basics of Custom CIs (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Sherry and Garth will demonstrate the decision tree they use when determining whether to use a Baseline/Configuration Item vs other methods. This session will focus on creating and deploying a Baseline/Configuration Item from inception to leveraging it to remediate issues.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how to select the right tool for the request
  • Create a Configuration Item, from simple to complex
  • Field Notes, otherwise known as "Learn what not to do from someone who has done it wrong and learned their lesson. "

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Chief Architect, Enhansoft
Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (CM07) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). | Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. | He is an active participant in... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Software Engineer, Wells Fargo
I work for a large Bank in the US. For ConfigMgr, talk to me about large hierarchies, inventory customizations, compliance settings, and reporting for the SQL and SRS-challenged.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet B

8:00am

Debugging PowerShell and Defensive Scripting Techniques
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Have you ever downloaded a PowerShell script or module to solve some problem you were having and it just wouldn't work, but you couldn't understand why? Have you written your own script and it worked fine on your machine but not in a job, scheduled task, or on another machine? PowerShell has definitely hit the mainstream, and being able to efficiently debug PowerShell scripts is an essential skill to have in your tool belt today. Come to this session to learn how to unleash your inner PowerShell debugging ninja by identifying defensive scripting techniques to reduce the need for debugging and learning best practices that allow you to tighten your code-test-debug loop for optimal efficiency while maximizing your results.

What you will learn:
  • Soft debugging skills that reduce or eliminate the need to work with a PowerShell debugger when it's not necessary
  • Hard debugging skills that will help you get the most value for the least effort when working with the PowerShell debugger
  • Best practices and tips and tricks that increase reliability and efficiency when writing and debugging PowerShell scripts and modules

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Munro

Kirk Munro

Director of Learning Solutions, Learn on Demand Systems
Kirk Munro has been a PowerShell MVP since 2007 and spends almost all his time using and helping others learn how to use PowerShell. Kirk is also embracing cross platform and learning mobile technologies such as Xamarin whenever he can make the time.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

DevOps for the IT Pro with Azure and Visual Studio Team Services
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
What is DevOps? Isn't this just some developer buzzword? In this session we'll dive into what DevOps is (and what it isn't!) and the skills required for the next generation of IT Pros. This session will be jam-packed with Visual Studio, Git, VSTS, PowerShell, ARM, Azure, OMS, DSC and more as we show how DevOps principles like source control, automation, testing, deployment and monitoring apply to every IT professional.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the core concepts and principles of DevOps
  • Learn how Visual Studio Team Service can support any DevOps workload

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Lasnoski

Nathan Lasnoski

Chief Technology Officer, Concurrency
I am responsible for leading all solution consulting efforts at Concurrency to deliver exceptional end-to-end business value to our customers. I direct consultants toward technical and process excellence, as well as promoting a culture of innovation and tenacity in our approach... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Mank

Christopher Mank

Chief Technologist, White Ficus
Christopher is the Co-founder and Chief Technologist at White Ficus and a Cloud and Datacenter MVP with a focus in ALM/DevOps and automation. He engages with customers to understand how they plan, build, test, and release software today and help them do it better with automation... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet A

8:00am

Upgrade to Windows 10 - Full Scope (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
This session touches on what admins need to do in their environments to get ready for Windows 10. We will look at tools such as Windows Analytics and Upgrade Readiness and how to use the telemetry data to come up with a project plan. We will also talk about how to plan for the infrastructure needs as well. Finally, we will review the servicing needs of Windows 10 and the environment after it is rolled out to production.

What you will learn:
  • By the end of this session you should feel ready to tackle the Windows 10 roll out in your enterprise
  • How to use telemetry data to come up with a project plan
  • Infrastructure requirements not just limited to ConfigMgr
  • Overview of servicing the environment after successful deployment

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

Business Continuity and the Microsoft Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
John and Robert will help you eliminate the fear of a career-ending ransomware incident! Learn what's new from Microsoft in Windows Server, SQL Server, Office 365, and Azure offerings. Build a customized Business Continuity portfolio of services that will keep business data safe and network administrators employed!

What you will learn:
  • Viable solutions for backup, restore, and disaster tolerance missions using just the right set of native Microsoft technologies
  • Features and price points favorable to the solutions architect
  • Tips and tricks for deploying Azure Site Recovery and VPN in the new Azure Resource Manager model

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management, sumNERV AB
Robert Hedblom is a well-known external partner and also internal partner at Microsoft due to his high skillsets and experience when it comes to designing scenario driven solutions based on the System Center stack, Azure and Windows Server technologies. | | Roberts focus as a C... Read More →
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Senior Director, Technology, ClearPointe
John is Senior Director, Technology at ClearPointe, a managed services provider of 24x7 Network Operations Center (NOC) services. John is co-author of four books in the industry-standard reference series, System Center Operations Manager : Unleashed. His recent focus is helping... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet A

10:00am

Using Service Map to Automatically Build Distributed Applications
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:

One of the great features of Operations Manager is the ability to define and monitor distributed applications.   Service Map runs in Azure and automatically discovers the components of your application in addition to their dependencies, and thanks to a new management pack we can turn that map into a distributed application.

In this session we'll give an introduction to Service Map and then and have it build a distributed application for us.  We'll then dig into the management pack and see how we might leverage it for ongoing monitoring.  This will be an interactive session where we'll share coming features of Service Map and exchange ideas on how we might leverage it for application monitoring.


What you will learn:
  • Introduction to Service Map.
  • How to install the new management pack and have Service Map build a distributed application.
  • Technical details of the distributed application built by Service Map.
  • Disussion on leveraging the new management pack for further monitoring.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
avatar for Brian Wren

Brian Wren

Senior Content Publisher, Microsoft
Brian Wren is a Senior Content Developer with Microsoft focusing on OMS technologies including Log Analytics and Azure Automation. He has produced extensive documentation and training materials for System Center, most notably management pack authoring in Operations Manager, and... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis A

10:00am

ConfigMgr Compliance Settings - Basics of Custom Cis (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Sherry and Garth will demonstrate the decision tree they use when determining whether to use a Baseline/Configuration Item vs other methods. This session will focus on creating and deploying a Baseline/Configuration Item from inception to leveraging it to remediate issues.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how to select the right tool for the request
  • Create a Configuration Item, from simple to complex
  • Field Notes, otherwise known as "Learn what not to do from someone who has done it wrong and learned their lesson. "

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Chief Architect, Enhansoft
Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (CM07) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). | Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. | He is an active participant in... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Software Engineer, Wells Fargo
I work for a large Bank in the US. For ConfigMgr, talk to me about large hierarchies, inventory customizations, compliance settings, and reporting for the SQL and SRS-challenged.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

Configmgr Top CSS Cases (and how they got fixed)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Chances are that you have logged a case at Microsoft CSS on an ConfigMgr Topic already. In this session we will cover the top call generators and how they got fixed, including the reason why this issue happened so you can avoid it in your own environment.


What you will learn:
  • What topics are most likely to generate issues
  • How can you avoid common pitfalls 
  • Fixes for common issues

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Coretech US
John Marcum, Enterprise Client Management MVP, is a Managing Consultant with Coretech US. Starting with SMS 2.0, John has been highly focused on enterprise client management. Most recently John has become a leading expert in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security suite.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

Hacking the Task Sequence 2017 (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Back by popular demand, Hacking the Task Sequence is back at MMS 2017. Join 1E's Mike Terrill and Coretech's Ronnie Jakobsen on journey inside the Task Sequence. Learn some really cool tips and tricks for OSD Task Sequences, as well as the now supported Software Distribution Task Sequences.

What you will learn:
  • Gain better insight into how Task Sequences work behind the scenes
  • Pick up tips and tricks to be used in your own environment

Speakers
avatar for Ronnie Krarup Jakobsen

Ronnie Krarup Jakobsen

Senior Architect, Coretech
Ronnie has worked with client management and deployment for the last 15 years, on top of that he has also done a lot of development related to system management, especially SCCM, either using .NET or Powershell. Ronnie joined the Coretech team in 2012 and focuses mainly on SCCM... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Technology Architect
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for almost 20 years (ever since SMS v1.2). He is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and runs the Arizona Systems Management User Group. He specializes in the design, architecture an... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Leveraging Vendor Tools for Client Management Productivity
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Gary and Mark will introduce you to some vendor-provided tools and demonstrate how to leverage them to make client management more efficient.

What you will learn:
  • Learn about free software tools and APIs made available by vendors for their customers.
  • Use these tools and APIs to create solutions for tasks such as automating driver deployment during OSD, collecting and reporting on warranty information, managing BIOS Settings and updates, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

10:00am

Advanced OS Deployment (Option 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Join Johan and Mikael in this session where they will demonstrated Advanced OS Deployment with MDT, ConfigMgr and PowerShell OSD.

What you will learn:
  • Web Services, Wrappers, CustomSettings.ini, Driver handling
  • PowerShell and VB scripts, Customization, MDT Database
  • Hydration and Automation

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

Managing BitLocker Using MBAM (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Everyone knows why it is good practice to encrypt their volumes, but not many think of the management of the recovery keys, and how to enforce company policy. Join Jason Sandys and Henrik Rading as they take you through the benefits and how-tos of implementing Microsoft BitLocker Administration and Monitoring (MBAM) in integration with Configuration Manager.

What you will learn:
  • Gain knowledge of MBAM infrastructure and common implementation scenarios
  • Learn about common implementation pitfalls
  • Be able to implement and use MBAM in your own organization when you get back home
  • Deploy MBAM and BitLocker as part of your OSD Task Sequence

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Rading

Henrik Rading

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Henrik Rading is a senior consultant at Coretech A/S. | As a consultant Henrik has helped customers design, develop and implement enterprise management solutions for the last 18 years. | After joining Coretech in 2013, his primary role has been deployment of Windows Operating... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet B

10:00am

Managing Windows 10 Security: The Changing of the Guard
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Understanding and deploying Windows 10’s “Guards”:  Device Guard, Credential Guard, and Application Guard. The latest in Windows 10’s enterprise-grade security and how to use it.

What you will learn:
  • What can these features do for you
  • How they work
  • How they can be deployed today 

Speakers
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Program Manager II, Microsoft
I work on Application Management + Software Center, Remote Tools, End-User Notifications, Windows 10 security features like Device Guard and more!
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

10:00am

Adaptiva: Practical ConfigMgr Tips to Achieve Stress-Free Windows 10 OSD
Limited Capacity seats available

One lucky winner in this session will win a free Surface Pro 4!

Session Description:
Is the pressure to deploy Windows 10 across your organization stressing you out!?  In this session, you will obtain the automation strategies and the practical ConfigMgr tips necessary to deliver massive OSD files faster and with fewer headaches. You will leave this session with a step-by-step blueprint you can use to plan, secure, deploy and maintain Windows 10 in your organization. You will also discover ‘zero-touch’ ways to distribute software and manage security across hundreds of thousands of endpoints.

What you will learn:
  • Tips and tricks for avoiding some of the more common gotchas on Win10 OSD
  • How to leverage P2P technologies to reduce infrastructure costs and Win10 migration timelines
  • Options to easily move from legacy BIOS to UEFI and leverage Secure Boot, Device Guard, and Credential Guard
  • Practical examples of how some of the largest companies in the world are migrating to Windows 10

Speakers
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Adaptiva

Adaptiva

Adaptiva
Adaptiva is a leading, global provider of IT systems management solutions that advance the power of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). Founded in 2004 by the lead architect of Microsoft SMS 2003, Adaptiva enables IT professionals to securely speed enterprise-wide software deployments without adding costly servers or throttling network bandwidth. The... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - Cloud and Datacenter Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same Azure/OMS/SCOM/SCSM/SCVMM challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
MF

Max Fritz

Senior Systems Consultant, Now Micro Inc

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Most know me as SCOM-Bob which kind of points to my main specialty for the last 10 years. However I have been working with more System Center products and of course OMS. Monitoring is my main thing and connecting the business to technology. Next to that I am involved in www.house... Read More →
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Sr Technical Specialist, Cloud and Data Center MVP
Sam Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical specialist and trainer , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and coauthor of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA BC

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity filling up

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same challenges with ConfigMgr/Intune/EMS. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
avatar for Mirko Colemberg

Mirko Colemberg

Principal Workplace Consultant, baseVISION AG
Mirko is a Principal Consultant and works for his own Microsoft Partner Company, his Company is focused in System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Mirko works as a Principal Consultant in Small to Medium and Medium to Large Companies to implement Configuratio... Read More →

Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - OSD
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same ConfigMgr or MDT Operating System Deployment challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
avatar for Phil Schwan

Phil Schwan

Solution Architect, Netrix
Desktop engineering expert with nearly twenty years of Windows desktop administration and engineering experience. Specializes in SCCM and EMS. Avid runner and homebrewer.

Speakers
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - PowerShell
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same PowerShell challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Architect, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, currently working for a large enterprise in Austin, TX. He is a board member of the Central Texas Systems Management User Group, an avid PowerShell scripter, a novice woodworker, and an experienced speaker with over 200 custom... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Save on Metrics! Managing the Data Flow from SCOM to OMS
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Microsoft Operations Management Suite is amazing to deal with large amount of raw data such as metrics, events, alerts and logs, but what if you want to optimize the cost of ownership for the OMS? We will show how to integrate SCOM and OMS to collect data from SCOM and manage amount and granularity of this data for the efficient usage of your IT budget.

What you will learn:
  • Usage of the OMS Data Collector API
  • Use Powershell to send aggregated data from SCOM to OMS
  • Learn about OMS cost and licensing

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandr Andrushchenko

Aleksandr Andrushchenko

Senior Microsoft System Center Consultant, VIAcode Consulting LLC
Senior Microsoft System Center Consultant and Architect at VIAcode Consulting. Created designs of many SCOM Management Packs for the broad range of solutions: from software and hardware systems to appliances and cloud services. Co-Organizer of the Microsoft System Center and OMS... Read More →
avatar for Roman Yuferev

Roman Yuferev

Practice Leader, VIAcode
Practice Leader at VIAcode Consulting with more than ten years experience of driving IT management solutions. Speaker of international software conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, and System Center Universe. Manageability enthusiast involved in the... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet A

1:00pm

Process Automation
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
You already automated the IT tasks. Now automate the entire business process around your IT tasks. Save man-hours for both your IT department and your business users for maximum ROI. We will talk about how to create IT services for your business that are better, faster, and cheaper.

What you will learn:
  • Think holistically to create a business solution, not just an IT solution
  • Leverage new technologies or technology you already own to create custom solutions for specific business needs
  • Capture hard data to prove how much money you are saving the company every quarter
  • While many technologies will be discussed as potentially useful tools, the overall discussion will be platform agnostic.


Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Kirk Munro

Kirk Munro

Director of Learning Solutions, Learn on Demand Systems
Kirk Munro has been a PowerShell MVP since 2007 and spends almost all his time using and helping others learn how to use PowerShell. Kirk is also embracing cross platform and learning mobile technologies such as Xamarin whenever he can make the time.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

Cloud Management Gateway Deep Dive
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Aaron and Dune from the ConfigMgr product team will dive into the guts of the exciting new Cloud Management Gateway, a simplified way for managing clients that roam onto the Internet.

What you will learn:
  • The how, what and why of the Cloud Management Gateway
  • Guidance for when to use, as well as scale and performance considerations
  • Why this is not competing with Microsoft Intune

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Program Manager II, Microsoft
I work on Application Management + Software Center, Remote Tools, End-User Notifications, Windows 10 security features like Device Guard and more!
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Coretech US
John Marcum, Enterprise Client Management MVP, is a Managing Consultant with Coretech US. Starting with SMS 2.0, John has been highly focused on enterprise client management. Most recently John has become a leading expert in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security suite.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

ConfigMgr Configuration Items (CIs) Dissected (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Like the ConfigMgr Policies A-Z was delivered last year, this session will go deep on settings management configuration items. Prepare for loads of SQL fun, tips & tricks how to understand and make the most of your CIs.

What you will learn:
  • Anatomy of a CI
  • Make some sense out of the CI-related logs
  • Some usefull CIs for your own environment.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Sr Design Engineer, MNSCUG
I am a past MNSCUG president, I currently serve on the board. I work at Ameriprise Financial where I support the asset management company of Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently in house Configuration Manager admin. I also lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and development ac... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Exploring the Wealth of ConfigMgr Community Tools (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Jörgen and Ryan will demonstrate the latest and greatest community tools for Configuration Manager. This is the session that will make you look like the smartest person in the IT department. We will demonstrate as many as we can and give you tips and tricks on how to utilize them which will make your everyday life easier.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how to find and use community tools in your existing environment
  • Make your OS deployment greater with community tools
  • Manage and troubleshoot Configuration Manager in a smarter way using community tools

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Operations System Engineer, Wells Fargo
Ryan is the author of the Powershell Right Click Tools and Recast RCT Free for Configuration Manager 2012. He works as a systems engineer for Wells Fargo and helps organizations design, implement and maintain their System Center environments.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

1:00pm

Return of the Wall of Fire! Live build of 100 Windows 10 machines over a WAN!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
OSD at it's most extreme!
This demo-heavy session brings together Open Source HTTP Network booting, all the Microsoft P2P tech, some free tools, crossed fingers and many sacrifices to the demo gods.
But it will be epic, culminating in a Rapid OSD fiesta. Take home the tools and do it yourself and impress your friends!

What you will learn:
  • How to PXE boot over a WAN in style
  • How to optimize your OSD using P2P tech
  • How to avoid WAN meltdown in low-bandwidth scenarios
  • Which P2P tech is the right tool for the job

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
During his 19 year career in desktop deployment he has become a leading expert in designing and implementing Microsoft based system management solutions. He has been responsible for deploying an impressive 1.2 million desktops at a wide range of organizations, including several F... Read More →
avatar for Phil Wilcock

Phil Wilcock

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
Phil is a former Microsoftie, was a Co-Founder of 1E, and now co-runs the mighty 2Pint Software, who specialize in making lovely Systems Management Software based around Microsoft Peer To Peer technologies and fancy Network Booting over http. He likes to answer complicated questi... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

Running ConfigMgr Infrastructure in Azure to Manage On-Premise Devices
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
ConfigMgr is SaaS-ified!! Come learn how MSIT and TAP customers have deployed ConfigMgr in Azure.One of the key changes we've made in the servicing model of Configuration Manager, is full support for IaaS hosting in Azure. In this session, we'll go into depth on how you can make that work for your customers, the ROI of Azure hosting, and some real-world examples of adoption.

What you will learn:
  • Azure is just another datacentre in your customers' environment
  • Size hardware like you would on-prem, following our hardware recommendations
  • Use DS VMs at a minimum, DS-v2 or even G4/5
  • Premium Storage is required for read/write intensive components
  • Stripe Pxx disks when larger capacity or higher throughput is required
  • ExpressRoute with an Unlimited data plan is recommended over Site to Site VPN. ExpressRoute Premium for hierarchies that span Azure Regions and multiple on premise datacentres

Speakers
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Been in the industry for 20 years; in Microsoft for the past 14 years, and at Microsoft gold partner for 6 years (Windows 2000 Active Directory or Exchange 5.5 migrations anyone? :)) | As a PM I am responsible from the following features/scenarios in ConfigMgr product team: Upd... Read More →
avatar for D.C. Tardy

D.C. Tardy

Sr. Program Manager, Microsoft
D.C. is passionate about helping customers get to current branch. He was previously responsible for Cloud Management Gateway, on-prem MDM, SCCM client, server infrastructure/hierarchy, B&R and for service deployment of Windows Intune into Windows Azure. He is also interested in... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

1:00pm

Secure Your Workstations (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Mark, Gary, and Troy will show what a desktop administrator can do to keep their workstations secure. Gain the upper hand in the never-ending battle to prevent security breaches. You will see some of the major advantages from a security perspective behind Windows 10.

What you will learn:
  • Implement the newer XTS-AES algorithm when encrypting your systems with BitLocker.
  • Use Credential Guard to protect against Pass-the-Hash attacks.
  • Learn about AppLocker and Device Guard to see how you can secure your systems at the application and kernel levels.
  • Analyze or create group policy settings with the Security Compliance Manager tool. - If there is time . . .

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Troy L. Martin

Troy L. Martin

Technical Architect, 1E
Troy is a Technical Architect at 1E, which entails providing technical direction for 1E technologies, assuring their qualities in efficiently managing hardware, systems, users and other end points. Troy is well known in the Configuration Manager community as a speaker and subject... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet B

1:00pm

1E: Fast Relief from All Your IT Headaches
Limited Capacity seats available

UPDATE: We changed the demo (same tools) to show how you can identify, isolate, remidate WannaCry2 in less than 30 minutes.

Session Description:
What is causing your biggest headaches? Is it managing thousands of endpoints and tons of ad hoc issues that are plaguing your work day? Is it rolling out Windows 10? Maybe it is both. In this session, we will introduce and deep dive into a new solution that will allow you to easily create and execute queries against your entire IT estate, in real-time, with live results coming from each endpoint and not from a cache or database. We will also discuss how to automate Windows 10 migrations across all scenarios, including the most complex like BIOS-UEFI and disk encryption.

What you will learn:
  • How to instantly find and fix application, configuration and operating system faults across all of your endpoints
  • How to rapidly respond to regulatory compliance, security and software asset management (SAM) audits
  • Learn how to automate even your most complex Windows 10 migrations

 

Join us for the chance to win a DJI Mavic Pro drone!


Moderators
EA

Ed Aldrich

Ed's been around the game for a long time... after a 20 year gig in the US Navy, as an electronics technician and cryptographic whiz, he spent six years supporting the Trident submarine Command and Control systems in Newport, RI. This was followed by another six years at Fleet Fi... Read More →
RC

Ron Crumbaker

SE Enablement Manager, 1E
A huge fan of the Chevy Camaro. Loves to talk old muscle cars, Systems Management and other techy stuff. He is a 13 year Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP. He was one of the original owners of myITforum, Inc. He is also on the board of the Louisville Systems Management User Group... Read More →
CR

Chris Rowland

Chris is a Solutions Engineer at 1E where he helps companies understand the benefits of software lifecycle automation, particularly around accelerating Windows 10 migrations. Chris is an active member of the systems management community and has been a speaker at a number of Microsoft and vendor events. Prior to joining 1E, Chris worked for 7+ years at a Fortune 500 retailer as a Sr. Systems Engineer where he was responsible for their Configuration Manager infrastructure. In that role, Chris was able to save millions of dollars and decrease the global infrastructure by 98% through implementation of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Senior Solutions Engineer, 1E
I am a Principle Consultant and Senior Solutions Engineer at 1E.  I enjoy regularly speaking at business and technical conferences on multiple continents.  I am a board member of CTSMUG, 1E Academy, patent holder, and frequent blogger.  I specialize in leading analysis, optimi... Read More →
avatar for Troy L. Martin

Troy L. Martin

Technical Architect, 1E
Troy is a Technical Architect at 1E, which entails providing technical direction for 1E technologies, assuring their qualities in efficiently managing hardware, systems, users and other end points. Troy is well known in the Configuration Manager community as a speaker and subject... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for 1E

1E

1E
1E’s mission is simple: to enable our customers to automate the full software lifecycle across their business. Through Software Lifecycle Automation employees become more productive, the business becomes more agile, and IT departments more reactive to change. We empower our cust... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

IT Department Staffing without Silos in a World without Datacenters
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
John and Robert will dive into silos, a common denominator in many large enterprise IT shops. Silos spring from natural human tendencies to minimize disruptive change, such as the cloud evolution. Learn how to envision a transition plan that both breaks down IT silos and ensures cloud migration occurs at the optimal speed for the business.

What you will learn:
  • Why silos develop and how to identify the most common silos
  • How silos make an organization vulnerable to disruptive change
  • How Microsoft is driving datacenter cost down and cloud adoption up by making former silo'ed technologies obsolete
  • Enlightened persona to adopt for career and corporate survival

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management, sumNERV AB
Robert Hedblom is a well-known external partner and also internal partner at Microsoft due to his high skillsets and experience when it comes to designing scenario driven solutions based on the System Center stack, Azure and Windows Server technologies. | | Roberts focus as a C... Read More →
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Senior Director, Technology, ClearPointe
John is Senior Director, Technology at ClearPointe, a managed services provider of 24x7 Network Operations Center (NOC) services. John is co-author of four books in the industry-standard reference series, System Center Operations Manager : Unleashed. His recent focus is helping... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

3:00pm

Programming SCSM with C# and Visual Studio
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
In this demo-packed session, you explore the depths of customizing Service Manager. We will walk you through real-world scenarios of using advanced customization techniques with C# and Visual Studio to build and customize forms, workflows and console tasks in Service Manager. We will also discuss best practices, recommendations and processes you should follow when customizing Service Manager.

What you will learn:
  • Creating custom user controls, workflows, and console tasks for Service Manager using C# and the SCSM SDK
  • How to plan for customizing Service Manager and best practices
  • A sample Visual Studio solution with source code is yours to take away

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Senior Consultant, itnetX AG
I work for itnetX in Switzerland where I implement bespoke solutions for customers. Nothing here is out-of-the-box. My work involves the automation of business processes and the integration of , not exclusively but mainly, Microsoft System Center Technologies. Come and talk to me... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Gasser

Dieter Gasser

Head of Product Management, itnetX
Dieter Gasser is an IT consultant and a management partner of itnetX AG, headquartered in Switzerland. He has a strong focus on the delivery and customization of Service Manager. Dieter has been working in IT for more than 16 years, and has focused on Microsoft technologies. He s... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet A

3:00pm

Upgrading to SCOM 2016 Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
All you need to know about upgrading your current SCOM infrastructure to a shiny 2016 implementation. Prepare yourself for the upgrade and reap the benefits of the new version and more forward!

What you will learn:
  • How to prepare for the upgrade to SCOM 2016
  • What the upgrade process looks like
  • Tips, tricks, pitfalls and the rest

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Most know me as SCOM-Bob which kind of points to my main specialty for the last 10 years. However I have been working with more System Center products and of course OMS. Monitoring is my main thing and connecting the business to technology. Next to that I am involved in www.house... Read More →
avatar for Natascia Heil

Natascia Heil

System Center Analyst, Celanese Services GmbH
Server monitoring and data center automation specialist with System Center Operations Manager and System Center Orchestrator. Over 20 years of IT expierience. ITIL V3 intermediate SOA certification, MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management. I love to read, paint and dance.


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

Building the Ultimate Windows 10 UEFI Task Sequence (Option 1)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
Windows 10 deployments are going to become a critical business as usual process. With new Feature Updates coming out up to a few times per year, devices are going to be continually upgraded. New computer and break/fix are still important. In this session we will cover real world task sequences for the modern enterprise.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the ins and outs of BIOS to UEFI task sequences
  • Master the new MBR2GPT disk conversion utility
  • Create the killer in-place upgrade task sequences and wipe-and-load task sequences
  • Dynamic and drivers and BIOS updates

Speakers
avatar for Henrik Rading

Henrik Rading

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Henrik Rading is a senior consultant at Coretech A/S. | As a consultant Henrik has helped customers design, develop and implement enterprise management solutions for the last 18 years. | After joining Coretech in 2013, his primary role has been deployment of Windows Operating... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Technology Architect
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for almost 20 years (ever since SMS v1.2). He is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and runs the Arizona Systems Management User Group. He specializes in the design, architecture an... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

Deep Dive: ConfigMgr Content Library and Content Troubleshooting
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Learn the inner workings of the different components that are involved in the distribution on content in ConfigMgr, and use this knowledge to troubleshoot content-related problems.

What you will learn:
  • Identify the different components that play a role in the management and distribution of content, and how each internally work.
  • Identify the SQL tables, WMI classes and internal files that are used by each content distribution component.
  • Identify the potential issues that are associated with each component and the process that they perform.

Speakers
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Been in the industry for 20 years; in Microsoft for the past 14 years, and at Microsoft gold partner for 6 years (Windows 2000 Active Directory or Exchange 5.5 migrations anyone? :)) | As a PM I am responsible from the following features/scenarios in ConfigMgr product team: Upd... Read More →
avatar for Kerwin Medina

Kerwin Medina

Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
A Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, Kerwin is one of the most passionate and animated members of the System Center Configuration Manger development team. Kerwin is responsible for implementing some of the favorite community-suggested features in ConfigMgr current branch toda... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

Holy cow! Why on earth did you do that? (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
As consultants we see, hear and experience many different environments, scenarios, and designs for ConfigMgr. We are also exposed to commonly recurring excuses for bad design and behavior like "But you don't know our users" as well as interesting reasons for taking unique paths. In this session we will look into some of the more "interesting" enterprise client management decisions, designs, and solutions that we have seen "out there". We'll explain some of the myths and show you how a properly designed environment should look and function. And although we won't cover it explicitly, remember, "No CAS".

What you will learn:
  • Cover top mistakes as seen in the forums and projects
  • Work with Client Health
  • Work with Configuration Manager infrastructure

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

3:00pm

Operating System Deployment Without Re-Imaging
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
People have done Windows deployment the same way for many years, using images. There are now new image-free modern deployment scenarios that can be used to provision new Windows devices (with or without IT touching the machine).  In this session we’ll explore these new easier, lower-cost scenarios.

What you will learn:
  • Get a Windows based PC from an unmanaged state to a managed state without re-deployment
  • Different scenarios for the Designer tool
  • Use various methods to apply the configuration

Speakers
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Exploring the Wealth of ConfigMgr Community Tools (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Jörgen and Ryan will demonstrate the latest and greatest community tools for Configuration Manager. This is the session that will make you look like the smartest person in the IT department. We will demonstrate as many as we can and give you tips and tricks on how to utilize them which will make your everyday life easier.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how to find and use community tools in your existing environment
  • Make your OS deployment greater with community tools
  • Manage and troubleshoot Configuration Manager in a smarter way using community tools

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Operations System Engineer, Wells Fargo
Ryan is the author of the Powershell Right Click Tools and Recast RCT Free for Configuration Manager 2012. He works as a systems engineer for Wells Fargo and helps organizations design, implement and maintain their System Center environments.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet B

3:00pm

Managing Windows 10 with Configuration Manager (Option 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Aaron & Avi from the Configuration Manager product team will discuss and demo new features for Windows 10 lifecycle management.

What you will learn:
  • How to enhance your Windows 10 security strategy using Configuration Manager
  • What versions of Configuration Manager can manage which versions of Windows 10
  • What you need to do to stay current with Windows 10

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager. He works on Office 365, Application Management, End User Notifications, Azure Services, and Windows 10 security features like Windows Defender Applica... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

5:00pm

ConfigMgr Quiz Show
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
This session on System Center Configuration Manager features multiple teams that will go head-to-head in a challenging quiz. The session will be hosted by two long-time Configuration Manager MVPs that will act as completely impartial referees. This session aims to make this an entertaining yet educational experience by pitching different teams of attendees against one another and rise to the occasion. A fun, and entertaining, yet highly educational session with technical questions about ConfigMgr, focused largely on the latest release of the product.

What you will learn:
  • Bits & bolts about Configuration Manager
  • How to have fun with a bunch of geeks
  • Pro-tip: follow @thewmiguy & @agerlund for potential hints and answers to questions leading up to the event

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD

5:00pm

How to Save Your Business Money and Get a Pay Raise
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Do you need to produce Asset reports, or show ROI for your IT delivery? Is this something you can relate to? Start billing your IT services! We will show how this simple exercise can save your company money by driving it's efficiency, which may in turn lead to recognition and reward for you.

What you will learn:
  • Discover existing service items with ConfigMgr
  • Learn to quantize and cost your IT services delivery
  • Manage existing and create new billable IT service items
  • Learn about creating a billable model to efficiently re-charge services to your organization and manage your budgets

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Craig

Andrew Craig

Senior Consultant, itnetX AG
I work for itnetX in Switzerland where I implement bespoke solutions for customers. Nothing here is out-of-the-box. My work involves the automation of business processes and the integration of , not exclusively but mainly, Microsoft System Center Technologies. Come and talk to me... Read More →
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

MVP Cloud and Datacenter Management, sumNERV AB
Robert Hedblom is a well-known external partner and also internal partner at Microsoft due to his high skillsets and experience when it comes to designing scenario driven solutions based on the System Center stack, Azure and Windows Server technologies. | | Roberts focus as a C... Read More →


Wednesday May 17, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes A
 
Thursday, May 18
 

8:00am

Azure MP vs Azure Monitor - Clash of the Titans
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
What do you like more, apples or oranges? What is the best way to monitor Windows Azure Services, SCOM or Azure Monitor? We'll help you make your choice by detailed review of Azure MP and comparison of these two options for Windows Azure monitoring.

What you will learn:
  • Deploy and configure Azure Management Pack for SCOM to monitor your Azure services
  • Configure Azure Monitor to monitor your services at Azure
  • Azure MP configuration best practices, tips and tricks

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandr Andrushchenko

Aleksandr Andrushchenko

Senior Microsoft System Center Consultant, VIAcode Consulting LLC
Senior Microsoft System Center Consultant and Architect at VIAcode Consulting. Created designs of many SCOM Management Packs for the broad range of solutions: from software and hardware systems to appliances and cloud services. Co-Organizer of the Microsoft System Center and OMS... Read More →
avatar for Roman Yuferev

Roman Yuferev

Practice Leader, VIAcode
Practice Leader at VIAcode Consulting with more than ten years experience of driving IT management solutions. Speaker of international software conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, and System Center Universe. Manageability enthusiast involved in the... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet A

8:00am

Improve Your Infrastructure with OMS Assessments
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
We will demonstrate how OMS Assessments will quickly improve your success in improving your AD and SQL infrastructures. Learn how to use OMS assessments to your benefit and that of your company.

What you will learn:
  • Using the SQL assessment to improve security, performance and availability
  • Look into your Active Directory to improve compliance, scalability and business continuity
  • Get you started in using these and other OMS assessments and how to customize the assessments to your environment!

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Most know me as SCOM-Bob which kind of points to my main specialty for the last 10 years. However I have been working with more System Center products and of course OMS. Monitoring is my main thing and connecting the business to technology. Next to that I am involved in www.house... Read More →
avatar for Islam Gomaa

Islam Gomaa

PFE, Microsoft
Islam Gomaa, System Center Premier Field Engineer at Microsof. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Montreal University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Islam enjoys his weekends biking, reading, and enjoying live music.


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

8:00am

IT Service Management Mashup!
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Sam and Lee will discuss and show the latest approach to IT Service Management. This will include demonstrations of real-world application from process engineering to actual implementation using Microsoft and 3rd Party ITSM products on cloud platforms. In this session we will share how ITSM has evolved to match the cloud adoption acceleration, how Microsoft products like SCSM 2016 and non-MS products work together on cloud platforms. We'll discuss how to map real processes to survive - and some tooling to make everything work to the needs of your business and customers

What you will learn:
  • Traditional process conversion to cloud process design
  • Using SCSM and 3rd Party ITSM tools on MS Cloud
  • ITSM cloud integration and automation using SCSM and Azure
  • Tips and tricks from the field based on real customer and business experiences
  • Surprise: Something new and super geeky!

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Consultant, Concurrency
Lee is a Systems Engineer at Concurrency. He is very active in managing and presenting at local user groups, conferences, and around the world. Lee is focused on Automation, Monitoring, and IoT using various Microsoft cloud services. Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter... Read More →
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Sr Technical Specialist, Cloud and Data Center MVP
Sam Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical specialist and trainer , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and coauthor of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Cedar

8:00am

ConfigMgr State & Status Messages A through Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
This session will be much like the collections and policies A through Z sessions we've done in the past. Dive deep into state & status messages and increase the CM Admin community knowledge level and understanding of yet another core item significantly. No guarantees we'll hit level 600 again, but assume deep content level!

What you will learn:
  • Anatomy of state & status messages
  • Differences between state & status messages
  • Detailed flow from client to database, including the stored procedures involved
  • More than you'd ever want to know about state & status messages

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

8:00am

Ensure a Smooth Transition to Office 365 ProPlus
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Don't want to deploy 30 Office Patches a month? Unsure whether the Office documents in use in your organization will be compatible with the latest version of Office? Learn how to quickly and easily move from wherever you are in your Microsoft Office journey to Office 365 ProPlus.

What you will learn:
  • Witness how you can use tools such as ConfigMgr and custom scripts to ease the pain of upgrading your organization to Office 365 ProPlus
  • Understand how one of Microsoft's "best kept secrets", the Office Telemetry Dashboard, can give you the confidence you need to accelerate your Office client upgrades across your organization

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes

Microsoft Delivery Manager, Coretek Services
Chris is the Microsoft Delivery Manager for Coretek Services (Yes, the one with a K), overseeing project delivery for all Microsoft Engagements. | | He has a passion for ConfigMgr, Windows 10, EMS, ATA, Security, and all things technical.
avatar for Chris Shalda

Chris Shalda

Microsoft Solutions Architect, Coretek Services
Over the last 10 years, Chris has advanced from an entry-level IT role to an Enterprise Consultant, and is now the Microsoft Solutions Architect for Coretek Services (yes, the one with a ‘K’). He is passionately curious about technology, particularly in the areas of Azure, EM... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

8:00am

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About BITS, BranchCache or Delivery Optimization - But Were Afraid To Ask
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
All the secrets!
BranchCache is more popular than ever with the ever growing content that we need to shovel around our networks. How do you get te best performance?
Delivery Optimization (DO) is creeping up from behind. What the heck even is that thing!?
And what to do with that Peer Cache thingy?

Learn how to setup, measure, track and optimize this awesome P2P tech. Free tools galore to help you. Bring your most challenging questions - if we can't answer a BITS, BranchCache or DO question you win a beer token! Go home and become a hero to your Network team. No, really, it can happen!

What you will learn:

  • How to deal with non-ConfigMgr content
  • The answer to your questions!
  • How much those 2Pinters know about Microsoft P2P
  • The future of Microsoft P2P Technologies and how you can plan to use them (they're free y'know!)
  • What to tell the management back home on how you are going to save the network from a meltdown

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
During his 19 year career in desktop deployment he has become a leading expert in designing and implementing Microsoft based system management solutions. He has been responsible for deploying an impressive 1.2 million desktops at a wide range of organizations, including several F... Read More →
avatar for Phil Wilcock

Phil Wilcock

Co-Founder, 2Pint Software
Phil is a former Microsoftie, was a Co-Founder of 1E, and now co-runs the mighty 2Pint Software, who specialize in making lovely Systems Management Software based around Microsoft Peer To Peer technologies and fancy Network Booting over http. He likes to answer complicated questi... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

Top 10 OSD Issues in the Past Year (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Join the world's foremost deployment experts in a session on the tools and processes to use when troubleshooting OS Deployments using MDT and ConfigMgr Current Branch. You will learn about the top 10 common issues and their workarounds, as well as how to parse log files, work with driver handling, WinPE, PXE Troubleshooting, and much more. They will share their notes from the field, and their tips & tricks on making OS Deployment using MDT and ConfigMgr Current Branch shinier, and better.

What you will learn:
  • Techniques for efficient troubleshooting
  • Common issues and their workarounds
  • Behind the scenes info

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

8:00am

If You Simply Deploy Windows 10, You Failed (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Getting Windows 10 on to your computers is your last best chance to make significant change. Don't miss this opportunity to Cut the Boat Anchors (stop dragging forward the legacy junk) and Rip the Band-aids Off (take care of the things you should have done years ago). Jason and Nash are veteran systems management experts and will share how they are helping use Windows 10 deployments to greatly improve organizations. You won't find a better time to do the long ignored hard stuff, like rebuilding group policy, effectively letting legacy apps die, killing local admin rights, keeping everything updated, and building processes that are agile enough to keep up with the accelerating pace of change.

What you will learn:
  • How to describe to management the opportunities to improve IT effectiveness, efficiency, and security as part of Win 10
  • How to identify common Boat Anchors and winning strategies for cutting them off
  • A list of common Band Aids that need to be addressed, and how to deal with them during Win 10 migration

Speakers
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft
Michael Niehaus is a director of product marketing at Microsoft, responsible for helping enterprise IT pros with Windows deployment, servicing, and store. Prior to joining the Windows Commercial team, Michael was a longtime program manager and developer for the Microsoft Deployme... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet B

8:00am

Nano Server - The Future of Windows Server
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Nano Server is the future of Windows Server. With Nano Server Microsoft created the foundation for Windows Server for the future. In this session you will get an overview about Nano Server and see some great live demos of how you can deploy, manage and operate Nano Server as well as creating applications for it. Get a better understanding of Nano Server and see how you deploy, manage and operate it.

What you will learn:
  • The basics and reasons for Windows Server
  • How to deploy Nano Server
  • How to manage and operate Nano Server
  • Learn some best practices and lessons learned from the field

Speakers
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Senior Director, Technology, ClearPointe
John is Senior Director, Technology at ClearPointe, a managed services provider of 24x7 Network Operations Center (NOC) services. John is co-author of four books in the industry-standard reference series, System Center Operations Manager : Unleashed. His recent focus is helping... Read More →
avatar for Thomas Maurer

Thomas Maurer

Cloud Architect, itnetX
Thomas Maurer works as a Cloud Architect at itnetx gmbh, a consulting and engineering company located in Bern/Switzerland. Thomas is focused on Microsoft Technologies, especially Microsoft Cloud Solutions based Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Virtualization and Windows Azure... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

OMS Solutions: The Next Generation of Management Packs?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Management solutions in OMS are similar to management packs in Operations Manager, but they also have distinct differences.  Management solutions provide a method to package up your management artifacts in Azure and deploy them either in your own environment or your customers'.  In this session, we'll give you an introduction to management solutions and give you a current state of where we are and where we're planning to go.   We'll present a process for designing and creating them, walking through a complete sample solution.  Since you need a way to distribute your solution to customers or the community, we'll also show you the methods for publishing your final product.

What you will learn:
  • Differences between management packs and management solutions.
  • How to design and build a management solution.
  • How to publish a management solution to both community and customers.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
avatar for Brian Wren

Brian Wren

Senior Content Publisher, Microsoft
Brian Wren is a Senior Content Developer with Microsoft focusing on OMS technologies including Log Analytics and Azure Automation. He has produced extensive documentation and training materials for System Center, most notably management pack authoring in Operations Manager, and... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis A

10:00am

Collection Evaluation Revisited (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
All management activities in ConfigMgr target collections and thus collections are arguably the most important object to know about and get right. The split up of device and user collections in ConfigMgr 2012 was just a side-effect of much deeper changes under-the hood. In this session our goal is to dive under that hood and see what truly happens when you modify or update collections including incremental collections, collection query rules, collection evaluation, and limiting collections to name just a few.

What you will learn:
  • Don't use a CAS
  • Collection evaluation in depth
  • Incremental collection evaluation limits
  • Proper limiting collection usage
  • How to kill your DB - or better yet, how not to kill your DB with collection evaluation
  • How to monitor collection evaluation and what to do when it goes wrong

Speakers
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

10:00am

Power BI and Configuration Manager: Data Your Way
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Power BI unlocks capabilities to view and interact with data like never seen before. Configuration Manager contains a wealth of data, but using that data can sometimes be tedious and overwhelming unless you are a SQL ninja. Power BI opens up new opportunities when it comes to not only reporting on this information, but also interacting with it.

What you will learn:
  • Prepare your data
  • Filter through the huge amounts of data in Configuration Manager
  • Present information in a simple and agile form

Speakers
avatar for Ronnie Krarup Jakobsen

Ronnie Krarup Jakobsen

Senior Architect, Coretech
Ronnie has worked with client management and deployment for the last 15 years, on top of that he has also done a lot of development related to system management, especially SCCM, either using .NET or Powershell. Ronnie joined the Coretech team in 2012 and focuses mainly on SCCM... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Technology Architect
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for almost 20 years (ever since SMS v1.2). He is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and runs the Arizona Systems Management User Group. He specializes in the design, architecture an... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

The Complete Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite End to End - Part 1 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
This part one of a two-part series where we will cover our experiences from implementing Microsoft EMS. There will be a huge focus on how to get everything configured in a way that it makes sense to an organization. We will highlight the issues we encountered in our projects and how we worked around them. This will not a be a PowerPoint show telling everybody how fantastic the service is!

What you will learn:
  • Planning for and installing Microsoft EMS
  • Managing Mobile devices using Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager
  • Protecting data using Microsoft Intune and Azure information protection

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Senior Consultant, Coretech Global
Peter is a Senior Technical Consultant with Coretech Global with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded five times as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility Suit... Read More →
avatar for Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson

TSP, Microsoft
Nick Johnson is a Technology Solutions Professional, focused on enabling Microsoft's partners in the US.  He is in his 18th year with Microsoft. His specialties are the Enterprise Mobility & Security Suite and Azure. Nick has also held roles across support, services, partner, incubation support, and training... Read More →
avatar for Marius A. Skovli

Marius A. Skovli

Managing Consultant, Coretech
A technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company Coretech. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 11 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Serv... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

The only App-V Session of MMS
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
What's new in App-V?  What's the future for App-V?  We'll disuss issues surrounding updates for the client and updates for sequenced apps. Expect lots of Q&A in this one and only App-V session.

What you will learn:
  • App-V Client Management Strategies
  • Upgrading Apps
  • Automation ideas surrounding user based deployments

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Systems Consultant, Now Micro
End user experience expert with a specialty in application virtualization and user experience virtualization. Passionate about PowerShell and how it can make life so much easier! Operating System deployment expert. Current President of the Minnesota System Center User group.
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

CM Admin, Microsoft MVP, Wells Fargo
I manage 400K systems at Wells Fargo with ConfigMgr Current Branch. I work with the best team in the business and love my job. When I'm not putting in my 60 at Wells, I spend almost all my time on MMS.  I am also a founding board member for my local user group, the MN System Center User Group and run the website for it... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

Using PowerShell with ConfigMgr (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Greg and Kaido will demonstrate real-world PowerShell scripts that have been used with ConfigMgr. This session focuses on USING PowerShell with Task Sequences, Applications, Configuration Items, and good-old Package and Programs. You will learn how to extend inventory, capture user information, and more.

What you will learn:
  • Write PowerShell Rules for Application Detection, Configuration Items, Package/Programs, and Task Sequences
  • Use PowerShell to capture non-standard data, and place it so that ConfigMgr can consume it (via inventory)
  • Learn about the caveats when using PowerShell with ConfigMgr

Speakers
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Kaido Järvemets is a developer, consultant, trainer specializing in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and PowerShell Solutions at Coretech. Kaido frequently speaks at European conferences and had his US debut as speaker at MMS April 2013. Kaido is well-known in the Configuration Manager communities where... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Strategist, Dell
Greg Ramsey, Enterprise Mobility MVP, is the Enterprise Tools Strategist at Dell, Inc. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Ohio State University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of Northwest System Center User Group. G... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Top 10 OSD Issues in the Past Year (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Join the world's foremost deployment experts in a session on the tools and processes to use when troubleshooting OS Deployments using MDT and ConfigMgr Current Branch. You will learn about the top 10 common issues and their workarounds, as well as how to parse log files, work with driver handling, WinPE, PXE Troubleshooting, and much more. They will share their notes from the field, and their tips & tricks on making OS Deployment using MDT and ConfigMgr Current Branch shinier, and better.

What you will learn:
  • Techniques for efficient troubleshooting
  • Common issues and their workarounds
  • Behind the scenes info

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Adaptiva
Ami Casto is Adaptiva’s technical evangelist who is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to engage with and contribute to the technical systems management community. Ami is a featured speaker at numerous ConfigMgr and Windows 10 related user groups and events throug... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet B

10:00am

Automating for DevOps with Azure Functions
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Do you have scripts in various languages automating small processes throughout your environment, written in different languages, running in disparate locations? With Azure Functions, you can consolidate scheduled tasks, eliminate legacy infrastructure and centralize control...in a very economical pricing model. In this session, we will walk through a number of common enterprise scenarios, demonstrating how to migrate small workloads from Python to PowerShell, Bash to Batch, bringing new efficiencies to your process automation, infrastructure management and DevOps strategies.

What you will learn:
  • How to leverage Azure Functions to deliver process automation for DevOps and cloud scenarios
  • How to leverage Functions with web hooks, enterprise portals (SharePoint) and language support
  • When and where to leverage Azure Functions versus other Azure-based automation options

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Consultant, Concurrency
Lee is a Systems Engineer at Concurrency. He is very active in managing and presenting at local user groups, conferences, and around the world. Lee is focused on Automation, Monitoring, and IoT using various Microsoft cloud services. Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter... Read More →
avatar for Pete Zerger

Pete Zerger

CEO, MVP, Lumagate, Inc, Lumagate, Inc.
Pete is an author, speaker, and 11-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has presented at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite, TechEd and System Center Universe. He has authored many... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet A

10:00am

Customizing Windows 10 - Part 1 of 2 (Option 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Jorgen, Nash, Gary & Mark come together to show you how to customize Windows 10 in the Enterprise. Part 1 will show you what you can do to give your users an elite experience. Start Menu layouts, default applications, context menus, and more, make Windows 10 great again by making it your own.

What you will learn:
  • What you can customize in your Windows 10 installations including fixed and variable start menu layouts, default applications, file associations, context menus, user profile pictures, and more
  • Deploy these customizations during OSD.
  • See what not to customize and why

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

10:00am

Citrix on Azure, Office 365 ProPlus on Citrix
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Experience the best of Microsoft's new partnership with Citrix which now brings us multiple options to run Citrix on Azure: IaaS, Windows 10 via XenDesktop and the relaunched Azure RemoteApp via XenApp Express. We will also cover methods and recommendations for successfully running Office 365 ProPlus within Citrix with Outlook and the Next Gen Sync Client for OneDrive for Business.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the different options of using Citrix on Azure and why you might want to use one over the other, based on different use cases
  • Through live demos, see how end users would experience these new Citrix options and get a peek under the covers what the new management experience looks like
  • See how to provide the best Office 365 ProPlus experience for your Citrix users when dealing with "cached" data in non-persistent Citrix sessions

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Barnes

Christopher Barnes

Microsoft Delivery Manager, Coretek Services
Chris is the Microsoft Delivery Manager for Coretek Services (Yes, the one with a K), overseeing project delivery for all Microsoft Engagements. | | He has a passion for ConfigMgr, Windows 10, EMS, ATA, Security, and all things technical.
avatar for Chris Shalda

Chris Shalda

Microsoft Solutions Architect, Coretek Services
Over the last 10 years, Chris has advanced from an entry-level IT role to an Enterprise Consultant, and is now the Microsoft Solutions Architect for Coretek Services (yes, the one with a ‘K’). He is passionately curious about technology, particularly in the areas of Azure, EM... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

12:00pm

Configuration Manager for Partners
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is limited to independent software vendors (ISVs) whose software extends Configuration Manager. Meet with the product team to discuss our current and future partner story, and share your product feedback from a partner perspective.


Moderators
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Harriet A

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - Cloud and Datacenter Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same Azure/OMS/SCOM/SCSM/SCVMM challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
MF

Max Fritz

Senior Systems Consultant, Now Micro Inc

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Most know me as SCOM-Bob which kind of points to my main specialty for the last 10 years. However I have been working with more System Center products and of course OMS. Monitoring is my main thing and connecting the business to technology. Next to that I am involved in www.house... Read More →
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Sr Technical Specialist, Cloud and Data Center MVP
Sam Erskine is a Systems Management Sr Technical specialist and trainer , focused on System Center and MS Cloud technologies. Sam is the content designer and lead author of three Microsoft System Center Cookbooks and coauthor of two System Center Unleashed books. He’s also a... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA BC

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same challenges with ConfigMgr/Intune/EMS. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
avatar for Mirko Colemberg

Mirko Colemberg

Principal Workplace Consultant, baseVISION AG
Mirko is a Principal Consultant and works for his own Microsoft Partner Company, his Company is focused in System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Mirko works as a Principal Consultant in Small to Medium and Medium to Large Companies to implement Configuratio... Read More →

Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - OSD
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same ConfigMgr or MDT Operating System Deployment challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Moderators
avatar for Phil Schwan

Phil Schwan

Solution Architect, Netrix
Desktop engineering expert with nearly twenty years of Windows desktop administration and engineering experience. Specializes in SCCM and EMS. Avid runner and homebrewer.

Speakers
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - PowerShell
Limited Capacity seats available

Nerds of a Feather sessions are the heart of MMS! Come and spend time with other professionals who are working on the same PowerShell challenges you are. These round-tables have moderators who are experts in the area, and your peers may have excellent solutions you may never have even considered. Come network with the community in this informal round-table, Q&A, random knowledge event!

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

MVP PowerShell, Infrastructure Engineer, RBA Consulting
I am a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management for my contributions to the PowerShell community. As an infrastucture engineer for RBA Consulting, I focus on the Microsoft stack and PowerShell based solutions. I design and build complex automation solutions. I run and fre... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Architect, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, currently working for a large enterprise in Austin, TX. He is a board member of the Central Texas Systems Management User Group, an avid PowerShell scripter, a novice woodworker, and an experienced speaker with over 200 custom... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

We Need it Done Now! Side Stepping Management Packs for Custom Monitoring Solutions Using PowerShell and SCOM
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Management Packs are the building blocks of an open and shared resource distribution mechanism. As altruistic and utopian developers, we always strive to live up to that expectation... our managment, however, wants the solution now. This session covers the wrong way to complete these same tasks. We use PowerShell and the power of the command channels and the timed command capabilities of the GUI based monitor/rule/alert tools to build your company's "Secret Sauce."

What you will learn:
  • SCOM as a launching platform for custom scripting tasks
  • SCOM as a timed trigger for complex scripted events
  • Rapid deployment of in-house solutions
  • How to avoid authoring management packs

Speakers
avatar for Nathan Foreman

Nathan Foreman

Solutions Engineer, C.H. Robinson
I'm a hands-on tinkerer, the kind of person whose warranty gets voided in a week because I wanted to see how it worked. Whether it's mechanical or software I'm interested in getting to the gears to figure out how it works. Day to Day I work as a Solutions Engineer at a Fortune... Read More →
avatar for Cole McDonald

Cole McDonald

Sr. Technical Analyst, Beyond Impact
Owner and operator for one of the first few web dev firms in MN. I used script assisted standardization, early applied fuzzy logic, and what is now called DevOps; all before Y2K. | | I was most recently given the opportunity to shift back toward DevOps from the Server Adm... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

Ask the ConfigMgr and Enterprise Mobility Experts
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your Intune and ConfigMgr questions for some direct Q&A time with our Enterprise Mobility speakers.

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Systems Consultant, Now Micro
End user experience expert with a specialty in application virtualization and user experience virtualization. Passionate about PowerShell and how it can make life so much easier! Operating System deployment expert. Current President of the Minnesota System Center User group.
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Operations System Engineer, Wells Fargo
Ryan is the author of the Powershell Right Click Tools and Recast RCT Free for Configuration Manager 2012. He works as a systems engineer for Wells Fargo and helps organizations design, implement and maintain their System Center environments.
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Sr Design Engineer, MNSCUG
I am a past MNSCUG president, I currently serve on the board. I work at Ameriprise Financial where I support the asset management company of Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently in house Configuration Manager admin. I also lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and development ac... Read More →
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Coretech US
John Marcum, Enterprise Client Management MVP, is a Managing Consultant with Coretech US. Starting with SMS 2.0, John has been highly focused on enterprise client management. Most recently John has become a leading expert in the Microsoft Enterprise Mobility and Security suite.
avatar for Troy L. Martin

Troy L. Martin

Technical Architect, 1E
Troy is a Technical Architect at 1E, which entails providing technical direction for 1E technologies, assuring their qualities in efficiently managing hardware, systems, users and other end points. Troy is well known in the Configuration Manager community as a speaker and subject... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

CM Admin, Microsoft MVP, Wells Fargo
I manage 400K systems at Wells Fargo with ConfigMgr Current Branch. I work with the best team in the business and love my job. When I'm not putting in my 60 at Wells, I spend almost all my time on MMS.  I am also a founding board member for my local user group, the MN System Center User Group and run the website for it... Read More →
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Kerwin Medina

Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
A Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, Kerwin is one of the most passionate and animated members of the System Center Configuration Manger development team. Kerwin is responsible for implementing some of the favorite community-suggested features in ConfigMgr current branch toda... Read More →
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Kim Oppalfens

Senior consultant, OSCC
Kim Oppalfens was awarded as an MVP 1st of April 2005, which makes him one of a couple of ConfigMgr April fool's MVP's. Kim is a self-proclaimed quiet, shy guy and overall nice guy, although part of that statement is currently under stress because of the evil influence of certain MVP's. As an industry expert Kim is a frequent speaker and ask-the-expert guest at both national and international events. He is the business owner of OSCC as well as a junior consultant (Titles at OSCC are given by age and Kim still feels he's a youngster). OSCC is a consultancy firm specializing in projects in the systems management area. OSCC focuses on project in the entire lifecycle of systems management. I blog... Read More →
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Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 7 years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering).
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Phil Schwan

Solution Architect, Netrix
Desktop engineering expert with nearly twenty years of Windows desktop administration and engineering experience. Specializes in SCCM and EMS. Avid runner and homebrewer.
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Matthew Teegarden

System Administrator, Lifetouch
Matthew has worked in assisting organizations to improve productivity, services and processes within the System Center suite. In 2015 he was Vice President of the MN System Center Users Group – the largest System Center users group in the country and is currently a board member... Read More →
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Steve Thompson

Sr Consultant, Softchoice
Steve Thompson has developed numerous applications, honing his skills on SQL Server development and client/server applications. With a background in SQL Server, as DBA and advocate for SQL Server technology, Steve started working with Systems Management Server when it was a v1.1... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

Configure your Boundaries Like a Champ, Distribute Software from Peers, all with ConfigMgr (Option 1)
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Come join Kerim and Jason and learn how you can use these two improvements in ConfigMgr to distribute software more efficiently with predictable failover configuration.

What you will learn:
  • Learn the new boundary improvements
  • Learn the new ConfigMgr peer cache feature
  • See how customers are using these solutions in the real world

Speakers
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Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Been in the industry for 20 years; in Microsoft for the past 14 years, and at Microsoft gold partner for 6 years (Windows 2000 Active Directory or Exchange 5.5 migrations anyone? :)) | As a PM I am responsible from the following features/scenarios in ConfigMgr product team: Upd... Read More →
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Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

1:00pm

The Complete Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security Suite End to End - Part 2 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
This part two of the two-part series where we will cover our experiences from implementing Microsoft EMS. There will be a huge focus on how to get everything configured in a way that it makes sense to an organization. We will highlight the issues we encountered in our projects and how we worked around them. This will not a be a PowerPoint show telling everybody how fantastic the service is!

What you will learn:
  • Planning for and installing Microsoft EMS
  • Managing Mobile devices using Microsoft Intune and System Center Configuration Manager
  • Protecting data using Microsoft Intune and Azure information protection

Speakers
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Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
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Peter Daalmans

Senior Consultant, Coretech Global
Peter is a Senior Technical Consultant with Coretech Global with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded five times as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility Suit... Read More →
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Nick Johnson

TSP, Microsoft
Nick Johnson is a Technology Solutions Professional, focused on enabling Microsoft's partners in the US.  He is in his 18th year with Microsoft. His specialties are the Enterprise Mobility & Security Suite and Azure. Nick has also held roles across support, services, partner, incubation support, and training... Read More →
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Marius A. Skovli

Managing Consultant, Coretech
A technology enthusiast working as a consultant for the consultant company Coretech. I have always been passionate about IT and have the last 11 + years worked with Management and Automation within Microsoft technology. Back in 2005/6 I started working with System Management Serv... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

Treasure Trove of Data: Learn Your ConfigMgr Database's Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Sherry and Garth will show you the ConfigMgr database. This session focuses on common sources of data which end up in your database, and how to do queries directly in SQL Server Management Studio. The session will show you how to go beyond the default data sources with demos of custom inventory.

What you will learn:
  • Directly query your ConfigMgr database in SQL Server Management Studio
  • Customize inventory using multiple methods: custom registry keys, custom WMI, and scripts + WMI
  • Use WMI Explorer to find what you are looking for, to be inventoried.

Speakers
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Garth Jones

Chief Architect, Enhansoft
Garth Jones is Chief Architect at Enhansoft, an Ottawa-based company that develops products and services to extend the value of System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (CM12), System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (CM07) and System Center Intune. Garth started working with Systems Management Server (SMS) back in 1996. He is an MVP for System Center Enterprise Client Management (formerly System Center Configuration Manager). | Garth is the founder of the Ottawa Windows Server User Group (OWSUG) and its associated study group. He currently holds the title of Past President. | He is an active participant in... Read More →
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Sherry Kissinger

Software Engineer, Wells Fargo
I work for a large Bank in the US. For ConfigMgr, talk to me about large hierarchies, inventory customizations, compliance settings, and reporting for the SQL and SRS-challenged.


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Hacking the Task Sequence 2017 (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Back by popular demand, Hacking the Task Sequence is back at MMS 2017. Join 1E's Mike Terrill and Coretech's Ronnie Jakobsen on journey inside the Task Sequence. Learn some really cool tips and tricks for OSD Task Sequences, as well as the now supported Software Distribution Task Sequences.

What you will learn:
  • Gain better insight into how Task Sequences work behind the scenes
  • Pick up tips and tricks to be used in your own environment

Speakers
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Ronnie Krarup Jakobsen

Senior Architect, Coretech
Ronnie has worked with client management and deployment for the last 15 years, on top of that he has also done a lot of development related to system management, especially SCCM, either using .NET or Powershell. Ronnie joined the Coretech team in 2012 and focuses mainly on SCCM... Read More →
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Mike Terrill

Technology Architect
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for almost 20 years (ever since SMS v1.2). He is a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP and runs the Arizona Systems Management User Group. He specializes in the design, architecture an... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

Using PowerShell with ConfigMgr (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Greg and Kaido will demonstrate real-world PowerShell scripts that have been used with ConfigMgr. This session focuses on USING PowerShell with Task Sequences, Applications, Configuration Items, and good-old Package and Programs. You will learn how to extend inventory, capture user information, and more.

What you will learn:
  • Write PowerShell Rules for Application Detection, Configuration Items, Package/Programs, and Task Sequences
  • Use PowerShell to capture non-standard data, and place it so that ConfigMgr can consume it (via inventory)
  • Learn about the caveats when using PowerShell with ConfigMgr

Speakers
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Kaido Jarvemets

Senior Consultant, Coretech
Kaido Järvemets is a developer, consultant, trainer specializing in Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager and PowerShell Solutions at Coretech. Kaido frequently speaks at European conferences and had his US debut as speaker at MMS April 2013. Kaido is well-known in the Configuration Manager communities where... Read More →
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Greg Ramsey

Strategist, Dell
Greg Ramsey, Enterprise Mobility MVP, is the Enterprise Tools Strategist at Dell, Inc. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from Ohio State University, and has coauthored many books over the years. Greg is also a board member of Northwest System Center User Group. G... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet B

1:00pm

Customizing Windows 10 - Part 2 of 2 (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Gary, Mark, Jorgen, and Nash return (as Jedi?) to bring you knowledge of the force, er, Windows 10 build update process, and how to manage and maintain your customizations between builds. Upgrade task sequences, configuration baselines, group policy, and more, you will be shown a myriad of ways to keep your systems in their customized state.

What you will learn:
  • Determine what method(s) of managing customizations will work best for you organization
  • Apply these settings organization-wide or scope some of them based on business units
  • Learn how the build update process affects these customizations and how to maintain them between updates

Speakers
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Gary Blok

Workstation Management Team Lead, MN.IT
Work for Minnesota IT as End User Computing Team Lead, primary focus on Windows Workstation Management using Microsoft Configuration Manager. | | When I have time, I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
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Mark Godfrey

SysEngineer/Admin, MNIT
My primary role is a Configuration Manager administrator with the state of Minnesota. I specialize in PowerShell, automation, and workstation security. I am the 2017 Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
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Jörgen Nilsson

Principal Consultant, Onevinn
Jorgen is working as a principal consultant at Onevinn in Sweden. He has been working as a consultant since 1993 with a focus on Enterprise Client Management and System Management. | Involved in many projects and also a Microsoft Certified Trainer, MVP in Enterprise Mobility an... Read More →
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Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet A

3:00pm

Scouts Guide to SQL Monitoring at the Apocalypse
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
One of the most popular workloads in the world - MS SQL Server now is bigger than the on-premise database engine for Windows datacenter. Today we also have Azure DB - robust and scalable cloud-hosted database and SQL on Linux; that eliminates boundaries between Windows and Linux datacenters. We want to show you the most exciting and compelling ways to get all these scenarios monitored using SCOM, OMS, SQL Best Practice Analyzer and other tools. Get ready for another loop on your belt, scout!

What you will learn:
  • Monitor MSSQL Server with SCOM, OMS SQL BP Analyzer
  • Configure SCOM to monitor on premise SQL Server and Azure DB
  • Use SCOM to monitor SQL on Linux

Speakers
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Aleksandr Andrushchenko

Senior Microsoft System Center Consultant, VIAcode Consulting LLC
Senior Microsoft System Center Consultant and Architect at VIAcode Consulting. Created designs of many SCOM Management Packs for the broad range of solutions: from software and hardware systems to appliances and cloud services. Co-Organizer of the Microsoft System Center and OMS... Read More →
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Roman Yuferev

Practice Leader, VIAcode
Practice Leader at VIAcode Consulting with more than ten years experience of driving IT management solutions. Speaker of international software conferences such as Microsoft TechEd, Microsoft Management Summit, and System Center Universe. Manageability enthusiast involved in the... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet A

3:00pm

The New Breed: OMS, Flow, and PowerBI Integration
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Join Cameron and Donnie as they deep dive into the new toolsets Microsoft has released for Monitoring, Automation, and Reporting - Operations Management Suite, Flow, and PowerBI. Unlock their potential by seamlessly integrating them with existing solutions and learn how they become better when used together. Any size organization can take advantage of these new tools, and in this session you will learn how!

What you will learn:
  • Use OMS and Flow to respond to technical and security issues faster
  • Integrate OMS and PowerBI to create stunning, actionable reports
  • Use on-prem and cloud based systems and data in all 3 tools with minimal effort

Speakers
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Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →
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Donnie Taylor

Architect, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, currently working for a large enterprise in Austin, TX. He is a board member of the Central Texas Systems Management User Group, an avid PowerShell scripter, a novice woodworker, and an experienced speaker with over 200 custom... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

ConfigMgr for Even More Evil!
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
What happens when your Configuration Manager and Intune environments get into the hands of an evil admin? In this continuing series, you'll learn how to use your favorite management tools in inventive ways. Join Ryan and Nash for the only session with the disclaimer "Don't try this at work!"

What you will learn:
  • How to better secure your ConfigMgr environment
  • Worst case scenarios when best practices are not followed
  • Best practices to follow

Speakers
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Ryan Ephgrave

Operations System Engineer, Wells Fargo
Ryan is the author of the Powershell Right Click Tools and Recast RCT Free for Configuration Manager 2012. He works as a systems engineer for Wells Fargo and helps organizations design, implement and maintain their System Center environments.
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Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

3:00pm

Ask the MS ConfigMgr Product Team (Option 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Chat with members of the Configuration Manager product team from Microsoft on your topics and questions. This will be a great opportunity to share your feedback. BYOQ, AMA.

One question per attendee please (so make it good!)

Speakers
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Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →
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Dune Desormeaux

Program Manager II, Microsoft
I work on Application Management + Software Center, Remote Tools, End-User Notifications, Windows 10 security features like Device Guard and more!
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David James

Director Software Engineering, Microsoft
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Kerwin Medina

Software Design Engineer, Microsoft
A Senior Software Engineer at Microsoft, Kerwin is one of the most passionate and animated members of the System Center Configuration Manger development team. Kerwin is responsible for implementing some of the favorite community-suggested features in ConfigMgr current branch toda... Read More →
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Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager. He works on Office 365, Application Management, End User Notifications, Azure Services, and Windows 10 security features like Windows Defender Applica... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

ConfigMgr Configuration Items (CIs) Dissected (Option 2)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Session Description:
Like the ConfigMgr Policies A-Z was delivered last year, this session will go deep on settings management configuration items. Prepare for loads of SQL fun, tips & tricks how to understand and make the most of your CIs.

What you will learn:
  • Anatomy of a CI
  • Make some sense out of the CI-related logs
  • Some usefull CIs for your own environment.

Speakers
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Tom Degreef

Managing Consultant, OSCC
Tom has been a Configmgr consultant for several years and has been a Microsoft Support Escalation Engineer for over 2 years. Tom became an independent Configmgr Consultant again recently and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related... Read More →
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Steve Jesok

Sr Design Engineer, MNSCUG
I am a past MNSCUG president, I currently serve on the board. I work at Ameriprise Financial where I support the asset management company of Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently in house Configuration Manager admin. I also lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and development ac... Read More →
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Nash Pherson

Sr Systems Consultant, Microsoft MVP, Now Micro
Nash Pherson is a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management working out of Minnesota. As a Senior Systems Consultant focused on systems management and security, Nash helps organizations implement technologies like ConfigMgr, and helps them develop the people and processes re... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet B

3:00pm

Holy cow! Why on earth did you do that? (Option 2)
Limited Capacity filling up

Session Description:
As consultants we see, hear and experience many different environments, scenarios, and designs for ConfigMgr. We are also exposed to commonly recurring excuses for bad design and behavior like "But you don't know our users" as well as interesting reasons for taking unique paths. In this session we will look into some of the more "interesting" enterprise client management decisions, designs, and solutions that we have seen "out there". We'll explain some of the myths and show you how a properly designed environment should look and function. And although we won't cover it explicitly, remember, "No CAS".

What you will learn:
  • Cover top mistakes as seen in the forums and projects
  • Work with Client Health
  • Work with Configuration Manager infrastructure

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
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Jason Sandys

Senior Global Architect, Coretech
Jason Sandys, Enterprise Mobility MVP, has 20+ years of experience in a wide range of technologies, environments, and industries and extensive knowledge in implementing and supporting all things SMS and Configuration Manager beginning with SMS 2.0. He is a co-author for System Ce... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

Securing your Identity and Protecting Against Breaches, no Matter Which Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Does having your data in the "Cloud" keep you or your boss up at night? If it's not in your data center, it can't be secure, right? Even if your data isn't in the cloud yet, is the data in your data center and on your Windows client devices completely secure and protected from modern attacks?

What you will learn:
  • Understand what it means to your company now that "Identity is the new perimeter" and some strategies on how to protect your users' identities and data on-prem and in the cloud
  • See multiple native tools in action from Microsoft that will protect against modern attacks including Advanced Threat Analytics, LAPS, Azure AD Premium and Conditional Access
  • Learn about some of the new security features in Server 2016 and how to start using them right away

Speakers
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Christopher Barnes

Microsoft Delivery Manager, Coretek Services
Chris is the Microsoft Delivery Manager for Coretek Services (Yes, the one with a K), overseeing project delivery for all Microsoft Engagements. | | He has a passion for ConfigMgr, Windows 10, EMS, ATA, Security, and all things technical.
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Chris Shalda

Microsoft Solutions Architect, Coretek Services
Over the last 10 years, Chris has advanced from an entry-level IT role to an Enterprise Consultant, and is now the Microsoft Solutions Architect for Coretek Services (yes, the one with a ‘K’). He is passionately curious about technology, particularly in the areas of Azure, EM... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

3:00pm

Storage Spaces Direct/Hyper Converged
Limited Capacity seats available

Session Description:
Software Defined Storage is the future, and the future is here. In this session, you learn how to design, deploy and troubleshoot Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in Windows Server 2016. You learn the core fundamentals for Software Defined Storage, such as, CPU, Memory, Disks and Networking. 

What you will learn:
  • How to build 2 and 4+s node clusters
  • Expanding clusters
  • Perform In-depth performance analysis using diskspd.exe and VMFleet
  • Troubleshoot and Repair

Speakers
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Johan Arwidmark

Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is an all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions.
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Mikael Nystrom

Geek, TrueSec
Mikael Nystrom is a Microsoft MVP and Principal Technical Architect at TrueSec, with an extremely broad field of competence. He has worked with all kind of infrastructure tasks in all kind of environments, enterprise to small business. He is working deep within products such as... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

5:00pm

hAcKath0n Results!
Limited Capacity filling up

You have a feeling that something you are doing can be done smarter, better, faster, easier. You have an idea about a tool you would love to see in any of the System Center products.  Well bring that idea and either Microsoft, Cireson, or Coretech will get a fix by the end of MMS.  That's right, you can get your change to CM made right at MMS.

The Microsoft devs ran a hackathon at the MVP Summit last year that was widely successful.  Many changes are already in CM now or will be soon.  Representatives of the team will be here at MMS to repeat that success.  And where a fix might just not fit CM itself, the Coretech team will make it happen.

You can assist us now by thinking up ideas and submit them here.

The best ideas chosen will win a Surface Pro 4! 

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Chief Technical Architect, Coretech Global
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director
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Aaron Czechowski

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a Senior Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Client Management product team working on Configuration Manager and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. He specializes in Windows deployment, Windows as a service, and ConfigMgr as a se... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD

5:00pm

Ask the Data Center Experts
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring your questions for some direct Q&A time with our Datacenter speakers.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Solution Director, Catapult Systems
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center. He has 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number of Syste... Read More →


Thursday May 18, 2017 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes A
 


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