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Sunday, May 13
 

12:45pm

MMS Brewery Tour Sponsored by 2Pint
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Hello folks, something a little different this year - we have a bus!
  • We meet up at the Radisson Blu 12:45, depart on party bus central at 1:00 PM sharp.  (we can seat 33)
  • First stop is Wabasha Brewery.
  • Second stop is Tin Whiskers.
  • Pile em’ all in the bus at 4:15ish and we are back to the Radisson Blu by 5:00 for the welcome reception.

Moderators
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Code Farmer, 2Pint Software
Pigs & Code! Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, Andreas has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about P2P and making networks go faster.
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Leader, 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 Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently the in house Configuration Manager admin. I lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and dev activities around end... 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 Network Health Software based around Microsoft Peer To Peer technologies and fancy Network Booting over http.


Sunday May 13, 2018 12:45pm - 5:00pm
TBA

5:00pm

MMS 2018 Welcome Reception Sponsored by 1E
Limited Capacity seats available

ALL MMS ATTENDEES WELCOME! This is your opportunity to network, meet speakers and make some friends before drinking from the fire hose!  Beer & Apps served.

Moderators
avatar for Sumir Karayi

Sumir Karayi

CEO, 1E
Sumir Karayi founded 1E in 1997 with the goal to drive down the cost of IT for organizations of all sizes by identifying and eliminating IT waste. Sumir pioneered PC power management, and leads 1E’s focus on enabling enterprises to Run IT For Less and has established a market-leading... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

Microsoft MVP, CM Admin, Big Bank
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... Read More →

Sunday May 13, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lakes CD
 
Monday, May 14
 

8:00am

To SCOM or NOT To SCOM – That is the Question…
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
A lot has been going on in the monitoring and insights space lately. SCOM has been around for quite some time now. Does it still earn its place? Join Robert Hedblom (MVP) and Dieter Wijckmans (MVP) who will guide you through the tips and tricks, the dos and don’ts and the yeas and nays when it comes to providing a truely proactive monitoring approach using all the tools at hand. You will gain insight in how to get started when it comes to proactivity for monitoring your environment. Let SCOM and OMS work together to get a true 360 degree view to monitor it all.

What you will learn:
  • OMS or SCOM
  • How to provide a true proactive monitoring solution
  • How SCOM and OMS could and should cooperate for an optimal solution

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

Microsoft MVP, Sumnerv
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 Cloud and... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Wijckmans

Dieter Wijckmans

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Dieter is an MVP for System Center Cloud and Data management.He 's been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. Recently he co-founded OB-V-US focusing on delivering high end consultancy to a wide variety of customers.He's an active member in his local Sysctr community and a... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Cedar

8:00am

Insight into the Micro-Service & Container Technology that Powers Microsoft’s Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Azure Service Fabric is a distributed systems platform for building and managing microservice-based or containerized applications. Service Fabric is the same technology powering Microsoft’s Cloud technologies. This session is DevOps for IT pros by IT pros with a focus on the Application Lifecycle Management of a modern cloud application utilizing Azure Service Fabric. In this session Microsoft MVPs Lee Berg and Steve Buchanan will take you through the entire ALM story by utilizing CI/CD in VSTS integrated with service fabric using containers, infrastructure as code all the way to monitoring our infrastructure and application in real time with Application Insights and OMS. In this session you will gain insights into the process of developing, testing, deploying, maintaining, and monitoring a cloud application with Azure Service Fabric.

What you will learn:
  • CI/CD in VSTS with Azure Service Fabric infrastructure
  • Deploying and managing containers with Azure Service Fabric
  • Monitoring Azure Service Fabric with Application Insights and OMS

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Microsoft MVP, STEALTHbits
Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a Techincal Product Manager for STEALTHbits Technologies. When Lee is now building CyberSecurity Monitoring Software in his day-job, He is active in managing and presenting at user groups, meetups, and conferences around... Read More →
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Microsoft MVP, Group Manager - Cloud Transformation/DevOps, Accenture/Avanade
Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Avanade/Accenture, a 7-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 18+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Firelake

8:00am

Get Current with Configuration Manager
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
No site left behind! ConfigMgr 2007 support ends in July 2019. In this ‘notes from the field' session, members of Microsoft’s customer acceleration team share their experiences and best practices for getting to current branch.

What you will learn:
  • Best practices for migrating from ConfigMgr 2007
  • Real-world guidance for upgrading from ConfigMgr 2012
  • How to use ConfigMgr current branch to modernize your infrastructure

Speakers
avatar for DC Tardy

DC 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 →
avatar for Rob York

Rob York

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Program Manager for Configuration Manager at Microsoft including OSD and modernization of Windows management


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

8:00am

Keep ConfigMgr Clean! (Operating Smoothly, Clean, Efficient, Optimized)
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Is your ConfigMgr environment clean and optimized? No? Get on it Timmy! Gary, Doug, and Mark will show you how to keep your environment running smoothly and efficiently. Optimal configuration, automated environment maintenance, collection evaluation performance, and the new Management Insights feature will all be covered to show you how to improve your environment.

What you will learn:
  • You will learn how to configure your environment for optimal performance, especially in terms of SQL, WSUS, IIS Settings, and more.
  • Find out how to automate your environment maintenance using native and 3rd party solutions.
  • See how to analyze and optimize your collection evaluation performance.
  • Learn about the new Management Insights feature within the ConfigMgr console and how it helps you keep your environment clean.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Solutions and Product Manager, Now Micro
I am a systems management enthusiast by trade, passionate about automation and data reporting by training. End User experience expert with a specialty in modern device management. I have experience in managing and implementing build outs of Configuration Manager and Intune. I also... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

8:00am

MMS hAckath0n Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
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 or CT Global, and get a potential fix by the end of MMS!  That's right, you can get your change to ConfigMgr made right at MMS.  Where a fix might just not fit ConfigMgr itself, the Coretech team will make it happen. You can assist us now by thinking up ideas and submit them here. The best idea chosen will win a Surface Pro!

Note: This short session is to vote on ideas to be worked on during the week.  The last MMS session on Thursday where we show off results and pick a winner.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

8:00am

Real-time Data Collection and Tasks in Configuration Manager
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Until relatively recently, nothing in ConfigMgr was real-time and there simply was no instant gratification – ConfigMgr was still “slow moving software”. This was intentional and completely by design. However, since the introduction of ConfigMgr 2012 SP1, real-time features have been slowly introduced into the ConfigMgr “toolbox” giving us what we now have in ConfigMgr CB which is more than capable of enabling real-time management of systems in any environment from small to big. This session will explore these features, how they are implemented under the covers, and how to make use of them in environment. Include will be client notification, configuration items, and scripts (hooray scripts).

What you will learn:
  • What are the real-time operations in ConfigMgr
  • Why to use (or not use) real-time operations in ConfigMgr
  • How to use the real-time operations in ConfigMgr

Speakers
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
Jason is an 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 Center... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

8:00am

Cireson: Empower your support team to #DoMore with ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Are you a Configuration Manager Administrator? Do you struggle balancing your daily workload with helping Support Team members gather the information they need from the ConfigMgr Console? Or are you on the Support Team? If so, you know the importance of having the right information and tools at your fingertips to easily troubleshoot client issues. But it’s not always that easy.

Whether you're using Microsoft Service Manager or another Help Desk solution, join us to see how to easily delegate the power of ConfigMgr to Support Teams with the powerful advanced remote support tools in the True Control Center. We'll show you how to close tickets faster, increase collaboration and efficiency, and mitigate security concerns – all leveraging System Center and/or your existing Help Desk. 

What you will learn:
  • Perform actions directly against the client including shutdown and/or reboot and launching remote control 
  • Quickly add and remove clients from collections in order to apply configurations or deploy software
  • View hardware details and installed software, inventoried or real-time, for troubleshooting, repairing, or uninstalling 
  • Identify required or available security updates and install them with a click
  • Grant Analysts access to reset a users’ password without the need to manage complicated Active Directory permissions
  • Easily create and securely deploy packages, applications, and task sequences


Sponsors
avatar for Cireson

Cireson

Cireson
Born in 2012, Cireson was founded on a simple, powerful idea; to be the forward thinkers on all things Microsoft Cloud and System Center. Our values from the beginning are still the same; keep it genuine, do the right thing, and listen to customers. | | As a world leader in Microsoft... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet

8:00am

Deploying New Machines with Windows AutoPilot
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
You've probably deployed new Windows PCs the same way for many years. With Windows AutoPilot, all of that changes, moving away from imaging and instead focusing on transforming new devices into business-ready PCs. In this session, we'll look at how Windows AutoPilot works, the scenarios that it supports, and what it takes for you to set it up yourselves.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the purpose and goals of Windows AutoPilot.
  • Learn how to set up Windows AutoPilot so that you can deploy your first device.
  • See the current and future features of Windows AutoPilot.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Hampson

Gerry Hampson

Microsoft MVP, Senior Consultant, Ergo Group
Gerry is a Senior Consultant for Ergo Group based in Dublin, Ireland and is a specialist in Microsoft consultancy and implementations, particularly in the area of enterprise client management. He has co-authored a number of books on System Center Configuration Manager, most recently... Read More →
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

Windows Server Management Using Windows Admin Center and PowerShell
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
With multiple versions of Windows Server, different versions of RSAT, MMC being a bit “old”, getting a overview using PowerShell is a bit tricky, someone must have done something to fix this… And Microsoft has done it! Say hello to Windows Admin Center (FKA "Project Honolulu")! In this session you will learn how to setup and deploy Windows Admin Center in your environment. You will learn how to do basic management of servers in the UI, but you will also learn about extensions to Project Honolulu, but sometimes PowerShell is better, and therefore you will also learn mass management for Windows Server using PowerShell.

What you will learn:
  • Learn about Windows Admin Center
  • How extensions work in Windows Admin Center
  • PowerShell Management in general

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. In addition to his consulting role, Johan present trainings and speaks at several conferences... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Microsoft MVP, 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 Microsoft... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

SCOM 2016: Best Practices in Modern Architecture and Management Pack Onboarding
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Walk though a modern enterprise best-practice, greenfield SCOM 2016 deployment that leverages hybrid cloud monitoring features. Learn how to deploy management packs in a way that empowers business unit leaders by making SCOM monitoring self-service and on-demand. Up to the minute intel and 'from the trenches' learning on the most valuable management packs including those from vendors like Cisco and Veeam.

What you will learn:
  • A protocol for sequenced Management Pack deployment is key for successful SCOM deployments.
  • Tips to make SCOM monitoring self-service for server and IIS web site application owners.
  • No-brainer OMS integrations with SCOM.
  • SCOM architectures for the hybird cloud world.

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Bob is a Managing Consultant for BICTT and active in consultancy and training for Microsoft Server and System Center projects for clients worldwide ( www.bictt.com ). His specialization is SCOM and LogAnalytics and all products and versions around it. He is very much a community... Read More →
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Microsoft MVP, Senior Director, Technology, AccountabilIT
John is a 11-year Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management specialty and co-author of four books in the industry-standard series: System Center Operations Manager Unleashed. He is Senior Director, Technology at AccountabilIT, a pioneer in the managed services provider... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

10:00am

ConfigMgr - Back to the Basics - Part 1 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In part 1 of this two-part “refresher” series, John and Wally discuss common pitfalls they have encountered in customer hierarchy design and configuration. Examples of the topics covered in part 1 are:
  • Site architecture
  • Configure SQL properly
  • Backup & restore ConfigMgr
  • Virtual site servers/site systems “gotchas”
  • Boundary configuration (many changes here in the past 2 years)
  • Maintenance task configuration in the real world
  • SQL licensing for ConfigMgr 

What you will learn:
  • How to avoid common site architecture mistakes
  • Installing, configuring and backing up SQL for ConfigMgr
  • How boundaries have changed in current branch
  • SQL licensing questions that were "grey areas" are now black and white

Speakers
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal Services
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 Wally Mead

Wally Mead

None, Former Microsoft MVP, Retired
Wally is recently retired from the business world, and likely to be unable to keep up with the ever changing world of Configuration Manager, so likely will be no longer doing any public speaking, not even MMS. However, since he loves the event, and the people he's met over the years... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

Make ConfigMgr and Other Data Work for You with PowerBI
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Would you like to get a promotion by showing off how great you are at your job? Join Doug and Steve as they show the capabilities of Power BI, easy compliance reporting, creating and managing alternative data sources and more. It's time to take control of your data and make it work for you!

What you will learn:
  • How to install and utilize the ConfigMgr Power BI template
  • How to connect to data and manipulate ConfigMgr views
  • Report on ConfigMgr data warehousing using a dashboard

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Leader, 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 Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently the in house Configuration Manager admin. I lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and dev activities around end... Read More →
avatar for Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Solutions and Product Manager, Now Micro
I am a systems management enthusiast by trade, passionate about automation and data reporting by training. End User experience expert with a specialty in modern device management. I have experience in managing and implementing build outs of Configuration Manager and Intune. I also... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

Transition to Modern Windows Management with ConfigMgr and Intune - Option 1
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Description:
Are you looking to enable modern, cloud-based management of Windows PCs, but not sure where to start? Join this session to learn how you can modernize management at your own pace with System Center Configuration Manager, Intune and Azure Active Directory. You will see the latest news Microsoft has to share on deployment, management, and servicing of Windows 10, and how co-management simplifies the transition from traditional on-premise tools to cloud services.

What you will learn:
  • What is modern Windows management and how it helps IT and users
  • How does co-management simplify the transition from traditional on-premise management tools to cloud services
  • How to plan for Windows 10 deployments and servicing
  • What is Microsoft’s modern management roadmap

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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 Maayan Bar-Niv

Maayan Bar-Niv

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft
avatar for Tristan Scott

Tristan Scott

Principle PM Manager, Microsoft
Tristan Scott is a Principal PM Manager on the Microsoft Intune product team.


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Dell: Managing Dell Client Devices with ConfigMgr and Modern Management
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Join the Dell Product team to dive into our latest ConfigMgr integration and other management solutions as well as provide feedback directly to our dev team and strategy team.

What you will learn:
  • Use Dell Client Command Suite tools to build solutions with ConfigMgr to deploy, configure, monitor, update and out of band management with vPro for your Dell client devices.
  • How to provide feedback to Dell
  • Dell’s strategy for modern management

Sponsors
avatar for Dell

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... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

VMWare: The Fundamentals of Co-Management with ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Jason will demonstrate how you can de-risk your migration to modern PC management with VMware Workspace ONE through co-management with ConfigMgr. This session will focus on moving workloads and use cases to modern management so you can reduce time spent on mundane IT tasks and focus on driving value for your business. You will learn all of the options available today and best practices for beginning your journey.

What you will learn:
  • Use ConfigMgr to enroll into Modern Management with Workspace ONE
  • Rethink patch management, software distribution and security with Workspace ONE
  • How VMware IT used Co-Management to Migrate to Workspace ONE

Sponsors
avatar for VMWare

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 with a multi-layered, cloud-first management and security approach across the user, endpoint, app, data and network. AirWatch instantly delivers policy, apps, and OS updates to any device, including desktops, and enables prod... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet

10:00am

SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Have you wondered about this SQL Always On Availability Group stuff? What is it? What considerations are involved in the design? How do you install it? Learn how can you use this to extend ConfigMgr high availability capabilities. Tips and tricks.

What you will learn:
SQL High Availability Opions
  • FCI vs Always On Availability Groups
  • Design considerations
  • Important capabilities
  • „„MS IT - Migrating ConfigMgr SQL Server to Azure
  • „Efficiently moving the CM DB to an Availability Group „
  • Lessons learned
 

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Microsoft MVP, Practice Lead Softchoice, 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 release... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

10:00am

Windows 10 - 1803 - What's New and What Versions are Now Retired?
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Windows as a Service (WAAS) brings us new features every 6 months. What is in the newest release of Windows 10? What do I care about from the enterprise perspective.

What you will learn:
  • Feature review of W10 1803
  • Review of depricated versions 1511,1607, and more
  • Deprecated Features

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Microsoft MVP, 1E
I am a Microsoft MVP (Windows Insider) and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). | I am a Principal Solutions Engineer for 1E. I specialize in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. | | I have been working... Read More →
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

12:00pm

Nerds of a Feather - PowerShell
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 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!

Moderators
avatar for Jeff Bolduan

Jeff Bolduan

Windows Engineer, University of Minnesota
My name is Jeff Bolduan and I currently work for the University of Minnesota as a computer management administrator. I've been working in IT for 12 years starting in college working summer internships. My interest in computer management started while working an internship with a fortune... Read More →
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Leader, 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 Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently the in house Configuration Manager admin. I lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and dev activities around end... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Ratliff

Daniel Ratliff

Lead Systems Engineer, Humana Inc.
Daniel Ratliff is a Lead Systems Engineer focusing on Enterprise Windows Administration and Modern Device Management. He loves working with technologies such as SCCM, OSD, and PowerShell while sharing their success with others. He frequents Twitter, /r/SCCM, WinAdmins Slack, and myITforum... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cedar
  • Skill Level NoF

12:00pm

How to Make Use of Your Microsoft Premier Support Agreement
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Not sure how to use your existing Microsoft Premier Support? In this session we will cover some of the Microsoft Premier Support roles that you may come in contact with and how they can help you. We will discuss how to make the best use of your support hours both proactively and reactively, offerings around ConfigMgr (and other products), and who to contact when you need assistance.

What you will learn:
  • Microsoft Support roles that you may interact with, what their roles are and what they can do for you
  • How to make use of your existing Microsoft Premier services & benefits
  • Microsoft Premier offerings around ConfigMgr and other products.

Speakers
avatar for Danny Guillory

Danny Guillory

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
With 17 years of experience as a customer, BEFORE coming to Microsoft. I have heald positions from Security Officer, IT Manager to IT Director. I have been working with Configuration Manager since 1999 when it was named System Management Server 2.0. I finished off my corporate career... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Ricard

Curtis Ricard

Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
I've been working with SMS/CM since SMS 2003 and have been a Microsoft PFE since 2016. I'm interested in Operating System Deployment, software distribution, software updates, automation, and co-management.
avatar for Manoj Shah

Manoj Shah

Technical Account Manager, Microsoft
In my current role as a Technical Account Manager, I take pride in supporting my customers and helping drive adoption of technologies within the Microsoft platform. Technologies that I am continuing to stay engaged in and passionate about are SCCM and Modern desktop management... Read More →
avatar for Ken Wygant

Ken Wygant

Sr Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
Technology and car geek, usually found at the computer or in the garage. When time allows, will be at the cabin in the U.P. of MI.


Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA 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
avatar for Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks

Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started work in the entertainment industry, and then shifted to higher education. That was over 10 years ago, and I have now spent the past 4 years at the University of Minnesota working to provide all things Microsoft as a centrally provided service. Buzzwords to talk about... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA A
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Tim De Keukelaere

Tim De Keukelaere

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Tim is an Enterprise Mobility MVP and a managing consultant at OB-V-US, a consultancy firm based in Belgium. He has over 15 years of experience in the field and a deep focus on workplace and mobility. Tim is a board member of the System Center User Group in Belgium, an active community... Read More →
avatar for Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Director - EM MVP, Microsoft MVP, SMSMarshall
Robert is Director and Senior Consultant at SMSMarshall, and hails from London, England. He has been working around ConfigMgr full on since SMS2003 released, ultimately evolving into a self-described architect, authoring many exotic designs, and is into his 9th year as an EM MVP... Read More →
avatar for Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Solutions and Product Manager, Now Micro
I am a systems management enthusiast by trade, passionate about automation and data reporting by training. End User experience expert with a specialty in modern device management. I have experience in managing and implementing build outs of Configuration Manager and Intune. I also... Read More →

Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Senior 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 and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related. This includes... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
Jason is an 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 Center... Read More →
avatar for Tristan Scott

Tristan Scott

Principle PM Manager, Microsoft
Tristan Scott is a Principal PM Manager on the Microsoft Intune product team.

Monday May 14, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD
  • Skill Level NoF

1:00pm

Azure LogicApps for Non-Developers, Magic for IT Pros
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Logic Apps is a platform service in Azure, allowing (mainly) developers to build "business logic" workflows. But this doesn't mean ITPros are left behind. Having a deep ITPro and infrastructure background myself, we started looking into Logic Apps, and found really cool things you can do with it - even as non-developer. Attend this session more about us sharing our enthusiasm and passion about a non-infrastructure Azure feature, then wanting to turn you into the next C# developer!

Speakers
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →
avatar for Peter De Tender

Peter De Tender

Architect & Trainer, PDTIT
Peter has 20 years of professional expertise in the Microsoft Infrastructure segment, with a main focus on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365,...) After working for some of the top Microsoft partners in Belgium, Peter started his own business... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Firelake

1:00pm

Creating a DevOps Pipeline for PowerShell Automations
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Are you creating scripts, automating tasks, and writing PowerShell? Did you know that makes you a developer? And as such, it’s time to get on the DevOps bandwagon! For us PowerShellers, DevOps is where PowerShell development and Ops come together to continuously deliver value. See the entire automation lifecycle and how using automation platforms like Azure Automation and Azure Functions with PowerShell can be paired with Visual Studio Team Services to create a full DevOps pipeline for your automations. Learn to create automated builds, tests and releases for PowerShell scripts. We’ll create an entire pipeline and share real world successes implementing this strategy. If you write PowerShell, you are a developer, and this is how you can rub DevOps on it!

What you will learn:
  • Create a full DevOps pipeline for PowerShell automations
  • Understand all areas of the DevOps lifecycle
  • Learn the capabilities and functions of Visual Studio Team Services

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Mank

Christopher Mank

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technologist, White Ficus
Hi! I'm Christopher and I'm the Chief Technologist at White Ficus. I help organizations learn and implement DevOps, while creating automation across the entire lifecycle.I work with organizations of all sizes to understand how they can do more and achieve more by focusing on its people... Read More →
TS

Travis Sobeck

Automation Engineer, University of MN
Over 10 years in IT primarily working in education ranging from small environments to currently employment at the U of MN. My current focus is process automation via PowerShell/Azure. Also on the board of the of the MN PowerShell Automation Group.


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

Co-Reporting in a Co-Management World
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
What the heck is Microsoft Graph and why should I Care? Great you have setup Co-Management for your Windows 10 devices, now you have 2 different places to report back compliance to your Managers/Security team. In this session we will dive into the options to consolidate the data points into a single report, from leveraging Microsoft Graph, to the Intune Data Warehouse, and the ConfigMgr Database.

What you will learn:
  • How to access Microsoft Graph using PowerBI
  • Examples on how to go beyond the Microsoft PowerBI Samples.
  • The direction of reporting in ConfigMgr over the coming years.

Speakers
avatar for Steven Hosking

Steven Hosking

Practice Lead - EUC, Vigilant.it, MVP
Having spent over 15 years in the IT industry primarily supporting and managing System Center products, I have continually been proven as passionate subject matter expert. Who was awarded the MVP from Microsoft in 2017 for Enterprise Mobility. He is the founder of the Sydney System... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

1:00pm

ConfigMgr - Back to the Basics - Part 2 of 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In part 2 of this two-part "refresher" series, John and Wally will discuss common pitfalls that they have encountered in customer client management scenarios. Examples of the topics covered in part 2 are:
  • Client agent installation and settings
  • To MDT or not to MDT
  • Service Windows 10 options
  • Monitoring
  • Defining well thought out deployment strategies
  • How compliance rules can benefit your organization 

What you will learn:
  • Why won’t my known computer PXE boot? 
  • Why are all my servers running Windows 10 today?
  • Logs files versus monitoring and when to use each
  • Compliance settings and baselines and how can they can help you

Speakers
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal Services
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 Wally Mead

Wally Mead

None, Former Microsoft MVP, Retired
Wally is recently retired from the business world, and likely to be unable to keep up with the ever changing world of Configuration Manager, so likely will be no longer doing any public speaking, not even MMS. However, since he loves the event, and the people he's met over the years... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

How to Effectively Deploy Software to Windows 10 Devices with Microsoft Intune
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Microsoft Intune has great features, but software deployment features might seem quite limited if you have used ConfigMgr for software deployment. In this session we’ll cover Intune’s software deployment features to Windows 10 devices and what options exist to make software deployment more useful. You can (for example) utilize PowerShell to install software or convert your apps to Intune supported formats.

What you will learn:
  • Know the features and limitations of Microsoft Intune software deployment.
  • Understand how you can use PowerShell to deploy software with Microsoft Intune.
  • Learn how to convert Win32 applications installation packages to .appx 
  • Some useful additional utilities are covered which makes software deployment easier.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Hampson

Gerry Hampson

Microsoft MVP, Senior Consultant, Ergo Group
Gerry is a Senior Consultant for Ergo Group based in Dublin, Ireland and is a specialist in Microsoft consultancy and implementations, particularly in the area of enterprise client management. He has co-authored a number of books on System Center Configuration Manager, most recently... Read More →
avatar for Panu Saukko

Panu Saukko

Senior Consultant/Trainer, Microsoft MVP, ProTrainIT Oy
I'm a consultant/trainer at ProTrainIT, Finland with over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies as a MCT and a MVP for 13 years. My main focus is Microsoft’s on-prem and cloud management products. | | I love to follow basketball (NBA & other leagues). And do... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Managing Office 365 ProPlus The Right Way
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
We're less than 2 years away from the looming deadline to start using Office 365 ProPlus. Has your organization developed an upgrade plan yet? How about an update plan? Join this session where we will walk through the various deployment and upgrade paths to Office 365 ProPlus. We will focus on deployment with Configuration Manager and with Intune to suit whatever environment you are using. We will also demo Office Upgrade Analytics through the use of both OMS and Configuration Manager to help make sure that your environment is ready for the upgrade and future updates. Finally, we will review update management for Office 365 ProPlus, and creating a phased rollout for your organization. However, we won't just review best practices in this session. We'll dig straight into the trenches with what has actually worked for organizations, and some of the most common missteps and how to avoid them. We’ll even review some of the more perplexing errors that can occur and how to fix or work around them. If you're planning to transition to Office 365 ProPlus in the next year, this is the session to attend!

What you will learn:
  • How to deploy and update Office 365 ProPlus in your environment.
  • How to use Office Upgrade analytics as a part of your continuous updating process.
  • Real world use cases and problem solving around Office 365 ProPlus

Speakers
avatar for Max Fritz

Max Fritz

Modern Workplace TSP, Microsoft
Max is a Modern Workplace TSP at Microsoft. He focuses on improving collaboration and simplifying implementation, and has worked with the Microsoft cloud for the past seven years. He is a self-proclaimed geek, passionate about a broad range of messaging and collaboration tools and... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Mobility and Management product team working on Configuration Manager and modernization of Windows 10 management through initiatives like co-management between Configuration Manager and Intune. He works on Office 365... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

Flexera: Building a Security Patching Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Patching is a security challenge. 2017 was a year where many incidents put patching activities in the spotlight. In this session Kent Agerlund, Principal Consultant and Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal and Bob Kelly, Manager, Product Management, Flexera will demonstrate how to build patch management processes using your existing tools and how to prioritize security patches.

What you will learn:
  • How to implement rules that align with policies and compliance rules
  • How to design a basic program to prioritize security patches
  • How to expand to a broader, more efficient program

Moderators
avatar for Flexera

Flexera

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... Read More →
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
Love to talk about anything related to Enterprise Client Management, cycling, running and football :-)Microsoft Enterprise Client Management MVP and Microsoft Regional Director

Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

Windows 10 Customizations - 2018 Edition!!
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Windows 10 comes with a lot of built-in apps that really are not suited for the enterprise! During this session we will go through what can be customized, what should be customized and what we shouldn't touch at all. Microsoft is investing a lot in this area to so we will cover the latest changes in behavior when doing upgrades, applocker and app uppdates. Don't make the same mistakes as many others, come to this session and learn about it!

What you will learn:
  • How to customize Windows 10
  • What not to customize
  • What will be the downside if you customize
  • Learn from our experience of what is a good Idea and what is not

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Customer Success Manager, Modern Workplace, Microsoft
Nash Pherson is a Customer Success Manager for Microsoft focused on Win 10 Enterprise, EMS/SCCM and Office 365. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nash was a systems management consultant and a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management.Nash's expertise is in organizational development... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

PSScriptAnalyzer, Why You Need to Start Using This
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Did you know PowerShell can provide suggestions on code quality based on input provided by experts at Microsoft and from the community at large? Did you know that you can create your own code quality standards rules for your enterprise? In this session we will show you how to create PS ScriptAnalyzer rules customized for your environment and demonstrate how to manage and enforce these rules. There is no downside to improving code quality using the PS Script Analyzer rules, let us help you get started!

What you will learn:
  • How to leverage PSScript Analyzer rules in your enterprise
  • How to create custom PS script analyzer rules
  • How to manage or enforce code quality standards

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
IT Automation junkie. Mostly focused on Automated the world with .NET.
avatar for Jeff Scripter

Jeff Scripter

Application Systems Engineer, Big Bank
Results-oriented innovator and effective communicator with an interest in automating systems and processes to create solutions tailored to the needs of an organization.


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

3:00pm

System Center 1801 Advancements and Futures
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
System Center 1801 was released earlier this year with an impressive set of features.
- The new HTML 5 web console in SCOM provides a fast and extensible UX, and supports all browsers fulfilling a critical customer ask.
- Update and Recommendation feature in SCOM now supports third party MPs, enabling customers to discover and deploy the latest Management Packs from partners
- Linux log file monitoring significantly extends the scope of monitoring Linux workloads in SCOM
- Azure Service Map integration with SCOM allows the automatic visualization of server dependencies in SCOM, integrated with other monitoring information
- VMM now provides additional support for networking and storage with features like template based load balancer deployment and storage Quality of Service
- Customers can now secure their private cloud deployments with VMM using encrypted virtual networks and shielded Linux VMs.
- VMM and SCOM support Windows Server, version 1709 (aka RS3)
- Data protection manager provides faster backups and lowers storage costs for VMWare deployments
In this session, we will dive deeper into these capabilities, look at a few demos and what's on the roadmap for future releases.

What you will learn:
  • New Capabilities in System Center 1801
  • The new System Center Release Cadence
  • What's in store in upcoming releases

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Bob is a Managing Consultant for BICTT and active in consultancy and training for Microsoft Server and System Center projects for clients worldwide ( www.bictt.com ). His specialization is SCOM and LogAnalytics and all products and versions around it. He is very much a community... Read More →
avatar for Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Principal Program Manager, System Center, Microsoft
Lead Program Manager on System Center OM, VMM, DPM, Orchestrator, Service Manager


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the New Language for Log Analytics
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Log Analytics just got a new language, but don't panic! The change is totally worth it and allows you to analyze data collected in Log Analytics and Application Insights in ways that were previously impossible without external tools. So grab your towel and join us for a look at some of the more advanced features of the new language. We're not content with just ad hoc queries and basic data though. We're going to look at some methods for collecting data from alternate sources and then get creative in the way that we perform our analysis.

What you will learn:
  • How to assemble complicated queries and how to test query results
  • How to customize alerting for Log Analytics
  • When and how to use a union and when to use a join
  • How to collect data from alternate sources

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

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

Brian Wren

Senior Content Developer & Monitoring Guru, Microsoft
Brian Wren is a Senior Content Developer with the Microsoft focusing on cloud management 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... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Firelake

3:00pm

Deep Dive Into Azure Policy
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Azure Policy allows cloud custodians to assess and enforce enterprise-wide governing standards across your Azure environment for proper control and compliance. Policy can be specified to require specific networking controls (i.e. no public IP), set tagging requirements, or auto-remediate to have antimalware extension on VMs, and can assess compliance state of existing resource configuration. We will go through how Policy can help manage your environment, roadmap of what’s coming, and examples of how other enterprises are taking control of their Azure environment through Policy.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how you can enforce governing rules and view compliance across hundreds of Azure subscriptions with ease.
  • Walk through the details of the policy expression language, the structured query to retrieve compliance data, and the evaluation engine of processing resource compliance.
  • How to start leveraging Azure Policy to assess existing Azure resources and implement real-time enforcement on large Azure environment while allowing DevOps to innovate on Azure with agility. 

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Chan

Joseph Chan

Principal Group Program Manager, Azure Governance, Microsoft
Principal Group Program Manager for Microsoft Azure Governance Platform, helping large enterprises govern and control their vast Azure cloud environment at scale.
avatar for Liz Kim

Liz Kim

Program manager, Microsoft
PM on Azure Governance group, driving Azure Policy - https://azure.com/policy


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet

3:00pm

Intune: What's New and Roadmap – See it here first!
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
A lot is happening in Microsoft Intune! Come join us to see cool new features in the standalone Intune service, understand how large enterprises are adopting it, and get a look at the roadmap!

What you will learn:
  • What's new in Intune
  • Common challenges in the enterprises, and how to overcome them.
  • How to get here

Speakers
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Principal Consultant, Daalmans Consulting
Peter is a freelance Consultant at Daalmans Consulting with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded every year since 2012 as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Tristan Scott

Tristan Scott

Principle PM Manager, Microsoft
Tristan Scott is a Principal PM Manager on the Microsoft Intune product team.


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

To Peer or Not to Peer
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
TCO reduction and simplification are the hottest subjects of the recent years. Come and learn how ConfigMgr team is tackling this challenge now and what can you expect in in the near future.

What you will learn:
  • All P2P technologies ConfigMgr supports
  • Find out when you should use which one and why
  • What the future holds for this in ConfigMgr

Speakers
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a PM in Configuration Manager and Intune product teams, I am mainly responsible content distribution scenarios for both products (Delivery Optimization, peer cache, BranchCache, DPs etc.) | I also own the following features/scenarios: Updates and Servicing, scenarios dealing... Read More →
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Troubleshooting Windows 10 Deployment
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Join Johan and Ami in a session covering the tools and processes to use when troubleshooting OS Deployments using ConfigMgr Current Branch. You will learn about common issues and their workarounds, parsing log files, driver handling, WinPE, PXE, Unknown Computers and much more. Johan and Ami will share their notes from the field, as well as tips & tricks for making OS Deployment using ConfigMgr even better.

What you will learn:
  • Tips & tricks to quickly solve OS Deployment issues
  • Understanding the ConfigMgr OS Deployment processes
  • Learn about common issues and workarounds

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. In addition to his consulting role, Johan present trainings and speaks at several conferences... Read More →
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft MVP, Adaptiva
I am Adaptiva's very shiny technical evangelist, and I travel the world to talk to people about Windows 10 and systems management. I speak at conferences such as Experts Live US, MMS, Ignite, and IT/Dev Connections. I run the Naperville System Center User Group (@NSCUG_IL) along with... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

3:00pm

Windows 10 OS Deployment - MVP Showcase
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
During this session we will showcase our best tips and tweak for deploying Windows 10. How do we use nested task sequences to get the most out of this new feature, and much more will be answered during this session.

What you will learn:
  • Tips for more efficient OSD
  • How to use nested task sequences
  • Real world samples from the best in the world

Speakers
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Microsoft MVP, 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 Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

Meet Windows Defender - the Swiss Army Knife in your Security Arsenal
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Learn how to implement and manage Windows Defender ATP and its different components. During this session we will outline and demonstrate how to properly protect your Windows 10 estate against malware and various attacks in a modern world. Learn about Windows Defender System Guard, Application Guard, Exploit Guard, Antivirus and Application Control.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how to implement Windows Defender ATP stack and its different components
  • Be able to and manage Windows Defender System Guard, Application Guard, Exploit Guard, Antivirus and Application Control.
  • Be able to brag about it to your colleagues and your boss and implement the technology at home.

Speakers
avatar for Kenny Buntinx

Kenny Buntinx

Microsoft MVP, Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Kenny is a highly qualified , certified and energized consultant working for OB-V-US Benelux with more than 15 years of experience and strives to always deliver high quality when managing and delivering projects. He has a strong focus on the Microsoft System Center product family... Read More →
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CT Global
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 he’s a key player in the PowerShell game. Kaido host one of the most complete Configuration Manager PowerShell library’s... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

5:00pm

MMS Social Hour – Tales from the Old Guys, Stories from You.
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Come hang out and have a good time – In this very informal Monday beer session we will have a presentation on the best way to make the most of the conference, then shift gears into a technical show-and-tell. We will start with some experienced (re:old) MMS veterans on how to get the best out of the conference. Tips and Tricks, best practices, and things to avoid to make this the best MMS you have ever attended. Then we will shift gears and dive into the fun - Everyone has tales of past IT horror stories. Come hear a few and how heroes were born. What went wrong, and how it was fixed. Find out how your fellow attendees got their battle scars, and share your own!

What you will learn:
  • How to make the most of the week
  • The name of your neighbor
  • We're all human - we all have a story to share (or we have a story 'about a friend' to share

Speakers
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Wijckmans

Dieter Wijckmans

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Dieter is an MVP for System Center Cloud and Data management.He 's been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. Recently he co-founded OB-V-US focusing on delivering high end consultancy to a wide variety of customers.He's an active member in his local Sysctr community and a... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
MTKA BC

5:00pm

ConfigMgr State of the Union
Limited Capacity filling up

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.
  • A warm and fuzzy feeling by all the love for ConfigMgr by community members in a single room.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Principal Content Developer, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a recovering program manager, now a technical writer with Microsoft in the enterprise client management product team working on Configuration Manager. Ask him about ConfigMgr docs, and how you can contribute. Other good topics of conversation... Read More →
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
Jason is an 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 Center... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD

8:00pm

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Peter Bajurny

Peter Bajurny

Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started life as a Solaris admin, but one week my coworker was out of the office and something needed to be deployed... | | Eight years later I'm responsible for building and maintaining a ConfigMgr infrastructure to support 20,000 at the University of Minnesota
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Microsoft MVP, 1E
I am a Microsoft MVP (Windows Insider) and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). | I am a Principal Solutions Engineer for 1E. I specialize in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. | | I have been working... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Microsoft MVP, Catapult
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center and automation technologies. He has over 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number... Read More →
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Matthew Hudson

Matthew Hudson

Systems Engineer, Schlumberger, Microsoft MVP
Matthew Hudson has been involved in IT for almost 30 years.  He has worked as a computer consultant, in Public Universities and most recently in the Energy Sector.  He began working with Configuration Manager in 2005 and is currently a Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility, awarded... Read More →
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Former Microsoft ECM MVP, App Engineer, Big Bank
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.
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
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 14, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Escape Room

9:30pm

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity filling up

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Julie Andreacola

Julie Andreacola

Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
I work in the client operating system space with an emphasis in helping customers move to Windows 10. Lot of work with SCCM, PowerShell, Windows Analytics and Windows Updates. I have a passion for user groups and mentoring to see others succeed. In my spare time, I love travel, good... Read More →
avatar for Peter Bajurny

Peter Bajurny

Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started life as a Solaris admin, but one week my coworker was out of the office and something needed to be deployed... | | Eight years later I'm responsible for building and maintaining a ConfigMgr infrastructure to support 20,000 at the University of Minnesota
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →
avatar for Steven Hosking

Steven Hosking

Practice Lead - EUC, Vigilant.it, MVP
Having spent over 15 years in the IT industry primarily supporting and managing System Center products, I have continually been proven as passionate subject matter expert. Who was awarded the MVP from Microsoft in 2017 for Enterprise Mobility. He is the founder of the Sydney System... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Mobility and Management product team working on Configuration Manager and modernization of Windows 10 management through initiatives like co-management between Configuration Manager and Intune. He works on Office 365... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Microsoft MVP, Enterprise Tools Strategist, Dell Technologies
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 a cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the Central Texas... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →


Monday May 14, 2018 9:30pm - 10:30pm
Escape Room
 
Tuesday, May 15
 

8:00am

10 Things You Need as an Enterprise Scripter
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
This session will outline the top 10 things you need for successful script development in the enterprise.  There is far more involved than just a single functional script! The items we will be covering can be considered the bare minimum of what you need in order to be successful automating in the enterprise. Topics will cover technical and non-technical subjects and should really help with raising the quality and professionalism of your automation projects. 

What you will learn:
  • A checklist of items needed for successful enterprise scripting.
  • How to get started implementing all 10 needed items.
  • An excitement to do great things.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
IT Automation junkie. Mostly focused on Automated the world with .NET.
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Microsoft MVP, Operations Engineer, Big Bank
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.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

Leveraging and Building Wrappers for REST APIs with PowerShell
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
We often have to work in mixed environments and interact with systems we don’t control nor had a choice in choosing. And that often means there is no powershell module to interact with those systems. Thankfully many systems have a REST API, but more often than not there are no examples in PowerShell. This session will focus on building PowerShell to automate against these systems.

What you will learn:
  • Ideas for how to approach building modules to make calls to REST APIs
  • Approaches to figuring out authentication, this is often the biggest hurdle.
  • Some gotchas to be aware of to save your head from your desk!
  • Yes, this is all Linux friendly!

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
I'm an automation engineer who loves to write PowerShell and C# and have five years of experience in consulting servicing clients of every size. I've covered my exploits writing PowerShell for every API and service you can imagine on my blog FoxDeploy.com (I didn't say they were well-written... Read More →
TS

Travis Sobeck

Automation Engineer, University of MN
Over 10 years in IT primarily working in education ranging from small environments to currently employment at the U of MN. My current focus is process automation via PowerShell/Azure. Also on the board of the of the MN PowerShell Automation Group.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

8:00am

Extending Network Device Monitoring in SCOM
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Over the years network device monitoring with SCOM changed a few times. What always has been a challenge is adding non certified network devices. I this session we will show you how you can extend network device monitoring in SCOM to add any SNMP device!

What you will learn:
  • Understand SCOM network monitoring options
  • How to look for SNMP information
  • How to extend SNMP network device monitoring using the GUI tool

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Bob is a Managing Consultant for BICTT and active in consultancy and training for Microsoft Server and System Center projects for clients worldwide ( www.bictt.com ). His specialization is SCOM and LogAnalytics and all products and versions around it. He is very much a community... Read More →
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Microsoft MVP, Senior Director, Technology, AccountabilIT
John is a 11-year Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management specialty and co-author of four books in the industry-standard series: System Center Operations Manager Unleashed. He is Senior Director, Technology at AccountabilIT, a pioneer in the managed services provider... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Firelake

8:00am

Azure Governance a Case of How to Avoid the Wild Wild West in Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
The cloud introduces agility and flexibility, but it does not remove the need for standards and processes that ensure the environments are built right and governed to business standards. This session introduces you to Azure policy management and governance. Take control of your Azure assets through policies and standards that provide the controls that are in place in traditional IT but aligned to the agility of the cloud. Take control of your cloud investments and apply standards in an automated and consistent manner to ensure your cloud environment is in line with your organization policies. Samuel Erskine and Peter De Tender take you on the journey from Azure governance zero to hero.

What you will learn:
  • Understand Azure policy management and governance and how to start using it.
  • Enhance your skills in Azure by going from where to start to being in full control
  • Understand and implement the processes used in traditional data centers in the agile, flexible and elastic world of Azure

Speakers
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft MVP, Large Global Organization
Samuel Erskine has over 25 years' experience in the IT industry and is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect (Senior Manager) and author , focused on Cloud technologies with a core competency in Microsoft Azure. Samuel is the content designer and lead author of 4 Microsoft System... Read More →
avatar for Peter De Tender

Peter De Tender

Architect & Trainer, PDTIT
Peter has 20 years of professional expertise in the Microsoft Infrastructure segment, with a main focus on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365,...) After working for some of the top Microsoft partners in Belgium, Peter started his own business... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Cedar

8:00am

Delivery Optimization - Deep Dive in the Modern Workplace work-horse
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
If you are using Windows 10, you are using Delivery Optimization (DO), which is the new download, peer-to-peer caching/distribution tech that came with Windows 10. Learn how to optimize and manage content like Security Updates, Feature Updates, Microsoft Store, Express Updates and other Windows 10 components. Soon also content from Intune/O365/ConfigMgr will be delivered using DO, so get your DO GAME ON!

What you will learn:
  • Save bandwidth usage using Peer-to-Peering
  • Manage DO settings using GPO/MDM Policies
  • Manage the Distributed DO Cache
  • Visualize efficiency using command line tools, WUfB and other community tools

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Code Farmer, 2Pint Software
Pigs & Code! Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, Andreas has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about P2P and making networks go faster.
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 Network Health Software based around Microsoft Peer To Peer technologies and fancy Network Booting over http.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

8:00am

Make the Move to Modern Windows Management - Notes from the Field
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Modern management is here and everyone should get on the train to the future! But how do I get there? What is modern management? During this session we will cover the good and the bad, how to get modern and what modern means to different companies! Modern management can be different setups depending on your legacy. Co-management in ConfigMgr and Windows Autopilot is a bridge to the future!

What you will learn:
  • Learn about moving to modern management
  • How to transition to modern management
  • How have others done
  • Common challenges and solutions

Speakers
avatar for Kenny Buntinx

Kenny Buntinx

Microsoft MVP, Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Kenny is a highly qualified , certified and energized consultant working for OB-V-US Benelux with more than 15 years of experience and strives to always deliver high quality when managing and delivering projects. He has a strong focus on the Microsoft System Center product family... Read More →
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CT Global
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 he’s a key player in the PowerShell game. Kaido host one of the most complete Configuration Manager PowerShell library’s... Read More →
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

8:00am

Transition to Modern Windows Management with ConfigMgr and Intune - Option 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Are you looking to enable modern, cloud-based management of Windows PCs, but not sure where to start? Join this session to learn how you can modernize management at your own pace with System Center Configuration Manager, Intune and Azure Active Directory. You will see the latest news Microsoft has to share on deployment, management, and servicing of Windows 10, and how co-management simplifies the transition from traditional on-premise tools to cloud services.

What you will learn:
  • What is modern Windows management and how it helps IT and users
  • How does co-management simplify the transition from traditional on-premise management tools to cloud services
  • How to plan for Windows 10 deployments and servicing
  • What is Microsoft’s modern management roadmap

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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 Maayan Bar-Niv

Maayan Bar-Niv

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft
avatar for Tristan Scott

Tristan Scott

Principle PM Manager, Microsoft
Tristan Scott is a Principal PM Manager on the Microsoft Intune product team.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Harriet

8:00am

Troubleshooting Windows 10 Deployment - Option 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Join Johan and Ami in a session covering the tools and processes to use when troubleshooting OS Deployments using ConfigMgr Current Branch. You will learn about common issues and their workarounds, parsing log files, driver handling, WinPE, PXE, Unknown Computers and much more. Johan and Ami will share their notes from the field, as well as tips & tricks for making OS Deployment using ConfigMgr even better.

What you will learn:
  • Tips & tricks to quickly solve OS Deployment issues
  • Understanding the ConfigMgr OS Deployment processes
  • Learn about common issues and workarounds

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. In addition to his consulting role, Johan present trainings and speaks at several conferences... Read More →
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft MVP, Adaptiva
I am Adaptiva's very shiny technical evangelist, and I travel the world to talk to people about Windows 10 and systems management. I speak at conferences such as Experts Live US, MMS, Ignite, and IT/Dev Connections. I run the Naperville System Center User Group (@NSCUG_IL) along with... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

8:00am

Windows Security 2018 - TPM, BitLocker, and More
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Come hear about the current landscape of security in Windows 10, as well as 3rd party disk encryption vs BitLocker. Details on the recent Infineon hardware vulnerability, BIOS Passwords, SecureBoot, In-Place upgrade security, Spectre, Meltdown, and other things you should be doing in your enterprise to keep your machines safe and secure. Several security products only secure one part of the security challenges at the expense of the rest of the security landscape.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the pros and cons around various security tools.
  • Hear about several security pitfalls and errors.
  • Learn how to secure your machines during Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Automating Azure Infrastructure Solutions
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Azure Portal is a great management tool for your Azure resources. People like clean, modern-looking, and easy-to-use graphical interface. However, when you start working on more complex IaaS solutions that involve a number of Azure resources, you will quickly realize that GUI wizards don't scale. Automation is a key to fully embrace what Azure IaaS offers in a consistent and optimal manner. It saves time and increases the reliability of regular administrative tasks. In this demo-heavy session, you will learn how to automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and frequently-repeated tasks that are commonly performed in a cloud. We will focus on various automation technologies including VM extensions, Azure PowerShell, CLI 2.0, Azure Automation, Azure Automation DSC, and ARM templates.

What you will learn:
  • Comparison of the different automation techniques
  • How to pick the most suitable automation technique
  • Lots of examples

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandar Nikolic

Aleksandar Nikolic

Microsoft MVP, Trainer, PowerShell Magazine
Aleksandar Nikolic is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a Microsoft Azure MVP, a co-founder of PowerShellMagazine.com, and a community manager of PowerShell.com. Aleksandar is also a Microsoft Azure Advisor and Insider. Aleksandar is experienced presenting and speaking to Microsoft... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

10:00am

Enabling Continuous Testing of PowerShell with Pester and Visual Studio Team Services
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
I don’t always test my code, but when I do, I do it in production… PowerShell authors, is this you? While many PowerShell authors have a desire to test their code, many lack the tools and skillset to enable a continuous testing ecosystem for their automations. In this session, we’ll explain what Pester is, how it works and create automated unit tests for PowerShell scripts. We’ll cover PowerShell authoring best practices as it relates to automated unit testing and use Visual Studio Team Services to incorporate that into a CI/CD pipeline for any PowerShell script. Testing is a core pillar to DevOps and tools like Pester and VSTS can help you achieve that with PowerShell.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the basics of Pester
  • Be able to build a Pester test
  • Understand the importance of continuous testing
  • Add automated testing to CI/CD pipeline for PowerShell

Speakers
avatar for Christopher Mank

Christopher Mank

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technologist, White Ficus
Hi! I'm Christopher and I'm the Chief Technologist at White Ficus. I help organizations learn and implement DevOps, while creating automation across the entire lifecycle.I work with organizations of all sizes to understand how they can do more and achieve more by focusing on its people... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Scripter

Jeff Scripter

Application Systems Engineer, Big Bank
Results-oriented innovator and effective communicator with an interest in automating systems and processes to create solutions tailored to the needs of an organization.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

10:00am

Better, Stronger, Faster – Your Business Apps in Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
During this session Cameron and Robert will walk you the benefits and pitfalls when it comes to empowering your business leveraging the concepts of public cloud services such as Microsoft Azure. Learn from other's mistakes as there isn’t enough time to make them all yourself! After this session you will be enriched with insights of how you start your public cloud journey or your next step forward towards a more efficient organization. With both Robert’s and Cameron’s shared knowledge you will gain a perspective on how to get started or to enhance what you may have previously done. Learn what building blocks there are that you can work with and how you can redesign your on-premise business services towards Azure Cloud concepts.

What you will learn:
  • How to use your business services to migrate workloads to Azure
  • Benefits of migrating business applications to Azure
  • Options to migrate workloads to Azure & Case study of a re-platform
  • How to design your application with Azure building blocks

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

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

Robert Hedblom

Microsoft MVP, Sumnerv
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 Cloud and... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Firelake

10:00am

ConfigMgr - Database, Query, Reports - Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
This is part one of a two part session. In this session Matthew and Garth will give you a tour of the ConfigMgr database and show you where all of the goodies are. We will then build a query to find all collections with maintenance windows, the maintenance window type, duration, start, and stop time. Feel free to come to this session with a request for your own ConfigMgr query! Note: Knowledge of T-SQL is a plus

What you will learn:
  • Become familar with the ConfigMgr database and where to find information
  • How to write a custom report
  • How to construct SQL queries

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... 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 →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

ConfigMgr Configuration Items With PowerShell to Detect/Report/Remediate
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Do you want to use configuration items with PowerShell to identify computers with a specific vulnerability? Maybe you need to configure a bunch of machine with some arcane settings. Perhaps some computers need a custom WiFi profile. In this session we will go over using signed PowerShell code in configuration items to detect, report on and remediate desired configurations states for client workstations.

What you will learn:
  • Code signing. Bypass-what?
  • Detection/Remediation scripts - how to properly leverage detection and remeidation in ConfigMgr
  • Reporting around CIs - what are some important tables, examples
  • Using multiple CIs to build collections for reporting/targeting/remediating - leveraging all the tools available in ConfigMgr to build collections and get a little more granular in your targeting of deployments

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Bolduan

Jeff Bolduan

Windows Engineer, University of Minnesota
My name is Jeff Bolduan and I currently work for the University of Minnesota as a computer management administrator. I've been working in IT for 12 years starting in college working summer internships. My interest in computer management started while working an internship with a fortune... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Former Microsoft ECM MVP, App Engineer, Big Bank
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.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

10:00am

Hacking the Task Sequence 2018
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Task Sequences, they aren't just for deploying operating systems anymore. They can be used for all sorts of things, like deploying complex software applications or even upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10. Back by popular demand, Hacking the Task Sequence is back at MMS 2018. Join Mike Terrill and Andreas Hammarskjold 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
  • Task Sequence tips and tricks
  • Directly apply knowledge learned in this session to your own environment

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Code Farmer, 2Pint Software
Pigs & Code! Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, Andreas has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about P2P and making networks go faster.
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

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

Description:
This is part one of two MMS sessions covering the complete Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Security Suite. Gerry and Peter will take you by the hand and cover all aspects of managing mobile devices and workstations the modern way. In this first session we will give you an overview of Enterprise Mobility Security (EMS). We’ll introduce the component parts of the suite and discuss when each product should be used? In this session, we’ll also cover Identity Management, which is the foundation of EMS.

What you will learn:
  • When to use each EMS component
  • How to protect the identities of your employees
  • How to manage the devices and deploy apps to the various platform

Make sure that you have your questions ready for the Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Principal Consultant, Daalmans Consulting
Peter is a freelance Consultant at Daalmans Consulting with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded every year since 2012 as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Gerry Hampson

Gerry Hampson

Microsoft MVP, Senior Consultant, Ergo Group
Gerry is a Senior Consultant for Ergo Group based in Dublin, Ireland and is a specialist in Microsoft consultancy and implementations, particularly in the area of enterprise client management. He has co-authored a number of books on System Center Configuration Manager, most recently... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

Mayday, Mayday! It’s Sunday morning and your whole environment has just been hit by a targeted Ransomware attack. What’s next?
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
You get a call on Sunday morning and are told that Azure AD Sync and some other services seems to be down. You do a routine investigation and soon realize nothing is working and all servers and all turned on client has been hit by a ransomware with the result that nothing works, all data is lost, the drives on the backup  servers has been encrypted and deleted, all files on fileservers are encrypted, all database servers are encrypted and so on. Besides panicking, what do you do next? The customer in this real-life-scenario had been hit by a targeted attack (not automated) and turned to us for help. This is the story and lessons learned from not just that incident but also others. You will in this session learn how to recover from a situation like that and get a list of things to do, to mitigate the risk of ending up in a terrible situation like this in the first place. Attending this session may not just save yourself a lot of headache and your job, but also cut down on the recovery time and in the end save your company millions of dollars.

What you will learn:
  • The correct procedure to detect issues before an attack is launched
  • How to find patient zero
  • What you need to have prepared, BEFORE it hits you

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. In addition to his consulting role, Johan present trainings and speaks at several conferences... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Microsoft MVP, 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 Microsoft... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

Parallels: Why can't Mac management be like Windows management? . . . maybe it could be.
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Right click create a Software Update group and patch Mac's like Windows devices - where's that option in ConfigMgr?  Bind a Mac to an OU in AD - where's that Task Sequence step?   We'll work through many common ConfigMgr workflows that Parallels Mac Management brings to ConfigMgr for full Mac management using your ConfigMgr admins and ConfigMgr infrastructure.  Go beyond conditional or edge management and actually manage a Mac as a "device" in ConfigMgr />
What you will learn:
  • Understand the purpose and goals of full Mac management in ConfigMgr.
  • Learn how build and deploy High Sierra macOS images with Task Sequences in ConfigMgr.
  • See the current and future features of Parallels Mac Management for ConfigMgr.

Sponsors
avatar for Parallels

Parallels

Manage macOS in SCCM
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 seamless delivery of... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet

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!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Dam

Bryan Dam

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
I am the lead administrator for client management at a large Midwest supermarket using Configuration Manager. With a background in software development I have been developing and releasing solutions to common problems. I'm also active in the online support communities and most days... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Leader, 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 Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently the in house Configuration Manager admin. I lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and dev activities around end... Read More →
TS

Travis Sobeck

Automation Engineer, University of MN
Over 10 years in IT primarily working in education ranging from small environments to currently employment at the U of MN. My current focus is process automation via PowerShell/Azure. Also on the board of the of the MN PowerShell Automation Group.

Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cedar
  • Skill Level NoF

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
avatar for Andreas Sobczyk

Andreas Sobczyk

Senior Consultant, CTGlobal
Andreas is a Global Senior Consultant at CT Global, focusing Azure, Azure Stack, Software-Defined Datacenter & PowerShell. Also being co-founder of Cloud and Datacenter User Group Denmark, Andreas has over the last years committed himself to actively contribute to various communities... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA A
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Jeff Bolduan

Jeff Bolduan

Windows Engineer, University of Minnesota
My name is Jeff Bolduan and I currently work for the University of Minnesota as a computer management administrator. I've been working in IT for 12 years starting in college working summer internships. My interest in computer management started while working an internship with a fortune... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Former Microsoft ECM MVP, App Engineer, Big Bank
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.
avatar for Daniel Ratliff

Daniel Ratliff

Lead Systems Engineer, Humana Inc.
Daniel Ratliff is a Lead Systems Engineer focusing on Enterprise Windows Administration and Modern Device Management. He loves working with technologies such as SCCM, OSD, and PowerShell while sharing their success with others. He frequents Twitter, /r/SCCM, WinAdmins Slack, and myITforum... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD
  • Skill Level NoF

12:00pm

Exam Prep Session for Architecting Azure Solutions 70-535
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
with all the recent changes in the Azure Architect exam, a recap on what is expected when sitting and taking the exam, is no luxury these days. Peter will walk over the core exam objectives, highlighting the specifics you need to know for acing the exam. Starting from the official Microsoft Learning description, Peter will show sample exam questions, and use a sample case study to make you familiar with the official exam question style approach. And if you participate interactively, you might even win a free exam voucher (value $150)

What you will learn:
  • Learn about the key objectives of the Azure exam 70-535
  • Overview of Azure exam objectives, and where to get started
  • Go take that Azure exam with confidence

Speakers
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft MVP, Large Global Organization
Samuel Erskine has over 25 years' experience in the IT industry and is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect (Senior Manager) and author , focused on Cloud technologies with a core competency in Microsoft Azure. Samuel is the content designer and lead author of 4 Microsoft System... Read More →
avatar for Peter De Tender

Peter De Tender

Architect & Trainer, PDTIT
Peter has 20 years of professional expertise in the Microsoft Infrastructure segment, with a main focus on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365,...) After working for some of the top Microsoft partners in Belgium, Peter started his own business... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Harriet

12:00pm

Git it Done with docs.microsoft.com
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Did you know the new documentation platform, docs.microsoft.com, is open for community contributions? Do you want to share your knowledge of products like ConfigMgr, Intune, Azure and more? This session will provide you the steps to get started with the GitHub platform, so you can collaborate on our documentation. No prior experience required!

What you will learn:
  • Understand the GitHub platform used for online documentation.
  • Collaborate with the engineering and content publishing teams on our product documentation.
  • Submit an edit to a topic and track the progress to publication.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Principal Content Developer, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a recovering program manager, now a technical writer with Microsoft in the enterprise client management product team working on Configuration Manager. Ask him about ConfigMgr docs, and how you can contribute. Other good topics of conversation... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes A

12:00pm

How the ConfigMgr Engineering Team Ships Current Branch
Limited Capacity seats available

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
  • How we measure quality
  • How we process customer feedback
  • How we analyze telemetry data

Speakers
avatar for Maayan Bar-Niv

Maayan Bar-Niv

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a PM in Configuration Manager and Intune product teams, I am mainly responsible content distribution scenarios for both products (Delivery Optimization, peer cache, BranchCache, DPs etc.) | I also own the following features/scenarios: Updates and Servicing, scenarios dealing... Read More →
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →
avatar for DC Tardy

DC 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 15, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

PowerShell-Based Microservices and Web Sites with Polaris
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
By making it simple to connect an HTTP listener to our scripts, Polaris empowers us to convert our scripts and automations into microservices that can be called by other teams’ automations, allowing for synergy across the organization and creating the building blocks for complex cross-technology automations. Polaris can also be used as a PowerShell-based web server or browser-based UI.

What you will learn:
  • An understanding of how to convert scripts to microservices
  • Techniques for creating REST API’s and web UI’s for your automations
  • A tool for building a simple web server in PowerShell without IIS

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
I'm an automation engineer who loves to write PowerShell and C# and have five years of experience in consulting servicing clients of every size. I've covered my exploits writing PowerShell for every API and service you can imagine on my blog FoxDeploy.com (I didn't say they were well-written... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

Bringing PowerShell to the Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Bring your PowerShell investments into the cloud with PowerShell 6, Azure cloud shell, and Azure Automation. As you start to manage both your on premises and Azure resources with PowerShell, leverage serverless delivery of this Automation using the newest investments in PowerShell 6, PowerShell in cloud shell, as well as in Azure Automation for both Linux and Windows environments.

What you will learn:
  • PowerShell 6.0 has reached general availability and brings in a unified way to manage your Windows, Linux, and Mac environments. Learn about the latest investments here and what is being delivered in the 6.1 release.
  • Managing Azure resources is no longer a UI only experience to navigate and operate. With the addition of PowerShell to Azure cloud shell, you can now bring all of your PowerShell knowledge into the cloud while taking advantage of the latest investments in PowerShell.
  • Learn how Azure Automation embraces PowerShell as its core foundation and how PowerShell can now be moved into the cloud. 
  • Learn about the roadmap of PowerShell in Azure Automation and how you can bring your automation investments forward and solve existing challenges you have using these on premises.
  • System Center Orchestrator and service management automation investments are now unified under the Azure Automation service. Learn how to bring these investments forward while taking advantage of all of new capabilities of moving to the cloud.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Hunter

Jenny Hunter

Program Manager, Azure Automation, Microsoft
Jenny works for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Azure. On the Azure Automation team, she leads the Change Tracking and Inventory feature sets.
avatar for Eamon O'Reilly

Eamon O'Reilly

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal program manager working on Azure Functions focused on automating tasks across cloud and on-premises datacenters. Previously worked on Azure Automation.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

Architecting ConfigMgr
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Come and enjoy a guided tour through the latest Microsoft products available to ConfigMgr Infrastructure architects, with which we can realize new and exciting hierarchy designs for on-premise, off-premise and the most common, a hybrid of the two. We'll cover off the best use cases for Intune standalone and hybrid, CMG, Cloud DP, Azure AD, Azure, High Availability, and even throw in IBCM to highlight a strategic design choice. Throughout the tour we'll show you the right way to fit these pieces together, to suit a variety of hierarchy models that align with most small to large sized organizations. So join us, and kick back while we take you on the tour of the 'new' possible for infrastructure administrators and full on architect's, with a look into the crystal ball to imagine what will come next.

What you will learn:
  • Architect ConfigMgr like a Boss, using the latest design options available from Microsoft
  • Take the opportunity to step back and see how all these Modern Microsoft technologies fit together
  • Become a legend amongst your peers as a confirmed ConfigMgr Architect just by attending!
  • Opportunity to talk to an EM MVP that enjoys architecting design solutions for ConfigMgr  as his occupation

Speakers
avatar for Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Director - EM MVP, Microsoft MVP, SMSMarshall
Robert is Director and Senior Consultant at SMSMarshall, and hails from London, England. He has been working around ConfigMgr full on since SMS2003 released, ultimately evolving into a self-described architect, authoring many exotic designs, and is into his 9th year as an EM MVP... Read More →
avatar for Wally Mead

Wally Mead

None, Former Microsoft MVP, Retired
Wally is recently retired from the business world, and likely to be unable to keep up with the ever changing world of Configuration Manager, so likely will be no longer doing any public speaking, not even MMS. However, since he loves the event, and the people he's met over the years... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

ConfigMgr - Database, Query, Reports - Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
This is part two of a two part session. In this session Matthew and Garth will take what you learned in part one (along with the query we built) and create a report using SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT). You will learn how to create a dataset, use prompts, use variables, make the report cornflower blue (Fight Club reference....though we really shouldn't be talking about that), and more!

What you will learn:
  • Become familiar SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT)
  • How to use variables in T-SQL
  • How to deploy reports to the ConfigMgr Reporting Point

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... 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 →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

High Availability Options for ConfigMgr and SQL Server Always On Availability
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Adding to the material delivered in the SQL Server Always On Availability, this session will go deeper on:
- Site Server HA (High Availability)
- Remote Site Server Content Library
- Report Server and HA
- What Reference Architecture(s) should you consider?
- MSIT - Lessons learned (architecture, deployment, etc.)

What you will learn:
  • Learn more about ConfigMgr Site server HA and futures.
  • What do you need to know about other roles (such as Report Server) and HA
  • Learn how MSIT is handling these challenges at scale!

Speakers
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a PM in Configuration Manager and Intune product teams, I am mainly responsible content distribution scenarios for both products (Delivery Optimization, peer cache, BranchCache, DPs etc.) | I also own the following features/scenarios: Updates and Servicing, scenarios dealing... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Microsoft MVP, Practice Lead Softchoice, 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 release... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

1:00pm

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

Description:
This is part two of two MMS sessions covering the complete Microsoft Enterprise Mobility Security Suite. Gerry and Peter will take you by the hand and cover all aspects of managing mobile devices and workstations the modern way. Identity is covered in part one of this series so, in this session, we’ll focus on data protection, which is vital when considering modern management.

What you will learn:
  • How to secure your identities and data.
  • See migration techniques.
  • Learn some top tips and tricks from real life experience
  • Learn the “dos and don'ts” of an EMS implementation

Make sure that you have your questions ready for the Q&A.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Principal Consultant, Daalmans Consulting
Peter is a freelance Consultant at Daalmans Consulting with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded every year since 2012 as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Gerry Hampson

Gerry Hampson

Microsoft MVP, Senior Consultant, Ergo Group
Gerry is a Senior Consultant for Ergo Group based in Dublin, Ireland and is a specialist in Microsoft consultancy and implementations, particularly in the area of enterprise client management. He has co-authored a number of books on System Center Configuration Manager, most recently... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

The Grand Battle of Windows 10 Management: Group Policy vs MDM
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
The old champion of settings management; Group Policy, is challenged by a new contender Modern Device Management (MDM) for Windows 10 environments. Group Policy has been around for ages and everyone knows how to utilize it. During the session we will compare how you can accomplish different Windows 10 settings management related administrative tasks with two different environments: Azure AD joined device managed by Microsoft Intune vs on-prem AD joined device managed by Group Policy. In this talk, led by Panu Saukko, you’ll see some demonstrations of both Group Policy and MDM, to explain how to perform the same task and maybe learn a new trick with some old tech, maybe just a new trick!  We’ll bust some myths around Windows 10 MDM and how it handles settings management in a cloud environment. Can you actually accomplish the most requested Group Policy features with MDM?  To help answer these questions, Panu has invited Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy and management MVP to help give his commentary during the talk and demos; so all sides are represented. By the time Panu is done, you’ll learn about the strengths and shortcomings of the “old guy Group Policy” and “new kid on the block MDM” when managing Windows 10 settings. 

What you will learn:
  • In this 1-on-1 battle session you will learn the strengths and limitations of managing Windows 10 settings with both Group Policy and MDM.
  • You will learn how to effectively utilize Microsoft Intune’s settings management
  • The session will contain lots of demos and notes from the field.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Moskowitz

Jeremy Moskowitz

Founder and CTO, Microsoft MVP, PolicyPak and GPanswers.com
Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP is founder of GPanswers.com and PolicyPak Software. Since becoming one of the world's first MCSEs, he has performed Active Directory, and Group Policy planning and implementations for some of the nation's largest organizations. His latest book is... Read More →
avatar for Panu Saukko

Panu Saukko

Senior Consultant/Trainer, Microsoft MVP, ProTrainIT Oy
I'm a consultant/trainer at ProTrainIT, Finland with over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies as a MCT and a MVP for 13 years. My main focus is Microsoft’s on-prem and cloud management products. | | I love to follow basketball (NBA & other leagues). And do... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

1:00pm

Adaptiva: Top Tools and Technologies for Accelerating Your Windows 10 Deployments
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Are you rolling out Windows 10? In this session, Adaptiva will demonstrate some of the best-in-class Microsoft technologies, community tools, and peer-to-peer products that ConfigMgr admins can use to speed Windows 10 deployments at scale. Whether you are in the planning, deployment, or maintenance phase of Windows 10, this session will deliver useful tools and techniques to take the stress out of your OS deployments.

What you will learn:
  • Discover readily available community tools for automated BIOS to UEFI conversion, application migration, software license management, and more.
  • Gain expert tips on how to maximize ConfigMgr capabilities for OS deployments and implement top Windows 10 security features.
  • Learn ways to leverage peer-to-peer technologies to reduce the cost and network impact of Windows 10 deployments and automate endpoint security.
Update:  Attend for a chance to win an Amazon Echo Show and other prizes!

Moderators
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... Read More →
avatar for Ami Casto

Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft MVP, Adaptiva
I am Adaptiva's very shiny technical evangelist, and I travel the world to talk to people about Windows 10 and systems management. I speak at conferences such as Experts Live US, MMS, Ignite, and IT/Dev Connections. I run the Naperville System Center User Group (@NSCUG_IL) along with... Read More →

Tuesday May 15, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Harriet

3:00pm

First Steps to Securing Your Scripts.
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Security through obscurity is only effective if no one is looking. This session will touch on the complicated world of IT security, secure coding best practices and provide resources for more advanced data security with a focus on PowerShell. We'll show with a few steps, we can eliminate the low hanging fruit that can compromise our organizations.

What you will learn:
  • Identify key pitfalls that everyone should be avoiding.
  • An overview of PowerShell security settings and when to use them.
  • Examples of how to leverage the .net stack to encrypt data.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Scripter

Jeff Scripter

Application Systems Engineer, Big Bank
Results-oriented innovator and effective communicator with an interest in automating systems and processes to create solutions tailored to the needs of an organization.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Process Automation: Moving from System Center to the 21st century
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
If you haven't found a compelling reason to move on from System Center Orchestrator as your automation platform, your time has come! In this session, we'll demonstrate production-ready solutions for automating a number of common processes many customers are still doing in Orchestrator, leveraging a variety of modern tools and methods. Solutions will showcase anything from Azure Automation to Logic Apps, and even native Azure Active Directory features you may not be aware of. The result, modern...and shockingly simple solutions for automating a variety of solutions from user lifecycle management, to application outages, and resource provisioning.

What you will learn:
  • Review / Demo for the various options for automation within Azure
  • Advanced use-cases / best practices for Azure Automation
  • Real examples of user lifecycle management, to application outages, and resource provisioning.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Microsoft MVP, STEALTHbits
Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a Techincal Product Manager for STEALTHbits Technologies. When Lee is now building CyberSecurity Monitoring Software in his day-job, He is active in managing and presenting at user groups, meetups, and conferences around... Read More →
avatar for Peter Zerger

Peter Zerger

Microsoft MVP, Lumagate
Pete is an author, speaker, and 13-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has been a speaker at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite and Experts Live. He has authored several books, including... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

3:00pm

Wait, I Wrote That?!
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
No one started as an expert. Come join the presenters as they show you early PowerShell code they wrote when they were just starting out and how it can be improved today. You'll learn about common pitfalls to new scripters and how to get around them.

What you will learn:
  • Learn about scopes and why $Global isn't always your friend
  • Learn when functions should be used
  • Where should we store our scripts
  • When should I test with Pester?
Code samples here:
https://github.com/Ryan2065/WaitIWroteThat

Speakers
avatar for Fred Bainbridge

Fred Bainbridge

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
IT Automation junkie. Mostly focused on Automated the world with .NET.
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Microsoft MVP, Operations Engineer, Big Bank
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.


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

3:00pm

A World Without IT Silos and Proper Management Focus...Let's Go!
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Robert and John 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

Microsoft MVP, Sumnerv
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 Cloud and... Read More →
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John Joyner

Microsoft MVP, Senior Director, Technology, AccountabilIT
John is a 11-year Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management specialty and co-author of four books in the industry-standard series: System Center Operations Manager Unleashed. He is Senior Director, Technology at AccountabilIT, a pioneer in the managed services provider... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

3:00pm

Architecting Enterprise-Ready Networking in Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In this session, learn from Peter De Tender, freelance Microsoft Cloud Platform Architect / Trainer / Azure MVP (2013-2018) and passionate speaker, what different building blocks Azure offers you for architecting an enterprise-ready networking topology. Starting from the basic Azure VNet concepts, Peter will quickly move over to more complex designs of isolated subnets, how network communication between multiple Azure regions works, what are Network Security Groups, explaining the different built-in load balancing solutions available today and how a hybrid integration with your on-premises datacenter could be set up. Ending the session with some best practices when integrating Azure PaaS solutions into the network stack. And as usual in Peter’s sessions, all this spiced up with experiences from the field, passion and lots of demos.

What you will learn:
  • What is Azure Virtual Networking and what has it to offer
  • Deploying Azure VNets with all possible settings and configs
  • Integrating Azure VNets with your existing hybrid on-premises network topology
  • having fun, while learning

Speakers
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Sam Erskine

Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft MVP, Large Global Organization
Samuel Erskine has over 25 years' experience in the IT industry and is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect (Senior Manager) and author , focused on Cloud technologies with a core competency in Microsoft Azure. Samuel is the content designer and lead author of 4 Microsoft System... Read More →
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Peter De Tender

Architect & Trainer, PDTIT
Peter has 20 years of professional expertise in the Microsoft Infrastructure segment, with a main focus on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365,...) After working for some of the top Microsoft partners in Belgium, Peter started his own business... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

Monitoring Azure PaaS
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Your DevOps team has built a new app on Azure PaaS. They have come to you and need help monitoring all the moving parts. Uh-Oh! How do you proceed? What options do you have? Azure has so many monitoring tools what can and should you use? Come to this session for a deep dive with Cameron Fuller and Steve Buchanan to learn how you can leverage out of the box monitoring tools on Azure to monitor applications built on PaaS in Azure.

What you will learn:
  • How to monitor PaaS services in Azure like web apps, and SQL as a Service.
  • A best practice look at the monitoring options available in Azure.
  • How to run real world tests on PaaS applications to gain insight via telemetry.
  • How to bring data from monitoring tools like app insights, OMS, Azure monitor, security center, and Azure advisor into a single customized dashboard.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Microsoft MVP, Group Manager - Cloud Transformation/DevOps, Accenture/Avanade
Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Avanade/Accenture, a 7-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 18+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure... Read More →
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Cameron Fuller

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


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Firelake

3:00pm

A Day in the Life of an OSD Guru!
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Description:
Join Johan Arwidmark and Ami Casto in a scintillating session taking you through the mind of an OSD guru. Consider this the Vulcan mind meld of Windows 10 OSD. With many options on deploying an operating system these days, it’s hard to know which option is the best for your organization. Bring your questions and walk away feeling ready to take on your toughest OSD challenges

What you will learn:
  • Modern and Traditional deployment methods (define them for you, so you at least know what everybody is talking about)
  • What we’ve seen and what actually works
  • Help you understand when and where to customize your Windows 10 deployments
  • Save you time and headache by going over best practices for traditional and modern deployments

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. In addition to his consulting role, Johan present trainings and speaks at several conferences... Read More →
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Ami Casto

Technical Evangelist, Microsoft MVP, Adaptiva
I am Adaptiva's very shiny technical evangelist, and I travel the world to talk to people about Windows 10 and systems management. I speak at conferences such as Experts Live US, MMS, Ignite, and IT/Dev Connections. I run the Naperville System Center User Group (@NSCUG_IL) along with... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

OMG what is GDPR?
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
GDPR is nearly here! GDPR only for Europeans? Think again! If you have an office in EU you need to be compliant as well!  What’s GDPR? How am I going to be compliant? With Microsoft tools of course! Join this session to find out how you can easily implement the necessary changes in your environment to avoid any breaches and penalties.  Come in with a lot of questions and leave with the answers needed to get you going down the path of compliancy with GDPR.

What you will learn:
  • Understanding GDPR
  • Identify tools to be compliant
  • General insight concerning personal data

Speakers
avatar for Florent Appointaire

Florent Appointaire

Cloud Architect / Microsoft MVP, DevoTeam CloudOps
Florent Appointaire is working @ DevoTeam VloudOps, as freelance, in Belgium. | He has 7 years of experiences in IT and speaks in some events like aOS, SCUG events, MMSMOA 2018, ELEU 2018, etc.. | | He is MVP Cloud and Datacenter from 3 times now and he is MCSE Private Cloud... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Wijckmans

Dieter Wijckmans

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Dieter is an MVP for System Center Cloud and Data management.He 's been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. Recently he co-founded OB-V-US focusing on delivering high end consultancy to a wide variety of customers.He's an active member in his local Sysctr community and a... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Harriet

3:00pm

Windows 10 Customizations - 2018 Edition!! - Option 2
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Description:
Windows 10 comes with a lot of built-in apps that really are not suited for the enterprise! During this session we will go through what can be customized, what should be customized and what we shouldn't touch at all. Microsoft is investing a lot in this area to so we will cover the latest changes in behavior when doing upgrades, applocker and app uppdates. Don't make the same mistakes as many others, come to this session and learn about it!

What you will learn:
  • How to customize Windows 10
  • What not to customize
  • What will be the downside if you customize
  • Learn from our experience of what is a good Idea and what is not

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Customer Success Manager, Modern Workplace, Microsoft
Nash Pherson is a Customer Success Manager for Microsoft focused on Win 10 Enterprise, EMS/SCCM and Office 365. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nash was a systems management consultant and a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management.Nash's expertise is in organizational development... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

5:00pm

MMS Tips and Tricks Showcase!
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
This is YOUR opportunity to 'step up to the mic' and show your flare! Join this tips and tricks beer session to show off something you've created, enhanced, or taken to a new level (no vendor stuff please!!). We'll post a couple rules and submission process prior to the session.

What you will learn:
  • Learn about all the cool stuff that your peers are doing in Enterprise Management
  • Everyone has something to share, sometimes you just need to look around!
  • Have Fun!
Note that there will be Surface Book 2's given away.  Just showing us something gets you entered to win one of many!

Speakers
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

Microsoft MVP, CM Admin, Big Bank
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... Read More →


Tuesday May 15, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD
 
Wednesday, May 16
 

8:00am

ConfigMgr Product Team Q&A
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
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.

What you will learn:
  • Answers to whatever burning questions you and your friends have about Configuration Manager
  • Whether donuts are truly better than pies

Speakers
avatar for Maayan Bar-Niv

Maayan Bar-Niv

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal Program Manager at Microsoft
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Principal Content Developer, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a recovering program manager, now a technical writer with Microsoft in the enterprise client management product team working on Configuration Manager. Ask him about ConfigMgr docs, and how you can contribute. Other good topics of conversation... Read More →
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a PM in Configuration Manager and Intune product teams, I am mainly responsible content distribution scenarios for both products (Delivery Optimization, peer cache, BranchCache, DPs etc.) | I also own the following features/scenarios: Updates and Servicing, scenarios dealing... Read More →
avatar for David James

David James

Director Software Engineering, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Mobility and Management product team working on Configuration Manager and modernization of Windows 10 management through initiatives like co-management between Configuration Manager and Intune. He works on Office 365... Read More →
avatar for Tristan Scott

Tristan Scott

Principle PM Manager, Microsoft
Tristan Scott is a Principal PM Manager on the Microsoft Intune product team.
avatar for DC Tardy

DC 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 →
avatar for Rob York

Rob York

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
Program Manager for Configuration Manager at Microsoft including OSD and modernization of Windows management


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

8:00am

ConfigMgr-Anonymous - The Anonymous ConfigMgr Admins Meeting
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
These are their stories. Bring your ConfigMgr Pocket Diary, and listen to stories of what we've seen, heard and learned, as well as maybe a couple legends (remember, there's always a little bit of truth in legends). We are reminded that it's a good thing to learn from your mistakes. With ConfigMgr, we recommend to learn from other admin's mistakes when possible (they're much less painful for you that way). We'll also  have time in the Q&A to share your "friend's" stories too, so bring 'em!

What you will learn:
  • Nobody's perfect! It doesn't take much to land on the wrong side of the tracks.
  • How to mitigate/reduce damage, all the while being honest, and accurately quantifying the scope of the issue.
  • Best practices to prevent a RGE (Resume-Generating-Event)

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
Jason is an 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 Center... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

Patch Reporting: How Sure Are You?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Description:
Did you arrive at MMS last year bleary eyed from deploying WannaCry patches all night? How confident were you that all your devices were protected? In this session we'll dig deep into reporting on software updates so that you will be certain the next time. We'll review the built-in reports and discuss available alternatives. We'll also demo a custom dashboard in SSRS and how to use PowerBI for ad-hoc reports.

What you will learn:
  • How to define compliance for your organization.
  • Understand where the data is, what it means, and how to use it.
  • What PowerBI can bring to the table

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dam

Bryan Dam

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
I am the lead administrator for client management at a large Midwest supermarket using Configuration Manager. With a background in software development I have been developing and releasing solutions to common problems. I'm also active in the online support communities and most days... Read More →
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

8:00am

Right Tool for the Right Job: SOO MANY MANAGEMENT TOOLS !!
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
On-Prem. Cloud. On-Prem. CLOUD. ON-PREM !! It seems, maybe, that Microsoft cannot make up its mind about what tools you should be using. Actually: It did. Between Group Policy, ConfigMgr, Intune, MDM, Azure AD and other tools, how can we explain to our managers WHAT tools to use for what management task? Easy ! Come hear 15-year Group Policy and management MVP Jeremy Moskowitz, and come away knowing what management tool is the right one for what job, and how to EXPLAIN THAT to your manager. And, as a bonus you’ll have a second speaker “riding shotgun”: Panu Saukko will be on hand with Jeremy to help smooth out the edges and help explain some challenges with the toolsets (and mindsets!). Agreed: it's confusing. Let's get it all sorted out so your manager can understand WHY you're choosing which tool for what job !

What you will learn:
  • Too many tools, not enough time. Let's sort them out.
  • Cloud or On-Prem. You can make the call.
  • What's dead and what's not? Come and listen.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Moskowitz

Jeremy Moskowitz

Founder and CTO, Microsoft MVP, PolicyPak and GPanswers.com
Jeremy Moskowitz, Group Policy MVP is founder of GPanswers.com and PolicyPak Software. Since becoming one of the world's first MCSEs, he has performed Active Directory, and Group Policy planning and implementations for some of the nation's largest organizations. His latest book is... Read More →
avatar for Panu Saukko

Panu Saukko

Senior Consultant/Trainer, Microsoft MVP, ProTrainIT Oy
I'm a consultant/trainer at ProTrainIT, Finland with over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies as a MCT and a MVP for 13 years. My main focus is Microsoft’s on-prem and cloud management products. | | I love to follow basketball (NBA & other leagues). And do... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

8:00am

Microsoft Cybersecurity: Automating Incident Response
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
The only thing worse than a security breach is not being prepared to respond quickly. In this session, we will examine three real-world scenarios surrounding security compromises, and how we can automate endpoint evaluation and data collection surrounding the incident, and potentially even automate remediation of the breach itself. Join us as we explore how tools such as Azure Log Analytics and hybrid automation, in concert with the Graph API, Azure AD Connect and even ConfigMgr can all play a role in a strong cyber-defense strategy.

What you will learn:
  • Monitor Security Data using Operations Management Suite
  • Automation of Security / Threat related incidents with Azure
  • Automated remediation using Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Microsoft MVP, STEALTHbits
Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a Techincal Product Manager for STEALTHbits Technologies. When Lee is now building CyberSecurity Monitoring Software in his day-job, He is active in managing and presenting at user groups, meetups, and conferences around... Read More →
avatar for Peter Zerger

Peter Zerger

Microsoft MVP, Lumagate
Pete is an author, speaker, and 13-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has been a speaker at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite and Experts Live. He has authored several books, including... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

8:00am

Using Log Analytics and Azure Security Center to Improve Your Security Compliance
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Being compliant and safe is a hot topic these days! Let us show you where you can get that critical advantage in the security space for your company using OMS and Azure Security Center.

What you will learn:
  • OMS security assessments
  • Azure Security Center possibilities
  • How to combine security options

Speakers
avatar for Bob Cornelissen

Bob Cornelissen

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, BICTT
Bob is a Managing Consultant for BICTT and active in consultancy and training for Microsoft Server and System Center projects for clients worldwide ( www.bictt.com ). His specialization is SCOM and LogAnalytics and all products and versions around it. He is very much a community... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Wijckmans

Dieter Wijckmans

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Dieter is an MVP for System Center Cloud and Data management.He 's been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. Recently he co-founded OB-V-US focusing on delivering high end consultancy to a wide variety of customers.He's an active member in his local Sysctr community and a... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

10:00am

Making the Most of Azure Automation
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
A walk through into the world of Azure automation services. You may have heard a saying, "Automating is successfully telling a computer how to do what it was designed to do". This is how to put all those ‘doing’ pieces together in order to leverage python and powerShell runbooks. All things webhooks, Azure, OMS, hybrid, Linux, Windows.

What you will learn:
  • How to deploy on premise runbook workers on RHEL / Windows 2016 Core
  • Integrating webhooks for automation into your workflows
  • Logging: Azure automation account to a Log Analytics workspace
  • Integrating SCOM automatic recovery tasks into complex automation

Speakers
avatar for Eamon O'Reilly

Eamon O'Reilly

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal program manager working on Azure Functions focused on automating tasks across cloud and on-premises datacenters. Previously worked on Azure Automation.
avatar for Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks

Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started work in the entertainment industry, and then shifted to higher education. That was over 10 years ago, and I have now spent the past 4 years at the University of Minnesota working to provide all things Microsoft as a centrally provided service. Buzzwords to talk about... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

10:00am

Soup to Nuts of Azure Site Recovery
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Gone are the days of very expensive multi-million dollar disaster recovery solutions. Here are the days of the disaster recovery as a service in Azure known as Azure Site Recovery. Come hang out with Microsoft MVPs and backup/DR gurus Robert Hedblom and Steve Buchanan bring you through the soup to nuts of Azure Site Recovery.

What you will learn:
  • How to architect the failover of a multi-tier application
  • How recovery plans work
  • What it takes to get going with ASR
  • Best practices of a DRaaS solution

Speakers
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Microsoft MVP, Group Manager - Cloud Transformation/DevOps, Accenture/Avanade
Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Avanade/Accenture, a 7-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 18+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure... Read More →
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

Microsoft MVP, Sumnerv
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 Cloud and... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis A

10:00am

Configuring SQL Performance for System Center
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Optimal performance for SQL Server starts with proper configuration, design and implementation. Learn from industry experts how to properly configure your SQL Server Instance to work best with System Center applications.

What you will learn:
  • Tuning and optimization techniques
  • Important considerations for sizing your database for ConfigMgr, SCOM, VMM, and more
  • How to correct common misconfigurations

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Microsoft MVP, Practice Lead Softchoice, 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 release... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

Patching: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
While every organization strives for 100% patch compliance, few achieve it. In this session we'll discuss the obstacles to that goal and how to work around them. Be prepared to leave with a whole bag of fun tricks to try out when you get back to the office.

What you will learn:
  • An understanding of how WSUS works with ConfigMgr and why you should care.
  • How patching has changed and what it means for your update strategy.
  • Tools to help automate the tasks needed for a healthy patching environment.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dam

Bryan Dam

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
I am the lead administrator for client management at a large Midwest supermarket using Configuration Manager. With a background in software development I have been developing and releasing solutions to common problems. I'm also active in the online support communities and most days... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Ratliff

Daniel Ratliff

Lead Systems Engineer, Humana Inc.
Daniel Ratliff is a Lead Systems Engineer focusing on Enterprise Windows Administration and Modern Device Management. He loves working with technologies such as SCCM, OSD, and PowerShell while sharing their success with others. He frequents Twitter, /r/SCCM, WinAdmins Slack, and myITforum... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

10:00am

Windows 10 in Education?
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Windows 7 is still broadly used in educational environments. With 2020 coming up very fast, schools need to look at Windows 10. What brings Windows 10 for Education for us and about Windows 10 S? Learn during this session when to use what version, what the limitations are and how you are able to deploy, enroll and manage Windows 10 with Microsoft Intune for Education for your students and teachers.

What you will learn:
  • What is available for Windows 10 in Edu
  • Differences between Windows 10 S verus Windows 10 Edu
  • How Microsoft Intune for Edu can help you manage Windows 10

Speakers
avatar for Peter Daalmans

Peter Daalmans

Principal Consultant, Daalmans Consulting
Peter is a freelance Consultant at Daalmans Consulting with a primary focus on the System Center Configuration Manager and Enterprise Mobility. Peter is awarded every year since 2012 as a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP (Configuration Manager/Microsoft Intune/Enterprise Mobility... Read More →
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Customer Success Manager, Modern Workplace, Microsoft
Nash Pherson is a Customer Success Manager for Microsoft focused on Win 10 Enterprise, EMS/SCCM and Office 365. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nash was a systems management consultant and a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management.Nash's expertise is in organizational development... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

10:00am

Windows as a Service in the Enterprise Part 1
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Operating system deployments are tricky enough, now comes Windows 10 that needs to be upgraded frequently. Windows 10 Servicing has many challenges in the enterprise: huge payloads, application compatibility, useful reporting, and most challenging, end users! Mike, Keith and Gary will present on some of these challenges, and steps to prepare your environment for these biannual upgrades using pre-caching, app compatibility scans, custom reporting metrics, and auto remediation pre-assessments - or "WaaS in the Enterprise" as we like to call it. Part One of the Two-part series will focus on the principles and techniques behind the scenes that are part of the continual WaaS in the Enterprise architecture. This will include a detailed overview of the process flow, as well as setting up and configuring the WaaS framework using ConfigMgr.

What you will learn:
  • Gain better insight into forming your own Windows as a Service in the Enterprise
  • Ready to use sample scripts, task sequences, tips and tricks
  • Take away WaaS information and directly apply it to your own environments

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Real life experience with Petya and how you can “Guard” against today’s cyber attacks
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Learn what really happened with Petya and hear first hand what it is like to recover from a major destructive cyber attack.  Learn how to protect your environment from today’s cyberattacks with Configuration Manger and Intune.

What you will learn:
  • Credential hygiene is essential. Older operating systems cannot prevent credential theft in today's cyber attack environment
  • Petya only was active for one day and caused 100s of millions of dollars in damage.  Making sure your systems were patched was not enough to prevent Petya
  • Use management tools to configure and deploy many of the built in Security Features in Windows 10.  Learn how to begin to implement these in your environment.

Speakers
avatar for Julie Andreacola

Julie Andreacola

Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
I work in the client operating system space with an emphasis in helping customers move to Windows 10. Lot of work with SCCM, PowerShell, Windows Analytics and Windows Updates. I have a passion for user groups and mentoring to see others succeed. In my spare time, I love travel, good... Read More →
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

10:00am

1E: MVP Panel Discussion: Running Massively Complex Environments
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In this very different session, we are giving free reign to two highly respected IT leaders who together manage over 400K endpoints in different industry verticals. They will be sharing their experiences of running massively complex environments, and highlighting how they are using Config Manager and 1E solutions together. In addition, we will be sharing our latest research insights and technology roadmap for windows servicing automation and faster security threat response.

What you will learn:
  • How very large enterprises are deploying and patching applications, operating systems and other content safely and at scale
  • How to instantly investigate security and operational issues, and to remediate these issues for all endpoints in your organization
  • How to automate even your most complex Windows 10 migrations

Moderators
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Microsoft MVP, Catapult
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center and automation technologies. He has over 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Hudson

Matthew Hudson

Systems Engineer, Schlumberger, Microsoft MVP
Matthew Hudson has been involved in IT for almost 30 years.  He has worked as a computer consultant, in Public Universities and most recently in the Energy Sector.  He began working with Configuration Manager in 2005 and is currently a Microsoft MVP in Enterprise Mobility, awarded... Read More →
avatar for Sumir Karayi

Sumir Karayi

CEO, 1E
Sumir Karayi founded 1E in 1997 with the goal to drive down the cost of IT for organizations of all sizes by identifying and eliminating IT waste. Sumir pioneered PC power management, and leads 1E’s focus on enabling enterprises to Run IT For Less and has established a market-leading... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

Microsoft MVP, CM Admin, Big Bank
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... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for 1E

1E

Manager, 1E
1E is re-defining endpoint management. We believe that you win or lose at the endpoint: there is no room for compromise. 1E solutions help keep every endpoint secure and current with the latest software and applications. That’s every device in every location, fully automated, and in real-time. We also deliver instant endpoint detection and remediation at massive scale, minimizing risk for your business and impact... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet

10:00am

Whats new in Windows Server 2019 and System Center 1801 and 1802
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Join Mikael Nystrom and Johan Arwidmark in a session about the new features in Windows Server 2019 (RS3/RS4/RS5) and System Center 1801/1804/1805 as well as related features in Windows 10 1803. Features that will mean something to you. You will learn about updates in Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica, Networking, Windows Deployment, Management, Security Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, OpsMgr, ConfigMgr and other fun stuff. A smidge of related Azure and Operations Management topics are covered in this session as well. This will be a session full of live demos, tips and tricks.

What you will learn:
  • About new features in Windows Server 2019 
  • About new features in System Center 1801/1802/1804/1805
  • Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica, Networking, Windows Deployment, and RDS

Speakers
avatar for Johan Arwidmark

Johan Arwidmark

Microsoft MVP, Chief Technology Officer, TrueSec
Johan Arwidmark is the Chief Technology Officer with TrueSec. He is a consultant, author and all-around geek specializing in Systems Management and Enterprise Windows Deployment Solutions. In addition to his consulting role, Johan present trainings and speaks at several conferences... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Microsoft MVP, 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 Microsoft... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

11:00am

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity seats available

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Principal Content Developer, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a recovering program manager, now a technical writer with Microsoft in the enterprise client management product team working on Configuration Manager. Ask him about ConfigMgr docs, and how you can contribute. Other good topics of conversation... Read More →
avatar for Sam Erskine

Sam Erskine

Cloud Solution Architect, Microsoft MVP, Large Global Organization
Samuel Erskine has over 25 years' experience in the IT industry and is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect (Senior Manager) and author , focused on Cloud technologies with a core competency in Microsoft Azure. Samuel is the content designer and lead author of 4 Microsoft System... Read More →
avatar for Steven Hosking

Steven Hosking

Practice Lead - EUC, Vigilant.it, MVP
Having spent over 15 years in the IT industry primarily supporting and managing System Center products, I have continually been proven as passionate subject matter expert. Who was awarded the MVP from Microsoft in 2017 for Enterprise Mobility. He is the founder of the Sydney System... Read More →
avatar for Panu Saukko

Panu Saukko

Senior Consultant/Trainer, Microsoft MVP, ProTrainIT Oy
I'm a consultant/trainer at ProTrainIT, Finland with over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies as a MCT and a MVP for 13 years. My main focus is Microsoft’s on-prem and cloud management products. | | I love to follow basketball (NBA & other leagues). And do... Read More →
avatar for Manoj Shah

Manoj Shah

Technical Account Manager, Microsoft
In my current role as a Technical Account Manager, I take pride in supporting my customers and helping drive adoption of technologies within the Microsoft platform. Technologies that I am continuing to stay engaged in and passionate about are SCCM and Modern desktop management... Read More →
avatar for Peter De Tender

Peter De Tender

Architect & Trainer, PDTIT
Peter has 20 years of professional expertise in the Microsoft Infrastructure segment, with a main focus on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365,...) After working for some of the top Microsoft partners in Belgium, Peter started his own business... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Escape Room

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!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
TS

Travis Sobeck

Automation Engineer, University of MN
Over 10 years in IT primarily working in education ranging from small environments to currently employment at the U of MN. My current focus is process automation via PowerShell/Azure. Also on the board of the of the MN PowerShell Automation Group.

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cedar
  • Skill Level NoF

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
avatar for Andreas Sobczyk

Andreas Sobczyk

Senior Consultant, CTGlobal
Andreas is a Global Senior Consultant at CT Global, focusing Azure, Azure Stack, Software-Defined Datacenter & PowerShell. Also being co-founder of Cloud and Datacenter User Group Denmark, Andreas has over the last years committed himself to actively contribute to various communities... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA A
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Tim De Keukelaere

Tim De Keukelaere

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Tim is an Enterprise Mobility MVP and a managing consultant at OB-V-US, a consultancy firm based in Belgium. He has over 15 years of experience in the field and a deep focus on workplace and mobility. Tim is a board member of the System Center User Group in Belgium, an active community... Read More →
avatar for Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Director - EM MVP, Microsoft MVP, SMSMarshall
Robert is Director and Senior Consultant at SMSMarshall, and hails from London, England. He has been working around ConfigMgr full on since SMS2003 released, ultimately evolving into a self-described architect, authoring many exotic designs, and is into his 9th year as an EM MVP... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Microsoft MVP, 1E
I am a Microsoft MVP (Windows Insider) and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). | I am a Principal Solutions Engineer for 1E. I specialize in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. | | I have been working... Read More →
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal Services
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 Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Solutions and Product Manager, Now Micro
I am a systems management enthusiast by trade, passionate about automation and data reporting by training. End User experience expert with a specialty in modern device management. I have experience in managing and implementing build outs of Configuration Manager and Intune. I also... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD
  • Skill Level NoF

12:00pm

How to Use Social Media to Quickly Learn What you Need to Know on a Daily Basis
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Join us as we discuss Twitter, as well as other social sites to help you learn what you need to know daily. Also, be prepared to share your tips too!

What you will learn:
  • How to effectively use Tweetdeck to curate and organize information from Twitter
  • What are hashtags and how to use them to maximize your social media information
  • Use Twitter lists to develop groups of people who provide the information you need to know 
  • Learn about Facebook Groups, LinkedIn, Slack, WhatsApp and more for networking and communication
  • Learn some automation techniques and scheduling using  native tools, IFTTT and Buffer

Speakers
avatar for Julie Andreacola

Julie Andreacola

Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
I work in the client operating system space with an emphasis in helping customers move to Windows 10. Lot of work with SCCM, PowerShell, Windows Analytics and Windows Updates. I have a passion for user groups and mentoring to see others succeed. In my spare time, I love travel, good... Read More →
avatar for Harjit Dhaliwal

Harjit Dhaliwal

Microsoft MVP, Technical Evangelist, Tech Konnect
Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, SysAdmin, technology evangelist, social media influencer, professional photographer, aviation fanatic, Microsoft Ignite Roundtable, IT/Dev Connections Steering Committee, AFS USA volunteer.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA BC

12:00pm

MMS@Home - User Groups!
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Experience a mini MMS at home! This session is a great way to learn about local user-groups in your area. Join user group leaders and MVPs from around the globe as we talk about finding local groups, starting new user groups, resources available to all groups, and how to get sponsors to pay for it all. Already have a group? Come see how to grow your numbers and connect with other group leaders!

What you will learn:
  • Find existing groups in your area
  • Learn how to start a new group
  • Tools, resources, tips and tricks available to all groups
  • How to connect to other group leaders in your area

Speakers
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Leader, 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 Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently the in house Configuration Manager admin. I lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and dev activities around end... Read More →
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

Microsoft MVP, CM Admin, Big Bank
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... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Nokomis BC

12:30pm

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity seats available

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Principal Program Manager, System Center, Microsoft
Lead Program Manager on System Center OM, VMM, DPM, Orchestrator, Service Manager
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a PM in Configuration Manager and Intune product teams, I am mainly responsible content distribution scenarios for both products (Delivery Optimization, peer cache, BranchCache, DPs etc.) | I also own the following features/scenarios: Updates and Servicing, scenarios dealing... Read More →
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Microsoft MVP, Senior Director, Technology, AccountabilIT
John is a 11-year Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management specialty and co-author of four books in the industry-standard series: System Center Operations Manager Unleashed. He is Senior Director, Technology at AccountabilIT, a pioneer in the managed services provider... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
I'm an automation engineer who loves to write PowerShell and C# and have five years of experience in consulting servicing clients of every size. I've covered my exploits writing PowerShell for every API and service you can imagine on my blog FoxDeploy.com (I didn't say they were well-written... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Microsoft MVP, Enterprise Tools Strategist, Dell Technologies
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 a cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the Central Texas... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Microsoft MVP, Practice Lead Softchoice, 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 release... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks

Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started work in the entertainment industry, and then shifted to higher education. That was over 10 years ago, and I have now spent the past 4 years at the University of Minnesota working to provide all things Microsoft as a centrally provided service. Buzzwords to talk about... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Escape Room

1:00pm

Automation for Good - Using MS Technologies to Help with Emergencies
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Join Cameron and Donnie as they show you how your work can have major impact in your users everyday lives. Consume weather information in OMS to alert your fellow employees to major weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Send Flow notifications for unfortunate events like 'Active Shooter' and 'Lockdown' to your users so they can get to safety. Find the best evacuation routes from disaster areas using Azure Functions and available map APIs. This session will have examples that can have real impact on the safety of those around you.

What you will learn:
  • How to use available 3rd party APIs in various Microsoft tools to help ensure the safety of you, your coworkers, and those around you.
  • See how to build automations with Flow, Azure Functions, PowerShell, and OMS with minimal code.
  • Learn how to integrate tools like OMS, Flow, and Azure Functions with 3rd party tools easily.

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Microsoft MVP, Catapult
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center and automation technologies. He has over 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

1:00pm

Azure Automation in Production, Lessons Learned in the Field
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Take control of your Azure Automation environment(s)! All the tips and tricks we have learned in the field and from our own production environment to help you get a full 360 cycle for your automation. This session will guide you through from runbook design and templates, to using helper modules to more easily manage your or your customer's runbooks. Manage your runbooks using PowerShell or in combination with source control to setup a fully featured continuous delivery pipeline. Finally, we will show how to save up to three years of logs for a low cost using OMS and how to report using PowerBI for a great overview. Automate the Automation!

What you will learn:
  • Learn from experience rather than theory.
  • Pick up great techniques and skills for use in production
  • Adapt continuous delivery for your automation

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Sobczyk

Andreas Sobczyk

Senior Consultant, CTGlobal
Andreas is a Global Senior Consultant at CT Global, focusing Azure, Azure Stack, Software-Defined Datacenter & PowerShell. Also being co-founder of Cloud and Datacenter User Group Denmark, Andreas has over the last years committed himself to actively contribute to various communities... Read More →
avatar for Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Global Lead Developer, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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 provides me with... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

ITSM Tools and Log Analytics: The Perfect Integration
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
With the last Log Analytics solution, you can now integrate your ITSM solution (On-Prem or in the Cloud) with Log Analytics, to generate alerts directly in your ITSM tool. During this session, we will present the ITSM supported tools and show some cool demos.

What you will learn:
  • The power of Log Analytics with ITSM solutions
  • Automate your service desk
  • Increase your workflow automation processes

Speakers
avatar for Florent Appointaire

Florent Appointaire

Cloud Architect / Microsoft MVP, DevoTeam CloudOps
Florent Appointaire is working @ DevoTeam VloudOps, as freelance, in Belgium. | He has 7 years of experiences in IT and speaks in some events like aOS, SCUG events, MMSMOA 2018, ELEU 2018, etc.. | | He is MVP Cloud and Datacenter from 3 times now and he is MCSE Private Cloud... Read More →
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Microsoft MVP, Group Manager - Cloud Transformation/DevOps, Accenture/Avanade
Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Avanade/Accenture, a 7-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 18+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

ConfigMgr Inboxes A through Z
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
A typical A through Z sessions like we've done in the past with ConfigMgr Policies, Collections and State and Status messages. This time we'll dive deep into another core component of ConfigMgr, the Inboxes. ConfigMgr relies heavily on file-based triggers so knowing how to handle that will benefit every ConfigMgr Admin.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the inner workings of the ConfigMgr Inbox system
  • Manipulate Inbox files for personal gain & glory
  • Knowing which files are supposed to be in the Inboxes by default and which ones can be cleaned up

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Senior 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 and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related. This includes... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Configuration Manager Community Tools - 2018 Edition - Option 1
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Description:
This has become a tradition that we honor the best tools in the community for ConfigMgr at MMS! Configuration Manager has a great community, one of the best if you ask us! During this session we will highlight some of the new cool tools that are available in the ConfigMgr community. Using some of these tools in your daily work will hopefully save you time and make your life as a ConfigMgr admin easier.

What you will learn:
  • Learn about new community tools
  • Learn new ways of doing old tasks
  • Get tips on smart tools
  • Information about how others use tools

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Microsoft MVP, Operations Engineer, Big Bank
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

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

Secure your Windows 10 Endpoints Against Modern Threats with ConfigMgr and Intune
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
An overview of the latest progress in the Windows 10 protection stack and how the platform features like Windows Defender Application Guard and Windows Defender Exploit Guard can be configured and deployed with ConfigMgr and Intune. There will be demos!

What you will learn:
  • What security features are available in the latest Windows 10 release
  • Which features are relevant to your environment
  • How you can deploy these features with ConfigMgr or Intune
  • -

Speakers
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

Windows as a Service in the Enterprise Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In part two, we will be continuing where we left off in part one, as we dig deeper into content caching, compatibility scans, last minute pre-flight checks and the actual upgrade. We will present options for the phased rollout (UAT and then pilot to production), as well as communications examples to end users for an opt-in mentality (proactive) negating the needs for deferrals (reactive). And to ice the cake, we will show the improved reporting metrics that will make management happy and make you look good.

What you will learn:
  • Gain better insight into forming your own Windows as a Service in the Enterprise
  • Ready to use sample scripts, task sequences, tips and tricks
  • Ttake away this information and directly apply in your own environments

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

Automation for Evil
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Listen - you are an evil person at heart, you just don't have the tools to prove it yet! Join Donnie and Greg as they describe exactly how you get there. This session will show you exactly how you can automate your evil - using Flow to annoy your coworkers, PowerShell to bring down your network, key-log your boss, OMS to trigger nail-biting sounds, annoy anyone for any reason, and more! Lots of great code, uncommon APIs, good laughs, and more! For evil, of course. Expect to be Rick-Rolled.

What you will learn:
  • Learn how you can automate pretty much anything you want with little effort using PowerShell, Power Apps, Azure Functions, OMS and Flow
  • Multi-threaded PowerShell, OMS integration with automation, and exactly what you can accomplish with a camera and a little motivation
  • Discover uncommon and publicly accessible APIs
  • Will Greg show up wearing devil horns or a curly mustache? Only one way to find out!

Speakers
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Microsoft MVP, Enterprise Tools Strategist, Dell Technologies
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 a cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the Central Texas... Read More →
avatar for Donnie Taylor

Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

3:00pm

Azure Automation and OMS: The Saga Continues
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Many users have looked at Azure Automation as almost isolated Azure service and wanted better integration with OMS. They want automation runbooks to become a part of OMS solutions, and better logging within Log Analytics for Automation tasks. The days of waiting are over. We can now get OMS solutions created by Microsoft based on Automation runbooks and DSC configurations (or we can create our own, custom solutions). With new Update Management, Change Tracking, and Inventory solutions and support for Python runbooks, it's very clear that the position of Azure Automation has changed and it's now a foundational capability required to deliver end to end management across hybrid clouds running Windows Server and Linux.

What you will learn:
  • Benefits of using OMS and Azure Automation together
  • How to deploy custom solutions
  • How to get various Azure Automation logs in OMS

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandar Nikolic

Aleksandar Nikolic

Microsoft MVP, Trainer, PowerShell Magazine
Aleksandar Nikolic is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a Microsoft Azure MVP, a co-founder of PowerShellMagazine.com, and a community manager of PowerShell.com. Aleksandar is also a Microsoft Azure Advisor and Insider. Aleksandar is experienced presenting and speaking to Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Peter Zerger

Peter Zerger

Microsoft MVP, Lumagate
Pete is an author, speaker, and 13-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has been a speaker at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite and Experts Live. He has authored several books, including... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis A

3:00pm

PowerShell, Your Technology Cloverleaf!
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
How many times have you had to pull data from different sources, only to end up editing it manually using Excel or Access? It's slow, it's frustrating, and cumbersome. If you interact with multiple Microsoft technologies like SharePoint, SQL, SSRS, ConfigMgr, or Orchestrator come to this session to learn how to interface with them all using PowerShell. Parse a SSRS report, Update a SharePoint list, run an Orchestrator runbook, and tons more. You will leave this session with the script examples to do it all!

What you will learn:
  • Gathering data from Microsoft technologies
  • Editing data within Microsoft technologies
  • Building reports from data within Microsoft technologies

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dam

Bryan Dam

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
I am the lead administrator for client management at a large Midwest supermarket using Configuration Manager. With a background in software development I have been developing and releasing solutions to common problems. I'm also active in the online support communities and most days... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Ratliff

Daniel Ratliff

Lead Systems Engineer, Humana Inc.
Daniel Ratliff is a Lead Systems Engineer focusing on Enterprise Windows Administration and Modern Device Management. He loves working with technologies such as SCCM, OSD, and PowerShell while sharing their success with others. He frequents Twitter, /r/SCCM, WinAdmins Slack, and myITforum... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

3:00pm

Offering ConfigMgr as a Service, or Why I Drink
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
At the University of Minnesota, we run a single primary site and offer it as a service to 75 various departments to allow them to manage their own devices. In this session we’ll talk about how we make this work for 20,000 clients, each with their own clients, collections, applications, and task sequences

What you will learn:
  • How we use scoping and role based access (RBA) to isolate departments
  • How we mandate patching on all clients
  • How we migrated it all to a brand new site
  • How to overwhelm the unknown computer deployment.

Moderators
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

Microsoft MVP, CM Admin, Big Bank
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... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Peter Bajurny

Peter Bajurny

Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started life as a Solaris admin, but one week my coworker was out of the office and something needed to be deployed... | | Eight years later I'm responsible for building and maintaining a ConfigMgr infrastructure to support 20,000 at the University of Minnesota
avatar for Jeff Bolduan

Jeff Bolduan

Windows Engineer, University of Minnesota
My name is Jeff Bolduan and I currently work for the University of Minnesota as a computer management administrator. I've been working in IT for 12 years starting in college working summer internships. My interest in computer management started while working an internship with a fortune... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

Staying Current with Windows and Office using EMM
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Learn how you can leverage ConfigMgr’s new Phased Deployment functionality and tools like Windows Analytics to keep Windows and Office up to date.

What you will learn:
  • What is a Phased Deployment
  • How can I simplify my deployment processes?
  • How can Windows Analytics help me get to Windows 10 and stay current?

Speakers
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Mobility and Management product team working on Configuration Manager and modernization of Windows 10 management through initiatives like co-management between Configuration Manager and Intune. He works on Office 365... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Windows 10 OS Deployment - MVP Showcase - Option 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
During this session we will showcase our best tips and tweak for deploying Windows 10. How do we use nested task sequences to get the most out of this new feature, and much more will be answered during this session.

What you will learn:
  • Tips for more efficient OSD
  • How to use nested task sequences
  • Real world samples from the best in the world

Speakers
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →
avatar for Mikael Nystrom

Mikael Nystrom

Microsoft MVP, 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 Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

Credential Theft: What You Don't Know WILL Hurt You
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
How do attackers compromise credentials? What happens when an attacker compromises credentials? How can you protect your environment? These are all questions you need to be asking if your organization is utilizing the cloud. Come learn from two cloud identity security experts on what exactly you need to know. We'll start by showing the most common attack vectors for credential theft, and demonstrate just how easy it is to steal credentials. Then we'll demonstrate how attackers can use a single account to spread and entrench themselves in your environment. Most importantly, we'll show how you can detect, protect, and react to these threats and vulnerabilities in the cloud. Using tools as simple as Azure AD reporting to as complicated as Cloud App Security, you'll walk away with the knowledge to prevent these threats.

What you will learn:
  • How credential theft happens
  • What damage credential theft can casue
  • How to prevent and react to credential theft

Speakers
avatar for Kenny Buntinx

Kenny Buntinx

Microsoft MVP, Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Kenny is a highly qualified , certified and energized consultant working for OB-V-US Benelux with more than 15 years of experience and strives to always deliver high quality when managing and delivering projects. He has a strong focus on the Microsoft System Center product family... Read More →
avatar for Max Fritz

Max Fritz

Modern Workplace TSP, Microsoft
Max is a Modern Workplace TSP at Microsoft. He focuses on improving collaboration and simplifying implementation, and has worked with the Microsoft cloud for the past seven years. He is a self-proclaimed geek, passionate about a broad range of messaging and collaboration tools and... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Nokomis BC

3:00pm

Microsoft: Windows Analytics –Your Secret Weapon for Modern Management is Data
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Make better decisions by surfacing the data with Windows Analytics! You will be shocked at how easily traditional IT managers can be transformed into Modern Management advocates if you just show them the data. Windows 10 upgrades every 6 months and your Windows XP style ‘testing’ isn’t keeping up? Of course not! But you’ve got all the data you need to figure out what really matters for testing (and what doesn’t) with Upgrade Readiness. You’d keep your drivers up to date if you had any idea how many blue screens and application crashes your employees deal with each day, which Device Health will show you. You know all that effort you spend on patching each month? Update Compliance will show if the effort is actually getting the job done (hint: for most organizations, it’s not). Come to learn and share your feedback with Rama Shastri, Microsoft’s Principal Program Manager over the Windows Analytics team.

What you will learn:
  • Microsoft’s s Windows Analytics strategy for helping IT deliver a Modern Workplace
  • What’s new and what’s coming for Windows Analytics
  • Surviving the move to the Azure Portal
  • How to help shape the Windows Analytics roadmap

Speakers
avatar for Nash Pherson

Nash Pherson

Customer Success Manager, Modern Workplace, Microsoft
Nash Pherson is a Customer Success Manager for Microsoft focused on Win 10 Enterprise, EMS/SCCM and Office 365. Prior to joining Microsoft, Nash was a systems management consultant and a Microsoft MVP for Enterprise Client Management.Nash's expertise is in organizational development... Read More →
avatar for Manoj Shah

Manoj Shah

Technical Account Manager, Microsoft
In my current role as a Technical Account Manager, I take pride in supporting my customers and helping drive adoption of technologies within the Microsoft platform. Technologies that I am continuing to stay engaged in and passionate about are SCCM and Modern desktop management... Read More →

Sponsors
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Microsoft

Microsoft
It's why you're here!  New for this year, we will staff a booth in the expo.  Look for MVPs and PFE's to help answer questions there.


Wednesday May 16, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

5:00pm

Monitor and Shape Your World with Log Analytics
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
This OMS suite is just useful for work stuff, right? Still not looking outside the box on the capabilities of Log Analytics? Well prepare to be dazzled! This session will be packed with real life scenarios that demonstrate the versatile power of Log Analytics as your one stop insight-generating machine. Step out of the boundaries of your office and explore the world outside! See how easy it is to get the data and monitor your world with Log Analytics! The possibilities are virtually endless so start introducing them in your environment and apps as well. Come in with doubt whether it can be done, leave with the knowledge it can!

What you will learn:
  • Think outside the Quadrilateral Parallelogram with this session on how to go beyond the obvious uses of Log Analytics
  • Find out how we are trying to save the planet and save some cash while doing it
  • Create insights with Log Analytics and even get a preview of the future
  • See how to introduce these ideas into your business and be amazed what Log Analytics can do for you!

Speakers
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Microsoft MVP, Catapult
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center and automation technologies. He has over 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Wijckmans

Dieter Wijckmans

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Dieter is an MVP for System Center Cloud and Data management.He 's been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. Recently he co-founded OB-V-US focusing on delivering high end consultancy to a wide variety of customers.He's an active member in his local Sysctr community and a... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
MTKA BC

5:00pm

ConfigMgr Quiz Show
Limited Capacity seats available

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 ConfigMgr 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 ConfigMgr
  • That incredible feeling of being part of a family, dare I say pack, of ConfigMgr enthusiasts.
  • The joy of having been entertained for the better part of an hour
  • The chance to be known as the Ultimate MMS 2018 Rock, Paper Scissor champion for the rest of your life

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →
avatar for Kim Oppalfens

Kim Oppalfens

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD

6:30pm

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity filling up

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Florent Appointaire

Florent Appointaire

Cloud Architect / Microsoft MVP, DevoTeam CloudOps
Florent Appointaire is working @ DevoTeam VloudOps, as freelance, in Belgium. | He has 7 years of experiences in IT and speaks in some events like aOS, SCUG events, MMSMOA 2018, ELEU 2018, etc.. | | He is MVP Cloud and Datacenter from 3 times now and he is MCSE Private Cloud... Read More →
avatar for Peter Bajurny

Peter Bajurny

Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started life as a Solaris admin, but one week my coworker was out of the office and something needed to be deployed... | | Eight years later I'm responsible for building and maintaining a ConfigMgr infrastructure to support 20,000 at the University of Minnesota
avatar for Max Fritz

Max Fritz

Modern Workplace TSP, Microsoft
Max is a Modern Workplace TSP at Microsoft. He focuses on improving collaboration and simplifying implementation, and has worked with the Microsoft cloud for the past seven years. He is a self-proclaimed geek, passionate about a broad range of messaging and collaboration tools and... Read More →
avatar for Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Principal Program Manager, System Center, Microsoft
Lead Program Manager on System Center OM, VMM, DPM, Orchestrator, Service Manager
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Tim De Keukelaere

Tim De Keukelaere

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Tim is an Enterprise Mobility MVP and a managing consultant at OB-V-US, a consultancy firm based in Belgium. He has over 15 years of experience in the field and a deep focus on workplace and mobility. Tim is a board member of the System Center User Group in Belgium, an active community... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Former Microsoft ECM MVP, App Engineer, Big Bank
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.
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal Services
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 Manoj Shah

Manoj Shah

Technical Account Manager, Microsoft
In my current role as a Technical Account Manager, I take pride in supporting my customers and helping drive adoption of technologies within the Microsoft platform. Technologies that I am continuing to stay engaged in and passionate about are SCCM and Modern desktop management... Read More →
avatar for Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Global Lead Developer, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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 provides me with... Read More →
avatar for Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Solutions and Product Manager, Now Micro
I am a systems management enthusiast by trade, passionate about automation and data reporting by training. End User experience expert with a specialty in modern device management. I have experience in managing and implementing build outs of Configuration Manager and Intune. I also... Read More →
avatar for Peter Zerger

Peter Zerger

Microsoft MVP, Lumagate
Pete is an author, speaker, and 13-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has been a speaker at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite and Experts Live. He has authored several books, including... Read More →

Wednesday May 16, 2018 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Escape Room

8:00pm

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity filling up

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Peter Bajurny

Peter Bajurny

Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started life as a Solaris admin, but one week my coworker was out of the office and something needed to be deployed... | | Eight years later I'm responsible for building and maintaining a ConfigMgr infrastructure to support 20,000 at the University of Minnesota
avatar for Aaron Czechowski

Aaron Czechowski

Principal Content Developer, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a recovering program manager, now a technical writer with Microsoft in the enterprise client management product team working on Configuration Manager. Ask him about ConfigMgr docs, and how you can contribute. Other good topics of conversation... Read More →
avatar for Cameron Fuller

Cameron Fuller

Microsoft MVP, Catapult
System Center MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, is a Solution Director for Catapult Systems and serves as an Evangelist for System Center and automation technologies. He has over 20 years of infrastructure experience, focused on management solutions. Cameron coauthored a number... Read More →
avatar for Jenny Hunter

Jenny Hunter

Program Manager, Azure Automation, Microsoft
Jenny works for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Azure. On the Azure Automation team, she leads the Change Tracking and Inventory feature sets.
avatar for Brian Mason

Brian Mason

Microsoft MVP, CM Admin, Big Bank
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... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
avatar for Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks

Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started work in the entertainment industry, and then shifted to higher education. That was over 10 years ago, and I have now spent the past 4 years at the University of Minnesota working to provide all things Microsoft as a centrally provided service. Buzzwords to talk about... Read More →


Wednesday May 16, 2018 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Escape Room
 
Thursday, May 17
 

8:00am

Modern Enterprise Automation - Leveraging Bots and Serverless Computing to Streamline Business Processes and Prevent Information Loss
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
It's 2018, and automation within the Microsoft stack is about a lot more than just PowerShell. Serverless computing has been growing in popularity, and Azure Functions and Azure Logic Apps are very powerful serverless options that are improving very rapidly. The Microsoft Bot Framework provides additional capabilities that allow you to build an interactive, smart experience for your organization to make sure certain tasks are completed while removing some tedious work that you and your peers would otherwise like to avoid. This demo-heavy session will introduce to some of these technologies, and demonstrate how you can leverage bots with Microsoft Teams and serverless computing to streamline business processes and prevent information loss at the same time.

What you will learn:
  • Serverless computing is an awesome capability for automation of any platform or service.
  • Bots can provide an important integration point between automated solutions and individuals in your organization.
  • For today's automation needs, PowerShell is just one of many tools you need in your toolbelt.

Speakers
avatar for Lee Berg

Lee Berg

Microsoft MVP, STEALTHbits
Lee is a Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management and a Techincal Product Manager for STEALTHbits Technologies. When Lee is now building CyberSecurity Monitoring Software in his day-job, He is active in managing and presenting at user groups, meetups, and conferences around... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Nokomis BC

8:00am

PowerShell Techniques for Working with Large Data Sets
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Standard PowerShell commands, objects, and techniques do not scale well. When working with tens or hundreds of thousands of objects, the performance tradeoffs inherent in standard techniques grow exponentially. Learn unintuitive techniques for working with large data sets that improve performance by up to a factor of 40. Rewrite your long running scripts to finish in minutes instead of hours.

What you will learn:
  • A deep understanding of scalability in PowerShell
  • Speed techniques using arraylists to build collections, hashtables as indexes, hashsets for deduplication
  • Performance optimization tests and hard numbers showing dramatic improvements

Speakers
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
I'm an automation engineer who loves to write PowerShell and C# and have five years of experience in consulting servicing clients of every size. I've covered my exploits writing PowerShell for every API and service you can imagine on my blog FoxDeploy.com (I didn't say they were well-written... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA A

8:00am

The Azure Management Story
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Microsoft has a variety of Azure services that work together to provide complete management of your cloud and enterprise resources.  We'll start this session by contrasting the System Center generation of tools with our current generation of cloud tools.  We'll then  categorize those services, discuss how they interact with each other, and help you understand where management in Azure is headed. 

What you will learn:
  • The transition of Microsoft management tools from System Center to Azure.
  • Different areas of management and which Azure tools work together to address each.
  • Common functionality in Azure that can be leveraged across multiple management services.

Speakers
avatar for Eamon O'Reilly

Eamon O'Reilly

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal program manager working on Azure Functions focused on automating tasks across cloud and on-premises datacenters. Previously worked on Azure Automation.
avatar for Brian Wren

Brian Wren

Senior Content Developer & Monitoring Guru, Microsoft
Brian Wren is a Senior Content Developer with the Microsoft focusing on cloud management 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... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Cedar

8:00am

Configuration Manager Community Tools - 2018 Edition
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
This has become a tradition that we honor the best tools in the community for ConfigMgr at MMS! Configuration Manager has a great community, one of the best if you ask us! During this session we will highlight some of the new cool tools that are available in the ConfigMgr community. Using some of these tools in your daily work will hopefully save you time and make your life as a ConfigMgr admin easier.

What you will learn:
  • Learn about new community tools
  • Learn new ways of doing old tasks
  • Get tips on smart tools
  • Information about how others use tools

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Microsoft MVP, Operations Engineer, Big Bank
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

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes CD

8:00am

Keep ConfigMgr Clean! (Operating Smoothly, Clean, Efficient, Optimized) - Option 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Is your ConfigMgr environment clean and optimized? No? Get on it Timmy! Gary, Doug, and Mark will show you how to keep your environment running smoothly and efficiently. Optimal configuration, automated environment maintenance, collection evaluation performance, and the new Management Insights feature will all be covered to show you how to improve your environment.

What you will learn:
  • You will learn how to configure your environment for optimal performance, especially in terms of SQL, WSUS, IIS Settings, and more.
  • Find out how to automate your environment maintenance using native and 3rd party solutions.
  • See how to analyze and optimize your collection evaluation performance.
  • Learn about the new Management Insights feature within the ConfigMgr console and how it helps you keep your environment clean.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.
avatar for Doug Wilson

Doug Wilson

Solutions and Product Manager, Now Micro
I am a systems management enthusiast by trade, passionate about automation and data reporting by training. End User experience expert with a specialty in modern device management. I have experience in managing and implementing build outs of Configuration Manager and Intune. I also... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes A

8:00am

Certificates and PKI for System Admins
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Certificates and Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) provide the basis for security in our ever-shrinking, Internet connected world. Even with their importance though, most Windows and System Center administrators are afraid of and avoid PKI. Conceptually, neither are not very complicated and neither should be feared. This session will introduce foundational PKI concepts, how every administrator can easily deal with the certificates in their environment, and why PKI is not something to be feared. We'll also look at the pitfalls, traps, and headache inducing issues that do exist and how to avoid or resolve them.

What you will learn:
  • PKI is simple ... if you know what PKI is and does
  • Certificates are everywhere
  • PKI is your friend, PKI is all about Trust

Speakers
avatar for Jason Sandys

Jason Sandys

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
Jason is an 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 Center... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
Lakes B

8:00am

Deploying New Machines with Windows AutoPilot - Option 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
You've probably deployed new Windows PCs the same way for many years. With Windows AutoPilot, all of that changes, moving away from imaging and instead focusing on transforming new devices into business-ready PCs. In this session, we'll look at how Windows AutoPilot works, the scenarios that it supports, and what it takes for you to set it up yourselves.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the purpose and goals of Windows AutoPilot.
  • Learn how to set up Windows AutoPilot so that you can deploy your first device.
  • See the current and future features of Windows AutoPilot.

Speakers
avatar for Gerry Hampson

Gerry Hampson

Microsoft MVP, Senior Consultant, Ergo Group
Gerry is a Senior Consultant for Ergo Group based in Dublin, Ireland and is a specialist in Microsoft consultancy and implementations, particularly in the area of enterprise client management. He has co-authored a number of books on System Center Configuration Manager, most recently... Read More →
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 8:00am - 9:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

Azure Cloud Shell: Your Admin Machine for Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Azure Cloud Shell is an interactive, browser-based shell for managing Azure resources. Cloud Shell offers PowerShell and Bash experience today. You don't need to worry about installation of your tools and authentication to Azure. Microsoft maintains and updates Cloud Shell on your behalf with commonly used CLI tools. All you need is a browser and access to Azure. Join us to learn how to get the most from this new and exciting way to interact with Azure resources. Cloud Shell makes working in Azure Portal cool again. 

What you will learn:
  • Work locally with your scripts hosted in persistent Cloud Shell storage
  • How to use Cloud Shell from the comfort of Visual Studio Code
  • Learn about the roadmap of PowerShell in Cloud Shell

Speakers
avatar for Aleksandar Nikolic

Aleksandar Nikolic

Microsoft MVP, Trainer, PowerShell Magazine
Aleksandar Nikolic is a Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP, a Microsoft Azure MVP, a co-founder of PowerShellMagazine.com, and a community manager of PowerShell.com. Aleksandar is also a Microsoft Azure Advisor and Insider. Aleksandar is experienced presenting and speaking to Microsoft... Read More →
avatar for Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks

Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started work in the entertainment industry, and then shifted to higher education. That was over 10 years ago, and I have now spent the past 4 years at the University of Minnesota working to provide all things Microsoft as a centrally provided service. Buzzwords to talk about... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Cedar

10:00am

“You’re our next backup guy *tap on the back* good luck!”
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Someone walks in your office: “You’re our next backup guy, good luck!” So what to do next? Ever wondered how to design or setup the most optimal backup and restore solution for the real world? How about building a Disaster Recovery solution that actually works? You’re in luck! During this session Robert Hedblom (MVP) and Dieter Wijckmans (MVP) will present the concepts and importance of providing restore concepts and solutions that actually meets your company needs. Because what’s a good backup without a good restore solution?

What you will learn:
  • How to design an optimal backup and restore solution based on the Microsoft stack
  • How to design backup strategies for different workloads
  • How to identify your Business Services and how those differentiates from your IT Services
  • How to build restore scenarios

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

Microsoft MVP, Sumnerv
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 Cloud and... Read More →
avatar for Dieter Wijckmans

Dieter Wijckmans

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Dieter is an MVP for System Center Cloud and Data management.He 's been active in the IT industry for over 15 years. Recently he co-founded OB-V-US focusing on delivering high end consultancy to a wide variety of customers.He's an active member in his local Sysctr community and a... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis A

10:00am

IBCM vs CMG
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In the modern workplace users are mobile and expect to work from anywhere. The cloud management gateway allows IT to maintain control, compliance and inventory for those remote devices using no on-premise internet-facing infrastructure. This is a simpler, yet more secure, solution than a traditional IBCM implementation. When used in conjunction with Azure Active Directory we can have computers join ConfigMgr over the internet thereby eliminating the need for the computer to ever connect directly to the corporate network. We’ll cover the end to end process of installing a CMG and joining an Internet based client to ConfigMgr.

What you will learn:
  • What is the CMG and why you should use it
  • So why not just use Intune?
  • How to set it up

Speakers
avatar for Steven Hosking

Steven Hosking

Practice Lead - EUC, Vigilant.it, MVP
Having spent over 15 years in the IT industry primarily supporting and managing System Center products, I have continually been proven as passionate subject matter expert. Who was awarded the MVP from Microsoft in 2017 for Enterprise Mobility. He is the founder of the Sydney System... Read More →
avatar for John Marcum

John Marcum

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal Services
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.


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes A

10:00am

Microsoft Premier Field Engineers - Notes from the Field
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Find out what trends Microsoft PFEs are seeing and dive into a few examples of projects we have worked on recently (we'll even be giving you the files).

What you will learn:
  • Understand the current trends the local MSFT PFEs have been seeing
  • Trends in WSUS
  • CMG
  • A PowerShell UI to map applications between OSes and/or computers to assist in replace and refresh scenarios.
  • A PowerShell UI to manage and connect to DaRT sessions with DaRT registering with a database upon booting into WinPE

Speakers
avatar for Danny Guillory

Danny Guillory

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
With 17 years of experience as a customer, BEFORE coming to Microsoft. I have heald positions from Security Officer, IT Manager to IT Director. I have been working with Configuration Manager since 1999 when it was named System Management Server 2.0. I finished off my corporate career... Read More →
avatar for Curtis Ricard

Curtis Ricard

Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
I've been working with SMS/CM since SMS 2003 and have been a Microsoft PFE since 2016. I'm interested in Operating System Deployment, software distribution, software updates, automation, and co-management.
avatar for Manoj Shah

Manoj Shah

Technical Account Manager, Microsoft
In my current role as a Technical Account Manager, I take pride in supporting my customers and helping drive adoption of technologies within the Microsoft platform. Technologies that I am continuing to stay engaged in and passionate about are SCCM and Modern desktop management... Read More →
avatar for Ken Wygant

Ken Wygant

Sr Premier Field Engineer, Microsoft
Technology and car geek, usually found at the computer or in the garage. When time allows, will be at the cabin in the U.P. of MI.


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes B

10:00am

Patching: What Could Possibly Go Wrong? - Option 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
While every organization strives for 100% patch compliance, few achieve it. In this session we'll discuss the obstacles to that goal and how to work around them. Be prepared to leave with a whole bag of fun tricks to try out when you get back to the office.

What you will learn:
  • An understanding of how WSUS works with ConfigMgr and why you should care.
  • How patching has changed and what it means for your update strategy.
  • Tools to help automate the tasks needed for a healthy patching environment.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Dam

Bryan Dam

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
I am the lead administrator for client management at a large Midwest supermarket using Configuration Manager. With a background in software development I have been developing and releasing solutions to common problems. I'm also active in the online support communities and most days... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Ratliff

Daniel Ratliff

Lead Systems Engineer, Humana Inc.
Daniel Ratliff is a Lead Systems Engineer focusing on Enterprise Windows Administration and Modern Device Management. He loves working with technologies such as SCCM, OSD, and PowerShell while sharing their success with others. He frequents Twitter, /r/SCCM, WinAdmins Slack, and myITforum... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Lakes CD

10:00am

Windows as a Service in the Enterprise Part 1 - Option 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Operating system deployments are tricky enough, now comes Windows 10 that needs to be upgraded frequently. Windows 10 Servicing has many challenges in the enterprise: huge payloads, application compatibility, useful reporting, and most challenging, end users! Mike, Keith and Gary will present on some of these challenges, and steps to prepare your environment for these biannual upgrades using pre-caching, app compatibility scans, custom reporting metrics, and auto remediation pre-assessments - or "WaaS in the Enterprise" as we like to call it. Part One of the Two-part series will focus on the principles and techniques behind the scenes that are part of the continual WaaS in the Enterprise architecture. This will include a detailed overview of the process flow, as well as setting up and configuring the WaaS framework using ConfigMgr.

What you will learn:
  • Gain better insight into forming your own Windows as a Service in the Enterprise
  • Ready to use sample scripts, task sequences, tips and tricks
  • Take away WaaS information and directly apply it to your own environments

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA BC

10:00am

Post Breach Security from the Datacenter to the Desktop
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In today's online world cyberattacks are evolving faster than ever. Using sophisticated techniques attackers are targeting organizations in every industry and vertical. Is your organization ready to detect, respond and remediate in case of a security breach? In this session we will discuss Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics and Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection and show how these solutions can help protecting your business and avoid harm.

What you will learn:
  • Learn what UEBA is about
  • Learn how to implement and get started with Advanced Threat Analytics in your organization
  • Learn how to leverage Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection to detect and respond to threats to endpoints in your organization

Speakers
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →
avatar for Tim De Keukelaere

Tim De Keukelaere

Managing Consultant, OB-V-US
Tim is an Enterprise Mobility MVP and a managing consultant at OB-V-US, a consultancy firm based in Belgium. He has over 15 years of experience in the field and a deep focus on workplace and mobility. Tim is a board member of the System Center User Group in Belgium, an active community... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Nokomis BC

10:00am

Kollective: Minimizing ConfigMgr Delivery Times
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
John Wainwright and Sylvana Yelda will demonstrate how using advanced peering technologies with Config Manager yields superior results in comparison to traditional infrastructure options.

What you will learn:
  • Efficiently deliver content to the edges of the network
  • Ease workflows to achieve Windows as a Service
  • Discover options for reducing WAN bandwidth consumption and centralizing operations

Sponsors
avatar for Trevor Dolan

Trevor Dolan

Kollective
For over 15 years, the largest, most successful, global enterprises trust Kollective’s smart peer-to-peer technology to deliver live and on-demand videos. In preparation for the move towards Windows as a Service, Kollective now leverages its software-defined network to help businesses install the latest OS upgrades and vital security updates en masse, rapidly... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
Harriet

10:00am

SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups - Option 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Have you wondered about this SQL Always On Availability Group stuff? What is it? What considerations are involved in the design? How do you install it? Learn how can you use this to extend ConfigMgr high availability capabilities. Tips and tricks.

What you will learn:
SQL High Availability Opions
  • FCI vs Always On Availability Groups
  • Design considerations
  • Important capabilities
  • „„MS IT - Migrating ConfigMgr SQL Server to Azure
  • „Efficiently moving the CM DB to an Availability Group „
  • Lessons learned

Speakers
avatar for Benjamin Reynolds

Benjamin Reynolds

Senior Service Engineer, Microsoft
I have been working on MSIT's ConfigMgr instance for the past 8+ years. My expertise is on SQL Server (DBA, Reporting/BI) but also work on Asset Management (Software/Hardware Inventory, AI, and Software Metering). | On Twitter: @SqlBenjamin
avatar for Steve Thompson

Steve Thompson

Microsoft MVP, Practice Lead Softchoice, 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 release... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 10:00am - 11:45am
MTKA A

11:00am

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity filling up

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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 Garth Jones

Garth Jones

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Former Microsoft ECM MVP, App Engineer, Big Bank
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.
avatar for Jörgen Nilsson

Jörgen Nilsson

Microsoft MVP, Consultant, Onevinn AB
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 and delivers... Read More →
avatar for Panu Saukko

Panu Saukko

Senior Consultant/Trainer, Microsoft MVP, ProTrainIT Oy
I'm a consultant/trainer at ProTrainIT, Finland with over 20 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies as a MCT and a MVP for 13 years. My main focus is Microsoft’s on-prem and cloud management products. | | I love to follow basketball (NBA & other leagues). And do... Read More →
avatar for Peter De Tender

Peter De Tender

Architect & Trainer, PDTIT
Peter has 20 years of professional expertise in the Microsoft Infrastructure segment, with a main focus on Microsoft Cloud technologies (Azure, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Office 365,...) After working for some of the top Microsoft partners in Belgium, Peter started his own business... Read More →
avatar for Peter Zerger

Peter Zerger

Microsoft MVP, Lumagate
Pete is an author, speaker, and 13-time Microsoft MVP, focusing on cloud security, architecture, process automation and DevOps. Pete has been a speaker at popular technical conferences around the world including Microsoft Ignite and Experts Live. He has authored several books, including... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Escape Room

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!

Moderators
avatar for Tim Curwick

Tim Curwick

Consultant, Microsoft MVP, RBA
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 frequently... Read More →
avatar for Mark Godfrey

Mark Godfrey

Recast Engineer, Recast Software
Systems & Software Engineer specializing in Systems Management, Endpoint Security, and Automation with a focus in the Microsoft ecosystem for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid solutions. Former President & Vice-President of the Minnesota System Center User Group.

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Cedar
  • Skill Level NoF

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
avatar for Kyle Weeks

Kyle Weeks

Sr. Systems Administrator, University of Minnesota
I started work in the entertainment industry, and then shifted to higher education. That was over 10 years ago, and I have now spent the past 4 years at the University of Minnesota working to provide all things Microsoft as a centrally provided service. Buzzwords to talk about... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
MTKA A
  • Skill Level NoF

12:00pm

Manage Windows and Linux Environments Across On-Premises and Azure Environments
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Bring on premises and Azure VMs under consistent management using Azure. As you move workloads to the cloud, ensure these have the latest management capabilities enabled to deliver consistent control using update management, inventory, desired state control, change tracking, and hybrid workers in Azure Automation. If you are currently using System Center Configuration Manager for managing servers, see how you can build upon these investments while moving to cloud based management using the latest technologies.

What you will learn:
  • Get unified update compliance and scheduled deployments using update management in Azure Automation. See how to integrate with ConfigMgr while taking advantage of new capabilities only available from the cloud.
  • Get inventory of your on-premises and Azure VMs for Windows and Linux and how to use this information to troubleshoot issues and generate reports on software in usage across the organization.
  • Automate the configuration of machines with DSC during deployment to ensure compliance requirements and remove manual tasks required during VM provisioning.
  • Identify changes that are causing drift within your managed environment and generate alerts to proactively identify changes that can be resolved and moved into your change management system. 
  • Give controlled access to VMs on-premises and in Azure using hybrid workers so you no longer need to remote into machines and maintain strict access compliance. 
  • Learn about the roadmap for these features and how you can start to take advantage of these in your organization.

Speakers
avatar for Jenny Hunter

Jenny Hunter

Program Manager, Azure Automation, Microsoft
Jenny works for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Azure. On the Azure Automation team, she leads the Change Tracking and Inventory feature sets.
avatar for Eamon O'Reilly

Eamon O'Reilly

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
Principal program manager working on Azure Functions focused on automating tasks across cloud and on-premises datacenters. Previously worked on Azure Automation.


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Nokomis 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 Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Microsoft MVP, 1E
I am a Microsoft MVP (Windows Insider) and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). | I am a Principal Solutions Engineer for 1E. I specialize in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. | | I have been working... Read More →
avatar for Sherry Kissinger

Sherry Kissinger

Former Microsoft ECM MVP, App Engineer, Big Bank
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.
avatar for Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall

Director - EM MVP, Microsoft MVP, SMSMarshall
Robert is Director and Senior Consultant at SMSMarshall, and hails from London, England. He has been working around ConfigMgr full on since SMS2003 released, ultimately evolving into a self-described architect, authoring many exotic designs, and is into his 9th year as an EM MVP... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes B
  • Skill Level NoF

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 Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Code Farmer, 2Pint Software
Pigs & Code! Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, Andreas has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about P2P and making networks go faster.
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →

Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes CD
  • Skill Level NoF

12:00pm

Leading Change
Limited Capacity filling up

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

Principal Content Developer, Microsoft
Aaron Czechowski (@AaronCzechowski) is a recovering program manager, now a technical writer with Microsoft in the enterprise client management product team working on Configuration Manager. Ask him about ConfigMgr docs, and how you can contribute. Other good topics of conversation... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Lakes A

12:30pm

MMS Escape
Limited Capacity seats available

https://mmsmoa.com/escape

Moderators
avatar for Dune Desormeaux

Dune Desormeaux

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I'm a program manager on the Configuration Manager product team. My current focus is on configuring Windows security at enterprise scale and making it easier for customers to keep Windows and Office up to date. That said questions about all areas of the SCCM product are fair game... Read More →
avatar for Harjit Dhaliwal

Harjit Dhaliwal

Microsoft MVP, Technical Evangelist, Tech Konnect
Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, SysAdmin, technology evangelist, social media influencer, professional photographer, aviation fanatic, Microsoft Ignite Roundtable, IT/Dev Connections Steering Committee, AFS USA volunteer.
avatar for Kerim Hanif

Kerim Hanif

Senior Program Manager, Microsoft
I am a PM in Configuration Manager and Intune product teams, I am mainly responsible content distribution scenarios for both products (Delivery Optimization, peer cache, BranchCache, DPs etc.) | I also own the following features/scenarios: Updates and Servicing, scenarios dealing... Read More →
avatar for Steve Jesok

Steve Jesok

Leader, 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 Columbia ThreadNeedle. I am currently the in house Configuration Manager admin. I lead a team of 3 supporting BAU and dev activities around end... Read More →
avatar for Avi Prasad

Avi Prasad

Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation
Avi Prasad is a Program Manager with Microsoft in the Enterprise Mobility and Management product team working on Configuration Manager and modernization of Windows 10 management through initiatives like co-management between Configuration Manager and Intune. He works on Office 365... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Escape Room

1:00pm

Community Tools Rule - PowerShell Edition!
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Did you know there are over 2,500 modules on the PowerShell Gallery? Do you even know what the PowerShell Gallery is? There are so many quality PowerShell tools out there to help author scripts that it's sometimes hard to keep up! Come on down and see what the presenters use on a daily basis to help author, deploy, and troubleshoot PowerShell scripts!

What you will learn:
  • About cool tools in the PowerShell Gallery
  • See what PowerShell editors and extensions are available
  • How to contribute!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Microsoft MVP, Operations Engineer, Big Bank
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 Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
I'm an automation engineer who loves to write PowerShell and C# and have five years of experience in consulting servicing clients of every size. I've covered my exploits writing PowerShell for every API and service you can imagine on my blog FoxDeploy.com (I didn't say they were well-written... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes A

1:00pm

Business Continuity and the Microsoft Cloud
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Every year enterprises around the world lose enormous amount of money due to business outages. A good business continuity solution based on a proper business continuity plan can save a significant amount of time, money and effort for any organization under such circumstances. In this session, we will explore how the latest Microsoft solutions can help you ensure maximum availability for your business applications running on heterogeneous cloud platforms such as Hyper-V, VMWare, physical servers, Azure & AWS and make sure that your business continuity strategies are aligned with your business goals. This session will provide you with the tools to start building a business continuity plan that actually works in real life.

What you will learn:
  • Why Business Continuity is important
  • How to get started leveraging Azure and System Center to keep your business online
  • Averting the Datacenter Apocalypse

Speakers
avatar for Robert Hedblom

Robert Hedblom

Microsoft MVP, Sumnerv
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 Cloud and... Read More →
avatar for John Joyner

John Joyner

Microsoft MVP, Senior Director, Technology, AccountabilIT
John is a 11-year Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management specialty and co-author of four books in the industry-standard series: System Center Operations Manager Unleashed. He is Senior Director, Technology at AccountabilIT, a pioneer in the managed services provider... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Nokomis BC

1:00pm

Hybrid Cloud Unleashed with Azure Stack and Azure
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In the forever changing world of IT, Microsoft has dropped another bomb called Azure Stack. Azure Stack is the one true Hybrid cloud. With this new technology comes new roles and responsibilities. Utilize best practices of CloudOps to unleash its full potential and learn how it can be the underpinning platform for DevOps in your orginization. Between Azure and Azure Stack there is so much to learn. Come to this session to get a jump start on this hybrid cloud technology from Microsoft MVPs. You will learn how to get started, implementation strategies, and guidance for deploying Azure Stack in your environment.

What you will learn:
  • Hybrid Cloud…Why you should care?
  • What is takes to prep for and deploy Azure Stack
  • Best practices of CloudOps
  • How Azure Stack can fit into your DevOps CI/CD pipeline

Speakers
avatar for Florent Appointaire

Florent Appointaire

Cloud Architect / Microsoft MVP, DevoTeam CloudOps
Florent Appointaire is working @ DevoTeam VloudOps, as freelance, in Belgium. | He has 7 years of experiences in IT and speaks in some events like aOS, SCUG events, MMSMOA 2018, ELEU 2018, etc.. | | He is MVP Cloud and Datacenter from 3 times now and he is MCSE Private Cloud... Read More →
avatar for Steve Buchanan

Steve Buchanan

Microsoft MVP, Group Manager - Cloud Transformation/DevOps, Accenture/Avanade
Steve Buchanan is a Group Manager – Cloud Transformation/DevOps with Avanade/Accenture, a 7-time Microsoft MVP, and author of several technical books focused on cloud and data center management. In his 18+ years as an IT professional, Steve has held positions ranging from infrastructure... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Cedar

1:00pm

The Biggest Loser - ConfigMgr Content Distribution Fat Camp
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Distribute on demand vs Distribute everywhere? Express Updates, Updates, Apps, Images it's all getting bigger! Learn how to avoid the swamp, and how to get out of it if you're already sinking. This is an Automated solution that ensures that you only push content where it's needed - and when it's no longer needed there - nuke it! Keep them DPs lean, mean and clean..

What you will learn:
  • Understanding ConfigMgr Content Distribution
  • How to Distribute on Demand successfully
  • Good content grooming practice
  • An Automated solution to take away and use

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Code Farmer, 2Pint Software
Pigs & Code! Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, Andreas has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about P2P and making networks go faster.
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 Network Health Software based around Microsoft Peer To Peer technologies and fancy Network Booting over http.


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes B

1:00pm

Windows as a Service in the Enterprise Part 2 - Option 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
In part two, we will be continuing where we left off in part one, as we dig deeper into content caching, compatibility scans, last minute pre-flight checks and the actual upgrade. We will present options for the phased rollout (UAT and then pilot to production), as well as communications examples to end users for an opt-in mentality (proactive) negating the needs for deferrals (reactive). And to ice the cake, we will show the improved reporting metrics that will make management happy and make you look good.

What you will learn:
  • Gain better insight into forming your own Windows as a Service in the Enterprise
  • Ready to use sample scripts, task sequences, tips and tricks
  • Ttake away this information and directly apply in your own environments

Speakers
avatar for Gary Blok

Gary Blok

ConfigMgr Engineer, Large Bank
Work for "Large Bank", from my basement, focusing on Windows 10 Upgrades and Deployments. I enjoy documenting my work on garytown.com
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Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
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Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA BC

1:00pm

WMI for the ConfigMgr Admin
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
In this session Kim (aka @thewmiguy) and Tom will introduce you to WMI as used in ConfigMgr. Although knowledge of WMI has long not been considered crucial to be able to understand and work with ConfigMgr, having a thorough understanding and feeling of WMI and overall being comfortable with it is an incredible asset in this field. Disclaimer: This session will not cover the boring topic of WMI stability & fixing issues with it.

What you will learn:
  • Find hidden gems in WMI more easilly
  • Example on customizing ConfigMgr components without available UI
  • Use WMI to influence ConfigMgr & Client behavior in a ton of different ways
  • Implement ConfigMgr object lifecycle management example

Speakers
avatar for Tom Degreef

Tom Degreef

Senior 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 and delivers consultancy for just about anything that is EMS or Systems Management related. This includes... Read More →
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Kim Oppalfens

Microsoft MVP, 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... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
Lakes CD

1:00pm

Windows 10 - 1803 - What's New and What Versions are Now Retired? - Option 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Windows as a Service (WAAS) brings us new features every 6 months. What is in the newest release of Windows 10? What do I care about from the enterprise perspective.

What you will learn:
  • Feature review of W10 1803
  • Review of depricated versions 1511,1607, and more
  • Deprecated Features

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Microsoft MVP, 1E
I am a Microsoft MVP (Windows Insider) and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). | I am a Principal Solutions Engineer for 1E. I specialize in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. | | I have been working... Read More →
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Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 1:00pm - 2:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Realistic Automation in the Enterprise - How to Become Lazy and Look Good Doing it.
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
You've got ConfigMgr and OpsMgr on Prem - maybe you have OMS helping out in the cloud. Now it's time to put Azure Functions, Flow, and PowerApps to work on them. We will show you how to make OMS talk to Azure Functions, SCOM talk to Flow, and ConfigMgr talk to everyone. Integrate, facilitate, and automate - give your users more autonomy, give yourself more time, and make everyone happier. When you leave this session, you will understand how these easy it is to get these automation suites integrated with your existing on-prem and cloud solutions, and the immediate value you can achieve.

What you will learn:
  • How to integrate ConfigMgr, OpsMgr, and OMS with automation suites like Flow, Azure Functions, and PowerApps
  • 10 minute, easy to implement user driven app deployments with mobile approvals
  • Trigger any action from SCOM/OMS - bypass limitations of the tools with simple integrations
  • Bring SCOM/ConfigMgr information to your mobile device in a few minutes without punching your network administrator

Speakers
avatar for Shaun Cassells

Shaun Cassells

Microsoft MVP, 1E
I am a Microsoft MVP (Windows Insider) and executive at Central Texas Systems Management User Group (CTSMUG). | I am a Principal Solutions Engineer for 1E. I specialize in analysis, optimization, and design of Tactical Solutions to Strategic Business Goals. | | I have been working... Read More →
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Donnie Taylor

Microsoft MVP, GM
Donnie is an IT Architect with 20+ years experience, Microsoft MVP in Cloud and Datacenter Management, and is 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... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes CD

3:00pm

Let's Write a GUI Interface
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
You know PowerShell and would love to write some GUI tools, but C# sounds scary!
Have no fear, you can very easily upgrade your scripts to be fully skinned and themed with Windows Presentation Foundation. In this session modeled after his popular blog series on the topic on FoxDeploy.com, Stephen and Ryan will guide you to creating a fully working UI, sharing tips and snippets that will speed your application development. In no time, you'll learn to make tools your coworkers will use and love. 


What you will learn:
  • When to consider adding a GUI to your tools
  • Which options exist for creating a GUI, plus the ones you should avoid!
  • Where to find useful snippets to make the process even easier!
  1. LInk to all demos - GitHub

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Ephgrave

Ryan Ephgrave

Microsoft MVP, Operations Engineer, Big Bank
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 Stephen Owen

Stephen Owen

Microsoft MVP, Automation Engineer, Big Bank
I'm an automation engineer who loves to write PowerShell and C# and have five years of experience in consulting servicing clients of every size. I've covered my exploits writing PowerShell for every API and service you can imagine on my blog FoxDeploy.com (I didn't say they were well-written... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA A

3:00pm

Planning and Operating Azure Stack
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
For the last 3-years everyone has talked about Azure Stack and now the unicorn has arrived! But how do you actually operate it in the real world? In this session we will dive deep into the Cloud Operators tasks and initial planning. What licensing model should we choose, ADFS or Azure AD? Integration to your existing infrastructure? And once deployed how do we handle daily operations like backup, updates and monitoring. When all is configured, you need to build a strategy for plans, offers and governance, and how to operate and deploy additional resource providers like MSSQL and AppServices.

What you will learn:
  • Get the right start on your Azure Stack Journey
  • Learn the hidden secrets inside Azure Stack
  • Get ready for your future role as a Cloud Operator

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Sobczyk

Andreas Sobczyk

Senior Consultant, CTGlobal
Andreas is a Global Senior Consultant at CT Global, focusing Azure, Azure Stack, Software-Defined Datacenter & PowerShell. Also being co-founder of Cloud and Datacenter User Group Denmark, Andreas has over the last years committed himself to actively contribute to various communities... Read More →
avatar for Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Jakob Gottlieb Svendsen

Global Lead Developer, Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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 provides me with... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Cedar

3:00pm

Hacking the Task Sequence 2018 - Option 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
Task Sequences, they aren't just for deploying operating systems anymore. They can be used for all sorts of things, like deploying complex software applications or even upgrading to the latest version of Windows 10. Back by popular demand, Hacking the Task Sequence is back at MMS 2018. Join Mike Terrill and Andreas Hammarskjold 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
  • Task Sequence tips and tricks
  • Directly apply knowledge learned in this session to your own environment

Speakers
avatar for Andreas Hammarskjöld

Andreas Hammarskjöld

Code Farmer, 2Pint Software
Pigs & Code! Since the release of the SMS 2003 OS Deployment Feature Pack, Andreas has developed significant experience implementing 100% automated deployment solutions with ConfigMgr. Now it’s all about P2P and making networks go faster.
avatar for Mike Terrill

Mike Terrill

Microsoft MVP, OS Engineer, Big Bank
Mike’s career has been focused around systems management (SCCM) and operating system deployment for over 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 and installation... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes A

3:00pm

Managing Configuration Manager with PowerShell
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
This session is based on experiences and best practices from managing different sizes Configuration Manager Environments. During the session you will learn how to boost your daily productivity with PowerShell by automating end-to-end processes, build site servers and clients health reports and much more.

What you will learn:
  • How to perform automations in ConfigMgr using PowerShell
  • How to leverage data in other sources (like excel) to automate a task in ConfigMgr
  • Manage and deploy Software Updates using PowerShell
  • How to configure infrastructure items, such as boundaries and distribution points

Speakers
avatar for Kaido Jarvemets

Kaido Jarvemets

Managing Consultant, Microsoft MVP, CT Global
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 he’s a key player in the PowerShell game. Kaido host one of the most complete Configuration Manager PowerShell library’s... Read More →
avatar for Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey

Microsoft MVP, Enterprise Tools Strategist, Dell Technologies
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 a cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group and the Central Texas... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Lakes B

3:00pm

Windows Security 2018 - TPM, BitLocker, and More - Option 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
Come hear about the current landscape of security in Windows 10, as well as 3rd party disk encryption vs BitLocker. Details on the recent Infineon hardware vulnerability, BIOS Passwords, SecureBoot, In-Place upgrade security, Spectre, Meltdown, and other things you should be doing in your enterprise to keep your machines safe and secure. Several security products only secure one part of the security challenges at the expense of the rest of the security landscape.

What you will learn:
  • Understand the pros and cons around various security tools.
  • Hear about several security pitfalls and errors.
  • Learn how to secure your machines during Windows 10 In-Place Upgrade.

Speakers
avatar for Keith Garner

Keith Garner

Software Design Engineer, Wells Fargo
Windows Deployment Subject Matter Expert. | Microsoft MVP for Windows and Devices for IT. | Former Microsoft Employee
avatar for Michael Niehaus

Michael Niehaus

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft
After a few years in product marketing talking about Windows deployment and Windows as a service topics, Michael Niehaus has moved back to the technical side of the house, working as a principal program manager on the modern deployment team, responsible for Windows AutoPilot and related... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 3:00pm - 4:45pm
MTKA BC

5:00pm

MMS hAckath0n Part 2
Limited Capacity filling up

Description:
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 or CT Global, and get a potential fix by the end of MMS!  That's right, you can get your change to ConfigMgr made right at MMS. You can assist us now by thinking up ideas and submit them here (link forthcoming). The best idea chosen will win a Surface Pro!

Note: This will be the last MMS session on Thursday where we see the results of the week and pick a winner.

Speakers
avatar for Kent Agerlund

Kent Agerlund

Microsoft MVP, CTGlobal
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, SCCM, Microsoft
David James (Director of Engineering, ConfigMgr, Microsoft) manages the CMIntune team at Microsoft. A short bio stolen from another site:Studied Computer Engineering and Music Theory/Composition at University of Utah.Joined Microsoft in 2000 to work on SMS Installer, and eventually... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
Lakes CD

5:00pm

Ask Me Anything (AMA) with Microsoft Cloud and Datacenter Management, and Azure Teams
Limited Capacity seats available

Description:
You've drank from the MMS firehose all week, and you still have that one (or more) burning question in your brain. This is your chance to talk directly to Microsoft and get their perspective.

Speakers
avatar for Tim Benjamin

Tim Benjamin

Principal Group PM Manager, Microsoft
I've been at Microsoft for 11 years and working in the security, infrastructure and management space for over 15 years. I am currently a Program Manager working on Azure Management.
avatar for Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Vithalprasad Gaitonde

Principal Program Manager, System Center, Microsoft
Lead Program Manager on System Center OM, VMM, DPM, Orchestrator, Service Manager
avatar for Jenny Hunter

Jenny Hunter

Program Manager, Azure Automation, Microsoft
Jenny works for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Azure. On the Azure Automation team, she leads the Change Tracking and Inventory feature sets.
avatar for Brian Wren

Brian Wren

Senior Content Developer & Monitoring Guru, Microsoft
Brian Wren is a Senior Content Developer with the Microsoft focusing on cloud management 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... Read More →


Thursday May 17, 2018 5:00pm - 6:45pm
MTKA BC