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First days in Las Vegas for MMS 2012

Sunday the day began great, normally you should have a nice and quiet Sunday, but this is Vegas and MMS so you need to catch up with friends and meet new friends along the way. That’s what’s MMS is all about, meeting your peers from all over the world. So I had a busy day meeting lots of new people which ended with a very long diner with some of my fellow Configuration Manager MVPs, guys from Dell, 1E and Microsoft.

Yesterday the Microsoft Management Summit has been kicked off for me with an early Private Cloud exam and three sessions about the new Configuration Manager 2012 and the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 and one preparation session for another exam that I will take at Thursday. After finishing the exam I learned how to secure your environment with the compliance settings feature within Configuration Manager 2012. Nice was to finally meet two guys (Santos Martinez and Brett Bennet) which I worked with on the Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager book. Can’t wait until it hits the market on May the 8th on Amazon!

The second session of the day was a session about customizing the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit. Was a really good in-depth session from Keith Garner, got some nice tips and tricks.

The third session of the day was a really nice session from Citrix about the integration of their products (XenApp and XenDesktop) with the System Center 2012 suite (Configuration Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and Operations Manager).

The Configuration Manager 2012 integration of XenApp looks really good, XenApp will be a deployment type within the new Application Model. This way you can manage your applications from one console, the Configuration Manager 2012 console. Users can start their applications from the Application Catalog, depending on the requirement rules it will fire up a XenApp application or another deployment type. More on this in a later blog!

The last session of the day was an exam cram session for the exam which I will be taking on Thursday. In one hour a 5 day course flew by :)

Getting ready for the event of the year 2012


In less than a week the event of the year will be held in Las Vegas. Yes it is time to attend the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 again. Next week will be packed with very interesting System Center related breakout sessions, exams, meetings and network events. Like last year there are to many interesting sessions and so little time to attend them all. So I had to make a selection again, which is subject to change ;)

Besides the schedule, which you find below, I am looking forward to meeting my fellow ConfigMgr MVPs, peers from the community and Microsoft. It is going to be a superb week in Las Vegas!

Monday, April 16
Time Level Session
09:00 AM Exam 071-246 –   Monitoring & Operating a Private Cloud w/System Center 2012
12:00 PM 300 CD-IL327   Implementing Security Compliance Manager for System Center 2012 Configuration   Manager
1:30 PM 400 CD-B412 Customizing   the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit
300 CD-IL320 Windows   7 Deployment Using MDT 2012 and Configuration Manager 2012
3:00 PM 400 CD-IL322   Advanced Windows 7 Deployment Using MDT 2012: Making Deployments Dynamic
400 SV-B490 Next   Generation VDI with Citrix XenDesktop and System Center 2012
4:30 PM 200 Exam Cram:   70-247 – Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012
5:30 PM Solutions Expo   Hall Open – Welcome Reception

 

Tuesday, April   17
Time Level Session
08:30 AM Keynote 1: Microsoft Private Cloud. Built for the Future. Ready Now.
10:15 AM CD-B102 State of   the Union
11:45 AM 400 CD-B406 Configuration   Manager 2012 and PowerShell: Better Together
2:15 PM 300 CD-B314 A Geek’s   Guide to the Galaxy: Building a Configuration Manager 2012 OS Deployment   Solution
300 CD-B311 – Configuration   Manager 2012: Application Management Technical Overview
4:00 PM 400 CD-B409   Configuration Manager 2012: Application Management Advanced Topics and   Troubleshooting
5:30 PM Dutch MMS   reception

 

Wednesday, April   18
Time Level Session
08:30 AM Keynote 2: A World of Connected Devices.
10:15 AM 300 CD-B315 Configuration   Manager 2012: Plan, Deploy, and Migrate from Configuration Manager 2007
11:45 AM 300 CD-B323   Leveraging PCM to Convert Applications into the New Application Model for   Configuration Manager 2012
300 AM-B316 Server   App-V: End-to-End Virtual Application Deployment Using System Center 2012
2:15 PM 300 CD-B322 Inside a   Configuration Manager 2012 Task Sequence
400 Configuration   Manager 2012: Infrastructure Advanced Topics and Troubleshooting
4:00 PM 200 Enabling   Flexible Workstyles with Intelligent Infrastructure
5:15 PM MVP reception
6:00 P< CEP reception

 

Thursday, April   19
Time Level Session
08:30 AM 300 CD-B321 How to   Manage Your Mobile Devices with Configuration Manager 2012 in Real Life
300 CD-B348 Why You   Should Integrate Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 with Configuration Manager   2012
300 CD-B335 You Did   What? Worst Practices in Configuration Manager 2012 and How to Fix Them
10:15 AM 400 FI-B490 System   Center Configuration Manager: Ensuring Mission Possible
11:45 AM Exam 071-247 –   Configuring & Deploying a Private Cloud w/System Center 2012
2:30 PM 400 CD-B408 Implementing   Security Compliance Manager for Compliance in Configuration Manager 2012
300 CD-B333   Troubleshooting Configuration Manager 2012 OS Deployments
4:00 PM 300 CD-B343 How to   Develop a Successful Flexible Workspace Strategy (Thin, Thick, VDI, Tablet.)
8:00 PM Closing party

 

            Friday, April 20
Time Level Session
08:30 AM 400 SV-B406 PowerShell   Remoting in Depth
10:00 AM 400 CD-B407 Deep   Dive into Configuration Manager DRS and SEDO
11:30 AM 400 CD-B410   Configuration Manager 2012: The Expert Quiz

Table of Contents Mastering ConfigMgr 2012 available

The release of our book Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager comes closer and closer. Just after the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas, early May, the book will be available on Amazon and in the shops.

Today I found out that the table of contents and the index of the book is also available for download. After the sneakpreview of Chapter 3 and Chapter 7 you are able to see the rest of the contents before you (pre) order the book ;) Also check out the great sessions presented by some of the authors.

Check out the files below:

If you want to meet the authors, some of them are presenting great sessions, see the sessions of:

See ya in Vegas!

Sample chapters Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

After a nice holiday of two weeks it is time to get into Configuration Manager 2012 again! In three weeks from now the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 in Las Vegas will be in full swing and hopefully some nice new System Center 2012 will reach RTM or even General Availability.. You never know! ;) But almost straight after the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 is ended, the book Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager will be released. Sybex has released two sample chapters of the upcoming book that is currently in the process of being printed.


Download and read the sample chapters of Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager:

If you want to be amongst the first people that want to have the book, the book is currently on presale at Amazon.

Follow me, one of the other authors or @masteringsccm if you want to be updated about the release of the book and all the future news about Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager.

Happy (System Center) 2012!

First of all, I would like to wish everybody a healthy and successful 2012! It’s is going to be a superb year for every System Center adapt with the release of the System Center 2012 suite ;) Looking forward to it!

Some people say, never look back, but last year was a superb year for me, it was the year of;

As mentioned earlier, it was a superb “System Center”  year for me, hope to see you again in 2012 on systemcenterblog.nl ! Thanks for reading the blogs and giving feedback!

2012 is going to be exceptional!

Microsoft Management Summit 2012 on my schedule

Next year from 16th of April until the 20th of April, the most important System Center related Microsoft event is scheduled in Las Vegas, the Microsoft Management Summit 2012. As an active member of the Configuration Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program I yesterday won a ticket for The Event of 2012. :)

As being part of the Configuration Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program for over a year now, I was and still am able to learn about and play with the early versions of Configuration Manager 2012 and share my experience with Configuration Manager 2012 via this blog and the book that we are writing Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager from Sybex.

It is a public secret or let’s call it a wish from every System Center adapt, that the System Center 2012 suite (or the most important part of it) will be launched at the Microsoft Management Summit 2012. We will see what happens in Vegas. For sure there will be lots of new things to learn and lots of people to meet. Already looking forward to this packed week, can you imagine that? ;)

The Community Evaluation Program for System Center 2012 (Private Cloud) and Configuration Manager 2012 are still open, you are able to subscribe here!

Next I will have to find out when the annual myITforum Party at MMS 2012 is ;)

I wish everybody a nice x-mas and a superb 2012 and a big thanks to the CMCEP team! :)