NWSCUG Meeting for Friday, January 20th 2017!

Our November meeting has been rescheduled to January 20th!

Our next meeting is Friday, January 20th at 10 am at the Microsoft Bellevue location! Our very own Paul Thomsen and Wally Mead will be presenting.

9:00 – 9:40 Unofficial Gathering at Top Pot Donuts
10:00 – 11:00 – Managing Windows 10 – What is Microsoft’s Direction? – Paul Thomsen
11:00 – 11:15 – Break
11:15 – 12:15 – Protecting Against Ransomware with Microsoft, Community & 3rd Party Technologies – Duncan McAlynn and Heat Software
12:15 – 1:00 – Lunch and Mingle – Sponsored by Heat Software
1:00 – 1:45 – What’s New in Configuration Manager current branch 1610 – Wally Mead
1:45 – 2:00 – Break
2:00 – 2:45 – Open Discussion, Q & A

Managing Windows 10 – What is Microsoft’s Direction? – Paul Thomsen
Microsoft recently published a blog posting on “modern management”. What is ConfigMgr’s role in that? What is “modern management”? Paul will interpret Microsoft’s meaning and lead a community discussion.

What’s New in Configuration Manager current branch 1610 – Wally Mead
The product group has just released the latest product release for production, that being 1610. In this session, we’ll talk about what’s new in the product that may affect you. There certainly are some new things that will affect you all, as well as new features you may or may not choose to take advantage of.

Protecting Against Ransomware with Microsoft, Community & 3rd Party Technologies
Duncan McAlynn will discuss the threats we are facing today with ransomware, APTs, DDoS attacks and advanced phishing schemes to demonstrate how new and evolved Microsoft, Community-provide and third-party solutions can help protect and defend your critical systems. During this session, we’ll be discussing and demonstrating Microsoft-provided solution accelerators and add-ons, community extensions and third-party products that address the susceptibility of your corporate systems to these ever-evolving threats.

Duncan McAlynn is a CISSP-certified, six-time Microsoft MVP and member of the FBI InfraGard division that has a laser focus on helping our nation’s corporations and government agencies expand their use of Microsoft System Center technologies to improve their security posture and compliance through his 20 years of experience consulting with organizations on SMS & SCCM.

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NWSCUG Meeting for Friday, October 21st 2016

Our next meeting is Friday, October 21st at 10 am at the Microsoft Bellevue location! Our very own Randall Smith and Wally Mead will be presenting. We’ll also recap Microsoft Ignite and IT/Dev Connections.

*You’ll find us on the 22nd floor of Lincoln Square located at 700 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, WA. This is part of Microsoft’s new offices. Parking in Lincoln Square can be validated at the Microsoft Reception Desk.

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The agenda is as follows:

9:00 – 9:40 Unofficial Gathering at Top Pot Donuts
10:00 – 11:00 – ConfigMgr Gotchas, Lessons Learned – Randall Smith
11:00 – 11:15 – Break
11:15 – 12:15 –  Bringing Security into Patching with Configuration Manager – Flexera
12:15 – 1:00 – Lunch and Mingle – Sponsored by Flexera
1:00 – 1:45 – Configuration Manager status in System Center 2016 Release – Wally Mead
1:45 – 2:00 – Break
2:00 – 2:45 – Ignite and IT/DevConnections Review, Q & A

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Coffee at Top Pot! – Bring your questions, battlefield notes, and conversation to Top Pot for an informal meetup before the meeting.

ConfigMgr Gotchas, Lessons Learned – Our very own Randall Smith will discuss items like:
-How to recover from a failed upgrade to 1511 from SCCM 2012/R2.
-Things to watch for while monitoring logs during the recovery and following upgrade.
-Post Recovery items you need to check to ensure what you think is going in in the background and what is really going on in the background.

Sponsor Session – Bringing Security into Patching with Configuration Manager – Corporate Software Inspector lets your team know what to patch for maximum impact and consistent risk reduction. You get complete visibility of your systems, stay current and reduce the cost of your patch process significantly. This new perspective on patch management, allows Corporate Software Inspector to support the entire Software Vulnerability Management lifecycle.

Configuration Manager status in System Center 2016 Release – Microsoft recently released System Center 2016, which as you know, Configuration Manager is a member of. What is the System Center 2016 release of Configuration Manager? How does it differ from the version that is not included in System Center 2016? We’ll explore those questions and answers as part of this. We’ll also discuss the most recent update to the current branch release of Configuration Manager.

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NWSCUG Meeting for Friday, September 9th 2016

The meeting is next Friday, September 9th at 10 am at our new Microsoft Bellevue location! Our very own Michael Niehaus and Aaron Czechowski will be presenting on what’s new in Windows 10 Anniversary update, and on the new Cloud Proxy Point in ConfigMgr.

You’ll find us on the 22nd floor of Lincoln Square located at 700 Bellevue Way NE in Bellevue, WA. This is part of Microsoft’s new offices. Parking in Lincoln Square can be validated at the Microsoft Reception Desk.

Register Now for our September Meeting!

The agenda is as follows:

9:00 – 9:40 Unofficial Gathering at Top Pot Donuts
10:00 – 11:00 – What’s new for the Enterprise in Windows 10 Anniversary Update – Michael Niehaus
11:00 – 11:15 – Break
11:15 – 12:15 – All about Cloud Proxy Points for ConfigMgr – Aaron Czechowski
12:15 – 1:00 – Lunch and Mingle – Sponsored by Shavlik
1:00 – 1:45 – Sponsor Session – Shavlik integration with ConfigMgr
1:45 – 2:00 – Break
2:00 – 2:45 – Open discussion, Q and A.

Register Now for our September Meeting!

The Cloud Proxy Service provides a simple way to manage Configuration Manager clients on the Internet. The service, which is deployed to Microsoft Azure and requires an Azure subscription, connects to your on-premises Configuration Manager infrastructure using a new role called the cloud proxy connector point. Once it’s completely deployed and configured, clients will be able to access on-premises Configuration Manager site system roles regardless of whether they’re connected to the internal private network or on the Internet.

Shavlik and ConfigMgr

Handling patches with SCCM is not always easy to deal with, especially with 3rd party applications. Microsoft doesn’t address the 3rd party applications at all and with the changes coming down in October, that world will be turned on its side again. How much time is spent by manually looking for updates, and manually packaging them with WSUS and SCCM? Shavlik Patch is a plug-in that lets you address your MS Applications, as well as your 3rd party applications without needing another administration console. Everything is done within SCCM using Shavlik Patch.

Once you’ve patched the OS and the applications, you still need to provide an effective report or dashboard that can be shared with others. IT performance and productivity reporting alone doesn’t reveal how IT supports business-critical initiatives, delivers service, and averts impact. What if you could have a dashboard solution allowing your employees to create critical IT reports without needing to grapple with cumbersome tools or needing to know how to build SQL queries? Xtraction has adapters available for LANDESK, Microsoft SCCM and Active Directory, ServiceNow, BMC Remedy, SolarWinds, Cherwell and many others.

Members of Shavlik and Xtraction team will be on hand to show a technical demonstration of how patches for 3rd party applications are delivered with SCCM using Shavlik Patch and how reporting is made a breeze with Xtraction.

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