NWSCUG Meeting on Friday, April 22nd

HEADS UP! There are a couple changes for this meeting! The location and date are different than our regularly-scheduled meeting cadence!

Register now for our April meeting!

The next NWSCUG meeting is Friday, April 22nd at 10:00 am at the VIACode office in Redmond, WA (in the ThinkSpace Building. 8201 164th Ave NE, Redmond, WA). Below is the agenda. We look forward to seeing you there!

10:00 – Welcome, and Announcements
10:10 –Monitoring of the SQL Server and SQL BI with System Center – Roman Yuferev and Alex Andruschenko
11:15 – Windows 10 Deployment and Servicing: Digging Deeper – Michael Niehaus
12:30 – Lunch (Sponsored by VIAcode)
12:50 – Microsoft OMS and SCOM authoring from experts from VIAcode
1:40 – Moderated Discussion
2:30 – Closing Comments and Give-Aways

Monitoring of the SQL Server and SQL BI with System Center  – This is a session about the new release of the most popular System Center Operations Manager Management Pack for Microsoft SQL Server from the team, which knows that MPs better than anybody else. We’ll show you how new, improved dashboards can be used for monitoring all SQL Server components and roles. More than it – we’ll go beyond the SQL Server monitoring and demonstrate how these dashboards can be used for visualizing any workload monitoring including Windows, IIS, SharePoint, Exchange and more. We will talk about new monitoring scenarios, dashboards improvements (including multiple visualization styles) and other new features of the SQL MP. When you combine this with some monitoring best practices you will have a monitoring focused session that you will not want to miss!

Windows 10 Deployment and Servicing: Digging Deeper – We’ve talked about Windows 10 deployment and servicing in the past, back when this was still just a “coming attraction” for most organizations.  Now that many organizations are deeper into the process, let’s dig deeper into a variety of topics, including tools to help with Windows as a service, leveraging peer-to-peer distribution capabilities to minimize impact, the Windows 10 servicing rhythm, and general tips and tricks around upgrading to Windows 10.

Microsoft OMS and SCOM authoring from experts – VIAcode Manageability team is here to share with you valuable SCOM and OMS authoring hints and best practices. This session is full of live demos about our unique authoring and tuning tools, that allow us to provide the best custom monitoring solutions for our major clients such as Microsoft, McDonalds, Amazon, Violin Memory, etc. You will learn how to create powerful, efficient and high quality SCOM Management Packs and OMS Solutions.

Moderated Discussion – At our meetings, we have had a great lineup of presentations from industry speakers, as well as from Microsoft – now we want to add more community involvement. Attending a user group meeting is more than just listening to presentations. It’s also about getting to know others in the room, sharing war stories, networking, and helping each other out. We want to get our attendees networking more, so we want to try something new. In the moderated discussion, we’ll agree on some topics to discuss, split into smaller groups to discuss among yourselves, and then recap discussions with the larger group. This helps us learn from each other, and build lasting relationships. Bring your hot topics!

Register now for our April meeting!

The VIACode office is located at 8201 164th Ave NE, Suite 200 Redmond, WA 98052-7615

Parking: You can park at the guest parking area of the ThinkSpace (you’ll need to be registered at the frontdesk on the second floor) or you can use one of many free parking options nearby such as Park&Ride on 83rd St next to ThinkSpace (in front of Redmond Transit Center)

About Greg Ramsey

Greg Ramsey is a systems engineer specializing in global systems management for Dell IT. He has a B.S. in Computer Sciences and Engineering from the Ohio State University and is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Greg coauthored SMS 2003 Recipes: A Problem-Solution Approach (Apress, 2006), Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Unleashed (Sams, 2009), Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Unleashed (Sams, 2012), and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager: Administration Cookbook (Packt Publishing, 2012), and Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager R2 Unleashed (Sams, 2012). Greg is cofounder of the Ohio SMS Users Group, and the Central Texas Systems Management User Group.
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